Awww, babies! Is there anything more adorable? Puppies and kittens are a close second, but nothing beats that newborn baby smell. (I bet you wish this screen was scratch ‘n sniff right now, don’t you?)
But, despite the cuteness, babies require a lot of baby stuff! While this list won’t tell you everything you’ll need to take care of your baby, it will set you up with 10 non-toxic, organic, effective bath and body products – that both you and your kids will love!
Why Does It Matter?
There are certainly lots of products on the market that will be just fine. But, I have incredibly sensitive skin and years ago began learning that I also have some autoimmune stuff going on.
So, I began reading everything I could about how to reduce the chemicals that we put on our bodies and eat in food. I was shocked to learn that:
we absorb over 60% of what is put on our skin and even more of what is put on our teeth and in our eyes.
When I started looking up the products I was using for hair, body, makeup, cleaning, laundry, etc., on the EWG, I was shocked to see all of the potential side effects, carcinogens, and toxicity levels. That’s when I started the process of transitioning all of our home and body care products to clean, non-toxic products. It became particularly important to phase out any products that used synthetic fragrances or perfumes, too, which was a real shame since I have quite the high-end perfume collection just gathering dust now. *sob story*
When my son was born, I became even more passionate to continue this trend. With websites like the EWG, which rates the toxicity level of a product based on the ingredients, as well as tons of online research, and blogs like Wellness Mama and Mommypotamus, it’s easier than ever to learn about this.
I am not perfect, by any means, or even as committed to it as many others who make a lot of their own products and food. I just try to make better decisions with the options available to me and when I run out of a product, I look at what I can replace it with that will put less of a toxic burden on our bodies.
Also, I know that I can set my kids up for success by doing my best to choose products that will be as safe as possible, so hopefully when they are my age – their body won’t start wigging out with autoimmune issues.
Let’s start with the basics!
Baby Shampoo & Body Wash:
This is one of the cleanest companies on the market – which means non-toxic, organic, natural, you name it. While their whole line is amazing, the Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil line is one of our favorites.
I particularly like how this one contains the essential oils frankincense and myrrh, as both have incredible health benefits.
This is another one of our favorite bath and body care lines.
If you’re curious, a lice repel spray can be used on hair whenever they go places with lots of kids or people – such as school, indoor playspaces, etc. This may seem neurotic, but I’ll do anything I can to eliminate risk. You just spray this on like a detangler or a finishing spray. There is a faint essential oil smell that fades and that’s all.
For the other products, the Moisturizing Baby Shampoo & Wash smells so good and leaves their skin so soft. I just switched my daughter to the Smoothing Shampoo & Wash because it’ll help with detangling her hair. The Swim & Sport is great for before or after being in a pool. I even use this on myself. Chlorine is no joke.
I’ve written about my love for Babo already here.
It’s no secret that I love Honest Company products. I’ve already written about it before here and here, but I’ll keep singing their praises from the rooftop. Even though they’ve made headlines for some ingredients that have raised questions – as they seem like really long, formal names for products that may be questionable, their EWG ratings are just slightly higher than Babo or Shea Moisture. That means Babo may receive the best possible EWG score and Honest will score a 1 or 2 (still very low).
But, they work really great, smell delicious, are easy to find and affordable. And, with the different bundle options, you can really get this for a good price.
4. Kiss My Face Shampoo + Conditioner:
I picked this up at my local grocery store recently because the KMF line is another really good, clean line. My daughter’s hair was getting too tangled with just shampoo and this worked really well. I would definitely buy it again.
Alright, this is starting to sound like an Honest infomercial. Not intended, I just use a lot of their products. Love that this comes in 3 scents and a fragrance-free option. Mile-high bubbles with clean ingredients like chamomile, calendula, jojoba protein and quinoa extract. Vegan, tear-free, ph-balanced and hypoallergenic.
Baby Body Care Products:
This is the best diaper balm around. Just check out the reviews on Amazon. Sure, I balked at the price, until my daughter had a rash we couldn’t get rid of. Now, we just buy this. It works on every baby I have known. Plus, it lasts a long time because a little goes a long way.
I don’t really use lotion on my kids. When they were little I did, but now that they are older, they really don’t like to sit still while it soaks in and my son just hates the texture. This body oil works great, soaks right in, and isn’t sticky. The ingredients are a win, too, with organic jojoba, tamanu, olive, avocado, and sunflower oils.
Hair Styling Products:
Another solid product from Babo! I am picky about detanglers because I always feel like I end up breathing it in somehow and I’m sure my kids do, too.
I heart Honest! I stash detanglers all over the house. Seriously, I have a kids hair brush and detangler upstairs, downstairs, in my car, and in my husband’s car. You never know when you need to use it!
10. FairyTales Rosemary Repel Hair Spray:
Okay, more with the lice repelling, I know. But, this one acts as a light hold hair spray. It is a bit sticky and the smell is strong at first. This helps repel lice with their “proprietary blend of organic Rosemary, Citronella, Peppermint, Lavender, Tea Tree and Geranium oils helps prevent lice.” (source: https://amzn.to/2O7IZkB)
I tell my kids to take a deep breathe and hold it for one second while I spritz – and I do the same. To be fair, I do this with most hair products or I get irritation in my sinuses. But, I definitely recommend it with this product, too.
There you have it! Our favorite 10 Bath & Body Products for Babies! All of these past stringent product requirements and score very low with the EWG, if not the lowest you can get! If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, also check out my post on the best books, videos and registries for you!
I hope you found something useful. I’d also love to hear your favorites in the comments below!
Have a fabulous day,