Your baby’s skin is extremely delicate so choosing the softest natural baby shampoo is essential to make bath time fun and enjoyable.
The natural baby shampoo should be gentle on the skin and on the eyes should it come into contact with them. It should not contain any soap which would dry the skin and be free from nasty chemicals including sodium lauryl sulfate or paraben.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is the foaming agent in many body care products like shampoo, toothpaste and detergents. Many studies have now shown that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate has a degenerative effect on the cell membranes because it denatures protein. Even low level concentration may penetrate the skin. Concentrations as low as 0.5% could cause irritation.¹ This means that even tiny amounts could have a lasting effect on the child. Other studies have indicated that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain from skin contact. Yet SLS is still found in body care products, including those for babies, because it’s cheap. Paraben is another chemical to avoid as studies have shown its risks include premature skin aging, an increase in oestrogens which affect the male and female reproductive organs and breast cancer.
At Natural Nursery, we’ve selected some gentle organic baby care products, free from SLS and Paraben, made from natural ingredients. They will be suitable for the sensitive skin of babies and even adults. Remember, you only need to use a tiny dot of natural baby shampoo.
Our children seem to be particularly fond of the Weleda natural baby shampoo, with organic calendula. Natural baby shampoo used to be expensive but Earth Friendly Baby range of organic baby care products offer fantastic value for money at £3.99
They are all specially made for baby’s sensitive skin but many parents will also enjoy using them for themselves.
¹JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TOXICOLOGY Volume 2. Number 7, 1983