Category: Bathtime & Bedtime

What do you put on your skin? Get the latest research about bedtime and bathing and how it affects both you and your little one.

Lavender and Tea Tree Oils

New Evidence Confirms Lavender & Tea Tree Oils are Hormone Disruptors

Lavender and tea tree oils are part of the essential oils trend that has become popular in the United States. They are commonly used for medical treatments, personal hygiene products, cleaning products, and aromatherapy. We have previously questioned whether the use of lavender and tea tree oil around our children is safe (read our blog… Read more »

Toxic fragrance chemicals.

Exposing Unlabeled Toxic Fragrance Chemicals

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) released a report exposing toxic fragrance chemicals in beauty, personal care, and cleaning products as a part of their Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Major companies have been hiding unlabeled toxic chemicals in their products for years. For example, Unilever only gets fragrance disclosure from their suppliers at quantities greater than… Read more »

lavender hormone disruptor

The Question of Lavender

March 2018 Update: For the past 9 years, we have been wary of lavender at Sprout for all of the reasons expressed in our initial article below. A recent study by the NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences), a part of the United States NIH, confirms these concerns. It showed that regular exposure to… Read more »

Children’s PJs: What Those Scary-Looking Labels Really Mean

Labeling on children’s pajamas can be confusing and misleading at first glance. The label pictured above is big and bright and seems a little alarming. Another common clothing label says, “Not intended for children’s sleepwear”. This might sound like there is something wrong with the article of clothing, however, the reality is these are great… Read more »

Baby’s Tub is Still Toxic

All our products are meticulously evaluated to ensure they are safe. Find Personal Care Products in our  Bath & Healthy Home section. Here are few items we love: Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash; Nalu the Seahorse and Kalu the Whale; Boon Naked Tub. In November 2011, I had just given birth to my second daughter,… Read more »

The Dirt on Antibacterials from Dr. Larry Weiss

In my previous life (really only a few years ago) I worked at an investment bank researching the coolest new companies in the natural and organic industry. I came across CleanWell at a trade show and was thrilled to find a product that would sanitize my hands without leaving the filmy feeling and alcohol smell of… Read more »

Sleep Tips from Renowned Sleep Expert, Vivian Sonnenberg

Vivian Sonnenberg has been speaking at Sprout in San Francisco for the past four years. I am constantly running into women at the store who feel they owe her their sanity because she taught their babies to sleep. I feel the same. Three years ago, she helped my daughter Hannah sleep twelve straight hours at… Read more »

Lovies & Blankets: Keep it Natural & Soft

As someone who likes everything to be soft, I understand why some of the most popular children’s blankets and lovies are those that feel the most luxurious to the touch. What I have never understood, however, is why these seem to all be made from polyester, a non-breathable petroleum-based product. I understand the appeal. These… Read more »

Natural Solutions to Dry Winter Skin

As the weather turned colder this winter, my daughter’s skin has become very dry. She developed pretty bad eczema on her arms and legs. It itches her a lot and is really sad to see. Being very conscious of what products I rub on my children’s skin, I was hesitant to try some of the… Read more »

Is Your Natural Personal Care Safe?

NapiNol's Booty Balm & Beyond is our favorite diaper ointment,  at Sprout, made up of only five organic ingredients. We asked Jen Scattereggia from NapiNol to explain the company's view of the multitude of “natural” products out there. Here are her thoughts: There is a huge market for natural and organic skincare products. Recognizing this demand,… Read more »