Buying products for your baby can be stressful for so many reasons. They can be expensive, and you want them to last, but most importantly, you want to make sure that they’re safe for your little one.
Commercial products are all full of chemicals and other potential dangers – all our food, beauty products, cleaning products, and even our clothes and furniture. With a baby’s immune system that’s still building and strengthening, you want to do everything you can to keep them safe from potential harm.
Here are some tips to help you navigate the shopping process and understand what to buy.
Understand Toxins and Dangers
First of all, before you scare yourself silly and panic about nothing, make sure you do a little research to really understand what is considered a toxin, or what might be dangerous for your baby. There are certain ingredients or fabrics you might want to avoid, but that doesn’t mean you need to be fearful of every product.
When it comes to clothing, rather opt for organic cotton baby bodysuits instead of cheap fabrics. Be aware of ingredients in formulas and early baby food, and try to choose gentle, baby-safe bath products and cleaning formulas for your home.
Talk to Your Paediatrician
If you’re concerned about certain products or items, you should feel free and comfortable talking to your paediatrician about them. Their professional opinion is valuable, and they will be able to tell you whether or not a product is worth worrying about.
They will also probably have recommendations for safer alternatives that you could use in the case that you have brought up something that they advise against.
Ask Other Moms
Of course, one of the most comforting things to do is to get advice from another mom who feels the same way you do.
If none of your friends or close family members are parenting babies or young kids right now, you might feel a little alone in your journey. Joining a moms group is a great way to find people to relate to, ask for advice and share your struggles with.
Try to find like-minded people who share your values and ideals when it comes to parenting. You’ll be more likely to feel comfortable using something if you know it’s a product trusted by someone who feels the same way you do about certain issues.
Use Trial and Error and Trust Your Gut
Even with all the advice in the world, everyone is different. Every mom is different and every baby is different too, which means that just because a product is recommended to you, doesn’t mean that you or your little one will love it.
After all the research is done and advice given, it’s up to you to buy what you think is right for you and your baby and decide for yourself whether or not you like how it feels and works. When you become a mom, your gut instincts about your baby will be your best way of knowing what’s right or wrong.