January 12, 2009

4 Month Checkup and Hazardous Soap

Well, Audia had her 4 month checkup today with Dr. W, and it went really well. Audia's now 26.5 inches tall and 16 lbs, 10 oz! She's in the 97th percentile for height and the 95th percentile for weight. Big girl! Doc says she's looking really healthy and strong. She had to get a couple of vaccinations, which she didn't like, but by the time we were leaving the building, she was all smiles again :-) She has a bit of eczema on her elbows, so Dr. W recommends that we hold off on introducing solids until she's 6 months because studies show that introducing solids earlier may be linked to skin sensitivity and allergies, especially in babies with already sensitive skin.

On that note, I found a website that is pretty darn interesting. This nonprofit organization created a database of over 40,000 products and their levels of toxicity based on their ingredients. They did this because the FDA doesn't require companies to test their own products for safety. The result? http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ You can do a search by product type or name to see how hazardous various beauty products are and why. Thanks to this site, we've switched from Johnson's baby wash (toxicity level of 5 out of 10) to Aveeno lightly scented baby wash (2 out of 10). Interestingly, Aveeno is actually distributed by Johnson and Johnson.



Wow, big girl:-) But, then what did you expect when her mommy is 5ft 11 3/4 inches?

Scary about the soap. I will be looking into switching as well!