When our baby comes, what type of soap should we use to bathe him?

We're living in the UK right now, but I'll check if brands suggested are available. :)


asked 17 Jan '10, 22:21

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im a new mom, and my baby is a month old... and its heart breaking that my baby's skin is so sensitive that i already change bath soap 3 times now... shes having rashes all over her face... please help me

(18 Jul '11, 10:38) Roby Sumaguingsing

@Roby this sounds like something you should bring up with your physician

(18 Jul '11, 18:22) Tammy ♦♦

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We use Johnson's brand Head to Toe baby wash. It doesn't seem to bother him when he gets it in his eyes and it is only lightly scented.


answered 18 Jan '10, 00:10

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In the Uk they advise you don't use any soaps for the first two weeks, then after that i use oilatum as my baby has dry skin.


answered 18 Jan '10, 08:10

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+1 for no soap in first 2 weeks. We got the same recommendation here in the US.

(19 Jan '10, 16:57) Dennis Palmer

Babies are born covered in vernix, a creamy white greasy substance. Vernix is really good for the skin, and many parents like to leave it on the skin, allowing it to wipe off naturally and also absorb into the skin. This is one of the reasons many parents choose not to use any soap at all on their newborns.


answered 18 Jan '10, 16:46

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+1 interesting. How long typically before it has worn off/absorbed and you start using soap?

(18 Jan '10, 17:28) Rich Seller

@Rich Seller - a few days maybe, but I still would avoid soap except for when/where the baby is properly dirty. It's not like they're digging in the garden and need a really good wash, water is adequate for most of the time.

(18 Jan '10, 18:35) Meg Stephenson

In Australia, hospitals don't recommend bathing babies at all for the first few days for this exact reason - just a wipe after birth and that's it!

(19 Jan '10, 02:20) Lin

We use the Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo. I love the way my son smells after a bath, though it's a pretty subtle scent. Also, my son has pretty sensitive skin, and we haven't had any problems with this soap. We just happened to buy this one time, and stuck with it. I'm sure there are many brands that will work just fine.


answered 18 Jan '10, 01:10

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We use J&J's Top to Toe alt text

But the best "soap" for your baby is to smother them in sorbolene and then wash it off in the bath (doesn't matter if you don't get it all off - we use it as a moisturiser). Sorbolene is very gentle and great for dry skin, especially if your baby has eczema - and it's cheap too!


answered 18 Jan '10, 11:29

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edited 18 Jan '10, 11:35

My son has really sensitive skin also and the doctor told us initially tojust was him with water and rub olive oil on him to hydrate his skin. Once he was about 3 months old we started using Aveeno bath and body wash. His skin seems fine with that.

Hope this helps.


answered 19 Jul '11, 14:59

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We use Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo. She had sensitive skin as an infant and this never bothered her.


answered 18 Jan '10, 00:56

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We used the Johnson and Johnson Lavender baby wash We loved the smell and I think the Lavender calmed the baby and us. Gerber baby Also has a similar product that is awesome


answered 18 Jan '10, 02:50

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We use Dove Baby Soap. I have very sensitive skin and only use Dove products myself. It has worked very well for us.


answered 18 Jan '10, 14:04

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While I agree with Meg_Stephenson, when you do decide to use soap, I recommend Weleda Baby Calendula Hair and Body wash (This is the link to the international site). While it is expensive, it is made with all natural organic ingredients, and no petroleum products, mineral oils or detergents. It is very gentle, with a very mild scent. My baby's skin gets washed with this soap only around once every 3-5 baths.


answered 18 Jan '10, 22:12

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