Babies have sensitive skin. It’s one more bath time for parents that have enough of them as is. Fortunately, you can easily take the care of your infant’s hair off the worry list and focus on bath time safety (and splashing fun). We rounded up the six best baby shampoos you can buy by sorting out which bottles and the most effective and soothing ingredients. Happy bathing.
Earth Mama Baby Wash
This classic herb-and-oil mix was recently reintroduced to the masses with a handy pump bottle and new design, but the gentle liquid shampoo is triclosan-, phthalate-, paraben-, and sulfate-free and naturally fragranced as always (or not fragranced at all, if that’s your thing). Pro tip: Like your grown-up Dr. Bronner’s, this shampoo is based of castile-oil, so avoid getting any into your little one’s eyes.
ATTITUDE Baby 2-in-1 Natural Hair and Body Foaming Wash
With approval from the National Eczema Association, this is one of the most sensitive-skin friendly shampoos out there. It’s made with up to 3% colloidal oatmeal to ensure it doesn’t aggravate skin or scalps, and can actually help relieve dry and irritated scalps and calm sensitive skin.
Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Fragrance Free Newborn Foam Wash
Just a sponge and water—and no soap—usually does the trick for newborns. But this extra-gentle formula from Babo Botanticals is the perfect entry point when you do dive into sudsier bath times. It’s full of natural moisturizers and extracts, such as organic aloe leaf juice, coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and oat extract. But even with all of these ingredients, the scent is light to nonexistent.
Made of Foaming Baby Shampoo
This shampoo is made from 77% organic ingredients, 23% natural ingredients, and free of all the bad stuff. That means no soy, bacteria, fungi, nuts, or bleach find their way into the bottle. Plus, Made Of is independently tested and posts all testing results on their website.
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head-To-Toe Wash & Shampoo
This formula is great for all skin types, but it’s extra luscious for babies who struggle with dry skin thanks to essential fatty acids. Ingredients include aloe vera juice, frankincense oil, argan oil, coconut oil, rose extract, shea butter, and lavender oil—so your baby will be feeling soft and moisturized before you even dry off and break out the lotion.
Baja Baby Unscented Shampoo & Wash
This shampoo uses a secret ingredient — pro-vitamin B5 — that is readily absorbed by the skin and penetrates into the lower layers. When used regularly over a period of four weeks or more it acts as an anti-inflammatory — relieving systemic itching and naturally creating a protective barrier of moisture on the hair shaft, adding protection and shine. There’s some additional goodness outside of the bottle, too. For every unit of Unscented Shampoo sold, Baja Baby provides one day of educational support to a disadvantaged child through Save the Children India.