Today I wanted to talk about infant hygiene and bath products! If you’ve followed my blog at all you know we’re extremely minimalist when it comes to baby products and we also strongly care about what types of things we use on ourselves and even more so, on our son Gabe! I often see moms ask what baby products are good and safe to use with their babies and kiddos so I just wanted to share what we do and why. Here’s my take on natural and minimalist hygiene for infants!
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So there are tons of “natural” brands out there and also a lot of “greenwashing” going on, which is basically when a brand goes out of their way to appeal to the natural Mom crowd but their products often still contain some questionable things. With the natural market taking off and so many natural options to choose from it can be overwhelming to figure out what’s best. There are a lot of multi level marketing products out there with moms singing their praises, and there are dozens of other brands on the shelves at Target. The more “natural” and safe a product appears to be, the steeper price tag usually is. Ugh, right? There are baby washes, lotions, creams, baby shampoo, baby powder, bubble bath, etc.. So many moms want to do what’s best for their littles which is amazing! And I think at large, we’ve come such a long way as a society and are waking up to the dangers of most products and many better options are coming along which is good..But it really doesn’t have to be so hard and complicated and expensive.
Babies simply don’t need all that stuff. I’ve never bought baby shampoo or baby wash or baby lotion or any of that stuff. (Okay I bought some bubble bath once because it’s fun. :)) But really. Wanna know what I use to keep Gabe clean? Water. Yep. That’s basically it.. Haha
Our society is really obsessed with creating a sterile home environment, eliminating all germs all the time, bathing kids daily, and even giving babies a bath immediately after being born. None of that is necessary, it’s just cultural. You can be weird like me though and take a simpler and more natural, easier and minimalist approach if you wish! It literally could not be easier or cheaper.
We never bathed Gabe after he was born. The typical baby’s first bath thing just never happened. Sure, we wiped him with a warm wet washcloth from time to time and washed his hair with plain warm water, but that’s it. He was 3 months old or so the first time I took him in the bath with me and I didn’t even “wash” him, we just cuddled in the water and he nursed and that was it. As he’s grown up he takes baths more often, but it’s just for fun. I get his hair wet with a washcloth and maybe occasionally do a gentle scrub of his scalp with a wet wash cloth but that’s it. I think I’ve only used soap on him 4-5 times in his whole life for stinky gross situations you just need soap for. Haha
We have also practiced elimination communication since Gabe was 3 weeks old and the large majority of his #2s have happened on the potty which also helped avoid most of the types of messes you’d be wanting soap for. Haha BUT sometimes you do just need a bit more than water, so we turn to Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap. When you put a small amount in a foaming pump with water it creates a nice leathery foam that’s super diluted and gentle for babies. I personally love the lavender one! We get ours in bulk on Amazon because we use so much of it. We also use this for regular hand washing.
I shared years ago about my experience in going “no-poo,” and while I did this for two years, I have switched to a regular natural shampoo for myself. Since we’ve never washed Gabe’s hair with shampoo though, his scalp regulates oil production perfectly just as it’s meant to. He never gets overly greasy dirty hair. His scalp produces just enough to keep his hair smooth and silky but not greasy. I’m so jealous! He has the most beautiful thick soft clean hair ever! He gets hot and sweaty, plays in the dirt, gets food in his hair and is a normally messy toddler boy but water sure does the trick anytime his hair starts to get a little dirty! This is all trial and error for me, so if he gets to a point where water isn’t cutting it we will think about adding a natural shampoo but there even many adults who use water only, so I don’t suspect we will have this problem since he started from birth!
That’s it! Water with the occasional diluted Castile soap. Are you surprised? And in case you’re curious, he smells amazing! Haha his sweat still surprisingly has that amazing baby smell that moms are intoxicated by. I’m guessing that’s because since he’s still nursing?! But never being washed with a bunch of scented stuff also helps I’m sure. 🙂
Look at this soft beautiful hair!