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Chemicals in baby products - how much do you worry?

This has to do with my post yesterday about using Johnson baby products. One poster said they switched after hearing about a class action lawsuit alleging trace amounts of potential carcinogens on j&j baby shampoo. Many on here recommend CA baby products, aveeno, burts bees etc. Everytime I think about switching I default to johnsons because I am overwhelmed by the choices, it is cheap and my mom and hospitals use it. Plus, just because something is natural doesn't mean it is non- toxic/non-carcinogenic (ie hylands teething tablets were recalled for having too much belladonna). I was going to buy a foam alphabet puzzle mat but a few weeks ago read on this board that the were being outlawed in some European countries for containing formaldehyde - so how much does this kind of hype/fear-mongering do you buy into? Or do you just buy what you buy within reason knowing you can't put your baby in a bubble forever?
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  • If I know about it, I avoid it (ie - I won't buy J&J stuff) but I don't drive myself crazy about things and do research unless I've heard something.
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  • image MrsAMR:
    If I know about it, I avoid it (ie - I won't buy J&J stuff) but I don't drive myself crazy about things and do research unless I've heard something.

    Pretty much this. We used Johnson's until I heard some of the concerns, then switched to Aveeno, but I'm not actively researching or checking every household beauty product to see what chemicals they contain. I recall that the uproar over those mats was largely inflated (epphd posted some counter-info if I recall) so I would still get them if I was interested in them (we have nowhere in our home they'd make sense). It's hard to navigate, I know.

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  • We are all exposed to toxins - and plenty of them - every day.  Even cord blood has been found to have environmental toxins in it - heavy metals, pesticides, all sorts of bad crap.  So there is no way to protect yourself or your baby short of, as you said, living in an actual bubble.

    For that reason - I do everything I can to avoid toxins when I can avoid them.  And especially do so for my young child.  We use California Baby products, we use dye and fragrance free detergents, we don't use fabric softeners, we clean with mostly vinegar and water or "green" products, and I buy organic groceries (not all - maybe half of our groceries, maybe only a third.)  I don't use cloth diapers, but I buy fragrance free and non-chlorine bleach disposables.

    There are so many toxins you can't avoid.  But those that I can - like J&J products - I definitely do.  

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  • image MrsAMR:
    If I know about it, I avoid it (ie - I won't buy J&J stuff) but I don't drive myself crazy about things and do research unless I've heard something.

    This.

    I'm much more concerned about what goes IN their bodies daily than what goes on them but I do try to make smart choices when I know of issues. 

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  • image LucyPevensie:

    We are all exposed to toxins - and plenty of them - every day.  Even cord blood has been found to have environmental toxins in it - heavy metals, pesticides, all sorts of bad crap.  So there is no way to protect yourself or your baby short of, as you said, living in an actual bubble.

    For that reason - I do everything I can to avoid toxins when I can avoid them.  And especially do so for my young child.  We use California Baby products, we use dye and fragrance free detergents, we don't use fabric softeners, we clean with mostly vinegar and water or "green" products, and I buy organic groceries (not all - maybe half of our groceries, maybe only a third.)  I don't use cloth diapers, but I buy fragrance free and non-chlorine bleach disposables.

    There are so many toxins you can't avoid.  But those that I can - like J&J products - I definitely do.  

    pretty much this. Not buying and using J & J stuff is easy, plus I like CA Baby more. I use quality soaps and lotions for myself and care about the stuff that's in my skincare products so it's easy for me to justify doing the same for DD.
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    image MrsAMR:
    If I know about it, I avoid it (ie - I won't buy J&J stuff) but I don't drive myself crazy about things and do research unless I've heard something.

    Pretty much this. We used Johnson's until I heard some of the concerns, then switched to Aveeno, but I'm not actively researching or checking every household beauty product to see what chemicals they contain. I recall that the uproar over those mats was largely inflated (epphd posted some counter-info if I recall) so I would still get them if I was interested in them (we have nowhere in our home they'd make sense). It's hard to navigate, I know.

    Ditto these two replies.  I know I'm the one that brought up the lawsuit and for us it was as simple as reading about the lawsuit, doing a little more background research, then ditching all our J&J stuff for Burt's Bee's and some Aveeno.  We also had one of the foam playmats that were being recalled in Europe and we tossed that too and just got a plush area rug to cover their main play area in our living room (hardwood flooring). 

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  • Pretty much what LucyP said. I try to check all Eliza's products out on The Cosmetics Database and avoid anything concerning. I love THIS print out they have and try to stick to it. They also have a great sunscreen guide that was VERY eyeopening.
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    Pretty much what LucyP said. I try to check all Eliza's products out on The Cosmetics Database and avoid anything concerning. I love THIS print out they have and try to stick to it. They also have a great sunscreen guide that was VERY eyeopening.

    I use this site as well. We use mostly California Baby products for DD. Pricey, but worth it to me.

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  • Exactly what Lucyp said.
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