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The best baby soaps for bath time

When you’re on the hunt for the best 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 during 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 from Aveeno, Baby Magic, Dove, Dr. Bronner’s, California Baby, and Weleda. You might also be interested in laundry detergents that are safe for your baby’s skin and clothes.

At a glance:

  • Best overall: Aveeno Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo
  • Best before bedtime: Baby Magic Calming Baby Bath
  • Best liquid soap: Baby Dove Tip to Toe Baby Wash
  • Best bar soap: Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Baby Bar Soap
  • Best for sensitive skin: California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo and Body Wash
  • Best organic: Weleda Calendula Soap

Best overall: Aveeno Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo

Gently cleanse your baby’s skin and hair with this two-in-one 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 before bedtime: Baby Magic Calming Baby Bath

Make your baby’s bedtime baths more relaxing with Baby Magic’s Calming Baby Bath. With the therapeutic scents of lavender and chamomile, it helps calm the senses. It also has aloe, which helps keep your baby’s skin hydrated and moisturized. Even though this baby soap is scented, it is hypoallergenic and perfect for your baby’s sensitive skin. It also has a gentle formula that is sulfate-free, phthalate-free, dye-free, and paraben-free.

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 a 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 for sensitive skin: 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. 

Best organic: 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 the 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.

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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