Baby Spa: 4 Products that Work for the Whole Household
Updated: Sep 22, 2020
The American toiletry aisle is...a scented mess. "Arctic Blast" body wash for men. "Lilac Embrace" lotion for women. "Strawberry Bubbles" shampoo for babies that somehow smells like Chanel No 5. If you think it's absurd and don't see the need to buy every single product based on age and gender, then you've come to the right place!
There's a surprising amount of fragrance-free, baby friendly toiletries that work great for the whole household. By using the same products, you're able to save money, buy in bulk, save bathroom counter space, and pack less when traveling as a family. It's also more environmentally friendly, since you're buying less plastic. Double bonus when you pick items that have multiple uses. We all have varying types of sensitive skin in my household, but the products listed below have worked out great for us.
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The Holy Grail of baby eczema products. We always use it as the final moisture seal after Mooshi's bath routine (AKA Baby Spa). But it really has endless uses. It moisturizes and creates a barrier for your skin to heal from minor cuts/burns, dryness, rashes, etc. It's a great beauty staple too. I use it for lip balm and occasionally as eye makeup remover for stubborn mascara. Available on Amazon in big jars here and travel sizes here.
2. Coconut Oil
This is probably the most versatile item on the list. A quick google search will show that people use this for everything from cooking to mouthwash (oil pulling) to cleaning to skincare. Compared to all that, it has a very limited use in our house. It's great for keeping Mooshi's scalp moisturized and I use it as a hair mask. It also came in handy when she had a rough patch on her hands since I didn't have to worry about her putting her fingers in her mouth. Whole Foods has an affordable organic option here:
3. Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap (Baby Unscented)
I can't mention this soap without also noting that the elaborate label makes for pretty interesting shower reading. With the right water dilution ratio, this soap can be used for pretty much anything from washing dishes to washing your hair. It's a great mild soap for baby skin and even better shower gel. A little goes a very long way!
4. Honest Balm
This functions similarly to aquaphor, but is much easier to apply when on the go. For that reason, I like to keep a mini version in my purse for myself and for when I don't feel like digging through a diaper bag. Available in perfect travel sizes (via Amazon).
There's so much more to say about the products above and I definitely left out a lot of uses. Be mindful that everyone's skin is different so what my sensitive skin can tolerate might not work for you. Always read ingredient lists to make sure it's a good fit for you.