Got a wee one? It’s essential to use organic skincare products for babies on him or her – and maybe even for yourself!
By Jenna Catherine
My personal reasons for switching from toxic to organic skincare was as a result of becoming pregnant and having my first baby. I was shocked to discover that many skincare products for babies are actually pretty toxic: not long ago, there was even a woman who successfully sued a top international company, Johnson & Johnson, because the judge ruled that her ovarian cancer was caused by…Baby Powder!
Clearly, there is a serious need to pay attention to the ingredients of products you’re using on your baby. Did you know, for example, that Johnson’s Baby Oil is just mineral oil, which has been proven to block and clog pores? Or that their ‘No More Tears’ shampoo has formaldehyde? Or that Vaseline is a petroleum by-product? Or that many shampoos and body washes for babies contain harsh ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate, which can sting eyes, cause allergic reactions and irritate skin, or ‘fragrance’ which could contain a cocktail of harmful chemicals?
Today, after trying and testing many, many products, I’d like to share with you the best organic skincare products for babies, that I have tried and tested myself.
The Best Organic Skincare Products for Babies
One of the first most precious moments you spend with your newborn is giving your little one their first bath. We take pictures, we cuddle and wrap them in cute towels, but do we ever think about what’s in the shampoo and body wash that we will be using on them? Truth is, many ‘tear free’ soaps contain chemical numbing agents and other toxic ingredients.
Here are a few natural bathing products for babes that will gently cleanse and hydrate your precious newborn’s delicate skin without the use of any harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances:
Gentle, scent and SLS free, vegan friendly…what more could you ask for? This is a good alternative to “regular” body washes and soaps. It lathers up great, and the pump is very handy. I like to use this one on a body pouf, and it helps keep skin moisturized
This is a 2-in-1 baby wash and shampoo gently cleanses and moisturises. It’s made with natural oat protein, shea and cocoa Butter, and many soothing organic plant-based ingredients. Specifically designed for babies and children with extra sensitive, dry and eczema-prone skin, this plant-based formula helps reduce discomfort, and helps the skin regain its softness and comfort.
Based on chamomile, this is scent free and tear free for babies children with sensitive skin. It may also be suitable for those prone to eczema and psoriasis, and is suitable for washing body hair and nappy area. Protects young delicate skin from dryness and irritation.
Keeping our baby’s skin soft and moisturized is so important, especially for babies that have cradle cap or baby eczema. Baby oil can be rubbed all over the scalp, and also works wonders for soothing babies during gentle massage – just make sure your baby oil is 100% mineral oil free.
There’s not much to say in terms of reviewing these, as all the oils are pretty pure and simple. Pick them based on the scent that you prefer – or if your baby is allergic to nuts, avoid anything with almond, coconut or macadamia nut oil. They might cost a bit more than regular Mineral Oil, but your baby’s worth it, right?
- Erbaviva Baby Oil
- Weleda Calendula Baby Oil
- Badger Chamomile & Calendula Calming Baby Oil
- Osmia Organics Naked Body Oil
- Sophie La Girafe Baby Oil
Every babe needs a soothing, moisturizing lotion. Skip the J&J and others that are full of toxic, carcinogenic preservatives like parabens, and choose one of these organic, healthy options.
Soothe your baby’s sensitive skin with echinacea, which effectively reduces redness, inflammation and pain, and rosemary, which acts as a natural antiseptic. Sunflower oil also alleviates irritation while helping skin retain moisture and preventing infection. The blend is finished off with delicate lavender and chamomile essential oils to calm both skin and spirits for complete comfort.
This product seems to cure everything: rashes, eczema, and irritation for baby, cracked lips, broken cuticles and dry elbows for you! It’s infused with rosehip, echinacea and pawpaw, and it works anywhere your babe needs a little extra soothing and conditioning.
Rich and creamy, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s award-winning ‘Sleep Time Top To Toe Wash & Cream’ duo will help to relax and soothe your wee one’s skin. I use the wash at bath time to gently cleanse and maintain my baby’s skin’s natural balance. The wash is a blend of Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, Oat Extract and Calendula, while the cream is made with nourishing Shea Butter, Lavender and Meadowsweet Extract, and melts in effortlessly to a newborn’s delicate skin.
Not much point to using organic creams and oils if you’re just wiping your baby off with chemical laden baby wipes! And make no mistake – most of them are. Harmful parabens, decyl glucoside, polyglyceryl-10 laurate, fragrance, sodium hydroxide and alcohol are just a few ingredients commonly found in baby wipes, even those marketed as being ‘gentle’. Avoid!
Babyganics make some great wipes that are infused with all-natural, plant based ingredients like chamomile to soothe your baby’s skin. But the best wipes you could use are a simple, reusable cotton cloth with some warm water. But use these only in cases when you don’t have access to a cloth and some water: don’t forget that baby wipes are not biodegradable and using them every day contributes to the pollution of the planet – is that what you want for your baby’s future?
Organic Diaper Rash Cream
Looking for more new mom lifesavers? A must have in your diaper bag is a diaper rash cream, and one that’s safe for cloth diapering I even better. Use an organic coconut oil to create a natural barrier to prevent diaper rash. Coconut oil really can do double duty, as a moisturizer and also a perfect massage oil. Looking for something a little more heavy duty? Dimpleskins Bum Bum Balm was what I personally for my babies. It has a coconut oil and beeswax as the main ingredients, and also soothing, healing calendula; which will help to heal any minor irritations.
Don’t Forget the SPF
Once your precious babe is over 6 months old, you can start using a baby sunscreen to protect their delicate skin from UV rays. Babo Botanicals is carefully formulated for the delicate skin of children. It gives increased protection against the sun’s harmful radiation yet contains lower levels of those substances which may irritate your child’s sensitive skin.
Of course, whenever possible keep children out of direct sunlight, and just protect them with natural shade such as trees and umbrellas and encourage them to wear hats, shirts and other protective clothing.
For the Little Fashionista
Finally, when I first became a new mom, I was worried about the products I was using that would be coming into contact with my precious babe. The first that came to mind was my nail polish, because it can be so toxic. Luckily, S’N’B’ Mum’s to Be has an entire nail polish line that has all the glamour without the harmful chemicals and toxins.
This polish is easily washable with soap and water. It is made with water, acrylic polymer and non-toxic colorant and is designed especially for use during pregnancy or for the new mom. You can feel good about painting your nails – and even your little one’s! – with this polish, and know that it won’t be harming your innocent babe, or you.
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