The information, often contradicted itself. One expert would say this was best, one mom said this worked for her, and then there were entire camps devoted to their cause; breastfeeding or no breastfeeding? I did a lot of research and then spent the first year of motherhood riddled with guilt, tears and confusion. I found myself often asking, was I always doing what was best for my baby? It was advice from my momma, that finally made me realize, that in order to stay sane, and be the best mom I could be, I would have to do what worked for me, and make my own decisions!
Oh but how to make those decisions! For me, it was research, trial and error, and just all around forgiveness for myself. There are lots of decisions to make as a parent, from where they’ll sleep, to what they’ll eat and even simple things, like what soap you’re going to wash your baby with.
How To Pick The Best Baby Soap For Your Baby
In our generation we’re becoming more and more cognizant of ingredients lists. After my baby was born, I wanted the best for him, so I was always checking the back of my products; whether it be food, body wash or even, cleaning products. However, since I’m not a scientist, I honestly have no idea what half of the ingredients are. So, I would often grab products that just had simple ingredients lists, that seemed innocent. What I didn’t know is that some innocent ingredients like coconut oil extract are listed under a big scary name like; lauric acid. I would see that and immediately think, “I’m not about to put acid on my baby!” Now, I know that I can do more research to uncover what those ingredient names really mean. Johnson’s® wants to empower parents to better understand how to read a label and choose safe products that are right for their babies, and have created a complete library of their ingredients on their website. From their library you can learn just what each ingredient in their product is and why it’s being used. From there you can decide if that product is for you or not!
Taking it even further, JOHNSON’S® enlisted the help of Dr. David Mays, Senior Director of Global Scientific Engagement of Johnson & Johnson to put together several video snippets to help better answer our questions as concerned parents.
He answer’s a few of my top questions in the links below:
Baby Skin – Is It Different?
Natural vs. Non-Natural Ingredients
Ingredients Lists, How To Read Them
At the end of the day, don’t get overwhelmed mamma. Am I always perfect? No, but I do try to make the best decisions possible. Thank you to JOHNSON’S® for giving us a deeper look into their products and a little bit of the science behind them. So my advice for you, remember, to always take other’s advice and information, and turn it into what works for you and your family!
What questions do you have about your baby’s soap?