We spoke about one should look to avoid in a baby soap or shampoo, and now we will elaborate on things that you should look for in whatever brand you choose. Price should never be a factor while choosing a shampoo or bodywash since even a small bottle is likely to last a long time. For me even with my twins – I never felt that I was buying this too often. I had to try a few brands before I finalized on my favorite but after that i had the product added to my Subscribe & Save – never looked back after that.
When you choose a brand remember the following
- It should not contain any parabens or sulphates, pthalates, dyes or fragrances – the fact is I look to avoid these even in my personal products.
- Should be mild and should be tear free – not burn the baby’s eyes when the soap inevitably goes to his/her eyes. However some of the natural products may burn the eyes – but such an eventuality can be avoided by being careful. For the first few months I would still choose a tear free product.
- Should not be drying ( both for skin and hair) and should help with the eczema that a lot of kids suffer from.
- Should be easy to operate with one hand since I had a squirmy baby that needed to be held by one hand all the time. This is something that cannot be understated since your child’s safety is at question.
- Nice lather – since it makes bath fun for the kids.
- We may be tempted to use 2-in-1 spa and shampoo but I was ok using different products for skin and hair since I used shampoos less regularly than soaps.
- Soap should wash off quickly if possible so we can get through bath time quickly if baby is not feeling upto it.
So here are some products that I could recommend and it is upto you to try and see which one you and your baby seems to enjoy
I really like the soap because it is
- Natural, phthalate and fragrance-free as well as no mineral oils
- One of the few which works well both as soap and shampoo, even though there are better shampoos out there.
Some of the cons
- Very difficult to use with one hand.
- Since it is thicker it is a little harder to wash off from hair but is ok for the skin
- Not everybody may like the smell
- Free of chemicals and gentle on the baby
- Packaging is decent enough
- Not tear free
Another favorite of ours but I would only recommend the Super Sensitive one and that too as soap not necessarily as a shampoo.
4. Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Castile Liquid Soap is also strongly recommended as a soap as it is free of chemicals and nasty stuff.
Best Baby Shampoos
When I buy a shampoo I want one that is safe but above all I want one that is tear free( you will realize when you see your kids crying) and for this reason, I choose this one which claims not to have any of the offending chemicals and has satisfied a lot of customers in terms of usage and effectiveness. I know for sure that any product that claims to be tear free will have “numbing chemicals” that cannot be good for the baby. This is where we have to make compromises and settle for something that may not be the best but is mostly safe.
If tear free was not an issue and I only wanted the safest shampoo around I would choose one of these
Babo’s products, which are produced on an organic farm in upstate New York, come in a variety of very pleasant, 100% natural fragrances, and their shampoos all double as washes and/or bubble baths. However, I would use this more as shampoo than as a soap.
- Smell may put people off
- Not tear free
New Product in the Block
A relatively new product that I have found as one of the best available in the market – in terms of both effectiveness and safety.
- No sulfates, triclosan, formaldehyde, parabens, phosphates, SLS, SLES, MEA, DEA, TEA, petroleum-based ingredients, animal by-products, perfumes, dyes or caustics
- Works well both as soap and shampoo
- None so far and the only reason this is not at the top of my list is because its a new product and one cannot be completely sure of the ingredients till people have had some time to investigate.
Whats Not on this List
- Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash contains synthetic fragrance as well as limonene which has carcinogenic properties and is an irritant as well. Another ingredient is sodium benzoate which I would avoid.
- Aveeno’s Baby Wash & Shampoo contains fragrance, sodium laureth sulfate, PEG-150 disterate (Skin Deep score: 3), and PEG-80 (Skin Deep score: 5). Not recommended.