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Green Home, Healthy Home: Bathtime for the Kids

March 21, 2011

Ahhh, bathtime! You’ve been chasing after your kids for hours, but finally it’s the end of the day. You gather towels, pajamas, run the bath water, and pour in a bit of bubble bath containing formaldehyde, 1,4 dioxane  (known carcinogens and skin allergens), synthetic fragrance, parabens, and more… What???? Oh, I bet you didn’t know that crap was in your children’s bath products. Well, if you’re using bath products purchased at your average big box store, it is! The shampoos, hair detanglers and body lotions you are using on your kids are contaminated as well.

Yep, that’s right folks, even the products advertised to be ‘natural’ or formulated for sensitive skin can be unhealthy for your little one. The environmental working group tested a large number of the popular brands and found lots of undesirable ingredients in them (see here for the specifics). The list of toxic products includes:

  • Aveeno Baby
  • Huggies (even the “natural” product line)
  • Johnson & Johnson baby products (even the “natural” ones)
  • Baby Magic (These were the worst)
  • Grins & Giggles

There is hope though! You can buy safer products for your children’s bath time, you just may have to look somewhere other than Wal-mart. Here are a few of the products I love:

  • Kiss My Face Kids: This is our go-to brand for the kids and they are affordable. I find these products at Kroger & our local co-op, but you can get them online too.
  • TruKid: I love these products as well, and order them online.
  • California Baby: These products are super safe, but a bit pricey. You can find them online and at Target.
  • Burt’s Bees:  There are a few undesirables in these products, but they are affordable, easy-to-find, and an improvement from any of the toxic brands mentioned earlier.

While you’re at it: Why not green your bath toys too, and spring for some Sprig Toys! We’ve got lots of ’em and they’re great for inside or out!

Sprig Toys are cool.

Check out the Environmental Working Group’s website for more info on product safety. To see where your current cosmetics and personal care products rank safety-wise visit:  Skin Deep.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2011 3:39 pm

    I love California Baby. I love Oregon made Earth Mama Angel Baby but it’s pricey and they don’t have a no tears version of their soaps.

    • March 23, 2011 11:02 am

      Shannon – There is a green kids boutique here in Bloomington that sells Earth Mama – I almost bought it once, but you’re right about the price. I like the California baby products a lot too, but I pay $7.99 for the Kiss My Face bubble wash v. $17.99 for the California Baby products at Target. Where do you find your CB products?

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