Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Clean and Green Bath Time

New parents learn quickly that the purpose of bath time isn't just to get your little one clean.  It's about bonding.  As children get older it also becomes something of a play time activity for them.  So it's important that while we spend time in the bathroom, we don't forget to be aware of the impact it may have on the environment.

Americans are considered the cleanest people in the world due to daily showering.  Although this keeps your friends and co-workers happy that you smell nice, bathing everyday is not necessary.  This also applies to babies.  The recommended bathing needs of a newborn is every other day and can even be done through a sponge bath.  Soap, for the most part, isn't even needed.  When soap is needed, be sure to use something mild and natural.  Look for products that are perfume and dye free so as not to irritate baby's sensitive skin.  Burt's Bees and California Baby are known for being natural and even listing every ingredient on their products so you know exactly what you are using.


Once your baby's umbilical cord stump falls off, you can begin washing baby in the sink or in a baby tub.  Remember though that your kitchen sink harbors lots of germs so thoroughly clean it with a non toxic cleaner before use.  Once you make it to the age where you can bathe your baby in the tub and it becomes more of a playtime, you can introduce some eco friendly bath toys, like these found on Lilsugar.  Make sure you let bath toys dry out after bath time to prevent the growth of mold and periodically clean them with a natural, non toxic cleaner, or homemade solution like vinegar and water.

Once bath time is over, use organic cotton towels to dry baby off.

For Bath Time 101 check out: South Point Pediatrics Blog

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