These days one seems to need a PhD to navigate the baby and child bath and “beauty” product aisle. We try to fill our bellies with healthy food while making these monkeys and then we try to fill their bodies with healthy food once they’re on the outside. It seems only natural to continue using healthy products to bathe them, protect them from sun, while doing household chores, and when changing their little tushies.
I’ve been a fan of Babyganics since my five and a half year old daughter was in diapers (which they sell now too). It’s been fun to watch their product line grow along with her! My gateway product was their phenomenal Foaming Dish Soap. It was the only soap I used for her pacifiers and bottles. This naturally led to my obsession with their Foaming Hand Soap which of course led to my love for their Foaming Shampoo and Bath Wash. Geez, I think I need a foaming products intervention…
Another favorite product is their All Purpose Surface Wipes which don’t feel gross on your hands (and I HATE wipes that feel gross – you know what I mean). While talking about hands I have to mention their individually wrapped Hand Sanitizing Wipes which have been in any bag I’ve had on my person since 2010. I always keep three with me and they take up virtually no room. Plus unlike using a wipe from a big pack (which I keep in my car), using an individually wrapped wipe makes me feel like I just ate a delicious lobster at a fancy restaurant and they gave me the wipe to clean up.
But of course I would be remiss to not mention one of the hot button topics of the summer – the toxicity in our sunscreens (and I’m not talking about the now black sheep of the sunscreen market – the spray bottles). While on line to buy – wait for it – sunscreen (I literally couldn’t make that up), I received the Environmental Working Group’s 2015 Guide to Sunscreen and their even scarier Sunscreen Hall of Shame. After reading it I realized this was yet another product I had to stop and think about before grabbing whatever was on sale. So I looked and despite the “natural” product that I was holding, half way down the list was one of the red light ingredients. So what did I do? I put it down and walked out. Apologizing to the annoyed cashier who patiently waited as this neurotic wa-hoo checked her sunscreen ingredients against her phone.
So what did I end up with? Babyganics Mineral Based Suncreen. Safe and effective. My daughter likes how it feels vs. some of the goopier (I was told her prior product was too goopy by her counselor) sunscreens that have a good rating and she loves the design of the bottle. She was excited when I showed it to her and told me a lot of her friends at camp have the same one so we definitely had to write her name on it. I send in the cream to camp and we use the pump spray at home in the morning. I like that one spray per body part covers her completely. SPF’d up in less than 3 minutes and ready to go. It also has the added benefit of bringing back pump hairspray bottle memories having to do with uncontrollable bangs in the mid 90’s.
Building on their sunscreen franchise – Babyganics is the first company to offer a Moisturizing Daily Lotion with Sunscreen. Just like you use for yourself (hopefully!). What’s even better is a percentage of the sales go to Cookies for Kids Cancer.
Babyganics is a great company who offers a wide product line of non-harmful products you can trust. If you want to start with just one I recommend the Foaming Shampoo and Bath Wash. It lasts a long time, smells nice, and is something you can feel good about using on your kids.
As we close out the summer and go towards the Fall and cold season, I suggested picking up one of their great Chest Rub‘s too. As you can tell from my prior posts, I like to be prepared. Before we know it the snow will be falling and our kids will be coughing, sigh.
If all of the above isn’t enough reason to try their products, they are a Long Island based company. Woot!
*Giveaway*! Babyganics is generously giving away a bottle of their fantastic sunscreen to one lucky reader!
To win please comment below: What is the most creative thing you’ve done to protect your kid from the sun?
Winner chosen Monday, August 24th, 2015.