Baby Basics

Best Baby Soaps, Shampoos And Washes

You want to use nothing but the best on baby. But with that huge wall of products at the store, it’s hard to know which baby shampoo and body wash to pick. These tried-and-true bath products are Bumpie-tested and approved.

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Best for Babies With Eczema

California Baby recently came out with a shampoo and body wash made just for babies with eczema. California Baby Therapeutic Relief Eczema Shampoo & Bodywash is super-gentle and okay for babies with all kinds of allergies — there’s no soy, oat or dairy in it. The brand is already a big hit with moms. “California Baby was awesome for my second son, who had super-sensitive skin until he was about one year old,” says jksmom99. $32, CaliforniaBaby.com

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Best All-Natural Shampoo and Body Wash

We know: You're worried about harsh chemicals on baby's skin. But Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash is made with organic essential oils and none of that rough stuff (no artificial fragrances, parabens, dyes, preservatives or other toxins). So you can rest easy. Bonus: An all-natural orange-vanilla scent. $40 for 1-liter bottle, EarthMamaAngelBaby.com

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Best Product You'll Want to Use Too

Forget that old-school baby powder scent. Aden + Anais Mum + Bum Ultra Gentle Lotion has a luxurious sandalwood aroma. (Seriously, we're addicted.) And it's made to keep both your and baby's skin soft and smooth, so don't feel guilty if you find yourself swiping it more than you expected. It's paraben-, phthalate- and phytoestrogen-free, too. $16 for 12-ounce bottle, AdenndAnais.com

 

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Best for Cradle Cap

Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns is designed specifically to treat cradle cap (those dry patches on baby’s head). “We used (and still use) the Mustela newborn shampoo on my son,” says BEATOU. “He has extremely sensitive skin and developed cradle cap. The shampoo took care of the cradle cap and never caused any skin irritation.” $12, Mustelausa.com

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Best Starter Kit

If you’re already a fan of Burt’s Bees’ other products (we love the lip balm!), you’ll like its gentle baby line. The products are chemical-free and hypoallergenic. This Baby Bee Getting Started Kit is perfect to test out — it comes with lotion, shampoo and wash, diaper ointment, nourishing oil and buttermilk soap. Plus, some Bumpies love stealing a little for themselves every now and then. NHmommy1 says, “I think their baby products smell so yummy! I use the baby lotion for myself too.” $13, BurtsBees.com

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Best Scent

Baby will smell so good after bath time with this citrus-scented wash. One Bumpie, kristin172429, says, “I just started using Little Twig. It’s hard not to eat baby up after a bath because he smells so yummy! It’s definitely less drying than the other product we were using too.” Little Twig Happy Tangerine Baby Wash contains vitamin E and is made with all natural ingredients. Plus, the packaging is super-cute! $18, LittleTwig.com

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Best for Growing With Baby

This formula is packed with antioxidants and natural herbs and botanicals to keep baby’s skin clean and soft. Plus, if baby (and you!) likes it a lot, you can keep right on using it: Arbonne Baby Care Hair & Body Wash is recommended for children from birth to 10 years old. Bumpie Kingston54 says, “What I like about it is it’s free of chemicals like parabens and it smells good.” $16, Arbonne.com

 

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Best for Bubble Baths

Honest Bubble Bath has a refreshing tangerine scent and isn’t harsh on the skin. And the new eco-friendly brand is already a hit with some moms. “They’re the best baby products I’ve ever used, and they even have diapers and wipes,” says Thebaby. “They’re all-natural, and we love them because they don’t give baby bad rashes like other products do.” $12, Honest.com

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Best Foam Wash

Bath time will be a lot more fun with the foam from this wash and shampoo (think of all the silly ’dos you can give baby!). And if you spend a lot of time trying out these new foam styles in the bath, baby’s skin won’t dry up afterward. “We do baths every night but only use soap two times a week,” says genekelly. “When we do, we use BabyGanics Foamin’ Fun Body Wash & Shampoo. His skin hasn’t dried out at all.” Plus, it’s tear-free, nontoxic and hypoallergenic. $11, Giggle.com  

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Best for Sensitive Skin

This one is perfect for babies with super-sensitive skin. Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo is made from natural oat extracts and is soap-free. “Aveeno is the only kind of soap and shampoo I use on my daughter,” says Corrine10. “I love it. It’s sensitive with a good smell.” And if you’re worried about scents being too much for baby, it’s light enough to not irritate her. $8, Drugstore.com

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Best Baby Bath Tubs

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By Sarah Yang