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While your new baby might not have very much to do in the hair department, choosing the right shampoo to care for their budding tresses and delicate scalp is essential. Not only does getting in the habit of washing your baby’s hair get them used to the feeling of water on their heads. It also helps to prevent and alleviate the symptoms of dry scalp, eczema, and cradle cap. While all these are common for newborns to experience on some level, as their fresh scalps are typically sparsely covered with hair and the skin is new, the right toxin-free baby shampoo helps to keep those issues in check.

Since your baby isn’t working up a sweat in the gym or using styling products just yet, they don’t need the same level of deep cleaning your own hair requires. When you want to wash your baby’s hair, do so with baby shampoo, because it’s formulated to gently clean baby’s hair without being overly harsh or drying on baby’s sensitive skin.


The baby shampoo aisle has almost as many options as the one for your hair, so it’s important to know a few of the different kinds of baby shampoo. And just like with your shampoo, baby shampoo can fit into a few categories at a time ( like being organic and formulated for sensitive skin):

  1. All over washes: You can wash baby from head to toe – literally – with these utilitarian washes.
  2. Organic: It’s not absolutely necessary to use a certified organic shampoo, but some parents appreciate knowing that the products they use on the baby are all organic or natural.
  3. Sensitive skin or eczema friendly: If your baby has especially sensitive skin or has eczema, you’ll want to use an extra-gentle formula

What to look for in a baby shampoo:

Keep an eye out for brands that boast of all-natural ingredients and baby-safe formulas designed to soothe sensitive skin.

  • Made with naturally moisturizing ingredients, such as calendula or coconut oil
  • Made for sensitive skin
  • Tear-free formula

What to avoid in a baby shampoo:

Shampoos with harsh chemicals or ones with ingredients that could possibly harm or irritate your baby’s skin like:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Excessive fragrance