Non-toxic Baby Wipes: Are Your Baby Wipes Safe?
Coterie Baby Wipes are non-toxic, plant-based, hypoallergenic and the better baby wipe you’ve been looking for. Learn why we love them as well as what potentially harmful chemicals you should be avoiding in baby wipes and why.
While a baby’s skin is buttery soft and all sorts of kissable, it’s also incredibly delicate and sensitive, which is why we recommend checking everything that goes on your baby’s skin. From clothing to creams to diapers to baby wipes, you never know what could be lurking in the ingredients list. For clothing, this could be formaldehyde to aid with preventing wrinkles or harmful flame retardants. For diaper creams, it could be hormone disrupting chemicals like parabens. For diapers – it could be any of these and more!
You might question why baby wipes would be something to fret about, but think about how many you use over the course of a day when you have a baby or a toddler around. Cleaning up soiled bottoms, wiping sticky hands and mouths and mopping up spills are just a few of the many reasons you’d reach for a wipe. We go through tons of them on a daily basis and each time you use one you are transferring the wipes’ ingredients onto your baby’s delicate skin.
Like you would any skincare product, you’ll want to examine the ingredients in your baby wipes too. Conventional wipes contain a variety of ingredients that you want to avoid rubbing all over your newborn including, but not limited to, parabens, phthalates (fragrance), PEG’s, and propylene glycol. Let’s not forget that the manufacturing process could cause contamination concerns such as the transference of carcinogens like formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane and that the process of creating and disposing of wipes is pretty hard on the environment and our landfills too.
Chemicals to avoid in baby wipes and why
- Parabens: Parabens are preservatives that lengthen the shelf life of a product and prevent mold growth. The issue with these are they mimic the human hormone estrogen. Many companies are avoiding these ingredients now that “paraben” has become a bad word, but it’s still up in the air how safe the alternatives are. There are many variations but they all end in “-paraben” on labels.
- Phthalates: Phthalates are never listed on the ingredients list. They are disguised as “fragrance”. Phthalates are used to bind scents to a product. These also have estrogenic properties according to many independent studies. It is best to search out products scented with natural essences and oils instead of artificial ones. Or even better, choose fragrance-free.
- PEG’s and Propylene Glycol: Petrochemicals are not what you want to be slathering on your baby, right? Not only do you not want to use something that is used to de-ice airplanes on your child but the processing involved is linked to contamination concerns and by-products that are less than savory.
- Formaldehydes: You won’t find formaldehyde listed on a product but it is a common byproduct of processing ingredients. quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal – and anything that looks like a chemistry formula with numbers and dashes – chances are it’s processed and formaldehyde or 1,4 dioxane, a potential carcinogen is a risk.
- Tricoslan: One of the most common compounds with antibacterial properties was first registered in the late 60s as a pesticide. Today it’s commonly found in a huge range of personal care products including antibacterial wipes. While there has been no direct toxicity found in Tricoslan (as yet), tests on animals found that it could cause hormonal imbalances. Avoid.
While we know this information can seem overwhelming and that you might need to go back to chemistry class and pay attention, brands like Coterie have made it super easy to purchase better baby wipes with their non-toxic, hypoallergenic and plant-based baby wipes.
Designed to be 20% larger than your standard wipe, they have broader coverage and higher absorbency, meaning you won’t need to use as many. They’re also made from premium chlorine-free Japanese cotton, purified water and Micellar. Completely free or fragrance, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, dye, alcohol, formaldehydes, triclosan and PEGS, they’re also vegan and cruelty-free.
Another thing Coterie is doing amazingly well is diapers! Just like wipes, diapers spend A LOT of time on your baby, which is why you should be extra concerned about what’s in them.
Free of fragrance, lotion, latex, rubber, dye, alcohol, heavy metals, parabens, phthalates, Chlorine bleaching, VOC’s, optical brighteners, animal testing and harsh chemicals, Coterie Diapers have an ultra absorbent core made of sodium polyacrylate (SAP) and Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) wood pulp sourced from sustainably managed forests. Perfect from newbies to walkers, they are the answer to our non-toxic diaper prayers.
Sizes NB – 5
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