The Best Skincare for Babies

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A reader recently contacted me about baby skincare products. She is expecting her first child and is overwhelmed by the plethora of "natural" baby products on the market. I told her I would put together a list of baby products she may want to consider.


Let's start with my choices for top 3 baby brands overall--



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Our top pick of the bunch? Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics. Their products are 100% toxin-free, cruelty-free, vegan, and free from all synthetic preservatives, fragrances and colorants. I love their packaging. They are a truly green company, using only eco-friendly recyclable or reused packaging and packaging materials. They've even won awards for their green efforts! The prices are moderate and you don't have to avoid certain products from the line because of iffy ingredients. Here is a link to their website.

Babytime! by Episencial is a lovely skincare option. I personally am not in love with some of the very long ingredients listings, as simpler is better. That said, they do offer some nice products for little ones, especiall the Nurturing Diaper Rash Balm.

Erbaviva uses pure, simple ingredients made with therapeutic essential oil blends. Most of the company's products carry the USDA Certified Organic seal. Their products are safe and gentle and feel & look like little luxuries! I recommend shopping for Erbaviva at a great website called Charleston Naturally.

Commonly recommended baby products and what I recommend substituting them with:

Cetaphil is often recommended for baby's bath. Read HERE to learn why Cetaphil is not a good option.  My favorite body cleanser/shampoo: Burt's Bees Baby Bee Fragrance Free Shampoo & Body Wash

Aquaphor is also popular among parents with babies. Do you know what is in this, though? Check here for more! Instead of this, use a balm like Burt's Bees Multipurpose Ointment. It is a great option and contains ZERO petrochemicals. In fact, it is 100% natural. Another good option is Babytime by Episencial Nurturing Balm.

Desitin is probably the most commonly recommended diaper rash ointment.  It is also one of the worst when it comes to ingredients.  It is full of chemicals, harmful parabens, artificial fragrance and petrochemicals.

Here is the list of ingredients--

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (13%)

Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Magnesium Sulfate, Methylparaben, Microcrystalline Wax, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), PEG 30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Petrolatum, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylparaben, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Water

Skip it!



What can you do? LOOK at all of your labels. If the product contains sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial fragrance, propylene glycol, DMDM hydantoin or other hard to pronounce nasties, avoid it!
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