Having a 3 month old in the house means once again investing in baby products such as bath wash, lotion and diaper cream. I recently had the opportunity to review the Wee Generation Natural Baby Products from Seventh Generation. I also was able to attend a webinar to learn about the new Wee Generation product line and to understand the importance of ingredients in products – what are harmful ingredients and what are safe, more natural ingredients for your baby’s skin.
First a little about the Wee Generation products:
- First complete line of USDA-certified biobased baby care products
- Endorsed by Healthy Child, Healthy World
- Products are gluten-free – No synthetic fragrances, phthalates, parabens (all ingredients of concern)
- Tear-free, no worries about getting in eyes
- Non-toxic, biodegradable formula
- Made with natural ingredients that come from plants and minerals
- Extra-virgin olive oil to moisturize and protect
During the seminar I found several things very interesting such as companies are not required to list every ingredient used in a product…kind of scary huh? Seventh Generation’s website has a detailed list of each and every ingredient which goes into each product so you know exactly what is going onto your child’s skin.
I also found out this:
Ingredients You Shouldn’t Use on Your Baby
Avoid body care products with:
- Parabens (Ethyl -, Methyl- , Propyl-)
- Phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DMP, DEP)
- Formaldehyde releasing preservatives:
- DMDM hydantoin •? Imidazolidinyl urea •? Diazolidinyl urea •? Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate •? 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol)
- “Fragrance” or “preservatives” rather than listing the actual ingredients
- DEA (diethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine)
- Tetrasodium and Trisodium EDTA
Instead you want to look for fragrances from essential oils and botanical extracts, no dyes.
We also learned about the beneficial aspects of baby massage.
Research has helped to document and reinforce the many benefits of infant massage:
- better sleep for baby (and parents, too!)
- stronger bond and improved communication stimulates production of Oxytocin (feel good hormone)
- facilitates body awareness and sensory stimulation
- boosts immune system stimulates neurological and brain development
- may aid elimination and ease tummy troubles (constipation, gas)
- can aid the digestion process may ease discomfort associated with teething
- stimulates growth hormones to aid healthy weight gain
- reduces levels of Cortisol, the stress hormone
- promotes relaxation and helps babies self-regulate calm
- aids congestion and improves breathing patterns
- provides opportunity for healthy growth and development
Best times for massage:
- when baby is calm and happy | Quiet Alert
- for some it might be in the morning after finishing the morning routine
- others prefer a quiet moment in the afternoon or before bedtime
Five Tips for Baby Massage from Tina Allen | Liddle Kidz Foundation
1) Choose the Best Time and Place
- Creating the best environment for massage is an ideal way to give yourself, and baby time to relax. Choose a familiar place that is warm, quiet and with few distractions. The best time for massage is when baby is awake, healthy and happy. Some babies prefer the morning, while others prefer the afternoon or before bedtime.
2) Be comfortable
- Relax, enjoy and have fun! Position yourself so that you are comfortable. Be sure baby is safe and placed on a soft area. Keep in mind, babies roll and become slippery when using oil. Be sure your hands are warm and clean before you begin.
3) Choosing Massage Oil
- While it is not required, using oil can help make massage more enjoyable for some babies and parents. Olive oil and Grapeseed oil are some of the best choices for infant massage. However if you choose to use lotions be sure to choose a non-toxic option, like Seventh Generation baby lotion – which contains olive oil as a main ingredient.
4) Ask Permission
- Infant massage can be a wonderful tool for increasing your communication. Massage is not something that parents do to their baby, but rather with their little one. Listen to your baby. She will give you the signals to let you know she is enjoying massage, or when she is all done for now.
5) Know When Not to Massage
- Never provide massage for your baby without permission (when sleeping, crying or fussy). Avoid massage when he is ill, has a fever or infection. If he has broken skin, rash or bruising. Wait at least 48 – 72 hours following immunizations. For tummy massage, wait 30 minutes after eating. If he has any special healthcare needs seek further guidance as to what would be the safest approach.
Seventh Generation sent 6 new products for review:
My take: I have tried these products with the 3 month old and the older kids (not the diaper cream obviously) and have found all of them to be gentle and soft on each child’s skin. There is a light pleasing scent, the lotion and bath products are creamy and provide great moisturizing nourishment to the skin and the diaper cream works effectively. The boys love the bubble bath the best while I love the foaming bath wash for the baby.
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