Baby wipes have come a long way over the past few years.
When my eldest was born, just over 7 years ago I clearly remember the lack of choice on the supermarket shelves when it came to brands that provided the consumer with wipes that were all natural and who ditched those nasty toxins that did nothing but irritate little bottoms, not to mention the long-term damage they were doing.
Now that I am expecting my third baby I’m pleased to see a much wider variety of wipes on the market which contain cleaner ingredients, are affordable for the everyday family and are easily accessible, being available at most of the main supermarkets and pharmacies. Some of these are newer brands on the market, and I’m pleased to say that some are brands that have been around for a long time now, which have re-formulated their wipes to take out some of those no-go ingredients.
Look at the ingredient list of the back of a packet of wipes and it's likely you'll feel overwhelmed and confused by what exactly are the safe and not-so-safe ingredients.
Here's a run-down on some of the main nasties to look out for when you’re next buying wipes for your little ones.
Many of you would have heard of Parabens.
They are a class of widely used preservatives which have been linked to allergic reactions, rashes, and an increased risk of cancer and hormonal problems, including infertility. In the ingredient list they will be called methlyparaben, propylparaben, butlylparaben and ethylparaben.
Thankfully the EU are banning many types of parabens, and many products here in Australia are starting to do the same, but it’s still something you definitely need to look out for.
A preservative that has been known to cause nasty allergic reactions on the skin. You absolutely want to avoid this ingredient at all costs!
This common preservative is a known irritant, and it is thought that it is an endocrine disruptor.
Although these are rarely used in baby products these days, it may be found in perfumes or fragrances. That’s why you should always avoid scented baby products. Furthermore, phthalates are thought to be endocrine disrupters, which changes the way hormones work in the body.
Companies often use the word ‘fragrance’ on product ingredient lists to disguise a multitude of chemicals (including phthalates, parabens and more), but sadly we never actually know what exactly it is that’s falling under this in our products. Fragrance should be avoided in all baby products, including wipes.
Can be found in antibacterial wipes, and is another chemical that’s a suspected endocrine disrupter. It’s also contributing to the rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria.
This is one of the reasons we avoid many commercial hand sanitisers in our house. We do however have something exciting on it’s way for you when it comes to natural hand santitsers… Shhh!
There are so many great brands out there that are now offering a safer alternative when it comes to disposable wipes.
Here are a few of my personal favourites:
Eco by Naty
Tooshies by TOM
What are some of your favourite non-toxic wipes?