Talcum powder has been making headlines lately, but it's not a new ingredient. It's been used for centuries and can be found in a slew of consumer products, from dry shampoo and blush to baby powder. But what is talc, exactly? It's a mineral that is made up of silicon, oxygen, and magnesium and is meant to absorb moisture (therefore preventing rashes). In its natural state, talc can contain asbestos, which is a known carcinogen — but according to the American Cancer Society, commercial products containing talc have been asbestos-free since the 1970s.
Essential Oils – I like chamomile (Roman or German) and lavender essential oil for this DIY Baby Powder. They are two of the only essential oils considered safe for use with babies and also have wonderful anti-inflammatory and soothing properties when used on skin. Note: Essential oil use is not recommended for babies under 3 months of age because their skin is not yet mature, therefore making it more sensitive to essential oils.
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.   
Nature's Baby Organics Silky Dusting Powder is safe and gentle enough for all infants, even newborns. It is made out of nothing but USDA certified organic ingredients, including tapioca starch, and organic extracts, including matricaria flower extract, echinacea angustifolia extract, and goldenseal extract to further soothe and calm irritated skin. Simply dust it over baby’s bottom to absorb wetness and relieve chaffing.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I am pregnant with my second child, but signed up for almost all of these with my first! I am here to tell all of you, 90 % of these are completely FREE! That means NO SHIPPING! The only thing that stinks is it usually takes two months to get the freebies and by then you’ve forgotten about them, or worse you think the company has forgotten about you…until one day you receive a package full of wonderful baby items and then they just keep coming! Many of the formula brands will send multiple packages! I signed up with Enfamil and they sent a feeding package and a few weeks later they sent me THREE FULL SIZE BOTTLES of prenatal vitamins! I have never paid shipping for any of our freebies and am currently signing up for this pregnancy, because these companies DO care about expectant mothers, and THEY ARE AWESOME! Thank you again Savvy Bump for putting all of these promotions in one place so I am not scouring the internet trying to remember what sites we signed up on last time around. YOU ARE FABULOUS!
But Johnson & Johnson insists a correlation between talc powder and ovarian cancer has not been proven. In a lawsuit settled in March 2017, the jury ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson, Reuters reports. The plaintiff was Tennessee resident Nora Daniels, who alleged that she used their baby powder for 36 years and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013.
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.
Inspire a love for reading at a young age. All you need to do is to sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (see if the program is available in your area). From there, you’ll receive one free age-appropriate book each month from the time your child is born through age 5. If the Imagination Library isn’t currently in your area, you can assist in launching a program.
But Johnson & Johnson insists a correlation between talc powder and ovarian cancer has not been proven. In a lawsuit settled in March 2017, the jury ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson, Reuters reports. The plaintiff was Tennessee resident Nora Daniels, who alleged that she used their baby powder for 36 years and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013.
Pampers Diapers and Huggies have a rewards program. They have unique one time use codes found inside the packages of diapers and some wipes. Save those and enter them on their websites (after making an account-when you sign up for pampers you will get 100 pts) When you have a certain amount of points, you can cash in for Free rewards. There are a ton of different items, and they change them too. When I reached 1,000 points I cashed out for a Dora Potty Seat for my youngest! Yay!
If your having your first baby or your sixth baby, it doesn’t matter, you can request these baby freebies. I have compiled a huge list below and I update it daily with any new finds I may come across. You can bookmark the page or share with a friend or family member that is expecting. Remember, it takes about 6-8 weeks for most freebies to come in the mail.
yoFreeSamples is the place for saving money and getting real free products – whether it a PinkBerry Yogurt, Tacos at Walmart there are endless ways to save money and get free product samples straight from the manufacturer of retailer. And most of the time you do not have to qualify with painful surveys; but you do have to share your address other companies know where to send the free stuff!

Babies are a big deal. And not just to your family. Retailers are almost as excited as you are because it means a new customer. So why not take advantage of all the free stuff, coupons and special deals available at this special time. Here’s our round-up of newborn and toddler freebies, deals and discounts for 2018. And don’t forget to check out our regularly updated list of free baby samples and offers right here!
We know from our own experience that checking out baby magazines is a highly effective way to find free offers. Many baby product companies are eager to get new customers by letting them try the products before they buy, and a baby magazine is the best place to find their target audience. So even if you don’t subscribe, pick up a few baby magazines at the checkout counter and see what you can find!
However, the controversial ingredient has been linked to cancer when it comes to feminine hygiene. Though findings have been mixed, some studies report that women who use talcum powder in the genital area could be at a higher risk for ovarian cancer. It is said that powder can travel through the vagina into the ovary, but none of the findings have been concrete.
Dried Herbs – Dried herbs are also a fabulous addition, and may be a better option for very young babies. They can be ground into a powder in a coffee/spice grinder, and can be used in lieu of, or in addition to, essential oils. Some herbs are great for deodorizing, while others are nice for their skin-soothing benefits. Note: Be sure to thoroughly sift your dried herbs after grinding to catch any pieces that were not finely ground into a powder or it could be rough and irritating to baby’s skin.
There are resources available to you if you need them, though. Also, don't discount cloth diapers if you have the means to launder them. They're often easier to get at free or reduced cost, not to mention they're way better for the environment, and you can be super smug about that. (Unrelated, but once you're done diapering your baby, those diapers really make the best dusting cloths and glass cleaners.)
Dried Herbs – Dried herbs are also a fabulous addition, and may be a better option for very young babies. They can be ground into a powder in a coffee/spice grinder, and can be used in lieu of, or in addition to, essential oils. Some herbs are great for deodorizing, while others are nice for their skin-soothing benefits. Note: Be sure to thoroughly sift your dried herbs after grinding to catch any pieces that were not finely ground into a powder or it could be rough and irritating to baby’s skin.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I am pregnant with my second child, but signed up for almost all of these with my first! I am here to tell all of you, 90 % of these are completely FREE! That means NO SHIPPING! The only thing that stinks is it usually takes two months to get the freebies and by then you’ve forgotten about them, or worse you think the company has forgotten about you…until one day you receive a package full of wonderful baby items and then they just keep coming! Many of the formula brands will send multiple packages! I signed up with Enfamil and they sent a feeding package and a few weeks later they sent me THREE FULL SIZE BOTTLES of prenatal vitamins! I have never paid shipping for any of our freebies and am currently signing up for this pregnancy, because these companies DO care about expectant mothers, and THEY ARE AWESOME! Thank you again Savvy Bump for putting all of these promotions in one place so I am not scouring the internet trying to remember what sites we signed up on last time around. YOU ARE FABULOUS!
Currently, Baby Box University is available state-wide in Alabama, Colorado, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. It’s offered in several more states on a county by county basis. Check here for the latest list of participating states. Or, check with your doctor, hospital or county/city service divisions or email The Baby Box to find out if it’s available in your area.
To help support new and expecting moms, Target is giving away a free Welcome Kit when you set up a baby registry.  The kit includes $50+ worth of coupons and free diapers. After creating your registry, visit the Target service desk to pick up your free Welcome Kit. Items may vary by stores, but may include: Munchkin bottle, Lansinoh samples, MAM Newborn pacifier, Honest Wipes, and Diapers sample pack, Baby Bag and much more!
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