Talcum powder comes from the crushing, drying and milling of mined talc rocks. The substance is mainly comprised of magnesium, silicon and oxygen, and the particles are extremely small so therefore they can easily be inhaled. For any lungs this is a problem, but for the tiny lungs of a baby, it can be particularly irritating and can cause inflammation. As a result, the American Association of Paediatrics recommends that parents do not use talcum powder on their babies.
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Free sample of 2 different types of Huggies diapers, including Huggies Dry (for healthier skin that's dry), Huggies Ultra, Huggies Dry Pants (for a more active baby), and Huggies Ultra Pants, which are gender specific. The Dry and Ultra's a good for newborn babies, whereas the Dry Pants work up to 16KG (so for toddlers too). The one is only good in Malaysia.
made me think that it might not be a bad idea to look into alternatives. As for cornstarch, it's a great talc replacement as long as your baby doesn't develop a yeast diaper rash (apparently relatively common) in which case you're actually feeding the yeast with the corn starch. Also, the majority of corn starch used in baby powders are going to be from corn that was conventionally grown with pesticide use and is genetically modified.   
I’m seconding the concern about starches as body powders. As a nurse, I know that starches do feed yeasts that can thrive on moist skin: along any sweaty crease like the groin, under breasts, under yer butt cheeks, etc. Hospitals once used talc, then starch-based powders, now mostly neither. I’m not being a nay-sayer. Just offering a word of caution. If ya get yeasty, maybe don’t put starch there. Can’t speak to powder combos with baking soda or whatever though.
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Sometimes a parent will buy a brand of diapers that gives their child a rash, leaving them stuck with dozens, maybe even hundreds, of diapers that they cannot use for fear of massive diaper rash. These people then take to online groups like Craiglist, FreeCycle, or local Facebook yard sale or freebie groups. Even if they aren’t giving the diapers away, many of them drastically slice the cost of the diapers.
On July 12, a jury in St. Louis awarded $4.69 billion to 22 women who sued Johnson & Johnson claiming they developed ovarian cancer from years of using the company's talcum powder products. $550 million of the verdict is for compensatory damages, and the remaining $4.14 billion is for punitive damages. This verdict is the largest against the company regarding its baby powder and Shower to Shower powder products.
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Hi I love your website! Wish I’d found it a lot sooner. One excellent resource I’ve been using is called Care Net. It’s a nationwide network of pregnancy/parenting centers. It’s a Christian organization but open to those of any religion and very non-judgmental/non-proselytizing. They’re COMPLETELY free with no catch. They’re a privately funded program so there’s no government involvement whatsoever. They offer free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, and parenting classes. The parenting classes are part of the Earn While You Learn program-you basically attend a class every week for an hour and earn points you redeem in their “mart” for whatever your baby needs. The MOPS group (mothers of preschoolers) is also a lot of fun and great way to meet other moms and let my little guy play with others his age. Thought I’d pass along the info.
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I know you heard about the link between talc and ovarian cancer after the huge company, Johnson & Johnson was sued for $72 million, right? Just in time for the months when you'll be sweating more, and less likely to wash your hair as frequently, we came up with a long list of the best talc free powders that are safe to use from head to toe. Baby powders and body powders without talc should be on your list. And everyone's new favorite, dry shampoo should be talc free too. We have an extensive list of American made options for you.

Moody Sisters Dry Shampoo is one I love, and the brand that turned me onto using dry shampoo. It’s perfect for the times when your hair doesn’t quite need to be washed again, but could look a little less greasy. The puff applicator makes it so easy to apply and blend into your scalp without any mess. It’s handmade with organic arrowroot powder, non GMO cornstarch, lemon peel powder, organic witch hazel, and aluminum free baking soda. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.


Little Barn Apothecary Flowers + Clay Dry Shampoo is made from rice starch, kaolin clay, corn starch and a blend of natural fragrances. I love this dry shampoo because it's lightweight, has a lovely light floral fragrance, and is easy to apply. I like using it after working out, and before showering, if I'm running errands around town. I absolutely love how this smells. The floral scent reminds me of lily of the valley, which happens to be one of my favorite flowers.
Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products.

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Otherwise, another great option to save money on diapers is signing up for Amazon Family. You have to become an Amazon Prime Member (which means paying $99/year, however you can Try Amazon Prime with their 30-Day Free Trial first!) but you will get free two-day shipping on millions of items and unlimited music and video streaming along with your awesome diaper savings of 20% off diaper subscriptions! Plus, you can get a 15% Amazon Baby Registry completion discount. The diaper boxes from Amazon are also bigger and will cost less per diaper often than your local stores, plus you won’t have to spend gas to go pick it up!

It's official, I'm "nesting"! I've entered this interesting stage in my pregnancy, the final stretch, where all I can think about and all I want to do is prepare for our baby's arrival. While with most women this stage involves massive amounts of cleaning, for me (unfortunately for James)  it means an obsessive unending stream of creative projects!

Why talc free? There is some controversy regarding the safety of talcum powder. Back in the day, it contained asbestos (a known carcinogen), but from the 70's forward, all talc used in bath and body products in the US is asbestos free. So what's the issue? Some believe that even the asbestos free talc is carcinogenic and studies have been unable to prove otherwise.  Bits from the American' Cancer Society's page "Talcum Powder and Cancer" like this:

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