In a market where more and more chemicals, dyes and preservatives are added to the food we eat, an organic diet is becoming a popular way of controlling the impact of foreign substances in our bodies. Considering the vital importance of proper nutrition for our babies, buying organic baby products is a great way of ensuring health and happiness in little ones.
But this doesn’t stop at simply buying organic baby food – hundreds of reported instances of harmful chemicals in plastic baby toys, bedding and detergents is having a damaging effect, too.
Following are the Top FIVE reasons buying organic can benefit you and your baby:
Organic baby food isn’t processed with nasty, synthetic chemicals
Does the term “industrial solvents” seem appetizing to you? Probably not, and it won’t sound too tasty to your baby, either. Solvents are used in the processing of certain non-organic foods to extract oils and flavorings from nuts and seeds, and are also used in plastic food packaging. Organic baby products are made without the use of solvents, of which alcohol is one of the most common. Organic food will also lack additives, the added substances used to enhance taste and appearance. Color retention agents are responsible for preserving a food’s color, while controversial artificial sweeteners like aspartame have found their way into baby food. Aspartame has been linked to illnesses in babies whose bodies break it down into methanol, a compound which in a high level of concentration can cause stress to the brain, resulting in faster aging, learning problems, depression and anxiety. Organic baby formula is made without these chemicals, ensuring you are providing your child with the best nutritional start they can get.
Organic baby toys are better for your baby, and the environment
Have you ever thought about the life of a baby toy? It lives a stressful existence, spending half its time in your baby’s mouth and the other half being smashed into the floor, the table or whatever other inanimate object your baby is interested in this week. But have you considered how the toy itself could be doing some serious harm? A shocking amount of metal baby and toddler toys are recalled each year due to lead contamination, even small amounts of which can be damaging to mental and physical development. Plastic toys come with their dangers too, and those that contain PVC (polyvinyl chloride or vinyl) are made with chemicals known to be carcinogens and emit dioxins that accumulate in fat, creating a realm of health issues from learning delays, abnormalities and cancer. Even in small doses, exposure over time can have damaging side effects. Polyvinyl chloride can also seep into water and soil, effecting the natural environment. Non-organic toys can also hide hidden allergens that your baby isn’t strong enough to fight, but these harmful materials will continue to be used in baby products as they are cheap, allowing companies big profits while risking the health of your family. Organic baby toys, on the other hand, are made from safe and non-synthetic materials, such as cotton and wood, and are just as effective at encouraging learning and development as their plastic counterparts.
Organic baby clothes are softer on softer on your baby’s sensitive skin
Your baby will sure as anything let you know through hours of screaming if something is bothering them. You’ve tried feeding them, bathing them, changing their diaper and singing a lullaby, but could the clothes they’re wearing be the culprit of their discomfort? We all know that a baby’s skin is much more delicate and sensitive than ours, and the materials used in non-organic baby clothes are often treated or made with pesticides, not something you’d expect to find in their romper. Even if you’ve been buying strictly cotton clothes, the fields in which cotton grows are often treated with chemical pesticides, which can end up in your baby’s clothing.
Organic baby bedding isn’t made with pesticides, either
There’s no feeling quite like climbing into bed after a long, hard day, but imagine trying to sleep on sheets that are irritating your skin. Consider how much time your baby spends sleeping on their sheets. Some cotton sheets which aren’t processed organically are treated with formaldehyde to enhance appearance and decrease the chance of wrinkles, and contact between them and your baby’s skin can risk contamination. Organic baby bedding can be made from a number of materials, such as cotton or bamboo. We can’t measure the impact of chemical contamination in sheets because it’s unclear how much is transferred, from pesticides in cotton fields to chemicals used during processing, but we can eliminate the chances of irritation by replacing them with organic baby bedding instead.
Organic baby wash keeps them squeaky clean without harmful effects
Aside from scratchy clothes and bedsheets, our babies skin also absorbs chemicals found in body washes and shampoos. These are the culprits behind a lot of discomfort in babies, as they come into direct contract and are used regularly. Not only are washes packed full of synthetic chemicals bad for the natural environment, they can infiltrate delicate skin which culminates in allergies and irritations, and with prolonged exposure even serious health risks. More man-made substances are being added to baby body washes to make them cheaper at the expense of your baby’s comfort. Organic baby wash is formulated with naturally-occurring ingredients, like soothing tea tree, which has been used for centuries to treat things like burns and blisters, and is unlikely to cause harm to sensitive skin, and is better for the environment.When it comes to our precious little ones, there’s nothing more important than making sure they are happy, safe and healthy. In a world where baby products are riddled with harmful substances, it can be difficult to know where to find the best food, clothes, bedding, toys and washes to ensure we are caring for our babies in the right way. Consider switching to organic and natural baby products so you can be sure you’re not causing any undue stress to your child as they develop, and rest peacefully in the knowledge that you are doing the very best for your baby.