Nothing quite smells like a clean little baby. However, achieving that fresh baby smell without any harmful ingredients is another story. The market is flooded with so many baby bath products, making it hard to know what is safe and what is best. Below, we will dive in and give you information that will help you know what to avoid, as well as some of our fave picks we like to use on our squirmy little babes.
The first and foremost thing to understand is that baby soap does not need to be harsh to clean the skin and hair effectively. When reviewing soaps, the best thing you can do is to know what ingredients to avoid rather than knowing what to look for. The following ingredients should be avoided when purchasing baby soap:
- Parabens, preservatives
- Fragrance, perfumes or dyes
- Alcohol (ethanol or isopropyl)
- Propylene Glycol
- Sulphates, especially SLS-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which is found in household cleaners.
- Phthalates, chemicals found in plastics
The safer options will include ingredients such as aloe, shea butter, oatmeal, coconut oil and ceramides. All of these ingredients are soothing and delicate to a baby’s skin. Below we have listed our 5 favorite baby shampoo/washes for you to learn more about.
Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo
Cetaphil offers a basic formula that is inexpensive, hypoallergenic, and tear-free. This soap is made with organic orange calendula that nourishes the baby’s skin. Cetaphil has been around for a long time, and is a leader in producing gentle skin care products.
This vegetable-based soap is made with Castile soap. Considered to be one of the best choices for babies, Dr, Bronner’s is known for using the safest ingredients in all their products as well as being an overall great company. With 90% of its ingredients organic (more than 70% certified fair trade), you can feel good about what you are putting on your baby’s skin and hair.
Weleda Baby 2 in 1 Gentle Shampoo and Wash
Weleda is another plant-based product containing sweet almond oil and calendula flower extract. This 2 in 1 is an all-natural formula free of synthetic preservatives, colorants and fragrances.
California Baby Shampoo and Wash
California Baby soap is plant based and certified organic. The facility that manufactures California Baby is solar powered and FDA registered, so you can rest assured that this soap is being made responsibly. All California Baby products are certified and independently tested by the USDA. There are several formulas from super sensitive to calming.
Earth Mama Organics Simply Non-Scents Baby Wash
Since 2002 Earth Mama Organics has been making safe herbal products that do no harm. Earth Mama was started by a mother and nurse, Melinda Olson. This real soap wash contains calendula, and is extra gentle. Utilizing nature as its pharmacy, Earth Mama Organics strives to be a company that educates and celebrates motherhood.
When choosing a baby soap there are a few things to keep in mind before purchasing, and they are:
- Avoid alcohols at all costs because it causes skin irritation, dryness and breakouts
- Tear free formulas are best so as not to irritate the baby’s eyes
- Babies with eczema need hypoallergenic formulas
- Unscented baby washes are less likely to cause allergic reactions
- If you must have a scent, opt for naturally scented or mild formulas
Since there’s no shortage of baby soap, we hope the above has helped you learn more
about ingredients to avoid and the brands that mothers and dermatologists rely on to protect their baby’s skin. If you would like more information about what is in your baby’s skin care products, you can visit The Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database to learn more.