Table of Contents
- View The Best Baby Soap Below
- 1. Baby Dove Tip to Toe Baby Wash and Shampoo
- 2. Babyganics Baby Shampoo + Body Wash
- 3. Baby Magic Gentle Hair & Body Wash
- 4. Baby Dove Bar Soap Rich Moisture
- 5. Cetaphil Baby Wash & Shampoo
- 6. Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Bath & Lotion Set
- 7. Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Baby 2-in-1 Shampoo & Wash
- 8. Aquaphor Baby Wash and Shampoo
- 9. Johnson’s Head-To-Toe Gentle Baby Wash & Shampoo
- 10. Puracy Natural Baby Shampoo & Body Wash
- Baby Soaps Buyers Guide
Is there anything more adorable than a baby splashing in a bath? We can’t think of much – but we also know there’s nothing more slippery than a wet, squirming baby. And that goes double when you’re struggling with a bath wash that’s hard to open, doesn’t rinse off easily, or doesn’t double as a shampoo.
Whether you’re a first-time parent or have many a bath night under your belt, finding the best baby wash will take away the fuss and leave the fun. We dove deep into the array of baby bath soaps to find the absolute best, including shampoo and body wash combos, bar soaps, and organic formulations. Look for our buyers’ guide after the reviews, too!
View The Best Baby Soap Below
1. Baby Dove Tip to Toe Baby Wash and Shampoo
Dove’s claim to fame is their moisturizing bar soap, so it’s no surprise that their baby wash was created to help keep baby’s skin soft and hydrated. Available in a soft, gentle scent as well as in a fragrance-free option, this combo product is hypoallergenic, pH neutral, and tear-free. The bottom-heavy pump bottle stays stable tubside – a detail you’ll appreciate when you’ve only got one free hand.
+The best baby shampoo and body wash hybrid we found
+Soap gently moisturizes baby’s skin
+Made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates
What We Like It – Soap and shampoo formulas are your best bet for baby’s bathtime; we liked the moisturizing benefits of this one (in the warm months, you may even be able to skip post-bath lotion). The light scent is powdery and fresh, but it’s available in unscented too.
2. Babyganics Baby Shampoo + Body Wash
Enriched with plant-based ingredients like sunflower seed oil, aloe, and chamomile, Babyganics’s combination baby shampoo, and wash blends quick-rinse cleaning with soothing skincare. This foaming formula pumps effortlessly is extra-gentle (no dyes or artificial fragrances here), and leaves the baby’s skin and hair clean and conditioned. The company is committed to using organic ingredients when they can, and the National Eczema Association certifies their baby shampoo and wash.
+Made with plant-based ingredients
+ Fragrance-free is the best option for sensitive skin
+Company is eco-friendly and strives for sustainability
Why We Like It – High-quality ingredients backed by a company committed to babies – and the environment, too? We couldn’t resist. Though this is a splurge, it’s one of the best baby shampoo and body wash combinations we found.
3. Baby Magic Gentle Hair & Body Wash
The formula of this baby shampoo and body wash blend may be rich, but you don’t have to be – this is the best value we found. Made with coconut and calendula oil as well as shea butter, this ultra-gentle wash will help keep your little one’s skin nourished and protected. The powdery scent is a classic. The formula is a tad thinner than some of the other washes on our list (which is a plus, because this is a squeeze bottle!).
+A good value from a trusted brand
+Lathers and rinses easily
+Classic baby powder scent, with a hint of coconut
Why We Like It – This two-in-one product wins our great value – but don’t let the low price fool you. The rich concoction smells wonderful, and it leaves the baby’s skin moisturized and smelling sweet. The consistency of the body wash works well with the squeeze bottle, too.
4. Baby Dove Bar Soap Rich Moisture
If you prefer a bar soap for your infant’s bathtime, Dove offers it’s signature “1/4 moisturizing lotion” formula for little ones. It also makes a nice segue for toddlers and preschoolers “graduating” too big people soap bars. We liked the creamy, delicate scent and the way it locks in moisture on tender skin, and the bar gives you a little more control than a squeeze or pump bottle.
+Dove’s trademark 1/4 moisturizing cream formulation
+Bar soaps can last longer than body washes
Why We Like It – Sometimes it’s easier to work with a bar; this one is great for quick cleanups as well as longer, splashier bath events. The appealing scent isn’t just for babies – the mild formula makes this one a great face soap for the whole family.
5. Cetaphil Baby Wash & Shampoo
Organic calendula is the star of the show here: the marigold extract in Cetaphil’s baby wash and shampoo works to soothe and nurture the baby’s skin while it cleans. Made without parabens, mineral oil, or dyes, this is a reliable choice for sensitive skin – the brand’s specialty. Pump this gentle formula onto a washcloth or right into your hand – it lathers nicely and leaves a whisper of fragrance.
+Made with organic calendula (marigold extract)
+One of the best natural baby washes for sensitive skin
+Tear-free formula doubles as a shampoo
Why We Like It – Gentle but effective, this shampoo and body wash leaves baby clean and lightly moisturized. The organic calendula helps protect delicate skin – and as a bonus, it lends this wash a distinctive, but subdued fragrance.
6. Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Bath & Lotion Set
If we had to pick the best choice for a baby shower gift basket from our top ten list, this bath and lotion set would be the one. New parents will love the assurance that Aveeno provides: gentle, paraben- and phthalate-free products that contain natural oat extract to soothe skin. But their Calming Comfort goes a step further – the lavender scent may soothe baby as well, and ease the transition to bedtime.
+Wash and lotion in one set
+Soothing oat extract formula is easy on the skin
+Calming lavender-vanilla scent
Why We Like It – Bathtime is often an evening ritual, and if your baby tends to be fussy at night, Aveeno’s lavender scent may pave the way as effectively as a lullaby. The lotion dries quickly, so getting baby’s PJs on is easy – another advantage at bedtime.
7. Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Baby 2-in-1 Shampoo & Wash
The best baby shampoo will leave hair soft but not weighed down. The best baby wash will leave skin moisturized, but not greasy. We liked this two-in-one product not just because it’s convenient, but because it works equally well in both capacities. Oatmilk, organic calendula, watercress, and chamomile are among the plant-based ingredients that protect sensitive skin and soothe cradle cap. A touch of coconut oil and shea butter provide just enough moisturizer.
+Natural and organic ingredients sourced from around the world
+Can relieve cradle cap and eczema discomfort
+Not tested on animals
Why We Like It – If you’re used to classic baby-powder and lotion scents, this one is different (we may even like it better!). The founder of Babo Botanicals searches out plant-derived ingredients that nurture skin – and smell good, too.
8. Aquaphor Baby Wash and Shampoo
Like Aveeno and Cetaphil, Aquaphor is known for its products for sensitive and problem skin. Their baby wash and shampoo formulation is one of the best we found – not just because of what’s in it, but what’s not. Free of fragrances, preservatives, dyes, and parabens, and loaded with chamomile extract and vitamin b5, this baby shampoo and body wash soothes skin and rinses clean.
+The super-gentle formula is perfect for sensitive skin
+Sturdy, easy to use pump bottle
Why We Like It – If you can head off skin problems before they start, you’re ahead in the parenting game, and Cetaphil’s formula is so gentle that it’s the best bet for very sensitive skin. Searching for a very mild but effective shampoo and body wash? This one’s a winner.
9. Johnson’s Head-To-Toe Gentle Baby Wash & Shampoo
As classic as a rubber ducky for baby’s bathtime, Johnson’s familiar yellow label and baby-fresh scent have had a place next to the tub for generations. This option offers two-in-one convenience in a handy pump bottle, and it reflects the company’s dedication to simplifying their formulas, cutting out dyes and sulfates. As ever, this is a tear-free product, making it a nice option for nervous parents of newborns.
+Classic Johnson’s scent in a lighter, simpler formula
+Pump dispenses a smaller dollop, so you don’t overdo it
+Mild and gentle on baby’s skin and scalp
Why We Like It – It’s not just about nostalgia here: Johnson’s endures for a reason – it’s gentle and effective. The pump bottle action prevents over-sudsing, and the formula is safe for even a newborn’s delicate skin. Plus, this smells like what we’ve come to expect (and love) from a wash and baby shampoo.
10. Puracy Natural Baby Shampoo & Body Wash
And then there are baby washes that break the fragrance barrier: luscious grapefruit, lemon, and lime with just a hint of salty sea air. You may just want to steal this shampoo and body wash for yourself! But rest assured: Puracy’s natural, vegan ingredients are safe for baby’s skin. This pH-balanced natural baby shampoo and wash is hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin (even cradle cap).
+Natural baby shampoo and body wash in one
+Puracy is an eco- and community-minded company
+Essential oils create a fresh and light fragrance
Why We Like It – Safe for newborns and effective enough for grubby toddlers, this wash and shampoo for babies are made with essential oils and other natural ingredients. We love Puracy’s commitments to both environment and community, too.
Baby Soaps Buyers Guide
In your search for the best baby soap, wash or baby shampoo, keep in mind that most companies offer sulfate- and paraben-free products, since these chemicals can be too harsh for delicate baby skin. If your little one is troubled by cradle cap, dry patches, or other skin issues, you may want to seek out soap formulations that skip other additives too. Consider a fragrance-free baby shampoo and body wash, as well as those that use natural alternatives. The following are especially gentle:
Calendula: This marigold extract has been used in skin salves for generations; it may help with relieving fungal and bacterial skin issues – and it’s a great mild moisturizer.
Colloidal oatmeal: It soothes inflammation and gently nurtures irritated skin.
Coconut: Brands like Puracy use coconut derivatives to achieve gentle sudsing without sulfates.
And a final tip: no matter what the ingredients, both the best wash and the best baby shampoo will be designated tear-free. You’ll thank the scientists behind these formulas when your baby is extra-squirmy – or in protest mode!