You can drive yourself crazy following all the rules of pregnancy. Everyone (hopefully) goes into it knowing they shouldn’t smoke or drink alcohol, but as I did my due diligence and research during my pregnancy, I was intrigued to find recommendations against nail polish, hair dye, caffeine, salicylic acid, and soy just to name a few. If you research long enough, you’ll find an article that bans pretty much everything except water. It follows logic though that if what you eat and drink affects your baby, what you absorb through your skin does as well. Taking care of yourself and avoiding exposure to harmful hormone interrupting chemicals is in fact good for both of you.

Once Alice arrived, I was struck by some of the ingredients listed in her baby care products. In a world where you’re supposed to pre-wash all clothes, blankets and sheets to avoid reactions with your baby’s sensitive skin, there is no warning to consider what lotions and soaps you’re actually rubbing on that brand new skin…

I’d been using coconut oil as moisturizer throughout my pregnancy and am happy to report I came out stretch mark free. It was also a godsend during nursing. Alice was not a fan of lanolin (and neither was I), but luckily fractionated coconut oil in a spray bottle (no touching the already sensitive area) worked for both of us. Little Seed Farm Booty Balm worked wonders on her booty, and the Beautycounter Soothing Oil shown above is a great addition to our routine for those time when things get a little red or patchy. It’s also a nice to rub on her cute little feet, especially now that she’s walking every second she’s awake…

It’s our job to do the best we can for our little ones. Safer skincare choices are a great way to start.

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