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Tips for Caring for Your New Baby the Natural Way

Everything changes the moment you find out you’ll be bringing another life into this world. This is a time when we start looking more closely at the foods we put in our bodies, the way we care for our skin, and the products we use to clean our home. These considerations during pregnancy often linger after a new baby is born, which is a good thing, considering all of the chemicals that kids are accidentally exposed to these days.

A newborn’s skin and digestive system are very sensitive, which means that even the most common products you’re used to using around the home could cause irritation and sleepless nights. Whether you’re having your first little one or have been a parent for many years, here are some tips for caring for your new bundle of joy the natural way.

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Natural Food

Start your baby’s diet off on the right foot by introducing natural foods instead of pre-packaged options with questionable ingredients. Breastfeeding is a great way to keep your baby’s diet all-natural from the beginning, as long as mothers are eating a healthy diet. If breastfeeding isn’t an option, buy formula in bulk to cut back on excess packaging.

As your baby gets older and starts eating solid food, opt for fresh foods over canned versions. Some canned foods have a resin lining that could contain harmful chemicals. For example, you could cook large portions of dry beans and freeze portions for later. Or to save time, choose organic canned goods that are BPA-free.

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Cloth Diapers

Washing out dirty diapers isn’t at the top of any new parent’s list of fun things to do. However, single-use plastic diapers create over seven billion pounds of garbage in the U.S. each year. To reduce your baby’s carbon footprint from the very beginning, give cloth diapers a try. Studies have shown that a baby’s sensitive skin can absorb dozens of chemicals by simply using disposable diapers, wipes, and standard hygiene products. If you’re a bit crafty, sewing patterns for cloth diapers are actually pretty easy and a good project to work on during pregnancy.

Topicals without Chemicals

A quick walk through the baby section of your local pharmacy will show you how many chemically based products are being marketed for use on babies. However, chemicals, dyes, and fragrances often irritate babies’ delicate skin and end up doing more harm than good.

We recommend Bye Bye Diaper Rash for skin rashes, itching skin, sores, swelling, inflammation, red and swollen skin, scaling, and painful burning of the skin. This topical spray provides fast relief without any chemicals, and unlike ointments, you can apply it without touching your baby’s irritated skin. The all-natural ingredients soothe and heal skin, while protecting it from germs and further irritation with antioxidants and antimicrobial phytochemicals.

Plastic-Free Toys and Containers

Most American households with kids are packed with plastic toys that beep, spin, and talk. Not only are many of the modern toys distracting to the point of sensory overload, but they can also be lined with chemicals that will undoubtedly end up in your baby’s mouth while teething. For example, older soft plastic toys can contain chemicals that were used to soften the plastic. Wooden toys, books, and interactive games are better for stimulating young brains better in the long-run anyway.

Similarly, skip the plastic food containers if you don’t want to worry about which ones are safe and which aren’t. Rinse out and reuse old tomato sauce and pickle jars to store food, or pack snacks in reusable bags instead. Even if you do keep some plastic containers around for convenience, never heat food up in them in the microwave or put them in the dishwasher. Heating plastic containers can release the chemicals they contain and make them seep into your baby’s food.

There’s no such thing as the perfect parent, but you can give your baby the best life possible by choosing safe and natural options for the whole family.

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