Why Are Organic Products Best for Your Baby?
Parents want to keep their children safe and healthy, especially during COVID-19.
With a host of ads and (often unsolicited) advice on commercial baby care products, choosing the right ones can be challenging. New parents in particular get overwhelmed picking products they hope are safe and effective for their baby. From buying organic food (whose sales have surged in the last few months) and bedding, there are several ways to ensure a toxin-free environment and keep them healthy.
Organic Baby Products and Their Benefits
Here’s how organic baby products can keep your children healthy.
Organic Baby Food
Chemical pesticides are commonly used on farms to protect fruits crops and vegetables, and traces of these chemicals often find their way into the food. When you buy organic food instead of packaged, you avoid the pesticides and hormones found in most commercial baby food products.
Unlike conventional farming which uses synthetic fertilizers to supply nutrients to the soil, organic soil is treated with a range of microbes that naturally break down organic matter. This includes roots, leaves, manure, insects and earthworms. This procedure nurtures soil nutrients that produce fruits and vegetables with 19-69% higher concentrations of antioxidants. These strengthen your kids’ immunity and reduce the risk of infections and diseases like chronic dysentery, pneumococcal pneumonia and even cancer.
Here are five benefits to feeding your baby organic food.
- Limited Chemical Exposure
A lack of pesticides and exposure to chemicals make organic food a safer option for your baby. Toxins in pesticides can cause a host of problems, including limited brain development and growth rate.
- Better Mental and Physical Health
There are many studies that link pesticides to adverse health effects, including learning disabilities and behavioural issues like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It has also been found that children who exclusively eat organic dairy products have fewer incidences of eczema and wheezing (which is often associated with asthma). Hence, organic food is the best choice for your child’s physical and mental wellbeing.
- Better Taste
Unlike non-organic foods (which sometimes smell of chemicals,) organic foods are tasty and nutritious. When starting your baby on solids, introduce them to delicious organic foods.
Organic Skin Care Products
Skin is our largest organ. Up to 60% of what we apply on our skin gets absorbed into our bloodstream, which then circulates throughout our body. Since a baby’s skin is way more soft and sensitive than an adult’s, it’s important to choose skincare products that are free of synthetic chemicals, additives and fragrances. Almost everyone can benefit from natural skincare products, but when it comes to our little ones, the reasons are even more compelling.
- Gentle on Immature Skin
Since a baby’s skin is still growing, it’s quite sensitive and can be exposed to infections caused by bacteria and harsh chemicals. That’s why many pediatricians recommend only using water for cleaning in the first weeks of your baby’s life before transitioning to organic products. This minimizes the risk of irritation and infections.
- Better for Health
Many commercial baby skincare products contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals like phthalates, sodium lauryl sulphate and parabens. These chemicals are known for their damaging effect on the immune, endocrine and reproductive systems. The higher the toxin content, the greater are their chances of entering the body and causing diseases. Organic skincare products, on the other hand, are made using natural ingredients that are completely safe for your baby’s health.
Organic Clothing and Bedding
An average newborn (up to six months) sleeps approximately 16-20 hours a day, which means they’ll have a lot more exposure to their bedding than adults. Opting for certified organic mattresses, sheets, blankets and pillows can help reduce your baby’s exposure to airborne toxins. Similarly, 100% organic cotton clothes are the best choice for your baby, because they’re completely natural and free from chemicals. You should, however, check their quality and the reputation of the manufacturer before purchasing any organic products for your baby.
- Safer Breathing
Many bedding products (particularly mattresses) contain harmful chemicals like carcinogens that are known to disrupt hormones and cause cancer. By choosing organic, non-toxic bedding materials, you can provide your child with a safe, chemical-free sleeping environment.
- Soft and Comfortable
Organic cotton fibres are softer than regular cotton ones because they’re made from natural materials. Conventional cotton is often drenched in chemicals that make them hard, rough and uncomfortable. Using synthetic crib mattresses, sheets and blankets for your baby can lead to irritation and restlessness. The best way to keep them cozy is to switch to organic baby bedding.
- Good for the Skin
As mentioned, a baby’s skin is more sensitive than ours and absorbs chemicals that make their way into the bloodstream. Hence, it’s important to choose organic bedding that’s gentle on the skin and safe for their health. Besides being comfortable and resistant to dust mites and mould, organic bedding is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. This means, your baby won’t be at risk of developing skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis or eczema.
The only drawback to organic products for your child is their cost. However, the long-term cost of compromising your child’s health is far greater than the short-term expense of buying organic products for them.