If you want to make some green changes at home and with your toddler, one of the best places to start is in the bathroom. The unfortunate reality is that conventional bath products are filled with all different kinds of chemicals, none of which have to be tested for safety, and many of which have been linked to everything from allergies and asthma to neurotoxicity and cancer.
It can definitely be overwhelming at first, when you turn your bottles of baby shampoo and lotions around, the ones that say they are safe and gentle and dermatologist recommended, and actually start reading the long list of ingredients that they are made of. But it is really important to learn about the bath and body products that we use on our toddlers, because what goes on their skin, goes into their bodies. According to a study done by the EWG, our kids are exposed to an average of 60 chemicals every day, through breathing them in or absorbing them through their skin, from bath and personal care products.
I put together a reference list of some of the best, and some of my favorite, non-toxic personal care products for toddlers to help you in switching over your products.
California Baby Shampoo and Bodywash 1 of 16A great basic all-over wash for bath time.
Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Castile Soap 2 of 16I love castile soap because it has so many uses outside of the bathroom, but it's a great basic soap for kids too.
EarthMamaAngelBaby – Angel Baby Lotion 3 of 16A wonderful after bath moisturizer.
Jason – Kids Only! Strawberry Toothpaste 4 of 16Effective fluoride free toothpaste that tastes great.
Kiss My Face Foaming Hand Wash 5 of 16A safe alternative to the leading brand of foaming kid's soap.
Weleda Calendula Lotion 6 of 16Comfort your toddler with this calming all natural lotion.
Zoe Organics Extreme Cream 7 of 16Soothes very dry skin and conditions such as eczema.
California Baby Calendula Bubble Bath 8 of 16For safe and natural bath time fun.
Babo Botanicals Instantly Smooth Detangler 9 of 16Lightweight, alcohol free leave-in-conditioner for detangling your tot's tresses.
Kiss My Face Whale Bar Soap 10 of 16A fun shaped bar soap for washing hands or bath time.
Nature’s Baby Organics Ah-Choo Chest Rub 11 of 16A safe and natural alternative to conventional vapor rubs.
BabyGanics Ultra Sensitive Baby Wipes 12 of 16Biodegradable, fragrance free baby wipes
Northern Essense Diaper Rash Salve 13 of 16The best I have found for soothing diaper rash, and I love that it comes in a twist up tube so you don't get it on your hands!
TruKid All Natural Sunscreen 14 of 16Safe, zinc oxide based sunscreen that rubs in smoothly and easily.
Purple Prairie Bug Spray 15 of 16A natural, safe way to to keep gnats, biting flies and mosquitoes away.
Suncoat Girl Natural Nail Polish 16 of 16Because even little girls deserve a little pampering, safely, of course.
At our house, we take the approach that less is more. We use fewer personal care products, but we try to make sure that the products we use are as safe and natural as possible. So, this list is meant to be a starting point for greening your toddler’s bath time, not a complete list of must have products. Many of these brands make lots of other great safe and natural products too, you’ll find links to all the products below. As you begin to switch out your old products for greener and safer ones, you’ll need to find what works best for you and your family.
A great resource, if you’re interested in learning more, is the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database which scores health and beauty products on a scale of zero to ten, based on the safety of their ingredients. You can use it to look up products that you currently use and see how they score, and you can also search for products with a low score for when you’re ready to make a change.
What are your favorite green bath products for kids?
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1. California Baby Calming Shampoo & Bodywash
2. Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Castile Soap
3. Earth Mama Angel Baby – Angel Baby Lotion
4. Jason Kids Only! Strawberry Toothpaste
5. Kiss My Face Foaming Hand Wash
6. Weleda Calendula Lotion
7. Zoe Organics Organic Extreme Cream
8. California Baby Calendula Bubble Bath
9. Babo Botanicals Instantly Smooth Detangler
10. Kiss My Face Whale Bar Soap
11. Nature Baby Organics Ah-Choo Chest Rub
12. Babyganics Baby Wipes
13. Northern Essence Diaper Rash Salve
14. TruKid All-Natural Sunscreen
15. Purple Prairie Bug Spray
16. Suncoat Girl – Nail Polish
Follow the Babble Green Matrix for a more earth-friendly home!