10 of the Best Baby Shampoo & Body Wash of 2019

Best Baby Shampoo & Body Wash of 2019

May 28, 2019

Best Baby Shampoo & Body Wash of 2019

Best Baby Shampoo & Body Wash of 2019
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These baby shampoos and baby body washes range from natural and organic to the most popular brands. Find the best products for your family and add them to your baby registry.Best Baby Shampoo & Body Wash of 2019

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, as well as bar soaps, created with baby-safe ingredients to gently clean and hydrate your kiddo’s delicate skin. 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? Simplify your search by checking out the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database. This go-to resource breaks down exactly what’s in your family’s skin care products, giving you the info you need to make an informed purchase. EWG researchers rigorously assess and rate product ingredients based on potential hazards and health concerns. The rating system works on a 1-10 scale from low to high hazard. We’ve included the ratings for our picks below (when available).

Other things to consider? Fragrances and no-tear formulas. When you start using soap, choose a mild, moisturizing bar soap or body wash and shampoo that won’t dry out skin or irritate eyes. (Many brands use essential oils or botanical extracts to create natural fragrances that don’t aggravate sensitive skin). Also, “tear-free” is a real thing, so if the shampoo/body wash you choose doesn’t make those claims, 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).
  • Snuggle your little on up in a hooded towel with animal ears. (Here’s some adorable inspiration.)

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Check out our favorites:

Super Gentle Shampoo

Mustela gently cleans your little one’s hair and body without stripping away natural oils. This tear-free, biodegradable gel 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. 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!

Additional Specs
EWG Rating 3
Size Shown 16.9 oz.

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.

Additional Specs
EWG Rating 3
Size Shown 12 oz.

Mild Must-Have Shampoo

Soap-free. Check. Tear-free. Check. Hypoallergenic. Check. A delightful scent that everyone loves. Check. Aveeno Baby Wash and Shampoo is a mild cleanser that’s especially great for sensitive skin (parents of kiddos with eczema give it rave reviews). It contains natural oat extract, leaving skin moisturized even during the dry 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 many baths.

Additional Specs
EWG Rating 2
Size Shown 18 oz.

A Lovely Lather Shampoo

Don’t be fooled by the modest 8-ounce size—all you need is a small squeeze of Tubby Todd Hair & Body wash to create a seriously luxurious lather. The natural fragrance of lavender, rosemary and coconut is perfect for the whole family, from newborns to grown-ups. Made with plant-based ingredients, 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.

Additional Specs
EWG Rating n/a
Size Shown 8.4 oz.

Allergy Tested

California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Body Wash is free of common allergens and added fragrance. Certified-organic soap bark and plant-based glucosides are the key to a sudsy, powerful clean that won’t irritate skin or eyes. The concentrated formula is allergy tested and doesn’t contain gluten, soy, oats, dairy or nuts (except coconut). It’s also free of harsh chemicals, SLS, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances and formaldehyde carriers. Parents appreciate the pump function, for a swift one-handed squeeze onto the washcloth. And for the truly obsessed, it’s available in a gallon size.

Additional Specs
EWG Rating 1
Size Shown 19 oz.

The Herbal Cleanser

Earth Mama’s baby wash is a beloved formula of organic herbs and oils. This gentle liquid soap is great for baby skin and hair. But keep in mind: it’s a castile-based soap, which means it’s made with vegetable oil, so you’ll want to avoid the eye area. Enjoy a sweet scent of natural vanila, orange and calendula, without artificial fragrance, triclosan, phthalates, parabens or sulfates.

Additional Specs
EWG Rating 1
Size Shown 5.3 oz.

Foamtastic Cleanser

Two words: foam party (but not the kind you went to in college). Babyganics Shampoo + Body Wash is a foamy cleanser featuring their signature blend of tomato, sunflower, cranberry, black cumin and raspberry seed oils. Organic and plant-based ingredients work their magic to nourish and clean from head to tiny toes. It’s tear-free, and has no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petroleum jelly, fragrances and dyes. There are three versions of this fab foaming wash: fragrance free, orange blossom and chamomile verbena.

Additional Specs
EWG Rating 1
Size Shown 16 oz.

Doc Developed

How about a clinical-grade cleanser without any harsh chemicals or toxins? Yes, please! Puracy Natural Baby Shampoo & Body Wash was developed by doctors to naturally hydrate skin and hair using food-grade, plant- and mineral-based ingredients (including sea salt!). The tear-free foaming formula is safe for all skin types and works wonders on eczema and cradle cap. It has a light, refreshing citrus scent too.

Additional Specs
EWG Rating 2
Size Shown 16 oz.

The Bar Soap

Old-school bathing meets natural, fragrance free and gentle on baby. This Nurture My Body Baby Bar soap is certified organic and made with palm, coconut and olive oils to moisturize baby’s skin and hair as it cleanses. It’s also free of parabens, phthalates and sodium lauryl sulfate. And it’s a bar soap, which means no plastic consumption. (Note: it doesn’t claim to be tear free, so be careful around eyes).

Additional Specs
EWG Rating 1
Size Shown 3.5 oz.

The Classic Baby Shampoo

Open up a bottle of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, and you’ll feel like you were instantly transported back to your childhood. For decades, this beloved shampoo has been keeping baby’s eyes free of tears (even when parents can’t quite master the rinse process). This paraben-free, soap-free formula leaves hair soft, shiny and smelling oh-so-sweet. (Secret use: this shampoo does double duty as an awesome makeup brush cleaner.)

Additional Specs
EWG Rating n/a (click here for the company rating)
Size Shown 27.1 oz.

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Best Baby Shampoos & Body Wash At a Glance
Brand EWG Rating Size Price Fragrance?
BabyGanics 1 16 oz. $10.99 Both
California Baby 1 19 oz. $20.99 No
Earth Mama 1 5.3 oz. $9.99 Yes
Nurture My Body Baby Bar Soap 1 3.5 oz. $7.59 No
Aveeno 2 18 oz. $8.62 Yes
Puracy 2 16 oz. $12.99 Yes
Burt’s Bees 3 12 oz. $8.59 Yes
Mustela 3 16.9 oz. $16.50 Yes
Johnson’s n/a 27.1 oz. $5.99 Yes
Tubby Todd n/a 8.4 oz. $13 Yes
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