I posted something on my instagram a while back and my sister-in-law commented “I love what a hippie you’ve become!”. I laughed at that comment because I do not feel like a hippie, or a crunchy or granola or whatever you want to call it. But….I guess I have adopted some ideals of these so called hippies…and I kinda like it! It started after I became pregnant and because of the desire I had to use only the safest and purest things on my baby. I am by no means and all or nothing gal, I am definitely in the middle between organic and not. But with each passing day I am educated about something new and wonderful or even at times frightening that I need to change in our lifestyle. I adore the friends I am surrounded with and the fact that they have taught me so much and helped me realize the importance of educating myself. I was naive and ignorant to what the products in my house contained….many of which have been thrown out by now. Rachel told me about this website: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ where you can type in pretty much any product and see how it is rated on a scale of good vs. bad. The first item I checked was Dylan’s sunscreen. The weather is warm now (ok, hot!) and I knew we would be spending a lot of time outside so I wanted to be sure she had good sunscreen to protect her baby skin. Last year I bought her Aveeno baby spf 55 which I thought was going to rate high on the website….nope! It is a 7! It immediately went in the trash.
I then typed in “baby sunscreen” to see which ones came up with the best scores.
I ended up ordering (via amazon where it is cheapest) the Baby Badger Sunscreen SPF 30 and have used it several times and love it. I need to go through and check out a few other products to see what we have been putting on our skin! Thankfully Dylan has had flawless skin (no diaper rash, no dry or irritated spots since she was a couple of weeks old, etc) and I really don’t use many lotions and potions on myself but I do still want to check our shampoo and body wash, etc. I encourage you to plug in a few of your daily products and see what you find! Have you made the switch to something safer? Let us know!