Best Baby Soaps and Shampoos
When it comes to keeping your baby clean, there’s a dizzying array of options to choose from, whether it’s baby soaps, shampoos, or body washes. So how do you pick the best one? We’ve selected 13 top bath products you can feel good about using on your little one. Whether you’re looking for an organic wash, a soapless cleanser, or a 2-in-1 product, there’s something here for every mom and baby.
Weleda Calendula Soap
Best Bar Soap
Unlike soaps that are too harsh and can strip your baby’s skin of moisture, this gentle soap is infused with organic calendula and chamomile flower extracts, as well as iris root extract, to keep baby’s skin soft and supple.
- Purchase Weleda Calendula Soap
Honest Company Honest Bubble Bath
Best Natural Scents
This foaming bubble bath, a product of Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company, creates lots of bubbles while still being hypoallergenic and free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates. A combination of ingredients, including calendula, chamomile, aloe, coconut oil, and jojoba and quinoa proteins, soothe and moisturize the skin. Plus, it comes in three calming scents: Dreamy Lavender, Sweet Orange Vanilla, and Apricot Kiss.
- Purchase Honest Bubble Bath
Aveeno Babywash and Shampoo
Best Shampoo/Body Wash Combo
Natural oat extract is the key ingredient to this paraben-free body wash and shampoo. Baby’s delicate skin will be cleansed and moisturized by this soap-free product and, best of all, it won’t irritate baby’s eyes.
- Purchase Aveeno Babywash and Shampoo
Mustela Stelatopia Milky Bath Oil
Best for Soothing Eczema
If baby suffers from super-dry skin as a result of eczema, this soap-, fragrance-, and paraben-free product is specifically formulated to reduce skin flare-ups. Sunflower oil hydrates and replenishes lipids on the skin and reduces dryness and itching. The cleanser is also water-soluble, which means no rinsing is needed but no slippery residue will be left behind. This bath oil is approved by the National Eczema Association.
- Purchase Mustela Stelatopia Milky Bath Oil
Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bath
Best for Bedtime
Johnson’s is a longtime favorite tear-free baby bath wash; no doubt it’s what you were bathed with as a kid! Our readers especially love the lavender-scented Bedtime Bath, which contains Johnson’s NaturalCalm essences, a blend of scents designed to soothe baby.
- Purchase Johnsonâ€™s Baby Bedtime Bath
Babyganics Bubble Bath
This baby wash comes in a super big, colorful container (20 oz.) and contains no added fragrance, sulfates, phthalates, or parabens. The wash creates lots of foam, and plant-based ingredients and a seed oil blend help soften baby’s skin.
- Purchase Babyganics Bubble Bath
Earth Mama Angel Baby Calming Lavender Body Wash and Shampoo
This body wash and shampoo combo is infused with the calming scents of organic lavender and vanilla pure essential oils — perfect for a bedtime bath. The vegetable oil-based cleanser isn’t a tear-free formula so be extra careful around baby’s eyes, but it is free of synthetic fragrances, phthalates, parabens, and sulfates.
- Purchase Earth Mama Angel Baby Calming Lavender Body Wash and Shampoo
Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Bubble Bath
Best to Share
The mild, tear-free bath time product doesn’t contain sulfates, phthalates, or parabens. Natural ingredients like coconut and sunflower oils and soy proteins nourish skin and guard against dryness. As an added bonus, the cleanser doubles as a great shower gel for you, too!
- Purchase Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Bubble Bath
California Baby Light & Happy Bubble Bath
A citrus blend of pink grapefruit and tangerine is the main fragrance in this baby bath wash, which contains no sulfates or other harsh ingredients for making bubbles. Instead, organic, vegetable-derived ingredients (soapbark and yucca) are used to create bubbles while protecting the skin. A fun addition: The bottle comes with a wand for blowing more bubbles!
- Purchase California Baby Light & Happy Bubble Bath
Erbviva Baby Washbag
Best Soapless Cleanser
This natural soap alternative delicately cleanses your baby’s skin with a unique delivery system: 100 percent organic muslin sachets filled with organic oatmeal, lavender, dry milk, and pure essential oils. Simply wet the sachet and use it just like a washcloth. Each canvas bag contains 20 sachets that are designed to be used once. The feel-good bonus: Both the sachets and the bag they come in are made by the Pwo Karen hill tribe in Thailand to support their children’s health clinic.
- Purchase Erbviva Baby Washbag
giggle Shampoo and Body Wash
Best Lightly Scented
The new baby line by giggle includes a shampoo and body wash that’s eco-friendly and free of artificial colors and fragrances, parabens, and phthalates. The 2-in-1 product also has a delicious sweet rice milk scent.
- Purchase giggle Shampoo and Body Wash
Sesame Street Nourishing Naturals Tip, Tummy, and Toe 2-in-1
The new instantly-foaming formula cleans skin and hair with 98 percent naturally-derived plant-based ingredients, including moisturizing shea butter and soothing aloe. The multitasking product is also free of sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, and synthetic fragrances. Plus, the pump bottle is easy for both moms and little ones to use.
- Purchase Sesame Street Nourishing Naturals Tip, Tummy, and Toe 2-in-1
California Baby Gluten-Free Therapeutic Relief Eczema Shampoo and Bodywash
Best Gluten-Free Formula for Calming Eczema
This new gentle cleanser uses certified organic colloidal oatmeal, calendula flower extract, and aloe vera to soothe eczema-induced chronically itchy skin, which affects about 10 percent of children. The wash is also gluten-free and doesn’t contain sulfates.
- Purchase California Baby Gluten-Free Therapeutic Relief Eczema Shampoo and Bodywash