Sunday, November 04, 2012

Baby Care Products and Baby Massage


Several years ago, I began to shift my lifestyle to include more organic foods & products and stop buying things made with or covered in harmful chemicals.  With food, it has become pretty easy to figure out what is what.  With cleaning and body care products, it's a lot more difficult and the list of ingredients with exotic names is intimidating.  Come to find out, some of the standard ingredients in store-bought body care products (preservatives, fragrances, cleaning agents) are known to disrupt the endocrine (hormone) system, cause allergies, affect fertility or even cause cancer.   So now when I'm evaluating products that I use on my kids, I go to even greater lengths to make sure what I use on them is safe, bio-based and chemical free.

The brand Seventh Generation has been around for awhile and we use their household products like laundry soap, toilet paper, paper towels, bathroom cleaner, dish soap as well as diapers.  Now they've come out with a line of baby care products that is non-toxic and composed of plant-based ingredients including olive oil, known to be good for moisture retention.  This is the first complete line of USDA-certified bio-based baby care products.  It's gluten-free, tear-free, non-toxic and has no synthetic fragrances, phthalates or parabens.

We've had the pleasure of getting to use some of the products already.  Pictured above is Sidney taking her first ever bubble bath using the Wee Generation Bubble Bath.  She loved it.  Also we tried the  Foaming Shampoo & Wash which is super convenient as anyone who bathes a child knows.  Ken used the Diaper Cream on Calvin which seems very effective and the Baby Lotion has a slight hint of citrus scent and is moisturizing without being greasy.  This lotion is a perfect product to use for baby massage. 

When Sidney was a wee babe, we practiced baby massage on her and are looking forward to practicing some on Calvin as well.  It has so many benefits for the baby like calming them and helping them feel more bonded to their care giver.  You can start doing it when baby is just 3 weeks old.   If you've never tried baby massage, it's a really nice way to bond and connect with baby that helps soothe and promote a positive well-being.

Here are five tips for Baby Massage from Tina Allen at the Liddle Kidz Foundation:

1. Choose the Best Time and Place
Creating the best environment for massage is an ideal way to give yourself, and baby time to relax. Choose a familiar place that is warm, quiet and with few distractions. The best time for massage is when baby is awake, healthy and happy. Some babies prefer the morning, while others prefer the afternoon or before bedtime.

2. Be comfortable
Relax, enjoy and have fun! Position yourself so that you are comfortable. Be sure baby is safe and placed on a soft area. Keep in mind, babies roll and become slippery when using oil. Be sure your hands are warm and clean before you begin.

3. Choosing Massage Oil/Lotion
While it is not required, using oil can help make massage more enjoyable for some babies and parents. Olive oil and Grapeseed oil are some of the best choices for infant massage. However if you choose to use lotions be sure to choose a non-toxic option, like Seventh Generation baby lotion - which contains olive oil as a main ingredient.

4. Ask Permission
Infant massage can be a wonderful tool for increasing your communication. Massage is not something that parents do to their baby, but rather with their little one. Listen to your baby. She will give you the signals to let you know she is enjoying massage, or when she is all done for now.

5. Know When Not to Massage
Never provide massage for your baby without permission (when sleeping, crying or fussy).  Avoid massage when he is ill, has a fever or infection. If he has broken skin, rash or bruising.  Wait at least 48 - 72 hours following immunizations. For tummy massage, wait 30 minutes after eating. If he has any special healthcare needs seek further guidance as to what would be the safest approach.

Check out http://www.liddlekidz.com for more resources and information on Baby Massage.

Here is a video on baby massage from them as well.

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SEVENTH GENERATION TWITTER PARTY--Tomorrow!

What: Join us for an informative party to discuss the importance of using truly pure and natural baby care products! We’ll tell you how to identify the safest product ingredients and those ingredients to watch out for. 

WhenThe party will be on Monday, Nov. 5, at 10am PT.

Where: Use the #7GenBabyFest hashtag on Twitter!

Hosts: Follow @theMotherhood, @SeventhGen, @CooperMunroe and @EmilyMcKhann

Prizes: There will be a giveaway of prize packs containing full sets of the Seventh Generation baby personal care line.  (Approximate retail value of $50 each)

1 comment:

Mahesh Kawade said...

I always read your blog.
The information you have provided about baby care products is really nice.
Thanks for sharing such a nice post on kids products.