skincare & natural products - baby
Many products are unnecessary or may contain potentially harmful ingredients.
For example, your baby does not need soap - a few drops of natural bath oil will
suffice. Likewise talcum powder is a product commonly used but is it
What does it contain?
Naturally, it is best for baby to use chemical free products. There are some
great natural products available but you need to check the labelling. A product
may be marked as natural, even though it may only contain one or two natural
ingredients. It may also contain a number of dubious ingredients.
The following are ingredients commonly found in baby and
children’s products, hair products, skincare, soaps, toothpaste and makeup.
I have reservations about using anything unnatural on my baby's skin,
however I'm no expert. If you are unsure about any ingredients in products you
purchase, check out these resources:
The types of products you may wish to consider are:
baby massage oil
natural nappy creams
baby colic Powder
baby teething Powder
baby bath oil
natural cornstarch powder
Natural, Homoeopathic or Herbal Products are
available through Chemists, Health Food stores and Organics stores nationwide.
Most of these products are available through our
Vitamins and Minerals:
When considering supplements, check out this
Aromatherapy is lovely to use with babies and children. For
example, one drop of essential oil can be vaporised in a baby's
room an hour before nap time.
Care needs to be taken when using any essential oils
particularly for babies, children or during pregnancy. (http://www.aromatherapy.org.nz).
- Only use pure essential oils (not synthetic oils).
- Use only the recommended amount.
- Oils should never be taken internally.
- If in doubt consult a NZROHA Registered Professional
For professional advice and information about aromatherapy,
NZ Register of Holistic Aromatherapists web site .
For the medicinal uses of lavender, check out
2. Aromatherapy information: Eleanor Gibson, Dip. Aroma (IFPA)
Further Reading :
Environmental Working Group's Guide to Sunscreen (Cosmeticsdatabase.com)
Dealing with it Naturally - series of articles (Jill Dunn, Nourish) on
cradle cap, ear problems, eczema, nappy rash, and teething
Creating Happy and Healthy Families With Homeopathy (NaturalParenting.
The Cancer Prevention Coalition