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Sometimes people start shopping for baby shower gifts with one idea in mind, and wind up buying something completely different. For example, you might be shopping under the broad umbrella of “organic baby gifts.” That could mean a number of things, so you hit the typical retail stores. Unless you're shopping in very specialized organic baby stores or boutiques, you're probably not going to find what you're looking for in the big name department stores.
So you move on. Maybe you see some baby products on the shelf and you think, yeah! Natural bath products for babies! Just like that you abandon the idea of finding organic baby toys or organic baby clothing. After all, natural bath products for babies are a great idea, and they're right here in front of you.
The name says natural, but when you pick up the bottle, you can't help but notice a list of suspiciously artificial sounding ingredients on the label. Nothing says “certified organic” on the label. It just says “natural”. The more you think about, the more you realize you're not sure what the exactly means. Discouraged, you put the product back on the shelf and leave the store.
As you get in your car it occurs to you that you could buy something for the mom-to-be. Maybe you'll even put together a basket of holistic therapies and treatments for post-pregnancy. That's not a bad idea, just make sure to shop with the help of someone educated in holistic therapy. Just because a product is “natural” or “herbal” doesn't mean they're safe for everyone. Some herbs can cause a dangerous spike in blood pressure, for example. The point is, buying organic baby gifts, or natural gifts for the mother takes a little know-how. If you're not sure what you're looking for, seek the help of someone educated in certified organic products.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|