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This Week’s Reader Question
“I am pregnant with my first baby. What all natural baby products do you recommend? I find a few out there but not sure which is best. I’m looking for bathing essentials, lotion, and wipes. Also, which chlorine/chemical free diapers do you recommend? Thanks.”
It’s hard when you’re preparing for your first baby to know what you really need — and what’s a good/safe brand of anything. While there are many options out there, there are some simple options that I like that can you started. (Just my preferences though!)
Babies don’t really need more than water in most cases. If they do (the diaper area can get messy sometimes!), I like Dr. Bronner’s plain castile soap, or Burt’s Bees baby wash. These are very safe.
If you need baby powder, try one based on bentonite clay, like the one Redmond Clay makes (or just use plain bentonite clay).
For lotion, any plain oil is good — I prefer avocado, but olive, jojoba, sweet almond, etc. will work. I don’t recommend coconut only because it can be drying to skin. This oil can also help to clean meconium off their bottoms in the first few days. Keep some unbleached cotton pads to help with this job.
I also recommend a big, soft towel to wrap baby in. The baby towels aren’t very big, warm, or absorbent. The big towels are also good for sponge baths, which are all babies really need for the first few weeks and really up to six months (until they are big enough to sit in a bath tub and really enjoy splashing).
I personally love cloth diapers, and I sew my own. If you need disposables, there is Seventh Generation, Huggies Pure & Natural, and a Pampers natural brand (I can’t remember the name). I usually went for one of the first two, on the occasions that we temporarily used disposables.
For wipes, I use cloth at home (with plain water) and I buy whatever natural brand is available for on the go — a store brand, Seventh Generation, etc. (I often use Whole Foods’ 365 wipes. I don’t buy a new pack very often.)
Goldenseal powder and cotton swabs are good for cord care. Goldenseal is really expensive but you only need a tiny bit. Dip a swab in the powder and rub it gently around the cord stump at each diaper change. Goldenseal can also be put on diaper rash. Or, if you are looking for a cream, Earth Mama Angel Baby makes a good one. Use only as needed. (Chronic diaper rash may be a sign of an allergy, to a food or to a chemical in the diapers.)
Those are my best recommendations for baby products!
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