You may feel overwhelmed when shopping for baby soap. There are so many brands that offer different scents and ingredients.
According to Rina Allawh MD, a dermatologist at Montgomery Dermatology, King of Prussia in Pennsylvania, parents should be aware of what baby soap do not contain.
According to 2019TrustedSource research, baby soap should not contain fragrances. Fragrances are known to cause skin conditions such as dry and eczema. Sulfates, especially sodium laurylsulfate, are also a no-no.
Allawh states that sulfates can cause skin irritation and strip natural essential oils from the skin’s top layer, leading to dry and peeling skin.
“Preservatives, including parabens, methyl chloroiso thiazolinone (MCI), methylisothiazolinone (MI), salicylic acid, formaldehyde, and methyl dibromo glutaronitrile, should not be used, especially for babies, as they may cause skin irritation, itching, skin allergic rashes, and worsen eczema.”
You should also avoid niacinamide and glycerin as well as ceramides and alcohol in your baby soap.
How we selected our top baby soaps?
We relied heavily upon the guidance of dermatologists when creating this list to ensure that we chose baby soaps with the best possible and least harmful ingredients. We also took into account Environmental Working Group (EWG), ratings and customer reviews.
Your mom and baby will be using a lot soap, especially during bathtime, so it’s important to not worry about whether a particular brand may cause irritation.
The best baby soap overall
- Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Wash & Shampoo
Aveeno is a respected skin care brand so it’s not surprising that they produce a shampoo and baby wash that dermatologists recommend.
Joshua Zeichner MD, director of cosmetic dermatology and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City, says that Aveeno shampoo and baby birth wash contain ultra-gentle cleansing agents and colloidal oatmeal.
- Eucerin Baby Wash & Eucerin Shampoo
This dual-purpose formula cleans the skin and hair and contains nourishing ingredients to moisturize and clean all parts of the baby grows body.
Zeichner adds that the formula includes panthenol which has soothing properties, and shea butter which hydrates, softens, and hydrates the outer layer of skin.
- Nature’s Baby Organics Shampoo & Body wash
This gentle baby shampoo can also be used as a face and body wash. It is vegan and free from 1,400 chemicals the European Union found to be dangerous.
- CeraVe Baby Wash & Shampoo
Allawh says that this shampoo and wash can be used as a shampoo or a shampoo. It also contains one-third of a lotion that provides extra hydration for babies with eczema. It is also free of fragrance and contains no harsh chemicals such as dyes, parabens, phthalates or sulfates.
- Babyganics Shampoo and Body Wash
This baby product brand is proud to use plant-derived formulas. They are free from harsh chemicals like parabens and sulfates as well as phthalates, mineral oils, petrolatum, artificial perfumes or dyes.
The baby shampoo and wash has extra foaming to create lots of bubbles for a fun time in the tub.
- Burt’s Bees Baby Shampoo & Conditioner
Burt’s Bees Baby is trusted by most parents for its natural and clean ingredients. Burt’s Bees Baby shampoo is a complete baby wash that also contains a natural, plant-based cleansing compound with soy proteins. This can help to alleviate dry skin.
This shampoo-body wash combination is 99.99 percent natural. It’s free of harsh ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, and petrolatum.
- Johnson’s Shampoo & Head-to-Toe Wash & Shampoo
Johnson’s Shampoo & Body Wash is the best scented baby shampoo. The latest version of Johnson’s Shampoo & Body Wash is hypoallergenic, contains no dyes or phthalates and has no harsh ingredients such as parabens, steroids, sulfates and phthalates. It smells exactly like the original when you were a baby.
- Baby Dove Dermacare Soothing Shampoo
This baby gifts wash is tear-free and designed for babies with sensitive skin. It contains 100 percent natural ingredients and nutrients. Even the packaging is environmentally friendly.
Zeichner notes that colloidal oatmeal is a great option for eczema and dry skin. It doesn’t cause irritation or dryness.