Here’s a little secret: you don’t need any products for washing your baby for at least the first month — water alone will do the trick. But once the neck crevices start to attract milk and the nappies get really…interesting, you might want to consider a gentle body wash. I tested a few by washing my face with them — my super-sensitive skin would surely show up any potential irritants before I lathered it up on my girl. Here are the three baby body washes that passed the test.
Organic Babies Unscented Body Wash & Shampoo
Washing one-handed while you grip your slippery baby in the other is a learned skill. This gorgeous, soft and happily natural body wash has a pop-cap so you can flick it up with your thumb nail and snap it shut against your leg. Anything that requires a pump to dispense, or is so fluid it pours out without a squeeze, just isn’t going to cut it. $10.80
L’Occitane’s Mum & Baby Cleansing Gel
A little research showed this gel is free from everything you’d want to protect your baby’s perfect skin from: alcohol, silicone, minerals and colors. It’s packed with shea extract, so baby’s skin feels silky after use, and it didn’t make my eyes sting one bit when I rubbed it in (just to see, you understand -- don’t try this at home!). It’s also gentle on the cradle cap my daughter suffered with at first, and seemed to calm her little red neck. Her skin is actually even smoother after a wash, and she smells divine. $20
Estelle & Thild Baby Body Wash
If you bought this deliciously smooth body wash just because of its beautiful bottle, we wouldn’t blame you for a minute. But the unscented product also has the easiest dispenser and softens skin while cleansing. I took it swimming with us, and it definitely had the other mums’ heads turning -- isn’t it gorgeous? $27.26