The 10 Best Baby Washes

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in May of 2018. Everyone loves their babies, but that doesn't mean they enjoy the odors they give off after they've been crawling around on the floor all day and filling up stinky diapers. That's why we found washes that are gentle enough for the brand new epidermis of infants, but still effective at rinsing away germs and grime. Many of our picks boast ingredients that offer tons of beneficial properties, too. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. The Honest Company Everyday Gentle Sweet Orange Vanilla

2. Aveeno Baby Natural Oat

3. My Little North Star Organics Lavender Citrus

Editor's Notes

June 15, 2020:

Anytime we are reviewing products intended for use with children or babies, avoiding chemicals and harsh ingredients is always a top priority, which is why nearly every option on this list boasts an all-natural formula. The only exceptions to this are Aveeno Baby Natural Oat, Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief, and Cetaphil Soothing. Despite containing some synthetic ingredients, we felt they still warranted their spots due to the benefits they offer. They are all recommended by dermatologists or pediatricians and have formulas that the companies claim can help with dermatitis.

We understand that babies are often fussy when it comes to bath time and think there is no reason to use a product that can potentially make them even more so. With that in mind, we decided to remove Babyganics Night Time, Shea Moisture - Olive & Marula, and Original Sprout Hair and Body, as none of them were tear-free formulas. And despite a relatively and surprisingly common misconception, tear-free formulas don't contain numbing agents. They simply reduce the concentration or completely eliminate the addition of harsh cleansers that are known to cause irritation.

If you are a fan of creamsicles, then you'll probably love The Honest Company Everyday Gentle Sweet Orange Vanilla, because it smells just like them. Of course, the fact that it is gentle on the skin and contains jojoba oil is pretty good too. My Little North Star Organics Lavender Citrus has the potential to help calm your baby and is enriched with Vitamin E, which may enhance the skin's natural protection, while The Honeykeeper Lavender Dreams is a three-in-one option that will condition hair while cleansing both it and the skin. Plus, it comes at a budget-friendly price, which any parent can appreciate.

If dryness is an issue, Babo Botanicals Oatmilk and Calendula may be a smart choice, as it contains ingredients like coconut oil, sunflower, and shea butter, which many believe are effective at combating that problem. Whichever wash you decide to use, make sure to wrap your bundle of joy in a warm and cozy baby towel when they get out of the tub.

Special Honors

Common Ground Baby Body Wash Common Ground Baby Body Wash, which is a completely plant-based formula, doesn't contain any soaps, fragrances, or dyes, making it extremely gentle on an infant's tender skin. It is also pH balanced, cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, and readily biodegradable.

Oregon Soap Company Aloe Baby Wash Made with all certified organic ingredients at a factory that runs on renewable energy, and from a company that plants one tree for every five gallons or 10 bars of soap sold, you can feel good about using Oregon Soap Company Aloe Baby Wash on your child for a variety of reasons. The fact that it is mild enough for sensitive skin is just an added bonus.

4. The Honeykeeper Lavender Dreams

5. Baby Bum Ultra-Gentle Foaming

6. I am Happy Lil' Leona Bubble Bath

7. Babo Botanicals Oatmilk and Calendula

8. Puracy Citrus Grove

9. Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief

10. Cetaphil Soothing

Brett Dvoretz
Last updated by Brett Dvoretz

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