Babies do NOT need shampoo. Period.
We all have delicate skin, not just newborns. And since skin is the largest organ and defends us against infection, we must protect it!
Almost 95% of commercial baby shampoos contain chemicals that are damaging to the skin. The Environmental Working Group has determined that on average an adult's organs will ingest and sluggishly process over 5 gallons of chemicals every year - just on cosmetics! That's shampoos and conditioners, creams, makeup, hair care products.
It's a perfect moment to teach your baby that they do NOT need to bathe every day, nor do they need to be "washed down" with soaps and lathered with creams.
Babies enjoy night-time bath, but a simple warm water bath will be enough to soothe and calm them before bedtime. Alternatively, a few drops of essential oils such as calming lavender or chamomile may be added to the water.
Don't babies sweat? My boy's feet are stinky, sometimes filthy at the end of the day!
Yes of course babies sweat, collect dirt and grime, and odours. But there are safer alternatives for washing up baby when this happens:
Oatmeal stocking bath:
Place one cup of dry, natural and wheat-free oatmeal inside a knee-high stocking. Tie a knot. Place in bath and squeeze to release its natural "milk". Not only is oatmeal soothing on the skin but its slight texture will exfoliate baby's scalp.
My baby has cradle cap. I need to wash it off so it won't get infected and grow fungus and itch.
In order to carefully soothe and dissolve cradle cap, all you need is a small amount of extra virgin olive oil or diluted Tea Tree oil rubbed into the scalp, then rinsed off with water. It may take a few days or even weeks, but the alternative is much less harsh on a baby's skin, and much safer on their organs later!
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