Ask the Mamas: Bath Products

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Mama Say What?! reader Lane M. asks: “What bath products do you use on your little one?”

We use Johnson & Johnson for our son. My favorite scent is the Lavender Night Time body wash and shampoo because of how good it smells. I have even used it on myself before. It always has seems to do the job and we have never had any issues with it. For our daughter, I went with Aveeno products (which is a brand of Johnson & Johnson if I am not mistaken)… not sure when I switched… but I like them all just the same. - Melissa T.

I have had a love affair with Johnson & Johnson since I can remember. Once I was pregnant I was so excited to use it…. then fast forward to N about a month old. His skin was red and bumpy and just didn’t look comfortable. The doctor said that it was eczema and that Johnson & Johnson was notorious for inflaming it more. I was bummed, but we switched to Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo and their lotion. We tried Burt’s Bees for a little while and that irritated his skin too. So we stick with Aveeno and are doing well with it. -Cari H.

We use California Baby Calendula Hair and Bodywash on our daughter. I really love how the whole line of CB products are chemical free, as well as organic! Elizabeth had awful full-body baby acne for about four weeks, and this was the only thing I could use to soothe her poor, sensitive skin. Although it’s a little pricy, it is highly concentrated, so a little goes a very long way! Plus, I only purchase it when I am able to use one of Buy Buy Baby’s 20% off coupons. As she get’s older, I’m looking forward to exploring the rest of the CB line! -Michelle W.

Live Clean Baby - I could never handle the smell of Johnson & Johnson and…well, I like the bubbles. -Melanie W.

We’ve always been loyal to good old Johnson & Johnson’s. I’m not totally picky about the exact scent or type but I do like the lavender body wash and shampoo, which the label will tell you is proven to help babies sleep better. I don’t know about that but it sure does smell good. It’s also very affordable. -Mary Ellen M.

We love California Baby products. We used Burt’s Bees for a little while to help save a little money (we could get it at Costco), but both my husband and I just couldn’t handle the smell… even the fragrance-free bath wash. We finally decided to just stick with California Baby. I dislike how expensive it is, but it’s truly tear-free, doesn’t irritate his skin, and we all love the smell of the Calming Bath Wash and Bubble Bath. We also use their Calendula Cream a lot. Heck, even us grown-ups use it. -Alex T.


Right about the time Maggie was born, I fell in love with a small Minnesota-based soap company called “Apple Valley Natural Soap.” I tried their Lavender and Chamomile Face and Body bar for Maggie, and we’re still using it! One bar costs $6.00, but it lasts a really, really long time. It’s all-natural, Eco-friendly, soothing and gentle. I also love supporting a small business run by a work-at-home mama. Their website says it’s not meant to be a shampoo bar, but we use it on Maggie’s long hair and so far have been totally happy with it. -Christina D.

We use three different soaps for our little guy. We did Babyganics unscented foaming shampoo and body wash, Live Clean Baby shampoo & wash, and the latest we use is called Green Sugar Naturals, which is made by a work at home mama. We LOVE this soap! They’ve all worked wonderfully. I chose them after finding out about the harmful chemicals in another popular brand and did some research. -Jennifer G

I use Live Clean Baby. It was important that I made a healthy and safe decision on what products I wanted to use on my kiddo. Their products are paraben, phthalate, SLS, DEA, and phosphate free. I love that I can easily pick up their products at Walmart too and often have coupons. -Jessica S.

The advice given here is solely based on our individual experiences and in no way is it going to be perfect for every mama, every baby, and every situation. None of us are medical doctors. If you have a question regarding a medical topic we can give our opinions, but please consult with your doctor. We are not liable or responsible for the results of following any specific advice in any given situation.

By Michelle W.

Michelle W. is a first time mama to Elizabeth, born in December 2012. She is the wife of a Marine, loves to sew, read, work out, and loves being a home manager (house wife). Her weaknesses are staying on a budget, almond sparkling wine, and Instagram. She tries to be the best wife and mommy possible, and believes there are no bad days, only bad moments.

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