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Don't get me wrong, I was exceedingly grateful for those things. Baby messes are something special, that's for sure. But between diapers, wipes, creams, ointments, new sheets and sleepers, stain remover, and sweat equity, the expense of it all is fairly extreme. It can put a heavy burden on families. No one should ever wonder how they're going to keep their baby clean in 2017, but here we are. In the United States, there is no government program available that pays for diapers. WIC and food stamps only cover nutrition, leaving families in the lurch when it comes to basics like diapers, wipes, and feminine hygiene products. In some states, they're even a taxable good, which seems to be just an insult to injury, but there you have it.
Prosecutors say Johnson & Johnson knew about the risk since the early 1980s and did not protect its customers. In fact, the first study conducted on talc powder use on female genitalia found a 92 percent increased risk for ovarian cancer with women who reported genital talc use. But still, other doctors disagree. "Several decades of medical research do not support the hypothesis that use of talcum powder causes ovarian cancer," said Dr. Hal Lawrence, chief executive officer of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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.   
Zabana Essentials Dry Shampoo Lavender Citrus Mint smells amazing. It's a really fresh scent without being overpowering. All the scents 0f lavender, mint, and lemon come thru when you use it. This shampoo is made with kaolin clay, avena (collodial oatmeal), arrowroot powder, sodium bicarbonate, essential oils,  and bamboo extract. With clay as the first ingredient, I find it's great for hiding greasy hair in between wet shampooing. It's 100% natural and vegan.

I had a small essential oils company, and I began working with organic aloe vera as a dynamic delivery system together with cutting edge advancements in active natural ingredients to create the beginnings of an effective natural products line.  I began using them and getting great results, which all my family and friends noticed.  They of course demanded to be let in on my secret, so after exhaustive and extensive research and development – DeVita Natural Skin Care was born! Cherylanne DeVita.
There has long been controversy on whether or not you should use baby powder on your babe's behind. The American Academy of Pediatrics have warned that the teeny tiny particles can get trapped in an infant's small lungs and parents should be very careful with its use. Just last week, a lawsuit discovered that talc is linked to cancer. Pretty scary stuff! The court awarded $72 million to the plaintiff in the lawsuit, making this the first case in history against Johnson & Johnson baby powder. Considering that talc is banned in the European Union and has limited commercial use in Canada (especially in baby ware), it gives one pause in using the product.
French Girl Organics range of cosmetic products are all at least 80 percent organic, with this particular product containing 95 percent certified organic or wildcrafted ingredients. This powder is based on arrowroot, rather than cornstarch, combined with kaolin white clay. It contains no synthetic fragrances or GMO products and is certified vegan safe.

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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.
@ccoon17 Just to add on to the Amazon welcome box - I *think* you have to be a prime member (I remember another post where someone said that; I'm prime so I can't confirm that) and $10 minimum needs to be purchased from your registry - you can buy it yourself lol there is something I'm sure you'll need that's cheap. Can also set the registry to private if you'd like. My welcome box came with a TON of stuff - diaper, huge pack of wipes, pacifiers, muslin swaddle, tub of lysol wipes, a onesie, coupons, lil travel sized soaps and washes, body suit and a bottle. Totally worth it. Reply
Grove Collaborative is running a great promotion right now! If you sign up here, you’ll get a free $10 credit as well as a free Seventh Generation hand soap! Use your $10 credit to get a free baby item such as Seventh Generation baby wipes. Grove has the best brands and their customer service is excellent. Keep in mind that a $20 purchase will qualify you free shipping.
So! Awareness is key (no thanks to Johnson & Johnson, which according to prosecutors, has known of the potential risks of talc since the ’80s yet failed to share the facts with consumers), and the moral of the story is that you should probably ditch any and all talc-based beauty products posthaste, especially if you’re putting them close to your vagina. Opt for one of these eight talc-free body powders instead—with prices ranging from less than $5 to $27, there’s something for everyone. Some of them were probably actually made for balls, but hey, it’s all the same.
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:
San Francisco, San Mateo, San Jose, and Bay area California - The goal of the Bay Area Diaper Bank and other local groups is to distribute free diapers to agencies throughout northern California that serve mothers and children in need. Thousands of families take advantage of the assistance program every month. Find resources in San Francisco and San Mateo County.
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