Me and my first child celebrating his birthday!

When I had my first child, I had no idea that cosmetics were not regulated by the FDA. I seriously thought that everything on the shelf was safe for me and my baby. I had no clue that cancer-causing chemicals were commonly added to everyday products or that research shows that these multiple low-dose chemical exposures were hurting me and my newborn baby.  And, even worse, the timing of exposure at certain points in your baby’s development may have even stronger effects on their health.

So how are parents supposed to know what scary things are hiding in the lotion they’re slathering on their baby’s skin?  Seven years ago I had no clue and surprisingly many people still do not know or understand – which is why I want to play a little game with you and there are some prizes!

Toxic Limbo: How Low Can You Go

Giveaway has ended!

 

 

Complete the following steps to be entered to win Earth Mama’s A Little Something for Baby, filled with zero toxin essentials for an angel on the go:

  1. Take the How Low Can You Go challenge (see below)
  2. Use the Action Tool to contact your representative
  3. Leave a comment sharing your score to enter to win A Little Something for Baby (includes naturally safe Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, best selling, rash busting Angel Baby Bottom Balm, soothing Angel Baby Lotion and pure, virtually scent-free Angel Baby Oil)

One US winner, who has completed all three steps above, will be selected at random using Random.org.  Entries will be accepted until August 15, 2011 at midnight EST.  Good Luck!

Step One the Challenge:

Gather some of the most common pregnancy and baby care products you use regularly on your pregnant body or on your baby. You can include shampoo, lotions, soaps, diaper cream, stretch mark oil, hemorrhoid cream, etc.  Go to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ Skin Deep database and enter a product name in the search field (for example, Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash). Look for the Hazard Score for that product. The Hazard Score tells you the toxicity rating: 0 is lowest, 10 the most toxic. Click the product if you want to see specifically which ingredients add up to create that score. If your product isn’t listed, ask yourself why.  Is there something in the ingredients list that the company might not want you to see?  If your product isn’t listed, you can enter individual ingredients to check their toxicity rating.

Add up the Skin Deep toxicity rating for all the personal care products that you use on a daily basis on your pregnant or nursing body, or on your baby, to find out what your score is. Then answer these questions.

1. What was your Skin Deep toxicity rating score?
2. Were you surprised with the score and/or ingredients?
3. What would you like your score to be?

Don’t worry – there are no right or wrong answers, and everyone wins when mamas are informed and empowered. The biggest surprise is how high the toxin score can be, even for products that are labeled “natural” or “organic.” The only way to lower your score is to know what to look for, and there’s a whole tricky business trying to trick busy mamas with unclear labeling. That’s why Earth Mama supports the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011.

Step Two Take Action:

The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 needs your support! The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (H.R.2359) is designed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients and that ingredients are fully disclosed. It’s pretty simple, right? Earth Mama Angel Baby is hoping you’ll use this handy action tool from our friends at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to tell your rep to close the loopholes that allow “cancer-causing chemicals in baby shampoo, hormone disruptors in fragrance and lead in lipstick.”

Step Three Leave a Comment:

Leave a comment sharing your score to enter to win A Little Something for Baby (includes naturally safe Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, best selling, rash busting Angel Baby Bottom Balm, soothing Angel Baby Lotion and pure, virtually scent-free Angel Baby Oil). One US winner, who has completed all three steps above, will be selected at random using Random.org.  Entries will be accepted until August 15, 2011 at midnight EST.  Good Luck!

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