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11 Natural Baby Skincare Products We Love

Ah, babies. They have the softest, most delicate skin; and choosing the right skincare products for them can be difficult. There so many brands and products making all sorts of promises. But what is really safe? Which one really helps prevent rashes and dry skin? And what ingredients can you really trust? I’ve done the research and conducted plenty of trial and error tests on my own two babes under 4, and I have some winners that you can feel good about using on your own little ones.

From moisturizer to diaper cream to baby oil, here's a roundup of baby skincare essentials you'll need to keep your little one's skin soft and healthy.


1. Weleda Calendula Cream Bath doesn’t lather, which I think is so important for newborns. Unlike many of its sudsy lathering competitors, this formula gently cleanses while keeping their delicate skin moisturized and free from irritation. Calendula knocks out inflammation and sensitivity like no other ingredient. It is so calming and soothing to baby’s skin – I used this product exclusively on both my children at bathtime for at least six months. Also, the scent is totally natural and totally beautiful. $12.11, buy here.

2. Pleni Natural Apple + Broccoli Hair & Body Wash is my favorite for children who are a little older. Keep in mind that it is not technically tear-free - no truly nontoxic baby shampoos are, but I’ve never gotten a complaint from my 3.5 year-old, and she is pretty vocal. What I love about this product is that a little goes a long way; all you need is a dime-sized amount for lots of lather (from an apple-based cleansing agent, not a harsh industrial grade surfactant), and it rinses clean while still leaving hair and skin moisturized. Oh, and it smells like creamsicles! $16.17, buy here.


3. Erbaviva Baby Lotion is lightweight and easily absorbed, and it is completely free from the artificial fragrances, dyes and chemical additives in many conventional baby lotions. In fact, it is so gentle that many adults with sensitive skin reach for it. The fragrance is barely-there, just some chamomile and mandarin essential oils, which both promote relaxation. $15.10, buy here.

4. Zoe Organics Cream is a richer cream that it contains no water - so a little goes a long way. I love that this product can be used by the whole family. It’s especially great for those who are extremely sensitive to essential oils; it is completely fragrance-free. $18, buy here.


5. UMA Oils Perfectly Pure Soothing Baby Oil saved me recently while my 8-month-old son was teething like crazy and nothing would help. Finally, I thought to give him an infant massage with this oil, and he literally calmed right down. An Ayurvedic formula originally created for Princess Padmini centuries ago, this recipe has been handed down for generations. This oil soothes baby’s sensitive skin and calms their nerves. Don’t worry; the therapeutic essential oils in this formula have been kept deliberately low so that it is safe for babies and toddlers, though you should still do a patch test for allergies. $75, buy here.


6. Badger Zinc Oxide Diaper Cream is my all-time favorite diaper cream; we have gone through tubes and tubes of it. The sunflower seed oil and beeswax in this formula create a barrier between the skin and any moisture, and the zinc oxide is a miracle for sensitive bottoms, eradicating diaper rash overnight. $13.29, buy here.


7. Baby time by Especial Mighty Shield Bug Repellant Lotion is my favorite for when children are too young for sprays (I worry about inhalation risk, even with the nontoxic variety). This light, gentle, moisturizing lotion gets in every nook and cranny and between all of baby’s rolls. $12.50, buy here.


8. Zoe Organics Breathe Balm Stick will save your life, or at least your night. It is basically the natural version of Vick’s Vapo-Rub. Our whole family uses it. Sleep tight! $13.99, buy here.

9. Zoe Organics Everything Balm Stick should be kept in every mama’s purse. It really does work on anything and everything in a pinch. Dry lips? Check. Forgot diaper cream? Check. Imaginary boo-boos? Check. $11.95, buy here.

10. Clean Well Hand Sanitizer is the only hand sanitizer you’ll ever need. It smells great, it is completely nontoxic, and it’s safe if children immediately put their hands in their mouths after applying. $12.41, buy here.

11. Acure Organics Unscented Argan Oil Towelettes make great face wipes, diaper wipes, sticky-finger wipes, and clean-up wipes. And I like to use them after the gym or to remove makeup. It’s always nice when we can all benefit from one product. $6.99, buy here.

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Daycare for infants is expensive across the country, and California has one of the worst states for parents seeking care for a baby. Putting an infant in daycare in California costs $2,914 more than in-state tuition for four years of college, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Paying north of $1,000 for daycare each month is an incredible burden, especially on single-parent families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable childcare as costing no more than 10% of a family's income—by that definition, less than 29% of families in California can afford infant care. Some single parents spend half their income on day care. It is an incredible burden on working parents.

But that burden may soon get lighter. CBS Sacramento reports California may put between $25 and $35 million into child care programs to make day care more affordable for parents with kids under 3 years old.

Assembly Bill 452, introduced this week, could see $10 million dollars funneled into Early Head Start (which currently gets no money from the state but does get federal funding) and tens of millions more would be spent on childcare for kids under three.

The bill seeks to rectify a broken childcare system. Right now, only about 14% of eligible infants and toddlers are enrolled in subsidized programs in California, and in 2017, only 7% of eligible children younger than three years of age accessed Early Head Start.

An influx of between $25 to $35 million dollars could see more spaces open up for kids under three, as Bill 452, if passed, would see the creation of "grants to develop childcare facilities that serve children from birth to three years of age."

This piece of proposed legislation comes weeks after California's governor announced an ambitious plan for paid parental leave, and as another bill, AB 123, seeks to strengthen the state's pre-kindergarten program.

Right now, it is difficult for some working parents to make a life in California, but by investing in families, the state's lawmakers could change that and change California's future for the better.

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When a mama gets married, in most cases she wants her children to be part of her big day. Photographers are used to hearing bride-to-be moms request lots of pictures of their big day, but when wedding photographer Laura Schaefer of Fire and Gold Photography heard her client Dalton Mort planned to wear her 2-year-old daughter Ellora instead of a veil, she was thrilled.

A fellow mama who understands the benefits of baby-wearing, Schaefer was keen to capture the photos Mort requested. "When I asked Dalton about what some of her 'must get' shots would be for her wedding, she specifically asked for ones of her wearing Ellie, kneeling and praying in the church before the tabernacle," Schaefer tells Motherly.

She got those shots and so many more, and now Mort's toddler-wearing wedding day pics are going viral.

"Dalton wore Ellie down the aisle and nursed her to sleep during the readings," Schaefer wrote on her blog, explaining that Ellie then slept through the whole wedding mass.

"As a fellow mother of an active toddler, this is a HUGE win! Dalton told me after that she was SO grateful that Ellie slept the whole time because she was able to focus and really pray through the Mass," Schaefer explains.

Dalton was able to concentrate on her wedding day because she made her baby girl a part of it (and that obviously tired Ellie right out).

Ellie was part of the commitment and family Dalton if forging with her husband, Jimmy Joe. "There is no better behaved toddler than a sleeping toddler, and she was still involved, even though I ended up unwrapping her to nurse her. I held her in my arms while my husband and I said our vows. It was really special for us," Dalton told POPSUGAR.

This is a wedding trend we are totally here for!

Congrats to Dalton and Jimmy Joe (and to Ellie)! 🎉

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The internet is freaking out about how Peppa Pig is changing the way toddlers speak, but parents don't need to be too worried.

As Romper first reported, plenty of American parents have noticed that preschoolers are picking up a bit of a British accent thanks to Peppa. Romper's Janet Manley calls it "the Peppa effect," noting that her daughter started calling her "Mummy" after an in-flight Peppa marathon.

Plenty of other parents report sharing Manley's experience, but the British accent is not likely to stick, experts say.

Toronto-based speech and language pathologist Melissa James says this isn't a new thing—kids have always been testing out the accents they hear on TV and in the real world, long before Peppa oinked her way into our Netflix queues.

"Kids have this amazing ability to pick up language," James told Global News. "Their brains are ripe for the learning of language and it's a special window of opportunity that adults don't possess."

Global News reports that back in the day there were concerns about Dora The Explorer potentially teaching kids Spanish words before the kids had learned the English counterparts, and over in the U.K., parents have noticed British babies picking up American accents from TV, too.

But it's not a bad thing, James explains. When an American adult hears "Mummy" their brain translates it to "Mommy," but little kids don't yet make as concrete a connection. "When a child, two, three or four, is watching a show with a British accent and hears [words] for the first time, they are mapping out the speech and sound for that word in the British way."

So if your baby is oinking at you, calling you "Mummy" or testing out a new pronunciation of "toh-mah-toe," know that this is totally natural, and they're not going to end up with a life-long British pig accent.

As Dr, Susannah Levi, associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at New York University, tells The Guardian, "it's really unlikely that they'd be acquiring an entire second dialect from just watching a TV show."

It sure is cute though.

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A barking cough echoed over the baby monitor at 5:00 am. My eyes hadn't even opened and in a hoarse morning voice I asked my husband, "You heard that too, right?" Maybe it wasn't as bad as I thought. But he agreed, and I groaned, knowing what my day—already planned to the hour—would now look like.

My husband is a teacher with a hefty commute and not always a lot of flexibility, so things like sick kids, vet appointments and oil changes usually fall to me. While I'm thankful for a job that essentially allows me to work anywhere—like car dealership waiting areas, my kitchen table or even waiting in line at the grocery store (thanks, email app!)—I still flinch at any disruption from my usual schedule.

I knew the barking baby seal probably meant Croup and because my older kiddo had also been battling a nasty cough and cold, I made plans to take both kids to the doctor. Four hours of meetings scheduled? No problem. I'd make the kids appointments, change my in-person meetings to conference calls, get the kids comfortable with some PBS and pillows and get on with my day working from home.

Two doctors appointments, a breathing treatment (due to unforeseen wheezing) and a trip to the pharmacy later, the girls and I were back home. I had 10 minutes to spare before a call with my manager. Barely breaking a sweat, I thought. Oh, the smug confidence.

I texted a quick update to my mom who'd asked how the girls were. Exasperated, my 3-year-old began pacing in circles in the kitchen. She might have been sick, but somehow her energy never faltered. She gestured with frustration— her palms up and little fingers spread wide, "It's not time for texting, Mommy. It's time for lunch!"

Some people have the type of kids who get colds and melt into the couch for days. They sleep more than usual, they're quieter and they are more than happy to zone out to a movie. I do not have such children.

But she was right. I apologized and sloppily slathered some peanut butter and honey on stale bread ends. Then added bread to the running grocery list.

Five minutes to spare.

As I served up a gourmet lunch, of PB&H and a juice box, I fumbled around to find the conference code when I heard the splat of baby barf hitting the floor (it's possible there is no worse sound.)

"Mommy! Ew! She barfed!"

I made a mental note to talk to the toddler about using the word, 'barf.'

My confident attitude about taking the day head on was now in a swift downward spiral. Sure, I could still join my meeting. I could half listen on mute and soothe the coughing baby with some gentle hip bouncing. But I'd likely have to answer a question and unmute myself, no doubt as the baby started crying again or the dog barked at a UPS truck.

I could make it happen and later face my oldest asking why I'm always on the phone or always texting and never playing. Basically, I could make it work, but not work well.

So, here's what I did.

I sent one final text to my manager that said, "Thought I could make today work but can't. Two sick kids. Need to reschedule."

I then breathed a huge sigh of relief for making one decision and not trying to squeeze in 50 things. I was able to refocus my attention to the little people who actually needed me. My manager sympathetically—and genuinely—responded, "Mom job comes first."

Because let's face it—my 3-year-old doesn't care that my inbox is full and my calendar is back-to-back. All she knows is this: When I'm home she wants to play.

And just because I can work anywhere, doesn't mean I should. I have to learn to stop "making it work." Some days it just doesn't work. I need the reminder to put the phone down. Close the laptop. Focus on what's in front of me. Find a way to shut off the part of my brain that's yelling and anxious about everything I need to do.

Sometimes I need to just s l o w d o w n.

My career isn't going to come to a screeching halt because I spent a few hours or even a few days with sick kids. But I'd like to think my kids will remember the times I spent snuggling and relaxing with them when they were sick. I'd rather they hold on to those memories than ones of me texting and scheduling and over-scheduling and trying to make ALL of it work.

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