This post is sponsored by JOHNSON’S. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
I remember coming home from the hospital after my first child was born, 5 and a half years ago. I felt so nervous about giving his tiny body a bath for the first time without a nurse there to help. Just like that, I was in charge of this little human being.
Suddenly, I had to make decisions about what was best for him. While I didn’t have it all figured out then, still don’t, I felt good about using JOHNSON’S products — and still do. It was the first product I used on his skin all those years ago. Now, it’s the last thing I put on my children before they go to bed each night.
Both of my children have very sensitive skin, and both of them have eczema. As I mentioned in a post about sunscreen, I need to know exactly what I am putting on their skin. I can’t tell you the amount of labels I’ve read over the years.
However, there are a lot of people that find it confusing to figure out which products work best for their baby’s needs. Have you ever walked into the drug store and stood there dumbfounded by all the choices? When you finally pick one off the shelf look to at the label, you might feel even more lost. Everyone you know has an opinion about an ingredient or a product, but how much of the label do you truly understand? So many of us have been forced to believe that if the product reads organic or natural, it must be better. Let me debunk that myth.
Have you ever picked up a box of blueberries and looked for the ingredients? What about a banana or a watermelon? That sounds ridiculous, because a blueberry is a blueberry, right? The truth is that parabens are found in blueberries, and formaldehyde can be found in apples! You wouldn’t stop your child from eating these fruits, but hearing that can be scary. It’s important to do your research.
Decoding the back of the bottle
My children’s skin is still maturing as they age, and their eczema dries out their skin even more. So I need to be sure I’m using gentle, moisturizing products on their skin. And I need to understand the ingredients in those products. JOHNSON’S makes it easy for parents to do their research by decoding the ingredient list on their Behind the Label page. If you have questions about the ingredients found on the back of the bottle, you can find out its exact purpose. JOHNSON’S holds both natural and non-natural ingredients to the same high standards to ensure their products are high quality and safe.
I felt so much better — and not so lost — after searching the ingredients I wasn’t sure about on the JOHNSON’S website. For example, Cocamidropropyl Betaine is what they use to help cleanse the hair and/or skin, and Sodium Benzonate is used to help maintain the products freshness.
Standing at the drug store reading all these ingredients can quickly throw you in to a state of complete confusion, but it doesn’t need to be that way! The power is in knowledge and understanding. Do your research before you shop to avoid the label confusion in the aisle!
How do you decide what products to use on your kids?