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[Review] Solids Introduction – Online Organic Produce + BebeLock from Korea

 

WHO 
Babies around 4 to 6 months can start on solids.
There are a few schools of thoughts regarding the ‘perfect’ age to start baby on solids.
I’ll be honest, it is really up to individual parents to read up and decide on what they think is best for their baby.
I subscribe to starting before 6 months, AS LONG AS BABY IS READY. My purpose in starting once baby is ready is to expose baby to larger variety of of foods before meal replacement starts.

How do I know if baby is ready?
– Able to hold head steady (no bobbing of head)
– Able to sit with minimum support (may lean slightly, but not flopping all over)
– Shows interest in your food (stares intently or shows excitement when seeing others eat)
– Plays with tongue
– Show chewing/gnawing motion
– May have a sudden disinterest in milk

WHAT
Again, there are a few schools of thought on what should be baby’s first food.
Traditional weaning means giving cereals or rice gruel.
There’s modern puree weaning, avoiding cereals which are empty calories and preferring to dive straight to nutrient rich pureed fruits & vegetables.
Baby Led Weaning (as the name tells: baby leads the weaning process by taking what they are ready) focuses on offering variety in small pieces, allowing baby to self feed. There are perks to this: Fine motor skills are better developed when they have to pick up their food using their bare hands. They also gain from textural stimulation.

I prefer a mixture of all.
Cereals give the convenience when you are busy.
Purees give the nutrients and ensure they get to really eat, plus they get to taste individual food flavours.
Baby Led Weaning trains up their find motor skills.

WHEN
It is highly recommended to feed them in the mornings. Although serious allergies are not common, they can still happen and become life threatening. Or maybe not that serious, but you would still want a PD to take a look.

This means feeding in the morning, and allowing some time for digestion and reaction. Most reactions are immediate or within a few hours when the PD clinic is still open.

Feeding in the the morning for a start also allows baby to be in a better mood. You have to ensure baby is in a good mood to avoid baby disliking solids just because they got off on a wrong start.

WHERE
A comfortable yet sturdy high chair is highly recommended.
A popular choice is Ikea’s plastic high chair as it is cheap and easy to clean. I agree on cheap & easy to clean, but Ahjussi and I can’t get past ‘safety’. It is too flimsy and based on our experience with our monkey boys, they will most likely topple over.
We ended up getting an Ikea wooden high chair and we have been using it for all 3 kids since 2007. Good investment if you are intending to have more. The size is also big so Monster sat in there till recently (4 years old) that he had to give it up for Meimei.

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Popular High Chair from Ikea – $29.90

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Common Ikea High Chair – At Old Town White Coffee KL (Bukit Bintang) in 2012

WHY
What is the purpose of introducing solids? Can I replace meals?
For a start, the purpose is to teach them to SWALLOW. It is NORMAL if they spit or push their tongue out because they are still learning to control their tongue and mouth.
Don’t give up. Just keep trying! Praises and encouragement works too. It is even better if they are fed at the dining table while the family is eating. They do learn by imitation and will watch your actions.

Meal replacement should only start around 7-8 months old. Start replacing 1 milk feed and gradually increase food portions or number of meals. They should be on 3 solid meals a day by 1 year old.

HOW
Preparation:
(1) Buy your materials
(2) Buy your ingredients
(3) Prep
(4) Feed!

Materials
I used Uinlui‘s Twin Bowl. Uinlui is Made in Korea and made from SUGARCANE! Yes! Natural ingredients beat artificial plastics! Best of all, it can tahan steam/hot water sterilising and UV sterilising! Other natural utensils (made from corn) in the market now cannot be subjected to high heat or long moisture exposure.

For spoons, please use SOFT spoons as they may hurt their gums on hard spoons. I’m using Bebelock Silicone Spoon with case (great for keeping the spoon clean when heading out).

For bibs, I’m using Bebelock Soft Bib at home and thelittleonesimylife Disposable Bib when out.

For blending purees, we decided not to get any fancy machine because it is expensive and you will only be giving purees for a while (probably 1-2 months only). Worst of all, my niece who owns a steamer-blender combo machine complained that it was hard to wash and there was yellowish stuff stuck under the blades which she can’t get out.
All we have is a simple electric steamer which we redeemed many years back using our credit card points, and a simple handheld blender from Giant Hypermart. I’ve also use the blender for other purposes in our general daily cooking and I love it. Easy to wash too!

For storage of purees, I use Bebelock Ice Tok Tok from Korea and Bebelock Airtight Container (comes in 4 sizes!). They are awesome to have and check out pictures later on in this post.

Ingredients
Buying ORGANIC is purely a personal choice. You can choose not to purchase organic produce.
I chose organic (till at least 1 year old) as baby’s organs are still immature and it takes longer for them to process any chemicals ingested (pesticides, artificial fertilisers, etc).

I live in Punggol and with Compasspoint now CLOSED for a year, it is pretty hard for us to get organic produce. I used to get nice organic produce from Cold Storage (Compasspoint).
Now, I’ve resorted to ordering from REDMART.
It was my first order, so $30 and there’ll be free delivery! Click HERE and register, you will get $10 credit if you are a new customer! Subsequent orders, spend $49 and get free delivery.

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My Order from Redmart.com

The items all came VERY FRESH. The pumpkin was already cut, thus I had to quickly cook that. The other items could be kept for another 5-7 days without any issues.

If you wish to not buy organic or only go partially organic, check this out article on which ones you should buy organic: The Dirty Dozen – Foods You Should Always Buy Organic
Summary: Apples, Strawberries, Grapes, Celery, Peaches, Spinach, Bell Peppers, Nectarines, Cucumber, Melons, Peas, Blueberries, Tomatoes and Potatoes.

PREP
For experience cooks, prepping baby food will be a breeze. However, for those not familiar in the kitchen, it can be a real challenge.

I started off with avocado as I was too lazy to take the blender out. Just something that I can mash easily and mix with expressed breast milk to create a smooth puree for Meimei will be good.

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Mashing Up Avocado

So all I did was to cut a small portion which I wanted to feed her. Cling wrap the balance (ensure that the clingwrap is touching the avocado flesh to avoid oxidation).

Avocado doesn’t do very well when kept in the fridge once the flesh is exposed. It oxidises and turns brown fairly quickly.

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How to Store Avocado

So I cut up the balance into small pieces so that they can fit into the Bebelock Ice Tok Tok. The beauty of this Ice Tok Tok is that it comes with a lid to keep your baby’s puree AWAY from other raw food items in your freezer. Also, it is specially designed to be able to POP OUT ONE AT A TIME! Yes! No more messy many-cubes-come-out-together situations! The bottom is soft, so just push up that particular cube that you want!

And don’t worry about wastage of these trays after baby is done with purees. Use it to freeze lemon juice for your drinks or store home made seasonings!

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Using Frozen Avocado

We were heading out to church, so I popped out 2 cubes of frozen avocado and placed them in the Bebelock Airtight Container (120ml). Squirt in some breast milk (I have the habit of lifting my shirt up right in the kitchen and hand express directly into the bowl or container). Close it tight (won’t leak!).

By the time we had to feed her (around an hour later), the avocado was defrosted to room temp and I just had to mash it up a little more before feeding her.

So avocado is really easy to conquer even if you do not know how to operate the stove!

Meimei totally enjoyed it!

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Meimei enjoying her first meal

Ok… But baby can’t be eating avocado only… So here’s pumpkin.
Again, I was too lazy to dig the steamer out from the cupboard so I just boiled it. It is better to steam it (retains more nutrients) but cooking time is longer when steaming.

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Preparing Pumpkin

Remove the skin of the pumpkin.
Cut into smaller pieces so it will cook faster.
Boil till soft (took me around 8 min).
Scoop out the pumpkin into a clean bowl.
Mash with fork (lazy to take out blender again).
Add a little of the cooking liquid if you find it hard to mash, but pumpkin is generally quite wet so very minimal additional cooking liquid is required.

Due to the LARGE pumpkin, I was pretty sure I won’t have enough Ice Tok Toks so I decided to put some of them into Bebelock airtight containers (120ml) since we are also using it as a bowl to heat up her food.

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Quick Tip on Filling Up those Ice Tok Tok

It is pretty tiring to scoop the puree into ice trays, so I went to my lazy method again. Get a large plastic bag, fill it up, tie it off, cut a small corner and pipe away!
Easy and mess free!

 

What else can I give?

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List of recommended food items to start on

*** Warning: Sweet potato & banana can cause constipation, do give more liquids when feeding these foods. 

It is pretty hard to plan and keep track, especially if you have other kids to manage (like me).

This is an Excel file I use to keep track. You can simply download it from here, upload a copy into your Google Sheets and update daily! You can even share the file on your Google Sheets with your hubby so he is kept updated too!

How much do I give?
I start off with around 1-2 tsp a day, then gradually increase her portion every week. This is to avoid stuffing her tummy too full and getting indigestion. Remember, they are learning to taste, swallow and digest all these new stuff. So don’t overload their system. Give them some time.

Can we freeze baby’s puree?
I personally did it 8 years ago when I was teaching in school and I couldn’t trust the maid to cook daily. I preferred to be in control and made the purees on weekends, and simply took out whatever is needed for the day for the maid to heat up and feed.
And for my Monster, he was super active and we really couldn’t cope with having to cook fresh daily with him climbing all over the house. Freezing his food saved a lot of time and it was better than having to give commercial puree in pouches or bottles.

It is SAFE and common to freeze baby food, as long as you prepped the food hygienically, kept it in covered containers/trays and reheat it properly.

I do not recommend reheating in microwave. You just need to defrost it by placing in the fridge a few hours before you need it, then steam or use a bottle warmer to heat up.
This is why the Bebelock airtight containers come in very useful. You can place it into an electric bottle warmer or a cup of hot water to heat up the food like you would to expressed breast milk.
Korean mummies prefer to simmer the food and they use Bebelock airtight containers + Bebelock Silicon Suction Pads.

Picture12.jpgRead more about freezing baby food here: http://www.annabelkarmel.com/food-parenting/weaning/freezing-baby-food

 

I hope this has been a useful start for you!
If you wish to know more, you can check out my weaning blog: www.weaningyourlittleones.blogspot.com

My favourite book on weaning: Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron
They now have apps and loads of information online if you do not like books. I still prefer hardcopy books. 🙂

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Mother of 3 & Owner of TLO.com.sg

Note: Mummy Audrey has a Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition. She is a trained Home Economics Teacher, previously teaching in MOE schools.

[Review] Bodywash (& Shampoo) for Babies

With a family history of grandparents passing away from cancer and my aunt surviving end stage lung cancer many years ago, my family has been constantly discussing about carcinogens (cancer causing substances) around us. Many foreign looking chemical names will pop up in the ingredient list and it is extremely scary to know that these chemicals are in most of our everyday items like body wash and shampoo.

Adding on to the fact that we have eczema (it can be hereditary), my quest for skincare products suitable for my children became quite an obsession since 2007 when my first child was born.

What do I look out for?
– Organic if possible, better if certified by a well-known organisation
– Made using natural ingredients
– Does not contain known carcinogens (chemicals/substances which cause cancer)

How did I narrow down to these 5?
– Relative & friends’ recommendations
– Quick search online for reviews

Well, as with all products, we will have personal preferences in terms of gel or cream type, fragrance, after-feel, etc. This is a simple comparison with personal views after using it on my 3 children: 8 years old boy, 4 years old boy and 3 month old girl.

Products in this review:
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Quick Price Comparison & Comments on Actual Use:

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Conclusion:

After trying out all 5 brands and taking price into consideration as we have 3 kids, raising kids ain’t cheap, I will stick back to Baby Oh Baby by Rainbow Research for the time being. We have been using this for the past 4 years for the boys. I bought the others to try in hope of finding something better for Meimei.

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Hopefully something more pocket friendly pops up along the way and we can do a review again.

Where to buy the above products?
They are all available at www.iherb.com.
You may click on the item name and it will link you to the product directly:

  1. Baby Oh Baby Herbal Body Wash (Scented) by Rainbow Research

  2. Hugo Naturals Baby Shampoo & Baby Wash (Tear-Free) – Chamomile & Vanilla

  3. Avalon Organics Baby Shampoo & Body Wash

  4. Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo – Lighted Scented

  5. Nature’s Baby Organics Shampoo & Body Wash – Vanilla Tangerine

Thank you for reading. I hope my review is useful!

Mummy Audrey Wong
Mother of 3 & Owner of TLO.com.sg
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Note from Mummies’ Voices:

This post contains affiliate links. While you enjoy a discount off your first purchase using Mummy Audrey’s discount code (YAF688) at iHerb.com, she will enjoy reward points for recommending others to purchase at iHerb.com.

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We’ve moved the lengthy detailed comparison to the bottom of the article for mummies & daddies who are interested to read on.
The following information is best viewed on desktop due to the table format used.

The following information is taken from individual product descriptions on iHerb.com.

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Baby Oh Baby Herbal Body Wash (Scented) by Rainbow Research

Product Details Comments
Description
  • Hypoallergenic
  • No Tears
  • Cruelty Free

Baby Oh Baby Scented Shampoo gently cleans scalp and hair using Herbal Extracts* of Calendula (Marigold), Chamomile, and Lemon Grass. The soft natural scent is derived from an essential oil blend of Lavender, Chamomile, and Orange. Moisturizes, detangles, and adds shine.

I’m attracted to the herbal extracts.

Always loved natural essential oils and these herbal extracts and essential oil blend in the product makes me feel happy using it.

Suggested Use

Place a small amount in palm and gently massage into wet hair. Rinse with warm water, gently dry, and comb.

This is a BODY WASH, but the suggested use is more for HAIR?

Could be a typo error or it could actually be used as a shampoo too.

Other Ingredients

Purified water; decyl glucoside (corn); coco betaine (coconut); sorbitol; olive oil carboxylate; glucose; tocopherol (vitamin E); retinyl palmitate (vitamin A); oat amino acids; organic extracts of calendula (marigold), chamomile, and lemon grass; phenoxytol (green tea); essential oils of lavender, chamomile, and orange; grapefruit seed extract.

Made with Herbal Extracts*

  • Hypoallergenic
  • No artificial color or animal ingredients
No scary unknown chemicals here.

All chemical name comes with stated natural source. E.g. Corn for decyl glucoside.

Short and simple list of ingredients. I like this as products shouldn’t be too complicated. Simple and natural is always best.

Price: SGD$10.54 (excluding shipping) from iHerb.com for 16oz bottle

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Hugo Naturals Baby Shampoo & Baby Wash (Tear-Free) – Chamomile & Vanilla

Product Details Comments
Description
  • Cleansing
  • Gluten-Free & Vegan

Keep baby clean from head to toe with our shampoo & baby wash. Gentle enough for a newborn, our rich lathering shampoo and wash is formulated to gently cleanse baby’s delicate skin without drying. Enriched with vitamin E and shea butter to help keep baby’s skin soft and healthy.

I’m attracted to this product because it claims to be gentle for newborns.
Suggested Use

Apply to wet hair and skin. Work into lather. Rinse. Gentle enough for every day use.

Generic suggested use.
Other Ingredients

Aqua/purified water, lauryl glucoside, decyl glucoside, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, glycerin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium cocoa butter amphoacetate, tocopherol, allantoin, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, arnica montana flower extract, althaea officinalis root extract, symphytum officinale leaf extract, caprylic/capric triglyceride, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, coffea arabica (coffee) seed extract, myroxylon pereirae (balsam peru) oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, prunus armeniaca (apricot) fruit extract, chamomilla recutita (maticaria) flower oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol.

Never any: Parabens, phenoxyethanol, SLS, PEG’s, propylene glycol, petroleum products, artificial color or artificial fragrances.

Gluten and soy-free. Vegan.

Several ingredients are highlighted in red.

Reason being they are ‘scary’ chemical names with no mentioned sources. Are they natural? Are they naturally derived? What effects do they have on the skin?

The list of ingredients is too complicated for comfort.

Warnings

No animal testing.

Great news for animal lovers like myself and my family!

Price: SGD$12.15 (excluding shipping) from iHerb.com for 8oz bottle

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Avalon Organics Baby Shampoo & Body Wash

Product Details Comments
Description
  • New
  • More Sustainable
  • Gentle Tear-Free
  • Gentle, hypo-allergenic, tear-free wash with chamomile, aloe and calendula for baby soft skin and shiny hair.
  • NSF – Contains Organic Ingredients
  • Contains 70% Organic Content

Safe, effective, certified, natural baby care without synthetic fragrances, phthalates, harsh sulfates or parabens.

Soft bubbles, warm water and a parent’s tender care make every bath a special bonding time between parent and baby. Free of chemicals and harsh sulfates, our paraben-free, foaming cleanser lets you rest easy knowing you are treating your baby’s delicate skin and hair with the utmost care. This calming, tear-free formula is enriched with soothing and hyddrating sunflower and chamomile for shiny, healthy hair and a clean, happy baby.

Baby Safe

  • Tear-Free Tested
  • Clinically Tested
  • Pediatrician Confirmed
  • Hypo-Allergenic
  • Paraben Free

Gentle Tear-Free Shampoo & Body Wash

Babies love bath time – soft bubbles, warm water and a parent’s tender care. Gently wash baby’s delicate skin and hair with our natural, sulfate-free, foaming cleanser for daily, head to toe bath care. This soothing tear-free formula is enriched with organic sunflower oil and organic chamomile for shiny, healthy hair and a clean, happy baby.

Check out NSF for more information.

I love that they confidently state the percentage of the product which is made up of organic ingredients!

No synthetic fragrances! Yay!

No phthalates, harsh sulfates or parabens! Yay again!

Tear-free is great as my second son often complains that his eyes are painful during shower.

Suggested Use

Apply a small amount of gel to damp palm or cloth. Work into creamy lather over baby’s damp skin and hair, then gently rinse. Or pour a small amount into running water for a bubbly bath.

Great that they mentioned bubbly bath as my elder 2 boys love the bath tub!
Warnings

Caution: For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children.

No animal testing.

Stated that it is tear-free but in the warnings we are to avoid contact with eyes.

It could be a normal precautionary warning but it gets me thinking: So really tear-free or not?

Great for animal lovers again!

Aloe barbadensis leaf juice(¹), aqua (water), sodium coco-sulfate, decyl glucoside, sodium chloride, glycerin, lauryl lactyl lactate, arnica montana flower extract(¹), avena sativa (oat) bran(¹), calendula officinalis flower extract(¹), camellia sinensis leaf extract(¹), chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract(¹), lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract(¹), citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, citrus bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, citurs limon (lemon) peel oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil(¹), beta-glucan(¹), citric acid, sodium sulfate, alcohol(¹), potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, limonene.

(¹) Certified Organic Ingredient.

Product is preserved with sodium benzoate.

Contains 70% organic content

No parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic colors or fragrances, phthalates, sodium laruyl or laureth sulfate. 100% vegetarian ingredients. EU Cosmetics Directive Compliant.

As you can see, quite a few ingredients have been highlighted in red.

Some are food preservatives like sodium benzoate & potassium sorbate. However, the rest are ‘suspicious’ as they are not commonly known chemicals.

Are they really safe? Add onto the above warning, I’m quite wary of using this product.

Price: SGD$13.01 (excluding shipping) from iHerb.com for 8oz bottle

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Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo – Lighted Scented

Product Details Comments
Description
  • New Size
  • Pediatrician Recommended
  • Natural Oat Formula
  • Tear-Free
  • Gentle Cleansing for Hair & Body

Wash & Shampoo contains natural oat extract blended into a rich lathering cleanser that cleans without drying because it is soap-free and hypoallergenic. This tear-free formula can be used on skin and hair for gentle cleansing that rinses clean with a soft, fresh fragrance. Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo is formulated to be gentle enough for newborns and babies with sensitive skin.

Aveeno can be used every day to help keep your baby’s skin and hair soft, smooth and feeling healthier.

The Aveeno brand has been Pediatrician recommended for over 60 years.

Discover nature’s secret for baby’s healthy skin.

Tear-Free again! Yay!

I’m attracted to the ‘soap-free’ as it means it will be gentle on sensitive or eczema prone skin.

Suggested Use

Twist off cap, remove quality seal. Do not use if seal is broken. Pour onto a wet wash cloth or hand and apply to hair and body. Or pour directly into bath water. Lather and rinse.

Again, the mention of using in bath water is great for my boys who love the bath tub.
Other Ingredients

Water, cocamidopropyl betaine, peg-80 sorbitan laurate, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium chloride, peg-150 distearate, sodium benzoate, tetrasodium EDTA, fragrance, polyquaternium-10, butylene glycol, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract. May also contain citric acid.

Short and simple like of ingredients.

However, too many chemical names which are blaring at me.

There is already added FRAGRANCE in the product which is not recommended for sensitive and eczema prone skin.

SLS ALERT!!! Sodium Laureth Sulfate is SLS, and there was a rumour going around that it causes cancer. There are organisations which have officially stated SLS is not carcinogenic but it does cause skin irritation for some.

This is one reason why I would prefer it to be ABSENT in the skin care products I use for my children.

Warnings

Safety tip: Keep this product out of reach of children.

Great general safety tip!

Price: SGD$16.69 (excluding shipping) from iHerb.com for 18oz bottle Also available locally at Mom’s Essentials SGD$31.90 for 18oz bottle

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Nature’s Baby Organics Shampoo & Body Wash – Vanilla Tangerine

Product Details Comments
Description
  • Leaves Hair Soft & Luxurious
  • Free of SLS, Parabens, Glutens
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Free Propylene Glycol
  • Member Organic Trade Association

Nature’s Baby Organics is not just a business, it is a labor of love. Developed by a mother whose concern for her children resulted in a pure and natural line of personal care products with no compromises. Any product that we make contains 70% organic ingredients, at a minimum. Gentle enough for babies, yet beneficial for older children, and even mom and dad.

Nature’s Baby Organics – Formulated by Mother Nature.

Made with the highest quality botanicals, essential oils, and luxurious moisturizers to pamper your baby’s tender hair and skin without drying.

Another product which confidently states the percentage of organic ingredients.

And definitely, being free of SLS and parabens are pull factors for me.

Suggested Use

Rinse hair with warm water. Apply to skin and/or hair using your hand or a washcloth. Lather and rinse. Follow with Nature’s Baby Organics Moisturizing Conditioner. To maintain product quality, avoid getting bath or shower water in the product.

Great for showers & bath time.
Other Ingredients

Organic Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, cucumis sativus, (cucumber) fruit extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, vanilla plantifolia fruit extract.

Additional Ingredients: Decyl glucoside (coconut & palm kernel derived), cocamidopropyl betaine (coconut derived), disodium cocoamphodiacetate (coconut derived), disodium cocoyl glutamate (coconut derived), hydrolyzed wheat protein (wheat, gluten free), dimethyl lauramine oleate (safflower seed oil derived), sodium lauroyl oat amino acids (oat protein), butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, panthenol (pro vitamin B-5), tocopherol (natural vitamin E), capryloyl glycine (amino acid), glycine (amino acid), citric acid (natural pH adjuster), gluconolactone (and) sodium benzoate (NSF approved preservative), vanilla planifolia (vanilla), citrus tangerina (tangerine) oil

Free of parabens, SLS & propylene glycol.

I like the way they listed the organic ingredients separately so I can quickly identify the organic ingredients.

Again, too many ‘scary’ chemical names, but at least the natural sources are stated clearly.

As mentioned earlier, sodium benzoate is a common food preservative, but this is the first time I’m seeing ‘gluconolactone’. Fear of the ‘unknown’ sets in and this lowers my impression of the product.

Warnings

As with all bath items, please test on a small area of skin if known to have skin allergies.

Keep out of reach of children.

Yes, with all bath items, we need to test on a small area. Even if it is made of all natural ingredients!

Price: SGD$18.95 (excluding shipping) from iHerb.com for 16oz bottle

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