Exposure to Dangerous Chemicals: Baby Safety Month Week 4

September 22, 2011 — By

Week 4 of Baby Safety Month already? Where does the time go?! This week, we are talking about exposure to dangerous chemicals. It’s a big topic with a lot of important information, so we’re doing things a bit differently this week.  Although the To-Dos will continue to be quick, the information will be a bit meatier.  Rather than throw it at you all at once, we’ll be publishing short posts all week long… and not just from us. We have a host of highly respected experts helping us out this week.

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Now, on to the topic at hand – chemicals! Chemicals are a tough one for many of us.  Unlike a falling bookshelf or an open electrical socket where the potential dangers are easy to see and understand, dangerous chemicals tend to be invisible.  Their effects on our children often occur over time without immediate or obvious impact. A parent cannot SEE, for example, that their child’s brain is not developing properly, or KNOW that the reason a son or daughter is experiencing symptoms of ADHD is because of chemicals he or she absorbed at some point along the way.

We must, therefore, rely on the experts and their research to guide us.  So, without further ado, today’s tip is about the chemicals in baby shampoo.  Thank you to Mia Gralla of GoodGuide.com for providing this helpful information:

Baby shampoo should be simple and safe but there can be over 20 ingredients! So what should you avoid? A common cleaning agent is Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), which is a concern because trace amounts of the carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane can be associated with it.  Also, many baby shampoos have goofy fragrances and the more natural it sounds, like Apple, the less natural it probably is. Fragrances can include chemicals like Phthalates, which can be a problem for the hormonal system in babies. Complicating matters, claims such as “100% chemical free” and “no pesticides” are unregulated, so look out for vague sounding ingredients like a “surfactant blend.”

Sound confusing? The chemists at GoodGuide have done a lot of research on baby shampoos (and many other products). You can learn more by watching their video below. You don’t have to memorize all that info, though. Now, you can take their research with you when you shop by using the new GoodGuide Transparency Toolbar. Personalization lets you identify products with ingredients that don’t match your safety standards.

Baby Safety Month Day 22 Task:  Download the GoodGuide Toolbar.



Baby Safety Month –  Week 4 Checklist: Chemical Exposure

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Download GoodGuide Toolbar

Be BPA Aware

Mind Your Car Seat

Check the Color of Baby’s Food

Bust the Dust!

Get Cookin’

Register Baby’s Stuff!



  1. SoniaTaylor says:

    Chemicals are everywhere. Read those labels and learn all you can about this issue! Thanks for the article!Here is another good, related one I read right before this.