baby shampoo

This Dangerous Ingredient Could Be Hiding In Your Baby’s Shampoo

We obsess over every toy they play with, spend hours pureeing vegetables from our own gardens, not to mention the hours of research before you settled on which humidifier to get for the baby’s nursery. So why don't we put the same energy into finding the best baby shampoo for your little one? 

 SHOP BABY

 

Your baby’s skin is her largest organ—and anything you put on her body or scalp will be absorbed into her little, brand new body. That’s why it’s scary to know that some of the most popular brands of newborn shampoo are filled with hard-to-pronounce ingredients like cocamidopropyl betaine, artificial fragrance, and sodium laureth sulfate, which can strip moisturizer from a baby’s already delicate skin and hair. Some of those ingredients, even at very low concentrations, have been shown to remain in an adult’s system for four to five days. (That’s even doubly true for someone who’s brand new.)

If your baby’s shampoo lathers like you’ve seen in the commercials, that’s a tell-tale sign to ditch it: Only sulfates, which are known to be harsh surfactants, can work up into a a commercial-level lather. The detergent agent can wash dirt, oil, and other grime away from hair and skin with ease, but unfortunately, that means they can also strip moisture from the hair and skin, often leading to irritation.

Instead, dial down the chemical count and look for a natural, effective baby shampoo that gently cleanses without foaming agents, artificial colors, fragrances, chemical detergents, or essential oils that can irritate sensitive skin, like this one, which relies on olive oil to get the job done.

We can’t soothe your newborn through a night of teething, but we can absolutely keep them safe.

xx LC