Trying to sort out which personal-care products are safe for your baby can be downright frustrating.
One shortcut to comfort is to check for companies that have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. This means they’ve committed to the high safety standards practiced in the European Union: no parabens, sulfates, petrolatum or other skin-irritating chemicals in their products. Avalon Organics was among the first U.S. companies to commit to these standards, and their line of ultra-gentle baby-care products pampers the most delicate skin, on little and big people alike. It uses soothing herbs like chamomile to calm irritated skin and flax oil and jojoba to moisturize, and the silky powder is free of pore-clogging talc. Avalon also makes a gentle biodegradable diaper wipe. Find them at natural markets for about $10 apiece, or order at www.avalonorganics.com.