Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pictures say a thousand words

All the ultrasound Pics for Belly Bub  (these ones were done at 12 weeks & 20 weeks)



Charlie with my 21 week belly
and finally.... the big secret is out.....




yes belly bub is going to be our Fourth Son <3

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

All one Gender Families...

Many readers, will know I have 3 sons.

 When I had my first son, I was asked:
 "When will you have another?"  "When will you try for a girl?". 

When I had my second son, i got "Oh, so I guess you will try for a girl next time.." and "Sorry its a boy".

When I had my third son, after the 20 week ultrasound I got "So when will you try for a girl?" and when he was not even an hour old I got asked "So will you try for a girl?".... 

Ahh yes I have had some silly comments like "Gosh you must have your hands full" (about having 3 children).

This morning I had someone say "Its a girl... because you don't want another boy do you" when discussing how i had the ultrasound recently, but hadn't "found out" gender. I am not sure if these people realise ultrasound predictions of Gender can actually be wrong in some cases...
For info on Ultrasound accuracy check out this link

So I put it to my Facebook friends and Fans on the fan page for this Blog to share the comments they have had here is some of the comments:

"when people find out we have 4 daughters (they seem to ignore the fact our eldest 2 are boys). "are you going to keep trying for a boy" "you will need shares in tampax" "goodluck when they are all teenagers"  - A mum of 6 children (2 boys and 4 girls).


"I used to get it, while pregnant with my 3rd boy "Oh, so will you try for a girl next?" and alot of the time, it was midwives asking Yes; because thats the most important thing on your mind, your NEXT baby." - Mum of soon to be 4 (3 boys with a girl on the way)


" I get the 'so are u going to try for a boy next' gah!" - A mum of All girls 


" ‎2 boys, 2 girls. I never really got anything like that but do get oh you wont be having any more kids will you" - A Mum of four.
 " not too much about gender more about family size. Though i got everyone saying how 'lucky' i was to have a pigeon pair and then again i was 'lucky' to have two boys two girls... I was just happy to have healthy babies considering my oldest almost died at birth"- Mum of Four.


"sure do, I have 8 daughters..I get asked if I was trying for a boy & my reply is "I wasn't even trying to get preg" - A mum of 8.


"Ok I don't have 2 or more hehe I only have 1 boy, but have decided due to infertility that I won't be trying for anymore in the future, and quite a few people have told me that ill regret it and I should at least try for a girl to make it even." -Mum of one boy. 

There is a bit of science research on the whole all one gender families and why some families just seem to have all boys or all girls, check out this article it has statistics.  and this looks at the odds of having the opposite gender in the next pregnancy (based on the second link i have a 43.6% chance #4 is a girl).
Essential baby did a great article on what life was like having all boys,

The post where I reveal the top secret...


18 week belly pic
As many readers will know, I have been blogging this whole time while expecting #4. Well... I had the ultrasound on the 19th march and this is the post that reveals all the ultrasound's happenings...




20 week ultrasound pic

Say Hello to Baby #4















Baby #4 is a........healthy baby. Hear beat of baby was 142 per minute during the ultrasound. baby kept rolling on to their tummy and at one stage it looked like they were trying to crawl away from the prying eyes of the ultrasound.  charlie loved seeing his new sibling on the screen. When it came to checking the heart and the blood flow to and from the heart , charlie yelled "Look there's fire inside the baby!".
The lady who did the ultrasound said that was a first, and chuckled that she had heard little kids coming in and saying the unborn baby looks like a dinosaur or saying to name the baby Dora, but never heard fire inside a baby.

Charlie explaining to Tyson & Cody the ultrasound.
Now after having 3 boys and getting comments such as "oh I am sorry it's another boy" or "I guess you will try for a girl next time", and other silly comments along the same lines #4 is a surprise. Some friends think #4 is a girl, some say boy. I am just happy #4 is healthy.





Which brings me to another topic: Why is having 2 or more boys a bad thing? I don't see it as bad to have 3 boys. Someone has to raise the little boys  who will be the AP dad's of tomorrow. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Low Down on Baby Wipes- Part 4

Nature Babycare by Naty Eco Sensitive wipes- Unscented
So on the outside these appear to be Eco and very good for sensitive skin right? Well I thought that too, until I read the back of the pack...

These Wipes contain:
Aqua, Gluconlactone, Glycerin, Sodium Benozate, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Glycol, Decyl Glucoside, Citric Acid, Calcium Gluconate, Chamomilla Recutita Flower extract, Aloe barbadensis Leaf juice.



Quite a few things for something promoted as "eco " right? So what do the words mean?



Aqua: also known as Water. (see here for names water may be listed as )


Gluconlactone:  The EWG cosmetic database profile lists all the names of this chemical and also states it has approval to be in food b the FDA.

Gluconolactone, a Polyhydroxy acid found naturally in the skin, is composed of water-attracting hydroxyl groups to condition and hydrate the skin. It provides full strength antiaging benefits without irritation, even for patients with clinically sensitive skin or rosacea, or those who have had cosmetic procedures. Gluconolactone strengthens skin's barrier function, reducing sensitivity to irritants and skin redness over time. As an antioxidant, Gluconolactone inhibits elastase to preserve healthy tissue and maintain skin's youthful elasticity, resulting in smoother texture and a diminished appearance of lines and wrinkles.  (source)

Cosmetic Info points out it has many uses and is natural
Safety Measures/Side Effects:
There are no warnings regarding the use of Gluconolactone, and because of its PHA composition, it may be safer than products containing AHA or BHA. Pregnant women should still consult a doctor before using products with Gluconolactone.  (source)


Glycerin: Was looked at in part 2

Sodium Benozate:  Was looked at in part 2 

Potassium Sorbate:  Is used to keep mold and yeast away, it is a preservative with anti fungal properties.



Potassium Sorbate Dangers
Dangers of food additives and preservatives notwithstanding, potassium sorbate, perhaps, falls into the category of food preservatives which are not seriously harmful for health. Fundamentally, potassium sorbate is non-toxic and is regarded as safe. However, its synthetic characteristic is not considered too favorable by some experts. Prolonged use of the preservative could lead to allergic reactions, nausea, diarrhea and nutrient loss in food. Toxicity of potassium sorbate is akin to that of table salt. In case of personal care products, sorbate or sorbic acids, can cause skin and eye irritation, so they need to be used carefully. All these facts point out that the side effects of potassium sorbate are minimal. But, if you want to avoid the usage of potassium sorbate, especially in wines, and want to supplement it with something, there are always options. Let's see how its usage may be avoided or kept minimum. (source)
EWG Cosmetic Database lists that this chemical is well known as being a skin irritant and toxicant.
Livestrong points out this is a naturally occurring chemical but the effects on humans are not fully known.

Properlyne Glycol: Was looked at in Part 3


Decyl Glucoside:    is A "natural surfactant" (foaming agent) synthesised from glucose from sugar. Non toxic (source)
Decyl glucoside is an extremely mild and gentle nonionic surfactant naturally derived from sugar.
Decyl Glucoside is recommended for sensitive skin, facial wash products, shampoo and body wash.
Decyl Glucoside generates exceptional fine and stable foam comparable with that obtained using conventional anionic surfactants.
Decyl Glucoside:
  •  Good foaming power
  •  Compatible with all surfactants
  •  Tolerant of high electrolyte formulations (aloe)
  •  Compatible with cationic conditioning agents
  •  Mild but effective cleansing
  •  Improves skin tolerance of the formulation
  •  Maintains skin balance without dryness

What is Polyglycose (decyl glucoside)

Polyglycose (decyl glucoside) is considered to be part of a new generation of surfactants. In Europe, where the world’s strictest cosmetic regulations are in place under the EU Cosmetics Directive, the demand for the alkyl polyglucosides has increased by enormously.
Derived from sugar they are readily bio-degradable, low toxic, extremely mild and perform well in hard water conditions.
Several clinical skin irritancy tests show decyl glucoside to be non irritating, even at high concentrations with an extended contact period of 24 hours.
Decyl glucoside exhibits all of the mildness traits of nonionics, with the foam of an anionic. It is this unique characteristic that enables it to be utilized as both a primary and co-surfactant in formulations.
Many companies with a natural focus to their formulations are now turning to decyl glucoside as their primary, and in some cases only, surfactant. It is so mild that it doesn’t require blending with any of the mildness additives. (source)

This interview points out there is other natural surfactants that can be used that do not have harmful side effects. (it is right near the bottom).

Citric Acid:   Was Looked at in Part 2

Calcium Gluconate:  Calcium Gluconate is a calcium salt of gluconic acid.
The EWG Cosmetic Database profile for this chemical states it has been approved for limited use in food by the FDA.
Calcium is an essential mineral for the body. A small amount of research shows calcium gluconate may be a good anti-inflammatory and healing agent when applied topically (source)
There is no restrictions world wide on this chemical.


Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract:  Was looked at in Part 3


Aloe barbadensis leaf Juice:  Was looked at in Part 3




Have you ever wondered about the claim on the packaging about the wipes being Award winning?


I wondered this as it is hard to not miss the mention of these awards on the frount of the packet.
So I went and searched what awards they have won and if they really were awards....
  • Good Environmental Choice -  Eco Label from Swedish Society for Nature Conservation 
  • Green Award for Outstanding Product 2009 --from EcoBabyWorld (USA)
  • TIPS Highly Commended Award 2009 -- Lightly Scented Wipes from TIPS Ltd. (UK)
  • TIPS Highly Commended Award 2009 -- Fragrance Free Wipes from TIPS Ltd. (UK)
  • Best Wipes Gold Award in '07 from Practical Pre-School Magazine (UK)
  • Highly Recommended Award in '07-'08 from Practical Parenting Magazine (UK)
  • TIPS Editor's Choice Award 2007 - Wipes from TIPS Ltd. (UK)
  • Best Baby Wipes - in '06-'07 from Mother and Baby Magazine (UK)
  • Editor's Choice Award in '06-'07 from Junior Magazine (UK)"Best Baby Wipe" Gold Award in 2005 and 2006 from Mother and Baby Magazine (UK) (source)

 So I tired researching the Eco label award and Google could not find not find the place that gave the award. The second award no longer has the page up about the award.  I did note that 8 of these awards were from UK magazines... Yes not actual Certified organisations or anything like that, magazines.

Ps: If you missed the other 3 parts of this Series on Wipes, you can find them here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Charlie's peaceful birth story

Charlie at 12 weeks

Charlie's Birth was the fastest and most peaceful so far. he was born at a small regional hospital , a different hospital to my other two children.
Charlie at a an hour old.
His labour was 6.5 hours long.  He was born at 8:44am, at 40weeks 5 days. He weighed 7lb 11oz and was 54cm long.  He was very alert from the start, unlike my other two babies, he was having a good look around at his new surroundings as soon as he was handed to me when he was born.

I did have a shot of pethadine when the sciatica pains were becoming too much for me to bear, i was unable to walk well and almost in tears. Once the pethadine kicked in, i was walking around chatting to everyone, apparently i was far too calm and chatty for a woman in labour.

Charlie at 3months old
I had 2 midwives looking after me the whole night, no change overs, they even stayed despite their shift being over as they wanted to see what my baby looked like. I had the obstertrician who did my pregnancy care with the midwives during charlie's birth. I found knowing them, very comforting. I also liked how i was left to my devices most of the time.

it wasn't till charlie was not making his way fully down the way he was suppose to that the Ob got a bit worried. On investigation she realised he was stuck, so she asked if it was ok to get the vaccum to try and move him a bit, that didn't end up working as it couldnt grab hold of him. So she had another look and realised, he had tried to turn himself at the last second into a tranverse position but only managed to get his head and shoulders transverse and the rest him was in the regular textbook position.The Ob was glad the suction did not work once she saw that, she said had it worked it may have broke his neck once she started pulling.
Charlie at age 1yr old.

So to move him she got the forceps out and tried to move him around.  I did tear and end up getting 1 stitch.  He co slept from the second he was born, he never used the crib thing the hospitals have, the midwives commented they poked their heads in while i was sleeping, to see why they never heard my baby cry, and found him sleeping next to me. I went home when he was 24 hours old.

He has had no major issues developmentally nor health issues, he breastfeed till 19.5 months, he does react to  some foods like his older brothers do but that is about it. he has a cheeky sense of humor now at age 3 yrs old. he was Ec'ed from 9 months old, though 2 weeks after starting he started to walk, so i had to learn how to contend with a walking EC'ed baby much sooner then I thought.
Charlie at age 3 taken in 2012.

Tyson: Birth story and journey

me with Tyson  in 2007, he is approx 9 months old.
Sadly I do not have any photos of Tyson from when he was a newborn, we did not own a camera when he was born, and did not get one till he was around 8 or 9 months old.

Tyson's labour was 9.5hours long, i had the NICU team, a student OB observing, and a student midwife working with a midwife and and Ob in the birthing suite when he was born. Why so many people you ask? I have no idea.

Maybe, it was due to the fact at 30 weeks he started to measure less then normal and then did not grow at all between 30 weeks & 35 weeks I was sent for an ultrasound at 35 weeks to find out if he was ok , and was told he was healthy just a bit smaller then average. He was born at 10:44am at 40 weeks 2 days and weighed 7lb 5oz and measured 49cm. (much smaller then Cody).

I had an epidural, I do not recall asking for it. The Ob decided at the last minute as Tyson was crowning that tyson needed to be turned around because as the Ob explained to me "he wants to come out facing the sky"  even with the epidural the turning hurt like hell. and with that, Tyson became a forcep delivery, all because the OB decided it would be better for him to face the ground. I have since been told its perfectly safe for babies to be born facing the way Tyson wanted to be born.

Once Tyson was checked over etc the NICU team realised they were on stand by for no reason, they were not needed. Tyson was my first breastfeed baby, he did not latch on properly at first and a midwife suggested possible tongue tie( Tyson was later checked for this on the day we went home and the peaditrician said this was not the case). So the midwife showed me how to express and i ended up syringe feeding him till he latched properly.
Tyson at approx age 2, taken in 2008.

I went home with Tyson when he was 48 hours old.

Once Home i had the daunting task of having 2 under 2. Tyson developed reflux and had it till he was just over 1 year old (he was weaned at 10.5 months old and it was then i discovered he could not tolerate dairy but I had been fobbed off by so many Dr's till then).

When he was a few weeks old I noticed he had a lump on his temple and a birth mark on his wrist i was told "oh its just a dermoid cyst probably and thats a birth mark nothing to worry over"

One day In 2009, Tyson had a seizure I had not been in the room at the time and he came looking for me and had a soft cry of "mum" and then collapsed to the floor. I was freaking out but knew i had to try and stay calm or I would freak my other two little boys out. I told Cody to grab the phone.

Tyson was taken to ER, where the Dr's could not work out the cause but i was given a bunch of refferals to specialists and tests. Tests came back normal, he had EEG's ECG's, blood work etc. Nothing provided answers as he had more since that day.

When we were living in Brisbane, he fell down the stairs landing on his head, he was taken to a childrens hospital. He was kept in for observation but given a clean bill of health. He was reffered to a specialist there when i mentioned his history of seizures. This specialist was great, he ordered bloodwork, urine tests the works, no test was left not done. The only abnormal result Tyson ever had was High HVA.

We still do not know why he had those seizures, his birthmark has faded and gets checked every time he sees a specialist, no xray or scan of his head has shown the cyst has grown or is causing any issues so it was never removed.

These days at age 5yrs old, he has not had a seizure for some time. Though We do have to watch him if he gets a fever.  he does however have issues with constipation,which is an ongoing thing we are trying to fix. he does have some sensory issues going on other then that he is a healthy happy child, who loves school.

Tyson & I, taken in 2012.

Green Cleaning : On a budget


Mainly so I can find them for future use (as I haven't yet had a chance to swap everything over to Eco friendly kind or the budget friendly kind)
I have come across a bunch of tips and recipes.

Tree hugger has some great tips: 

Top Green Cleaning Tips

  1. Employ green cleaning productsAs the health and environmental impacts of conventional cleaning products become more thoroughly understood, more and more brands of healthy, green, and effective cleaning products have started hitting the market and competing for that coveted place of honor under your sink. Many of these products are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources (not petroleum). But if designer labels aren't for you, home-mixed cleaners can get the job done and then some. Vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean almost anything. Mix in a little warm water with either of these and you've got yourself an all-purpose cleaner.
  2. Avoid poor indoor air qualityIt is not uncommon for the air inside a home or office to be more toxic than the air outside. This is because of the presence of toxic materials and substances and the fact that homes and buildings are better insulated than ever before (which is a good thing from an energy standpoint). Keeping windows open as often as possible allows fresh air in and keeps toxins flowing out. This is especially important when cleaning your home.
  3. Be careful with antibacterial cleanersThe antibacterial and antimicrobial 'cleaners' that many people think are necessary, especially during cold season, don't clean hands better than soap and water, and also add to the risk of breeding "super germs," bacteria that survive the chemical onslaught and have resistant offspring. The FDA has found that antibacterial soaps and hand cleansers do not work better than regular soap and water, and should be avoided.
  4. Help your home smell baking soda-liciousBaking soda not only removes those strange smells coming from your fridge, it's also a great odor-eliminator for your carpet. Just sprinkle on a little baking soda to soak up some of those odors and then vacuum it up.
  5. Clean your indoor air naturallySkip the store-bought air fresheners and instead try boiling cinnamon, cloves, or any other herbs you have a fondness for. Fresh chocolate chip cookies also have been known to create a friendly aroma. Also, plants may not make your house smell different but are good for filtering interior air--pretty much any broad green leaf plant will do. Peace Lilies are a favorite choice.
  6. Toss toxic cleaners carefullyWhen replacing your cleaning products, don't just throw the old ones in the trash. If they're too toxic for your home, they won't be good for the drain or the landfill either. Many communities hold toxics & electronics recycling days and will take all of these off your hands. Throwing chemicals in the trash or down the drain means they might end up back in your water supply and come back to haunt you (see How to Go Green: Water for more).
  7. Avoid conventional dry cleanersConventional dry cleaners are the largest users of the industrial solvent called Perchloroethylene, or perc, which is toxic to humans and also creates smog. The two most common green drycleaning methods are carbon dioxide cleaning and Green Earth. Seek out cleaners that use green methods. If you do take clothes to conventional cleaners, be sure to air them outside before wearing them or putting them in the closet.
  8. Employ a green house cleaning serviceFor people don't have the time to clean their own homes, fortunately there are an increasing number of green cleaning services out there to help get things spic and span. If you can't find one in your area (or their rates are outlandish), call around until you find a service willing to use the products and methods you specify.
  9. Leave the toxins at the doorImagine what's on your shoes at the end of the day. Bringing that oil, antifreeze, animal waste, particulate pollution, pollen, and who knows what else into the house is not good news, especially for kids and other critters that spend time on floor level. Keep the sidewalk out of your home with a good doormat or a shoeless house policy. Many green buildings now include entryway track-off systems as a means of maintaining a healthy interior environment. Less dirt also means less sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming, which means less work, water, energy, and fewer chemicals.
  10. Design with clean in mindDesigning houses and other building with cleanability in mind can create spaces that are cleaner, healthier, and require fewer substances to maintain. In larger buildings, good cleanability can also be a big money-saver as cleaning costs can often add up to as much as half of a building's total energy costs. (source)


Recipes that I have found in my travels of the world wide web

 Homemade natural Cream Cleanser

Ingredients
¼ cup bicarb soda
1/2 cup hot water
6 drops essential oil (I usually use peppermint)

Directions
Mix all 3 ingredients together to form a (very) wet paste
Scrub the paste into the entire refrigerator including drawers and sides (you may wish to remove these to make things easier)
Rinse with a wet cloth until clean

This can serve as a multi-purpose cream cleanser for stovetops, sinks and appliances. Just scrub on and then wipe clean. You can also wipe clean with vinegar for a very finished shine.  (source)

Homemade Disinfectant Spray 

Ingredients
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of white vinegar
20-30 drops tea tree oil

Directions
Store ingredients together in a spray bottle
Should keep for up to 3 months before the oil starts going funny. (source)


 Natural Whitener for your laundry
Magic Sleepy Spray


Homemade Eco friendly All Purpose Countertop Spray

Ingredients
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tbs bi-carb soda (baking soda)
2 cups water
10-12 drops of essential oil

Directions
Put all ingredients in a spray bottle and store in a cool place.
Shake gently before use.
Spray and wipe to your heart's content.
Choose whatever essential you like- pine, rosemary and cloves are a few of my winter favourites, while citrusy scents are great for the warmer seasons. (source)


Beeswax polish



homemade linen spray
small spray bottle
15 drops essential oil (we love mandarin and peppermint, but lavender is always perfect for a calm night's sleep)
1 tbs vodka
water (source)


Homemade oven cleaner
Ingredients
1 cup of bi-carb soda
2 tbs water + 2 tbs white vinegar
castille liquid soap
1/4 cup white vinegar + 1/4 cup water + a few drops of peppermint essential oil

Directions
Make a thick paste with the bi carb, vinegar and water and scrub entire oven from top to bottom leaving a thick white paste everywhere.
Let it sit overnight or for at least 8 hours
Then, use the liquid soap, water and a textured cloth to scrub the walls, ceiling and bottom of the oven slowly removing all the bi-carb and dirty residue
Once the majority of grit is removed, spray with the vinegar mixture and wipe down for a fresh smell and smooth surfaces (source)


And Make your own natural Cleaning kit ( i so need to bookmark this one!)


And lets not forget about Soap Nuts and their many wonderful uses!



My eventual overall goal is to switch everything in the house over to non toxic and eco friendly.  I wont have to venture down the cleaning section of the supermarket (which gives me headaches just walking in that section) once it is all switched over, and it will work out to be way cheaper ! 




Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ethical clothing pledge


After reading two blog posts, one over at Little EcoFootprints and one at Isismade, i have decided to join the ethical clothing pledge.
What is the pledge?
ok here is a quote from Isismade's post:
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T H E _ E T H I C A L _ C L O T H I N G _ P L E D G E
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I pledge to only wear clothing that is one or more of the following:
1. Pre-loved
2. Handmade (preferably by me)
3. Reconstructed
4. Made with ethical / environmentally friendly materials
5. Made by a company with strong ethical policy & workers' rights

* Companies with environmentally friendly practices (such as cutting down on waste/energy/water) get brownie points
* If I get one little inkling of sweatshop labour, I'm outta there!
* Above all though, I think the most important thing 
is reducing the amount of things we use in the first place. Not purchasing ANOTHER piece of clothing just for the sake of it is the biggest statement we can make.
This pledge was created in 2009 (yikes! and i only just found out about it, i'm so slow on stuff! haha) Isismade has posted updates on her original post and ideas etc, so the post will be helpful to check out if you are wanting to learn more.

Ok so you are wondering why should I join this pledge? (And you may be wondering if i am crazy, well those who know me would say i am haha)

The Age has a great article from last year about ethical clothing it also lists a few places you can buy ethical clothing in Australia, as well as get more info.
Ethical Links has a list of links on where to find info on which things are Ethical.



I also would suggest having a read of Unfair Trade: How big Business exploits the world's poor-  And why it Doesn't have too. It is a great book, my local library had a copy.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Low Down on Baby Wipes- Part 3

After my posts about Johnson's baby wipes and baby Wipes in general, i was asked if I can look into other brands so slowly I am looking into other brands.


Curash baby care soothing baby wipes (lightly scented)
So What are in these wipes?  These babies have a longer list then Johnson baby wipes.

Ingredients: Water  Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, Chamomilla recutita (matricaria), flower extract, lactic acid, Disodium,  Cocoamphodiacetate, Fragrance, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol, Citric Acid.

That's a mouthful and half isn't it?

Polysorbate 20 :  has many names (take a look at the big list it's known as on the Skin deep cosmetic database).  So why is it in the wipes? Well its commonly used as a fragrance component, among other things.
Is it safe? It starts off as harmless sorbitol but it gets treated to become Polysorbate 20.  Chemical of the day point out that it can have traces of heavy metals in it.

Glycerin: was looked at in part 2.

Propylene Glycol:  Is petroleum derived.  A cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic brake and hydraulic fluid and industrial antifreeze. In the skin and hair, propylene glycol works as a humescent, which causes retention of moisture content of skin or cosmetic products by preventing the escape of moisture or water. The Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.
"PG penetrates the skin so quickly that the EPA warns factory workers to avoid skin contact, to prevent brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.  PG is present in many stick deodorants, often in heavier concentration than in most industrial applications. (Nyack, Dr. Vin, Ph.D., Biochemist; personal communication). " (Source )

Is it safe?
   "In the book "Beauty to Die For" the cosmetic consequence by Judi Vance gives the following information:
"Propylene glycol is one of the most common humectants.  It is used in many cosmetics including liquid foundation makeup, spray deodorants, baby lotions, emollients or moisturizers, lipsticks and suntan lotions.  It is less expensive than glycerin and has a better permeation rate. It has also been linked to sensitivity reactions -- local irritations, allergic reactions.  This would not be news to the manufacturers of propylene glycol.  If you were to purchase a drum of this chemical from a manufacturer he is required to furnish you with a material safety data sheet (MSDS) and it may alarm you to find that this common, widely used humectant has a cautionary warning in its MSDS that reads, "If on skin: thoroughly wash with soap and water!" What? Aren't we putting this stuff on our skins daily, sometimes in copious amounts over long periods of time?

It's no wonder propylene glycol has been linked to many severe health problems including contact dermatitis (irritation), auto toxicity, kidney damage and liver abnormalities.  It has been shown to be toxic to human cells in cultures. (Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Jan. 1987) In fact, in tests conducted over the years propylene glycol has been shown to inhibit skin cells growth in human tests and cell respiration in animal tests. (J. Pharm. Belg. Nov/Dec 1989).

  It was found to cause skeletal muscular damage in rats and rabbits (Pharm Res Sept. 1989).  It is reported to directly alter cell membranes (Human Reproduction, Feb 1990) to cause thickening of the skin (contact dermatitis, 1987) skin dehydration and chronic surface damage to skin ( Derm. Beruf Umwelt July/Aug, 1988)  It was also shown to increase beta activity (changes found in anxiety states) when inhaled.  (The Medical Post Sept 27, 1994.)Propylene glycol is a known irritant and sensitizer causing dryness, erythema (abnormal redness) and even blistering. (Safety Evaluation of a Barrier Cream, Contact Dermatitis, 17:10-12, 1987)" (Source)
 Known health effects.
Eye irritation, skin irritation, skin drying, defatting. Ingestion has serious health effects similar to above.


Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice:  
Cosemetic Info has a great informative page on this, it basically is Aloe Vera Juice in basic terms.  It is classed as non toxic and suitable for sensitive skin.

Chamomilla recutita (matricaria), flower extract:  EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database lists that this is mainly used as a fragrance.

Lactic acid:  Can be Non Vegan Friendly as it is often Animal Derived.  It has a restricted status in Canada.
The EWG Cosmetic Database profile on lactic acid. 


LACTIC ACID Hazard Summary

CAS Number: 50-21-5

• Photosensitizer- has potential to increase risk of sunburn and skin cancer by intensifying UV exposures in deep layers of the skin.

• Skin sensitizer - can start an immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin

• Penetration enhancer: alters the skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin, increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream

• This chemical is used in these types of products:

Facial Cleanser, Facial Moisturizer/Treatment, Moisturizer, Conditioner, Exfoliant/Scrub, Sunless Tanning, Acne Treatment, Shampoo, Relaxer, Foot Treatment, Around-eye Cream, Styling Gel/Lotion, Anti-aging, Skin Fading/Lightener, Sunscreen/Tanning Oil, Nail Treatment, Lubricant/Spermicide, Lip Balm/Treatment, Body Wash/Cleanser, Anti-itch/rash Cream, After Shave, Hair Spray, Body Firming Lotion, Diaper Cream, Pain/Wound Treatment, Liquid Hand Soap, Antiperspirant/Deodorant (Men's), Varicose/Spider Vein Treatment, Other Eye Makeup, Blush, Personal Cleansing, Hair-loss Treatment, Shaving Cream, Antiperspirant/Deodorant, Body Oil, After Sun Product, Feminine Moisturizer, Styling Mousse/Foam, Foundation, Bar Soap, Bath Oil/Salts/Soak. (source


Disodium:   The EWG cosmetic datatbase profile for this chemical lists that there are no known concerns nor warnings about this chemicl despite it also listing various health effects on various animals in testing.
So why is in the wipes? 

Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?

Disodium EDTA and the related ingredients bind to metal ions which inactivates them. The binding of metal ions helps prevent the deterioration of cosmetics and personal care products. It also helps to maintain clarity, protect fragrance compounds, and prevent rancidity.  (source)
 Cocoamphodiacetate:  has quite a few names (check out the EWG Cosmetic database for the list).  It is known to be an eye irritant. It is made from coconut acid which is derived from coconut oil.
  why is it in the wipes?

Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?

Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoamphopropionate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate and Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate clean      the skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that these substances can be rinsed away. They also increase foaming capacity or stabilize foams. These ingredients enhance the appearance and feel of hair, by increasing hair body, suppleness, or sheen, or by improving the texture of hair that has been damaged physically or by chemical treatment. (source)   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 Panthenol:  is dervived from vitamin B5. 
why is it in the wipes?

Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?

Panthenol acts as a lubricant on the skin surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. Panthenol and Pantothenic Acid also enhance the appearance and feel of hair, by increasing hair body, suppleness, or sheen, or by improving the texture of hair that has been damaged physically or by chemical treatment. (source)

"When shampoo or conditioner containing pro-vitamin B5 are applied to hair, it leaves behind a thick transparent residue. Since this residue actually coats the hair, the result is shiny hair. Essentially, this form of Vitamin B5 acts as a type of lubricant for the hair, though it does not thicken or strengthen hair. Panthenol is also frequently added to various ointments and creams, since it can soothe the skin reducing the effects of sunburn, dry skin, and certain skin disorders.
Once a product containing panthenol has been applied to the skin, the skin will absorb this additive thoroughly. As soon as the skin has completely absorbed this derivative, it is then turned into Vitamin B5. Thus, using products that contain panthenol is not bad for the skin. In fact, this Vitamin B5 derivative can even be ingested without harm, though this is not recommended. " (source)
Phenoxyethanol: was looked at in part 2.

 Ethylparaben:  is a paraben. It is used for its antifungal properties. Wikipedia page on ethylparaben.

About ETHYLPARABEN: Ethylparaben is in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors.  (source EWG Cosmetic datatbase) 
Truth In Aging has a great post on the effects of this chemical and states in the past it has been linked to  breast cancer if it exceeds certain percentages.

Propylparaben:
  Cosmetic database profile on this paraben.
The dangers of parabens.

Propylparaben is the propyl ester of p-hydroxybenzoic acid, occurs as a natural substance found in many plants and some insects, although it is manufactured synthetically for use in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and foods, according to Wikipedia. It is used as a preservative for its anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties to extend the shelf life of beauty and cosmetic products. It is considered non-toxic, non-sensitizing and non-irritating at .05 to 1% concentrations. (source)
 Wisegeek looked into the effects of this chemical

  2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol:  This mouthful is  band in the EU. 

2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol:
Classification
& Labelling

Source:
European Union

•Harmful
•Harmful in contact with skin and if swallowed
•Irritant
•Dangerous for the environment
•Very toxic to aquatic organisms
Banned in EU cosmetics: must not form part of the composition of cosmetic products
•Also listed as: BROMO-2-NITROPROPANE-1,3-DIOL
 (source)

Scorecard lists all known info on this chemical and its side effects. 
So why is it in the wipes?


Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?

2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol prevents or retards bacterial growth, and thus protects cosmetic products from spoilage. (source)

 Citric Acid:   Was Looked at in part two

Now these wipes don't sound like they are overally skin friendly do they?  

"but they say on the pack "Peadiatrician and Dermatologist Tested" you say. 


What does Dermatologist tested or clincally proven really mean looks into what this claim means.
Greener Choices have also looked into this claim  and states:
The dermatologist-tested label is not meaningful. “Dermatologist-tested” is a claim that implies a product was tested by a dermatologist and shown to not cause any skin reactions.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), manufacturers are not required to perform any tests or provide supporting evidence to demonstrate that products labeled “dermatologist-tested” were actually tested by a doctor and produced fewer allergic reactions than other products. The FDA also states that nearly all cosmetics are likely to cause an allergic reaction in certain sensitive people.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), fragrance is the number one cause of allergic reactions in cosmetics. AAD also states that there are over 5000 basic fragrances used in various cosmetic products including perfumes, colognes, skin care products, soaps, shampoos, lipsticks, sunscreens, and lotions. Preservatives are another example of a common trigger for allergic reactions in cosmetic products.

Since manufacturers are allowed to consider fragrances as trade secrets, the government does not require them to list the specific ingredients in a fragrance. As a result, consumers may not be able to identify the specific agent causing an allergic reaction from a cosmetic product.
Make Up Files points out the lack of regulation on this claim.