Ask any mom and she’ll tell you that caring for babies takes patience, practice, and the right products to help with life’s little adventures. Take bath time as an example. You want to be sure every product is equally moisturizing and calming, so you and baby can have a fun time followed by a good night’s rest. And did you know that a baby’s skin-barrier function continues to develop through at least the first year of life? That’s why proper skin cleansing and moisturizing of their skin barrier is essential.

Here are our favorite gentle bath products for babies:

Earth Mama Organics baby lotion

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If you’re looking for something gentle and not just good, but organic—that actually works, you’ll swear by this lotion. It comforts, soothes and moisturizes sensitive, delicate skin with a serious soothing lavender that’s sure to calm fussy mamas, too. Pop one in your diaper bag or car, and keep two in your bathroom—it’s just that good.

Kiss Kiss Goodnight lullaby melting balm cleanser

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Specially formulated for sensitive skin, this balm cleanser features organic cold-pressed kalahari melon seed oil, coconut oil, and other skin loving ingredients that gently cleans without any preservatives, fragrances or essential oils. Mamas can even use the formula as a light makeup remover, which means that’s one less product you have to buy.

Aveeno Baby eczema therapy nighttime balm

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Aveeno’s nighttime balm has earned icon status through and through. Not only does it combine colloidal oatmeal and ceramide to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, but it doesn’t leave that greasy film that soils cloth diapers before the party even gets started. Users note that it works even when topical steroids don’t. We’re sold!


Baby Dove night time wash

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For starters we’ve never smelled anything as soothing and pleasant as this wash. It makes us feel clean and instantly transports us to a tranquil bed of chamomile. The formula is pretty awesome, too: it’s a tear-free, hypoallergenic and made with 100% skin-natural nutrients. It gets the job done regardless of where your baby falls on the dryness spectrum.


California Baby shampoo and body wash

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Why have one cleanser when you can have two? This shampoo and body wash is great for getting littles ones squeaky clean without stripping their skin of the moisture they need. It’s a hit among moms because it’s a vegan wash that’s perfect for those with chemical sensitivities, allergy concerns or just dry, easily-irritated skin. It’s also available in gallon sizes because can you ever really have too much body wash?


WaterWipes XL bathing wipes

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Okay, so technically these wipes aren’t for bathing, but it’s great when you want to bath on-the-go. The bathing wipes are larger than normal wipes and are lightly textured to capture more mess between baths. We adore that they’re made of two ingredients—99.9% water and a drop of fruit extract—which means it’s great for everyday use on a baby’s delicate skin.


Babyganics daily lotion

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You don’t need to worry about your infant waking up in the middle of the night with itchy skin. Their proprietary blend of tomato, sunflower, cranberry, black cumin and raspberry seed oils gets the job done every time. Babyganics also only uses 100% natural fragrances in their products and it’s gone through extensive testing from pediatricians and dermatologists. Clearly it’s a great baby product behind a budget price tag.


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