No Greater Joy magazine has a recipe for home-made baby wipes. I'd rather just use a wet washcloth (though I do use disposable wipes) than make these, but a point is brought up.
I read somewhere, not sure where, that we Americans need to drastically reduce our children's exposures to chemicals and parabens because of increasing health concerns and cancer risks. The article said to stop using the ever-popular baby lotions on our infants' skin! Thankfully, Bubby had great skin as a baby and didn't need lotions. Now, he just thinks lotions are fun.
But, now I'm thinking about all those lotions I rub into my skin for winter and preggy itchiness. Am I doing myself and my unborn daughter any favors?
I'm really getting tempted to look into natural alternatives to popular products. I also have a renewed interest in reducing plastics in my house, buying natural-fibered clothing (thanks bethgem!), and eliminating most processed foods.
Some may think I've gone off the environmental deep-end, and isn't it better to go through life happy with potato chips and velveeta than worrying daily about chemicals? But, I don't find it worrisome. I find it creative and challenging. Besides, when I do eat well and provide well for my family, we all feel better. It's nice to not feel fatigued, heavy, weighty, moody and sick from all that nasty stuff out there.
Besides, God created the world and said it was good, so why should I replace what God made good with man-made not-always-the-best-choice?