9 Best Baby Shampoo & Body Wash of 2022
Best Baby Shampoo & Body Wash of 2022
January 7, 2022

Best Baby Shampoo & Body Wash of 2022

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Best Baby Shampoo & Body Wash of 2022

That sweet baby smell is so delicious, don’t you just wish you could bottle it up? Good news: it’s already been done.

There’s no shortage of shampoo and body wash combos created with baby-safe ingredients to keep your baby’s delicate skin hydrated and squeaky clean. From finger-painting sessions to messy mealtimes, all it takes is a good scrub-a-dub-dub* to clean little ones up.

*Rubber duckie + shampoo mohawk: optional, but strongly preferred.

How to Choose a Baby Body Wash and Shampoo

There are lots of options and lots of ingredients to consider. So how do you know what products are safe for baby’s skin? Consider these three things:

  • Fragrances. While added fragrances may smell nice, some might cause sensitive skin to get overly dry and irritated. Many brands use essential oils or botanical extracts to create natural fragrances, but they may still aggravate sensitive skin, so it’s best to test a very small amount of any product with added fragrance before applying it all over your baby’s skin.
  • Harsh chemicals. Parabens, phthalates and sulfates can irritate or even harm your baby’s skin, and they’re often found in adult shampoos and body washes. So it’s best to stick to baby-specific or sensitive skin products for baby’s bathtime.
  • No-tear formulas. “Tear-free” is a real thing that refers to the absence of eye-irritating substances. So if the shampoo/body wash you choose doesn’t claim to have a no-tear formula, be careful with it around baby’s eyes.

Bath Time 101: Quick Tips for Bathing Baby

  • Newborns don’t need to be bathed daily, or even with soap (plain water works just fine at the beginning)!
  • Stick to sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off, which could take a week or more.
  • For a good cleaning, gently scrub between all those cute baby creases, under the chin, the diaper area and even between those teeny tiny toes (because sock fuzz).
  • Get your little one all snuggled up in a hooded towel with animal ears. (Here’s some adorable inspiration.)

With gentle gels and light, natural scents, these shampoos and body washes are our favorites for babies:

Mild Must-Have Shampoo

Soap-free: check. Tear-free: check. Hypoallergenic: check. A delightful scent that everyone loves: check. This mild cleanser that’s especially great for sensitive skin (parents of kiddos with eczema give it rave reviews). The oat extract is what sets it apart from other baby cleansers; its a naturally moisturizing ingredient that won’t dry out skin even in the winter months. Plus, a capful under running water creates a good batch of bubbles. Another perk: It comes in an 18-oz. bottle, so it’ll last through lots of baths.

A 'Soy' Awesome Shampoo

Soy proteins are the secret behind this plant-based, tear-free shampoo and wash. Soy proteins are natural moisturizers packed with vitamin B and essential minerals to scrub away the day. No phthalates, parabens, petrolatum and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) keep bath time au naturel. Bonus points for making your busy bee smell as sweet as honey.

Gentle and Calming

Cetaphil is a trusted brand for gentle cleansers for all ages and skin types, so you can bet their baby wash and shampoo is gentle enough for the most delicate skin. Extract from the calendula flower—a natural anti-inflamatory and calming agent—makes this wash perfect for babies with eczema or other rashes. And the formula is so rich and thick, you won’t want to stop lathering it all over your baby.

Thoughtful Care for Curls and Texture

Curly and kinky hair needs specific care in order to maintain its texture without overdrying. Products made specifically for Black hair are typically formulated without parabens, aluminum, sulfates, alcohols, silicones or dyes—all of which can strip those important natural oils and cause breakage or other damage. Cantu’s gentle formulas are among our favorite for curly and kinky hair and their line also offers conditioners, detanglers and styling products to maintain your baby’s gorgeous curls.


We love this hair and body wash for babies with hair that’s on the dry or dull side. Protein and vitamins B and E are essential to achieving healthy-looking, super-shiny hair, so Noodle & Boo made sure their shampoo included all three. Keep in mind: This formula has a pretty strong fragrance (lots of parents think it smells like the classic “baby” scent), so sensitive noses might want to pick a different baby wash.

No Rinse Needed

Mustela gently cleans your little one’s hair and body without stripping away natural oils. This no-rinse, newborn-safe micellar water uses natural ingredients like vitamin B5 and avocado perseose, a rare molecule found in the heart of avocados that hydrates and keeps the skin’s cellular richness in tip-top shape. Since there’s no rinsing or scrubbing involved, it’s perfect for travel, in between baths or just a quick clean up. Plus, it’s paraben, phthalate and phenoxyethanol free and smells AH-mazing. PS: Their Foam Shampoo for Newborns is a must-have if your little one has cradle cap!

A Lovely Lather Shampoo

Don’t be fooled by the large bottle and pump—all you need is a small squeeze of Tubby Todd Hair & Body wash to create a seriously luxurious lather. The natural fragrance of lavender and rosemary is perfect for the whole family, from newborns to grown-ups. Made with plant-based ingredients like avocado, mango and cucumber extracts, it’s toxin, paraben, gluten, sulfate, artificial color and fragrance, and BPA free. Created by a mom of little ones with sensitive skin, the entire line combats dryness and eczema, while leaving skin nice and hydrated.

Foam-tastic Cleanser

Two words: foam party (but not the kind you went to in college). Baby Bum Foaming Shampoo + Wash is a foamy cleanser featuring their signature blend of sea minerals, coconut oil, banana, aloe and white ginger for a nourishing and totally tropical formula. It’s also tear-free, hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested.

Soothing Bar Soap

Weleda Calendula Soap - Bar, 3.5 oz

Bar soap for babies? Of course! While there’s been some debate over whether bar soap or liquid body wash is better for your skin, it mostly comes down to personal preference. So if you’d prefer to use bar soap on your little one, this bar from German brand Weleda uses calendula, chamomile and natural essential oils to create a gentle, calming lather. One upside to using bar soap over liquid: less plastic waste.

Classic Feel-Good Soap

When we say Dr. Bronner’s soap is classic, we really mean it—the family has been in business for over 160 years! Their bar soap is made from stuff you can actually pronounce, with natural, gentle ingredients like coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, hemp oil and sea salt. And it’s all organic and fair-trade, too, so you can feel good about what you put on your baby’s skin.

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