Both as a holistic health practitioner and now as a new mom, I get so infuriated when reading the ingredients of common baby products found in drugstores, and unfortunately, the medicine cabinets of most American families. Petrolatum, mineral oil, parabens, tetrasodium EDTA. Just one glance at the ingredient list of popular baby brands like Johnson and Johnson’s, Desitin, and A+D read like a list of who’s who of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals. And yet, many parents don’t think twice about applying these products to their baby’s delicate skin, exposing them to harmful toxins when they are most vulnerable.
Just as a walk down the baby aisle of the drugstore gives me heart palpitations, perusing the world of natural baby products gives me hope and makes me pretty giddy! So I was super excited to discover Maty’s Healthy Products and their healthy, 100% natural alternatives to common baby products. And the story behind the brand is absolutely heart-melting. After founder Carolyn Harrington’s daughter was born with serious heart or organ defects, requiring several surgeries before the age of 5 (read her story here), she knew that using common toxic brands of baby products would be detrimental to her delicate immune system. So after working with a naturopath and acquiring her own certification as a holistic health practitioner, Carolyn set out to create a line of products that supported her baby’s health and her own, and now we all get to reap the benefits of her journey and research.
When I was pregnant with our little girl, I took my commitment to all-natural, organic beauty, body and home products even more seriously than I did before, determined to do everything I could to support the beautiful little life growing inside me. I only used products that were safe enough to eat (although, of course, I wouldn’t recommend snacking on body lotion!), and now that our little girl is here, I am diligent about maintaining my commitment with every single product that touches my baby’s skin, and finding healthy alternatives to common baby products has been a really fun undertaking!
Though I tend to avoid any chemical ingredients, the biggest, baddest three that top my list of things to keep away from my daughter are petrolatum, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrances or perfumes. All three of which are carcinogenic toxins, and unfortunately, all three of which are found in common baby products.
All of Maty’s products are free of these ingredients, as well as any other unpronounceable chemicals. Even better, their products are full of ingredients that are actually beneficial to baby, like natural oils of coconut, olive, jojoba, and sunflower, and natural plant extracts like eucalyptus, lavender and chamomile — all in dilutions that are appropriate for baby’s sensitive constitution.
We love using the All-Natural Baby Ointment ($7.99-$13.99) every night to protect baby’s delicate diaper area from moisture while she sleeps. Formulated with natural oils, vitamin E and beeswax, it forms a moisture-proof barrier, while also hydrating and protecting baby’s skin. I’m happy to say we’ve never had an incident of diaper rash, and our girl sometimes goes all night without a diaper change! It’s a super safe and healthy alternative to Vaseline or A+D diaper ointments.
To calm our little one and keep her nasal passages clear at night, I love using the All-Natural Baby Chest Rub ($7.99), loaded with natural essential oils in a healthy oil base. Not only is this a safe alternative to Vapor Rub, which has menthol that can be dangerous for little ones, but the oils of chamomile and lavender add a relaxing effect that help baby get a good night’s sleep, especially if she’s sick!
Although our little one isn’t quite old enough to use it yet, I can’t wait to try the All-Natural Children’s Cough Syrup (not that I’m looking forward to future colds!).
Of course, all Maty’s products are gluten-free, vegan, and not tested on animals. And best of all they are totally affordable, and available at many major retailers! So this leaves you with absolutely no reason not to choose the healthiest, safest products for your precious little one!