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Baby Powder: Is It Safe To Use Talcum Powder For Babies?

A baby is born with a need to be loved and never outgrows it’. The way we care for our babies is how they experience our love. Every new parent wants to raise their bundle of joy the perfect way. When it comes to our precious new born all seems challenging. To choose the right baby products is one of the most challenging jobs for a parent. Hence, the baby stores are flooded with innumerable variety of baby products to suit the baby’s skin requirements without harming it.

With the unpredictable weather these days the demand for a powder for babies is on a rise. Baby powder seems to be one essential that we need to use daily to prevent skin allergies and rashes. However, given to so much controversy around a talcum powder, moms like me have always been apprehensive about using the same. One question that all moms worry about is – ‘Is it safe to use a talcum powder for babies? 

With a bit of research and seeking opinions from various experts, I have come to know that- Yes , baby powders are safe as long as they are Talc-Free  

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Talc versus Talc-Free Baby Powder

A large variety of baby powders are made from talcum. Talc being the main ingredient is used for its moisture absorbing qualities. However, we need to be careful while picking up a baby powder for our little one. The ingredients of the powder should be checked before buying it. Although baby powders that are approved and certified by relevant authorities are safe, it is best to use them after reading the instruction on the container.

Babies are prone to inhaling the powder used on their skin. Powders having talc as an ingredient consists of fine particles which can be inhaled and cause irritation to the baby’s delicate lungs. As compared to talcum, the powders which are talc-free or inclue organic ingredients like corn starch reduce the chances of inhalation owing to their large particles which are difficult to get air-borne. 

The rising awareness of an eco-friendly environment and usage of organic substances has brought in a variety of baby products whose ingredients are organic in nature. One such brand that offers a safe and talc-free dusting powder is Mother Sparsh. The brand believes in giving a long range of quality derived Ayurvedic products which are gentle and holistic for the baby’s skin. 

Mother Sparsh Dusting Powder

Mother Sparsh Dusting Powder is formulated with natural extracts which absorb moisture on baby’s skin naturally. This powder is talc-free and is anti-microbial and hypoallergenic in nature. It contains Corn starch and Arrowroot as main ingredients which are naturally derived and are used to soothe the baby’s skin leaving it smooth and subtle.

Baby Powder : Mother Sparsh Dusting Powder

Key Features:

  • Zero Talc : It’s zero talc formulated dusting powder which keeps the baby skin dry due to the properties of Arrowroot and prevents any form of rashes. 
  • Anti-bacterial :  It has antibacterial properties which helps prevent fungal and yeast infection on the baby’s skin by absorbing excessive moisture and sweat.
  • Hypoallergenic : The powder is hypoallergenic. It is mild and sensitive on the baby’s skin.  
  • Toxin-free – It is free of parabens, phthalates, dyes and sulphates and it super safe to use on new born baby’s skin.  
  • Pleasing Fragrance – Includes lavender essential oil which gives a pleasant fragrance to the herbal product. 

Given to the organic ingredients, Mother Sparsh Dusting Powder is a safe choice that suits all baby skin types (from normal to sensitive skin). The powder is easily available online

Ways To Use A Baby Powder

Choosing the right talc free baby powder for the kids is not enough. The correct application of a powder at the correct places is an art which parents need to know. Here are certain things we need to keep in mind – 

  • A dusting powder should only be used in the basic parts of a baby that remain hidden from exposure to air like the neck and underarm. 
  • The perfect way to use a dusting powder on babies is to avoid smothering it all over the body.
  • It is advisable to use only at places that can have rashes due to rubbing of skin. Overuse of any dusting powder should be avoided.
  • Ideal way to apply a dusting powder on the baby is to take it on your palm and pat it on the baby’s skin. Avoid sprinkling the powder (or using a puff) as it not only leads to wastage but also clogs the child’s breathing. It may prove harmful for the eyes / mouth area too. 
  • Parents should take care and avoid using a dusting powder on the child’s face. 
  • Care should be taken in wiping away the residual powder carefully with a soft cloth or water based wet tissue.

It is usually said that ‘what you put ON your baby’s body is just as important as what you put IN your baby’s body.’ Hence it’s always wise to go for babycare products that are natural and completely safe for their skin.

Do you use a safe baby powder for your kids? Do share with us in the comments below?

Disclaimer – This post is in collaboration with Mother Sparsh. However, the views and opinions shared here are my own.

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This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. trendtofit

    Good! This is post is having so much information. Going to be helpful especially for new mothers. And nice picture❤😍

  2. Ruchie

    This is one of my favorite powder for viraj …I really loved that it has no talc and good for kids skin

  3. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna

    Mothersparsh is a great brand and their products are so good and trustworthy. thanks for sharing info about powder too, seemslike a great one from the. #Surbhireads #Myfriendalexa

  4. I was under impression to avoid all kind of baby powder with or without talc. This post clears up the confusion. Good one Charu

  5. Deepika

    Previously I used the well-known brand but after knowing about the complaints and the ingredients, I switched to Himalaya herbal products. This one also seems good.

  6. I am personally not in the favour of any kind of talc..for anyone. And for babies, I don’t think I am ever going to indulge mine with talc-no talc 😀
    Having said that, this is a pretty informative post! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. TheMomSagas

      Hey, I can totally understand. I was of the same opinion as you and didn’t use a powder on my kids for the first year. But now as they are growing they are super active and with humid Mumbai weather, they easily develop rashes and heat. So I had to resort to one. Organic. Talc-free powder are much better . And I only put this on their neck and under arms. Never on genitals. So it’s safe that ways

  7. Shilpa Garg

    Have heard about the harmful long term term effects of talc. Mother’s Sparsh Dusting Powder seems to be the best powder with organic and chemical free ingredients. Thanks for sharing about it!

  8. nooranandchawla

    When my son was really little, we refused to use talcum powder on him. Good to know that there are talc-free options in the market now.

  9. MeenalSonal

    I liked the pointers where you mentioned how to use powder. Even I pat it on baby skin and never use puff.

  10. Shweta Suresh

    My friend uses Mother Sparsh for her daughter too. This post is a must-read for new parents. 🙂

  11. judy morris

    Baby talc are not advised generally but I feel this talc has no toxic chemicals that can possibly harm little ones. Surely trying it out for my son.

  12. Gleefulblogger

    I am sure if the baby talc will be made this safe, no doctor will advise against it. This post shares right information on how non toxic products could help in right usage.

  13. Anita

    It’s good to know that Mother sparsh has introduced toxic free,talc free baby powder.


    Mother sparsh have bought answer to all those questions which arises in new born moms mind whether to use Talc on baby skin or not.

  15. Varsh

    Mother Sparsh dusting powder seems like the right choice for babies since it is talc-free. With kids one can only choose the best.

  16. mahekg

    I shared similar concerns that talc might harm my baby and look out for a natural ingredients based talc free powder. Just recently brought Mother Sparsh.

  17. Akanksha

    Very informative….I was always looking for such detailed information about powder use on baby..

  18. Anurag

    Very useful post for New mothers

  19. Archana

    So much information at one place regarding baby powder and that’s very helpful for new parents.I never used mother sparsh powder ,but on the basis of your reviews I can recommend to someone.Thanks for sharing!!!

  20. Shubhra Rastogi

    A well researched post. Many people still don’t know the difference between a talc and talc free powder. When my daughter was small I necer used talcum powder for her. #MyFriendAlexa #ShubhraReads

  21. writenlive

    I have always been apprehensive about using talcum powder. Then someone got a baby powder from abroad that mentioned corn starch. I didn’t research further but your post has made the differentiation very clear.

  22. mommy_insight

    I always hesitate to use talc on my kids, thank you informative post, #millennialscribbler

  23. Arti

    Great post Charu, I didn’t used any talcum powder for the initial year but gradually moved to use it occasionally especially in this hot and humid weather. But i never sprinkle directly,and apply it through my hands:)

  24. Pooja

    I never knew there are so many things to consider. but after the J&J scandal, it did get me a little worried.

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