This DIY Baby Wash is gentle and soothing for baby's delicate skin! Infused with lavender and calendula for extra soothing and healing properties!
If you take a peak around the internet, you’re sure to find that there are many baby wash options on the market. Some are marketed as natural and safe for baby’s delicate skin, while others are full of harmful chemicals.
Of course they aren’t marketed this way, it’s up to us to do our research and know what baby products we should just avoid all together.
In this post, we’re going to explore some of the harmful ingredients found in many mass-produced baby washes, as well as look at a great, natural, safe alternative to make your own baby wash.
How often should a baby bathe?
First, let’s start with bathing basics. Baby’s delicate skin doesn’t need washed every single day.
In fact, bathing baby every day could lead to baby’s skin ending up dried out.
Instead, bathing baby 2-3 times per week using a gentle cleaning wash works great until baby becomes more mobile and is actually getting dirty throughout the day.
Once this happens you can move to every day or every other day for bathing as needed.
Regardless of how often baby is being bathed, it’s a good idea to follow the bath up with a good moisturizer.
Using a moisturizer after bathing will help replenish any moisture lost during the bath and protect baby’s delicate skin.
This is a great calming baby body recipe that is perfect after bath!
Is it really necessary to wash babies with soap?
There’s a lot of debate online about whether you need to use baby wash on your baby or if all baby needs is water.
Baby’s skin can definitely benefit from using a baby wash, however, they don’t need the super deep lathering found in many commercial baby wash products.
Deep lathering is generally harsh on anyone’s skin, especially babies.
Commercial baby washes can be full of harmful ingredients that it would be best to avoid all together.
These are generally possible carcinogens, endocrine system disruptors, or neurotoxins.
Some of the harmful ingredients most often found in commercial baby washes are as follows:
- Talc – known carcinogen
- Fragrance – this can literally be any combination of chemicals used for scent, many of which are known to be carcinogenic and endocrine disruptors
- Propylene glycol – possible carcinogen
- 1, 4 dioxane – known carcinogen
- Mineral oil – basically acts as plastic wrap for the skin, it keeps everything sealed inside the skin and doesn’t allow the skin to release toxins.
- Parabens – neurotoxins, hormone disruptors
- Triclosan – carcinogen, endocrine disruptors
You can read more about harmful ingredients commonly found in baby care products here.
Is homemade baby wash safer for my kid than store bought baby wash?
Luckily, there are many great alternatives for natural ingredients to use on our precious little ones instead.
If you're looking to completely DIY your baby's skincare routine, you may also enjoy these recipes:
- Homemade Baby Wipes & Solution
- Homemade Diaper Cream
- Homemade Soothing Baby Balm
- Homemade Baby Massage Oil
- Homemade Lavender Baby Body Butter
With that, making your own homemade baby wash is much safer than using a store-bought wash because you can choose what ingredients you put in your homemade wash.
Another great benefit of making your own baby wash is that you can completely customize it based upon what you and baby like best.
You can also change the formula up if baby’s skin needs any sort of special attention.
Best Baby Wash Ingredients:
- Aloe Vera – Aloe is very nourishing and soothing to the skin. It helps hydrate skin and alleviate any type of irritation or inflammation. Aloe will cool and comfort any skin irritations making things more comfortable for baby.
- Castile Soap –Castile soap is gentle in its cleansing action, it’s safe for sensitive skin, soothes dry and irritated skin, doesn’t clog pores, and is naturally hydrating. (Bonus: Castile soap has many applications around the home – it’s great in DIY cleaning products and in personal care products.)
- Glycerin – Glycerin is hydrating, gentle, and soothing to the skin. Glycerin will help baby’s skin retain it’s own moisture.
- Lavender – Lavender is healing and soothing to the skin. It can decrease inflammation, soothe irritations, and nourish the skin. It has a nice calming scent that can help baby relax during bath-time.
- Calendula – Calendula is antiseptic, helps relieve dry skin, and increases collagen production. Calendula is also very soothing to the skin and can help alleviate and prevent skin irritations.
- 8 oz Distilled Water
- 1 oz Aloe Vera Liquid or Gel
- 1 oz Vegetable Glycerin
- 1 tbsp Dr. Bronner’s Baby Castile Soap
- 1 tsp Lavender buds
- 1 tbs Calendula petals
- Boil distilled water and then add herbs, remove from heat, & cover until cooled.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and add to a bottle. ** Best if added to a foamer bottle like this one.
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