We're huge fans of bath time rituals for mama (or pop) and baby. Bath time should be a time to get clean while relaxing and winding down from your crazy day. What isn't relaxing is having too many products and toys in the bathtub or worrying about toxic chemicals being absorbed through your babies sensitive skin.
Did you know that "In the 1990s, the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged that a person can absorb more chlorine and other contaminants from bath and shower water than even from drinking water polluted with the same substances"? While our kids spend up to 45 minutes in the bath several times a week, this is no bueno. Our solution? Take fewer baths and invest in a few game-changing products to help keep bath time relaxing sans the icky chemicals.
It's no secret that we are all about less is more and that is also true when it comes to choosing what products to buy for bath time with your little. Here are 6 non-toxic baby bath products we know you will get a ton of use out of and also reap the benefits of reducing your babies exposure to chemicals during bath time.
After reading through our list, what other bath products can't you live without? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!
Even a lot of natural baby shampoos can aggravate cradle cap and cause dry skin. This one is a pure, hypoallergenic wash that really lathers like it matters! Packed with natural extracts and plant-based ingredients this wash softens, cleans, and moisturizes your little one.
When bathing you're healthy, but chunky babe a washcloth is going to be super helpful for cleaning all of the creases and crevices under the arms, behind the ears, around the neck, and in the diaper area. Also, wash between your baby's fingers and toes. Bonus: these washcloths are not only made of the softest organic bamboo ever, but they double as bibs for your baby during feeding time.
Made from 100% natural rubber from Hevea Trees, Oli&Carol bath toys are non-toxic, PVC, BPA, Phthalate and Nitrosamine Free.
Most bath toys (like your classic rubber ducky) have a hole in them, which can accumulate mold in it. There are no holes in any of the Oli&Carol products, including "Elvis" the rubber ducky, preventing the presence of bacteria and mold.
We also love that these handmade toys double as teethers and are fully biodegradable.
It is important to keep baby warm from head to toe before and after bath time. To do so, we recommend this hooded swaddle made from 100% organic cotton by Fog Linen.
5. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is great for the immune system, but it can also play a role in reducing the chemicals in bath water. Most municipal water supplies use Chlorine to help reduce the number of pathogens in the water. Neutralize chlorine more effectively with the Sodium Ascorbate form of Vitamin C. Add a teaspoon to neutralize your bath water 2-5 minutes before putting your babe in.
6. Epson Salt Bath Recipe (note: because this recipe includes essential oils, we do not recommend it for babies under 3 months old)
1/2 cup of food-grade epsom salts or magnesium flakes(magnesium flakes are absorbed much more easily)
1/4 cup Himalayan or Sea Salt
1/4 tsp of natural vanilla extract
4 - 5 drops of diluted essential oil of choice (I love 2-4 drops of dōTERRA Lavender essential oil mixed with 2 tbsps carrier oil.)
I mix the salt and magnesium flakes and then sprinkle with the vanilla and essential oil. Add the mixutre to your bath and enjoy.