This is not WebMD
Hello mommies, I'm no expert nor a perfect mom - obviously I'm just a person who's into style/fashion niche and an actual hands-on mommy, altogether. The reason why I love exploring style and fashion firstly because (in my own opinion), it will make me look less like a homeless woman #lol; secondly, It's my way to express myself - like it's a form of art. That being said, I would never compromise the safety of my precious little one in the name of trends or fashion. So, for stylish mothers out there, here are some of that trends that you should consider ditching for the sake of your beautiful babies. Just a quick disclaimer though, this information are basing from my own observation and common sense (logical thinking). These are stuff that are not popularly discussed but somehow felt like I need to share my thoughts about it. Items below are not in particular order, let me know if you have anything to add because I'll be more than glad to add it up on this list.
When handling our babies try avoiding any jewelries made from metal materials especially with pointy designs. It could cut their delicate soft skin so easily. I'm talking about necklaces, bracelets or even rings. If your wedding ring(s) have that diamond stone as its centerpiece, try considering keeping it away temporarily. Better safe than sorry mums!
Blouses (especially with front designs using plastic sequins or stones).
We all know that it's advisable to carry our baby close to us therefore the reason why we should avoid blouses with potentially dangerous hard materials that could scratch, cut or irritate their super soft skin. I recommend blouses with comfortable textile such as cotton.
I can see mommy celebrities who are claiming to being a hands-on-mother but awkwardly rocking long nails. I wonder how they handle their little ones with it? I can't even type properly with long nails! I'm not against getting nails done with nice nail polishes (although there is one thing to watch out for which I'll tackle after this one). For me personally, it's fine - but long nails can definitely harm our babies at any point. I remember combing my son's bangs (using my fingers), sweeping them to the side of his forehead where I accidentally poked his eye. I felt so bad but oddly grateful for keeping my nails short because the damage could be alot worse.
Chipped nail polish.
If we worry about giving our child commercialized, non organic stuff to our kids due to toxic concerns then don't hand them food with that chipped colored nails. You may wonder why? We all know that nail polishes are made of chemicals that are absolutely harmful to us. And we all know that sooner or later that nail polish will break then eventually its no longer there. Ever wonder where all those tiny colored bits gone? I think you know that you may be leaving those toxic bits here and there after going through them with your hands and it is worrisome when a little of those nasty stuff gets into your food (while preparing it) which you and your kids will consume. My advice: once its started to break apart, remove the product completely off your nails with nail polish remover then re-apply with a brand new coat if you wish.
Strong perfume's scent / or even lotions.
Newborns have delicate and sensitive nasal passages down to their lungs which with any harsh smelling vapor or scent could put their lives in danger. Imagine baby wrapping your helpless infant unto your chest with suffocating strong scent sprayed all over that area, like seriously; sometimes even grownups can't stand weird smelling perfumes, right? if smelling could already harm them, then you don't want them sucking that lotion coverage (composed of lead, petroleum other toxic ingredients) off your breasts. Consider skipping this two items as long as you carry your baby or breastfeeding them.
Lipstick / Make-up.
I love wearing make up when going out. However, I make sure that whenever I'm wearing it, I'll try not to do skin to skin contact with my baby at areas where make up products are applied. Not because I worry that he might ruin my 'contouring' effort or what #lol, What worries me if I'll compromise is that whatever product I use might irritate his skin or he might get an actual taste of that toxic application; therefore, no to kissing him on his cheek or lips with my lipstick on.
I always wanted to keep a long shiny straight hair which explains my frequent visits at a hair salon. The problem maintaining hair that's perfect is the amount of toxic substance I have to deal with. Now, if this kind of treatment is already a red flag to adults' health then how much more to babies? The product could harm us and our kids by just smelling it alone, when having it inside our system it could be dangerous. Hair treatments such us hair straightening, hair curling, hot oil, hair spa, hair coloring, and whatnot. My advice to mommies with little babies is to compromise hair treatments. If you have to get your hair done, just make sure your child won't be able to smell or get anywhere close to it. Hair should be neatly tucked away from getting to babies' face.
Carrying our newborns around can be challenging at times especially when walking on big rocky terrain or on a slippery floor, climbing up or even going down stairs is no joke. How on earth can you convince me that walking in heels can make your experience any easier? Let's face it, it is impossible to keep our balance in high heels while carrying our babies therefore I encourage every mommies with newborns to temporarily forget about high heels until such time where your child can walk on his own.
Try sharing this to any hands-on mommies who are also into fashion trends; just like you and me *grin* This information might also be useful for first time mommies with newborns. Well, some mommies may have different opinion about everything - to say the least - but that's fine. Nevertheless, I encourage you to try to open your mind to this thing we call wisdom. Like seriously, it breaks my heart when I see kids suffering because of parents' ignorance. It's okay to be super protective or critical when it comes to our child - believe me folks, it will go a long way. There you go, basically this post is just a simple reminder about keeping your child away from harm, we don't stop there because there's so many things we still need to learn in order to master the craft of being a responsible parent(s). Remember, our children's well being should be our only ultimate focus. We can do it and Cheers to us!