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The best baby soaps for bath time: Aveeno, Dove, Dr. Bronner’s

When you’re on the hunt for a soap for your baby there are a few things you should keep in mind. When it comes to baby soaps, it’s often better to select something that can be used all-over rather than looking for multiple products to use at bath time. You also want to make sure that the soap you select won’t irritate your baby’s sensitive skin or cause any tears when it inevitably ends up in their eyes.

Selecting the perfect tear-free, gentle, dual-purpose baby soap will give you peace of mind during each wash. If you’re currently looking for the perfect baby soap, here are some of the best baby soaps out there.

At A Glance:

  • Best overall: Aveeno Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo
  • Best liquid soap: Baby Dove Tip to Toe Baby Wash
  • Best bar soap: Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Baby Bar Soap

Best overall: Aveeno Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo

Gently cleanse your baby’s skin and hair with this 2-in-1 Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo. Formulated with a natural oat extract, this tear-free formula cleanses without drying and nourishes your baby’s delicate skin. This pediatrician-recommended, hypoallergenic, soap-free wash and shampoo is safe for daily use, making it our best overall pick.

Best liquid: Baby Dove Tip to Toe Baby Wash

Parents who like to use Dove products for themselves are sure to love this moisture-rich liquid soap for babies. Baby Dove Tip to Toe Baby Wash Sensitive Moisture is a fragrance-free formula that’s ophthalmologist, dermatologist, and pediatrician tested. The hypoallergenic and pH-neutral formula features a creamy yet tear-free lather that leaves your baby’s skin feeling clean and moisturized. Mild, yet nourishing with rich lather, this is our top pick for liquid baby soap.

Best bar soap: Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Baby Bar Soap

Bar soaps for babies? While a lot of bar soaps for adults are drying, we can assure you that Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Baby Bar Soap provides a rich lather that’s safe and gentle enough to use on your baby’s body, face, and hair. Dr. Bronner’s bars soaps are made with all-natural, vegan ingredients and moisture-enriching certified organic oils that will leave your baby’s skin feeling soft and smooth.

Best runner-ups:

The following impressed us as high quality, chemical-free baby soaps

Puracy Baby Shampoo & Natural Body Wash

This natural baby shampoo and body wash is hypoallergenic, gentle, and toxin-free. Created by doctors with ingredients like coconut oil-based cleansers, pink grapefruit essential oils, and Himalayan pink salt, Puracy Natural Baby Shampoo & Body Wash is free of phthalates, sulfates, parabens, chlorine, phosphates, formaldehyde, salicylates, petroleum-based ingredients, animal by-products, perfumes, or dyes. 

Perfect for all skin types, your baby’s skin will be coddled thoroughly by this formula whether they have cradle cap, eczema, or otherwise sensitive skin. Named ‘best toddler shampoo’ and ‘best baby shampoo’ by well-known baby product reviewers, this formula is said to be fully biodegradable as well as certified vegan and eco-friendly to boot. Puracy offers the Pure Love Guarantee, meaning refunds will be provided if you don’t like the product for any reason: “No questions asked.” It is made in the U.S. and comes in a two-pack, 16 fluid ounces each.

California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo and Body Wash

For those sensitive to fragrance, this formula is made free of all fragrance and other scent-masking ingredients. California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo and Body Wash cleans your baby’s hair, body, and face gently with a plant-based non-drying cleanser free of sulfates, gluten, soy, and dairy. Premium hydration is provided with components like organic calendula extract, aloe vera, jojoba, sustainably harvested soap bark, and yucca root extract. No harsh chemicals or irritants are used in this formula to ensure your baby’s healthy skin continues no matter how sensitive it is — regardless of whether they have eczema, cradle cap, or other skin issues. 

Out of Africa Shea Baby Shampoo and Body Wash

Out of Africa Shea Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is incredibly fresh-smelling and soothing. With a light scent of tangerine vanilla, this formula comprises shea butter, calendula, and other nourishing botanicals to gently cleanse your baby’s skin while preventing dryness. Highly effective for babies with eczema and psoriasis, this recipe is both tearless and hypoallergenic, pediatrician-recommended, as well as cruelty-free and made without mineral oil, sulfates, formaldehyde, and parabens. And also, a word to the wise: Use sparingly — this stuff will make many more bubbles than you think!

Weleda Calendula Soap

For parents who prefer a bar soap instead of liquid for their baby’s bath time, this fine German solution WELEDA is carefully made with chamomile, essential oils, and calendula. Just whip it up into a lovely, soothing lather and apply gently to baby’s skin when ready. This works for adults with skin difficulties as well as teens, children, and babies. Dermatologist tested, this popular soap is vegan, free of colorants, preservatives, and synthetic fragrance (the light scent you’ll detect is derived from limonene (from natural essential oils), linalool, citronellol, geraniol, and Calendula Officinalis flower.)

Each bar contains one long-lasting 3.5-ounce vegetable-oil based calendula soap, certified natural by Natrue.

What to look for in baby soaps?

If you’re looking for great baby soaps, the above are some of our favorite options. If you’re still shopping, try to stick with the simplest varieties you find, with the most gentle ingredients, little or no fragrance, and the most natural formulas listed on their labels. Ingredients named as Non-GMO Project Verified, USDA Certified Organic, and others are great to find; make sure they’re legitimate by checking for the appropriate labels on or inside the packaging.

Finally, see if your soap can last longer by using massaging only one or two pumps at a time between your hands with a light splash of water until well-lathered. Most of these soaps go a very long way (even if they may not seem like they will, trust us — they will!) so let them stick around a bit longer and save a few bucks. Also, if you like bar soap, it is a little more eco-friendly than bottled soaps.

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