How to Choose For Baby a Body Wash and Shampoo
There are lots of options and lots of ingredients to consider. So how do you know what products are safe for baby’s skin? Consider these four things:
- Fragrances. While added fragrances may smell nice, some might cause sensitive skin to get overly dry and irritated. Many brands use essential oils or botanical extracts to create natural fragrances, but they may still aggravate sensitive skin, so it’s best to test a very small amount of any product with added fragrance before applying it all over your baby’s skin.
- Harsh chemicals. Parabens, phthalates and sulfates can irritate or even harm your baby’s skin, and they’re often found in adult shampoos and body washes. So it’s best to stick to baby-specific or sensitive skin products for baby’s bath time.
- No-tear formulas. “Tear-free” is a real thing that refers to the absence of eye-irritating substances. So if the shampoo/body wash you choose doesn’t claim to have a no-tear formula, be careful with it around baby’s eyes.
- EWG rating. The Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database breaks down exactly what’s in your family’s skin care products, giving you the info you need to make an informed purchase. EWG researchers rigorously assess and rate product ingredients based on potential hazards and health concerns. The rating system works on a 1-10 scale from low to high hazard. (Note: some products may not have a rating available.)
Best Tips When Bathing For Baby
- Newborns don’t need to be bathed daily, or even with soap (plain water works just fine at the beginning)!
- Stick to sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off, which could take a week or more.
- For a good cleaning, gently scrub between all those cute baby creases, under the chin, the diaper area and even between those teeny tiny toes (because sock fuzz).
- Get your little one all snuggled up in a hooded towel with animal ears. (Here’s some adorable inspiration.)
With gentle gels and light, natural scents, these shampoos and body washes are our favorites for babies:
Greenfinger Baby Moisture Shampoo and Wash
- Tested for irritation so you can use it with confidence
tested for irritation so you can use it with confidence ( Free tar pigments, Free mineral oils, Free petroleum )
A delightful scent that everyone loves: check. This mild cleanser that’s especially great for sensitive skin (parents of kiddos with eczema give it rave reviews). The oat extract is what sets it apart from other baby cleansers; its a naturally moisturizing ingredient that won’t dry out skin even in the winter months. Plus, a capful under running water creates a good batch of bubbles. Another perk: It comes in an 18-oz. bottle, so it’ll last through lots of baths.
Soy proteins are the secret behind this plant-based, tear-free shampoo and wash. Solution of three types of young French herb leaves, carefully selected only young leaves similar to baby’s skin. No phthalates, parabens, petrolatum and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) keep bath time au nature. Bonus points for making your busy bee smell as sweet as honey.
Panthedin Baby Top To Toe Wash
- tested for irritation so you can use it with confidence
Free tar pigments Free mineral oils Free petroleum