(This post is written by Reviews.com)
Infants and toddlers have skin that’s still developing, which means that it’s typically more sensitive than adult skin. So the best baby shampoo should avoid strong cleaning agents and preservatives — you want just enough cleansing power to remove gunk without causing dryness or irritation.
Reviews.com tested 16 shampoos on the market and found the top baby shampoo is Johnson’s Baby Naturals Shampoo. At about $8 for 10 ounces, it leaves hair feeling clean and soft without being too drying, and it rinses out easily. The Baby Naturals formula relies on gentle cleansing agents sourced from coconut oil and has a light, clean scent that isn’t overpowering. The Johnson & Johnson brand also came highly recommended by our experts.
“Organic” isn’t a term that’s tightly regulated when it comes to personal care products, but if you value organically sourced ingredients, we really liked Earth’s Best Shampoo & Body Wash. It has a lavender scent and soothing, certified-organic ingredients like aloe vera, oat bran, and calendula. A 16-ounce bottle retails for about $9.
If you’re looking for a fragrance-free formula, we’d suggest Cerave Baby Wash & Shampoo. It has an ingredient list very similar to Johnson’s but no scent at all — making it an extra-safe option if your child has had allergic reactions to other skincare products. An 8-ounce bottle is around $10.
When to stop using baby shampoo? There’s no clear cut-off point, and responses in parenting forums like BabyCenter and CafeMom suggest most parents use baby shampoo until their children are at least 2 or 3 — though some switch earlier and some use it until adolescence. Teen and adult hair tends to be oilier than baby hair, so you’ll know it’s time to switch when your baby shampoo no longer seems to leave hair clean.
To read the rest of the reviews on baby shampoos that were tested, follow this link: http://www.reviews.com/baby-shampoo/