Baby skin is delicate as is baby health. To protect both it's smart to make sure baby bath time is kept green, safe and non-toxic.
Icky stuff may be hiding in the most typical of bath time products and even the water itself. Look out for the following baddies...
Contaminated water: According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), 42 states have tap water that’s contaminated with more than 140 unregulated chemicals that lack safety standards. Because your baby not only baths in her bath water but likely drinks some, unregulated chemicals pose a problem. To easily solve this problem check your water safety quality (it could be safe), if there's questionable stuff in the water get a bathtub faucet filter (from a home improvement store) or try to keep your baby from drinking the water.
Harsh cleaning chemicals: If you clean your tub with harsh cleaners containing toxic chemicals, your baby may be drinking chemical residue left in the tub as well as absorbing these chemicals through her skin. Cleaners are almost impossible to totally rinse out of the tub so a better bet is to use a safe store bought natural bathtub cleaner like Seventh Generation Natural Shower Cleaner or Method Tub and Tile Spray or clean your tub safely with a homemade cleaner of baking soda and lemon:
Spray your tub down with water. Sprinkle with baking soda and the juice of half of one lemon. Let tub sit for about 10 minutes. Scrub with a tub safe brush or cloth then rinse.
Bath toys: Many baby bath toys contain harmful chemicals. Once your baby puts a bath toy in her mouth she’s ingesting these chemicals. Look for bath toys that are PVC free, BPA free, and phthalate-free. BPA hasn’t been officially declared a hazard yet, but studies show that there could be many long-term health dangers associated with BPA with this in mind you could wait around for the scientists to sort it out or just buy BPA free products. PVC is another danger of bath toys as these products contain many chemicals, one of which, DEHP, has been called a probable carcinogen by the EPA – but the other chemicals in PVC aren’t safe either. PVC also leaches, which means if your child chews a product containing PVC she’s ingesting the chemicals. Another downside of PVC is that it’s not easily recycled.Some examples of safer bath toys below:
- Boon’s Odd Ducks
- Boon Bug Pod
- Splat Floating Ring Toss
- Sophie the Giraffe Bath Toy
- Sassy Bathtime Fun Appliques
Baby soap: Lastly, the products you use on your baby can contain preservatives, chemicals, and other toxic junk that babies don’t need. Use baby soap products that only contain natural and organic ingredients and no chemical additives. Some good examples of safe, non-toxic baby soap are below.