How To Carefully Choose Products For Your Children: The Dos And Don’ts

First, what are children’s products? According to the law,  it is a consumer product specifically designed for children of 12 years and below. There are certain factors to be considered when determining whether a consumer product is referred to as a children product, they include:  

  • A written statement by the producers about the purpose of the product, alongside a label on the product.  
  • A snip on the product’s packaging, display, or advertising indicating the appropriate use of the product for children 12 years of age or younger.
  •  The product is commonly known by users as being used by children 12 years of age or below. 

Even though children might look small and easy to care for, there’s actually nothing simple about the products they use. Selecting the right accessories for your child can be somewhat tricky because of how delicate they are. What works for one might not work for the other that’s how funny it can be. Now with all the modern tech and gadgets coming to the limelight including product recalls recurring, a parent has to be careful when choosing a product for their kids.

Something you must always put into consideration when selecting children’s products and that must never be compromised when buying, borrowing, or receiving a gift is the safety of your child. In this article, you’d see some major dos and don’ts parents must adhere to when picking products for their children.

Do Consult With A Pediatrician

Who better to recommend the best products for your kid(s) than someone who specializes in treating them and is almost always around them? Consult with your pediatrician before deciding to get any product, most especially when it has to do skincare essentials, baby formula, or drugs. 

They have everything necessary to provide you with the options for you to make a choice. It would be best you have them as a family doctor if all of your children are still below 12 years of age. If you’ve got questions about the efficacy of a product or notice a side effect, they’re the people you go to.

Do Test It Out

When trying out a new product on your kid’s skin, make sure you’re testing it on an area just inside of his arm or wrist. Why that particular area? So that you can closely observe his skin for any reaction: redness or irritation within the next 24 hours. 

If you notice that rashes develop on his skin, it begins to itch him or becomes hot, dry, or feels like it’s on fire, avoid using the product any further. The professionals behind suggest getting products from your children from sources that can be trusted. In some instances, you will need to go to the pharmacy or store and ask for something more suitable for your kids. Better still, speak with your doctor about the situation they can easily provide other options for him. 

Don’t Use Harmful Chemicals

You need to check the ingredients that make up the product you want to get. They’re usually on the packaging or the container. It would be helpful if you know about the common toxins to watch out for. There are government agencies that have a database of toxic substances so you could just compare them. 

When you go through the list of ingredients on products you would be able to ensure that you choose safe products and avoid ones with dangerous chemicals. Some chemicals you should generally avoid are BPA plastic, Phthalates, Flame Retardants, PFOA/PFOS, Parabens, Triclosan, Pesticides, and Volatile Organic Compounds.

Don’t Get Carried Away With Too Much Information

The process of selecting products for your kids can get a little bit overwhelming and confusing because of the thousands of information out there and appealing advertisements. With everyone all up in your face about products they believe is the best, how do you know make the best choice for your child? 

As stated earlier, speak to your doctor about the product you want to get. Get natural products only. For clarification purposes, do note that there are many products labeled as natural but really aren’t. They instead contain harmful chemicals like the ones in the previous point. However, in order not to get lost in the pool of product information. Go for products that have verified labels like Oeko-tex, Bluesign, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and Safer Choice.

Look for products with these labels or those with purely natural ingredients to be on the safe side. 

Caring for your child is a very sensitive endeavor and must be treated as such. Any little mistakes and you risk your child being admitted to the hospital. Make proper research and ask questions from your doctor or experienced parents on how best to select products for your child.

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.