Well, our little guy, C, is turning two this week. 2 years. I MADE IT 2 YEARS!!! Parenting is full of questions and guesses. Luckily finding the best natural baby products is getting easier and easier!
I’ll be the first to tell you that not all natural baby products are effective, however, which is why we all have to talk to one another. If it’s clean, does it work? Even if it works, is it annoying to apply? Does it stink?
Best Natural Baby Products
While using clean beauty products and sustainable children’s clothing brands are important parts of sustainable living in our house, I won’t use anything clean or not that doesn’t do what it’s supposed to!
All these things factor into life with children, so here are our favorite products that we use on our little guy (and sometimes on ourselves)!
Best Natural Children’s Sunscreen
I saw an interview a few years ago with Cate Blanchett. Asked about her children, she commented that they still hated when she had to apply sunscreen. I didn’t fully appreciate the tragedy that is applying thick sunscreen to wiggly, disinclined children at the time. Now I do!
Even as adults, we avoid thick sunscreens (but please apply facial sunscreen everyday)! So why should it be any different for kiddos? For some reason, there are still brands on the market that are thick and terrible – it just isn’t gonna work with children!
We have two sunscreen that are clean and easy to apply…
The sunscreen has a thin consistency that’s VERY EASY to apply. I recommend you shake it before opening every time, however, as the liquid can start to separate.
Their sunscreen is deemed clean by EWG (Environmental Working Group) and offers a fabulous SPF 50!
The other sunscreen we use is the Babo Botanicals Sunscreen Spray (SPF 30). I bought it out of necessity sometime last year and loved it. The container sprays a liquid sunscreen – it’s not aerosol (not good for the environment).
It rubs in easily, is reef-friendly, and cruelty-free! It’s also readily available at drug stores and grocery stores whereas I’ve only found the Pipette online.
Natural Children’s Body Wash/Soap
We are a family who hates strong scents. At one seminar we attended before C was born, the nurse recommended avoiding scented items for babies (no matter that packaging and labeling). Baby’s skin is so sensitive that even scents such as lavender can be too harsh.
It took a while to use up the one gifted bottle we received when he was born, but when the time came, I tried out the Pipette unscented Baby Shampoo + Wash. There is still a faint scent with this product, but we absolutely love it.
After we used up the smaller 12 oz container, I bought the “jumbo” 32 oz., so we’ll be using this one for a while.
We’re up at my mom’s a couple days every week, so I keep a lot of C’s basics there as well to avoid schlepping it all back and forth. At her house we use the Alaffia Everyday Coconut & Strawberry Kids Shampoo + Body Wash.
At just $8 for 16 oz, it’s lasting us a really long time. It’s clean and cost-effective. It’s another clean beauty brand available at Target (as well as many other drugstores). It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and a black-owned brand!
Best Natural Diaper Rash Cream!
Oh man. Diaper Rash is a real thing! And as a cloth diapering family, we try to be very on top of diaper rash.
Trying to use only clean brands, I’ve tried a variety of diaper rash creams. I’ve tried ones by Pipette, Weleda, California Baby, and The Honest Co. And there is only one that I keep using again and again – The Honest Co. Diaper Rash Cream.
But most importantly, it works! We only apply diaper rash cream when C has spots that need attention. I know many parents use it prophylactically – constantly to prevent it all.
As a “fix,” which is harder, it works well! All the other creams I tried didn’t really fix the issue applied after the fact. They may be fine to use preventatively, but that just isn’t what we do.
The Honest Co. Diaper Rash Cream is also fairly readily available, which is great!!
Natural Cream for Babies
We don’t use lotion on C regularly. I think we’re in the minority on this one, but he doesn’t seem to need it and we fall on the side of trying not to get his skin used to any product unnecessarily.
Last summer, however, he had some dryness near his eyes – such a sensitive place. I found the Babo Botanicals Oatmilk & Calendula Moisturizing Cream at the grocery store one day and decided to give it a try.
It moisturized the spot and was gentle on his skin. PLEASE NOTE that we did not put this in his eyes – more his upper cheek.
Again this is a product we use when his skin has drier spots, not as a regular lotion. It really is a thicker cream. It also smells so lovely and gentle – oatmilk and Calendula!