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DW and I are expecting our first child in a couple of months, and there are times when this whole "caring for a helpless new life" thing becomes a little worrisome. For example, I only learned within the past year or so that the "stuff" (sodium polyacrylate) in disposable diapers that makes them super-absorbant has been banned from feminine hygiene products due to a link with toxic shock, and that the list of ingredients also includes dioxins and other toxic goodies ( Also, I recently read there are some wonderful ingredients in most shampoos, soaps, lotions, etc. called phthalates that have recently been shown to be absorbed and processed by babies bodies ( - which may or may do something bad to them - but obviously aren't meant to be included in part of a balanced diet (and isn't required labeling on the part of the manufacturer).

We just stocked up on our first set of cloth diapers (Bum Genius, Swaddlebees, and some other very modern innovations in cloth diaper technology) and Burt's Bees baby care products, and I'm currently at ease about these issues, but what the hell else is out there? It's a war!

What baby-specific products are you all using?
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