5 Dangerous Toxins and Chemicals to Avoid in Baby Products

5 Dangerous Toxins and Chemicals to Avoid in Baby Products

Can baby care products harmful to our children? As a parent, nothing is more precious than our children. We would do anything to protect them and ensure their safety. We teach them the best we can, are careful with their diets, and remain vigilant when it comes to the products we choose for them. 

Yet, no matter how careful we are, it’s still possible for things to slip past our eyes. It’s estimated that children are exposed to up to 27 harmful chemicals daily, thanks to personal care products (via the Environmental Working Group).

At Simpleaf, we believe that’s about 27 too many. Many parents don’t realize how common it is for everyday baby products like lotions, bath gels, shampoos, and sunscreens to contain harmful ingredients.  

These ingredients may cause health issues in the short term and even in the long term. While some are known to cause an immediate reaction on your baby’s skin, it is just as likely that the issues aren’t immediately apparent, which is even scarier! 

A baby’s skin is about 30% thinner than an adult’s, so ingredients are absorbed into the skin much faster. Over time, excessive exposure to these toxins can build up and harm your child’s skin health, behavior, immune system, and more. 

If you want to keep a more careful eye on the products you are using for your children, make sure to avoid these five dangerous toxins

 

1. Parabens

Parabens are synthetic preservatives that companies place in skin products to ensure they last longer. You might see paraben ingredient names like ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben.  

Why should you avoid these? Recent studies show that these ingredients imitate or mimic hormonal activity in the human body. Additionally, parabens have been associated with forms of breast cancer. For example, traces of parabens have been found in breast tumors when tested on baby animals’ exposure to parabens increased problems with social interactions, learning and memory. The jury is still out on the direct impact of the extremely common preservative on babies, which is why we don’t recommend its usage.

2. dyes

Companies often add colorful dyes to products because they are attractive and look fun, but the chemicals needed for these bright colors can be plenty harmful. Dyes used in foods and skin products are known to be harmful, yet they are still quite popular these days. Dyes have been linked to a variety of health issues such as tumors, hyperactivity, chromosomal damage, neurochemical effects, asthma, lymphomas, allergies, insomnia, and eczema. 

3. sulfates

Sulfates are very popular in cleansers and baby soaps you can find at the store. Their purpose in baby wash or shampoo is to induce an excess of bubbles or foam. These are so common because bubbles and foam often make people assume the product is more effective. You’ll be disappointed to find that sulfates are actually very toxic to the human body. Various sulfates have already been linked to cancer, skin irritation, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, and organ toxicity.

4. fragrances

Baby products often list “fragrance” as an ingredient. Instead of being a specific ingredient, this term often represents a category that encompasses hundreds of toxic chemicals. How do companies get away with hiding these chemicals? They are not required to reveal the actual chemicals they use to make the fragrance. This is particularly shameful since it keeps us in the dark when it comes to understanding how these products impact our babies. The chemicals behind the term “fragrance” are known for causing cancer, birth defects, allergies, nervous system disorders, and many other ailments.

5. Phthalates

Phthalates might look like it’s misspelled, but it’s a real word and you don’t want it in your baby products. Phthalates are chemicals designed to soften plastics and are often used as solvents in skin care products like soaps and topical creams. Though phthalates are banned from plenty of children’s toys, they are still common in baby care products. Phthalates have shown to be very harmful to our kidneys, liver, lungs, and reproductive systems.

Our Standards Are as High as Yours 

At Simpleaf, we understand how precious children are. That’s why we are committed to creating products that contain no harsh ingredients. Our products are the definition of “high-quality” with a baby-centered approach.  

We carefully formulate our baby wipes to ensure no harmful or harsh ingredients are used. In addition to being perfect for sensitive skin, our wipes are hypoallergenic and contain soothing aloe vera and vitamin E. 

If your standards are as high as ours, you’ll love our baby-beloved products.  

Why Everyone Should Use Wet Wipes

Why Everyone Should Use Wet Wipes

In the wide world of personal hygiene products, it can be easy for adults to dismiss wet wipes. In fact, if you were to ask someone off the street why people use wet wipes, they’d probably tell you that they’re primarily used for cleaning a baby’s skin. While it’s true that you often see wet wipes advertised for this purpose, they’re actually great personal care products for everyone, regardless of age.

Using wet wipes for adults for personal hygiene is virtually the same as using them for babies. If you’re a parent,you’re likely already familiar with the many hygienic applications of single-use wipes. If you don’t have children and haven’t already used wet wipes in the past, you might wonder why you should add them to your routine. Let’s take a look at how to use wet wipes in a variety of situations!

Cleaning Your Skin: The gentle way, with wet wipes

Ultimately, they’re designed to gently remove dirt. Because they’re usually made with babies in mind, they are very mild so as not to irritate skin sensitivities. One of the most common uses is to quickly clean your hands. Not only do wipes remove dirt and grime, but they also disinfect, making them a staple hygiene product for when you’re at home or on the go.

Facial Care: Because we all have faces

Use wet wipes for basic skincare. They are as good as specialized facial wipes but cost much less. They’re a speedy way to cleanse your face, but many people also use them as a quick, no-mess way to remove makeup. Be sure to test new wipes on your skin if you tend to be sensitive. You never know how your skin will react.

Toilet Paper Substitute: Nothing is better for personal hygiene products

Don’t laugh! After all, parents use flushable wipes to clean up infants. Why should it be any different for adults? The truth is, it isn’t. Some argue that wet wipes are more effective than toilet paper because the added moisture helps to clean more thoroughly (don’t worry, it dries quickly)and can be more cost effective depending on the brands in question since you’ll likely use fewer wet wipes than you would toilet paper. Though some may find such use strange, others swear that replacing toilet paper with wet wipes leads to better personal hygiene.

Disinfecting Surfaces: Because being clean is trending.

Besides keeping you clean, baby wipes can help prevent you from getting dirty in the first place. Always keep a pack on hand so that you can disinfect tabletops, doorknobs, even toilet seats. On the home front, they’re great for removing smudges, too.

Wet wipes are one of the most versatile personal hygiene products. They are an inexpensive way to keep clean throughout the day and compact enough to take with you without trouble. If you haven’t tried them yet, take a look at the examples above and give them a try in your daily routine!

 

Most Popular Questions – Baby Wipes

Most Popular Questions – Baby Wipes

Frequently Asked Questions – Baby Wipes

Customers love Simpleaf baby wipes because they are made with the high quality standards in an environmentally conscious way, perfect for the sensitive skin of babies. Here are a few questions that get asked about baby wipes. If you have any questions that aren’t addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

Can you use baby wipes on your face?
Absolutely! Simpleaf baby wipes are made with soothing Aloe Vera, and they never contain any alcohol or parabens, which makes them perfect for sensitive areas such as baby’s skin or a face. Perfect for freshening up during the day or cleaning up at the end of the day, these baby wipes work great on your face. Baby wipes provide a gentle clean that you may not be able to get from other types of wipes.

Can you use baby wipes to remove makeup?
While baby wipes are not specifically designed to remove makeup, they can definitely help you clean up at the end of the day. Cleansing wipes that are often used for makeup removal contain specific chemicals that help to break down the makeup, but many women prefer the more natural treatment of a baby wipe when washing off their face. While you may need to wipe a little more with a baby wipe, they are a safe and effective way to remove makeup at the end of the night.

Can you use baby wipes on pets?
Pet owners love our Simpleaf baby wipes, as they provide an easy way to clean pets and keep them fresh! One of the reasons they are so good for pets is that they are made of premium quality materials, making them durable whether they are used to wipe down a human or a pet. They are also larger than our competitors wipes, so you need to use fewer with each use. Whether they’ve been rolling around in dirt or simply need a cleanup, our baby wipes help keep pets cleaner, and remove any odors or dust they might have picked up throughout their busy day.

Are baby wipes biodegradable?
Most baby wipes are not biodegradable, which can cause major problems for sewage systems and for the environment. In addition to filling up landfills, many wipes can clog sewers when they are flushed down the toilet, as they are made with plastic fibers that do not easily break down. However, Simpleaf wipes are made to be flushed and to be biodegradable, meaning they will naturally break down. This is great for you, because you can throw them away or flush them down the toilet without any worry about what they will do in the future.

Do flushable wipes breakdown?
This is something that can vary by brand, but you can flush Simpleaf wipes with confidence knowing that they will breakdown and dissolve in water. Unfortunately, many wipes that say they are flushable do not easily break down, causing environmental harm in the future. It’s important to find a company that makes environmental stewardship an important and integral part of their business, so that you can have complete trust in the product you are using.

Do baby wipes expire?
Many wipes contain notes on the back of the packaging which indicates their shelf-life. However, if your wipes do not say, the general rule is that many wipes can last for around two years if they are not opened, and about 3 months if they are open. It’s important keep the pack closed to keep them as moist as possible, which helps extend their life cycle.

When were baby wipes invented?
Baby wipes were most likely invented some time during the 1950s, as travel became more common and with it, the need to clean up on the go. One of the first companies to have a hand in baby wipes was called Nice-Pak, which made a type of wipe with a scented skin cleanser. By the 1990s, most large retail super stores had their own brand of wipes, along with baby industry companies such as Huggies and Procter & Gamble.

How many wipes does a baby use in a year?
The answer is – it depends. Many factors can influence how many baby wipes your baby might use in a year, ranging from how liberal you are when using them to clean up messes, to the baby’s age, to what type of messes you are cleaning up with wipes, to how messy your baby tends to get. In general, the higher quality the wipe, the fewer you will need to use.

Our Simpleaf wipes are thicker and larger than other leading wipes, meaning you will need less to clean up even big messes. This can help you cut down and waste and experience money savings

How do I keep baby wipes moist?
If baby wipes are not kept moist, they will become unusable, costing you money and forcing you to go through more wipes. Every time you finish using wipes, be sure to seal the packaging back up. This will not only extend their lifespan, but also keep them more effective when you do use them.

These are just a few of the most frequent questions that we get asked. If you are wondering about anything that you can’t find on our website, please drop us a note or give us a call to let us know how we can help.

8 Diaper Bag Essentials For Moms On The Go

8 Diaper Bag Essentials For Moms On The Go

A well-packed diaper bag can be a real lifesaver, but a poorly packed bag can be a disaster. For you moms on the go, here’s a list of eight essential items to keep in your diaper bag at all times.

1. Diapers and Wipes

For moms on the go, there’s nothing more important to have than some diapers and wipes. Babies need to be changed as soon as possible, so it’s always crucial to make sure you have supplies for changing diapers on hand. Simpleaf for Babies travel wipes, available in one, two and five packs, are great for on-the-go diaper changes, messes, and emergencies.

2. Spare Clothes

No matter how hard you try to keep your baby clean, there’s a pretty slim chance that they won’t need a change of clothes at some point. Babies are messy, from the way most of their food ends up on them and not in their belly, to the spit up that comes after the meal, a change of clothes is a must.

3. Diaper cream

Similar to diapers, moisturizing diaper cream needs to be applied as soon as you get the chance. While it’s not good for your baby to have a rash, and you’ll be dealing with a lot more fussing if you don’t have the right materials when disaster strikes.

4. Receiving Blanket

A receiving blanket gives you a multi-faceted tool that you’ll absolutely love having. Whether you want to give your baby a clean place to play on the ground or bundle them up, these blankets are always a big plus to have on hand.

5. Trash Bag

Did we mention that babies are messy? This means you get to deal with dirty clothes, used burp cloths, and dirty diapers. Make sure you have a trash bag on hand so you can keep this stuff separate from what’s clean. You can even keep one dirty clothes bag and one dirty diaper/wipe bag.

6. Extra Cloth

Whether your baby is a drooler, just ate, or makes a little mess, doesn’t mean you have to wear it on your own clothes.  Keeping a good burp cloth handy helps you keep yourself clean while making sure your baby is always burped and comfortable. Just a little water and a cloth is a mom on the go’s secret weapon!

7. Snacks

Whatever you do, don’t forget to bring snacks. In fact, you should probably bring a couple of snacks for yourself just hunger strikes and you don’t have time to get something to eat at the moment. But at the very least, bring a couple of treats along for your little one to keep them full and happy.

8. Water

This one is an absolute must for various reasons. For starters, nothing’s more frustrating than being parched and dealing with a crying baby. Plus, water has myriad purposes when it comes to caring for your baby on the go, from cleaning up little messes to making formula and more.

 

Being a mom on the go is a lot of work, but it’s easier with proper preparation. The goal is to make sure you can conveniently access everything you need to keep you and your little one happy. Finding individual products that are great for travel—such as the Simpleaf for Babies wipes —is a great way to make sure you have everything you need at all times.

Baby Wipes: Yay or Nay?

Baby Wipes: Yay or Nay?

Babies have been well-protected inside the womb for so long, as a result their skin is extremely sensitive. This means it’ll take some time for their skin to get used to the constant exposure to harsh elements of our environment. Getting the right wipes for your baby is a delicate issue as some babies can develop rashes or allergic reactions to certain ingredients in the wipes which may not agree with your baby’s soft skin and may cause them more discomfort. One of the most common problems faced by all newborn babies is a diaper rash. Wearing diapers is a necessity and because of this these rashes get more and more aggravated by constant rubbing or sometimes even the ingredients present in some baby wipes.

We are focused on ensuring all Simpleaf products meet the highest quality standard. Natural substances like aloe, lotus extracts, vitamin E, glycerin, olive oil, chamomile, and other essential oils are all perfectly safe and will not strip the natural oils produced by the baby’s skin and allow it to breathe freely.

Essentially, wipes need to be wet, soft, contain a disinfectant and are moisturizing. Using a solution of warm water and essential oils, or water, baby oil, and baby wash will give you all the essentials of a functional wipe. This way you know what you’re using and you’re not adding more elements for your baby’s system to fight off.

Our wet wipes are bio-degradable/eco-friendly wipes with great premium quality during use. Simpleaf for babies wipes are designed to take everywhere, the package size is perfect for traveling and also for home use. Our wipes are thicker than the leading brands and also bigger in size.

The technology Simpleaf for Babies wet wipes makes them the most eco-friendly choice you can make! After you’re done using the wipes flush them down the toilet and not worry about finding a trash can or having them fill your bin! The wipes are biodegradable and will dissolve in water to avoid toilet clogging.