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Which brand baby shampoo and baby lotion have you bought?

(34 Posts)
ButteryJam Tue 09-Apr-13 10:25:34


I have no idea which brand baby shampoo and baby lotion I should buy for my newborn. Any recommendations?

DaveMccave Tue 09-Apr-13 10:29:55

None, just water is fine. Olive or even better coconut oil is useful for dry skin but things like J&J are full of crap. Avoid!

doublecakeplease Tue 09-Apr-13 10:30:38

Mum bought me lots if Johnsons to use but DS was in hospital for a while - they used Infacare so i continued to use it and still do. When he was tiny lots of people commented that he didn't smell like a baby. I think they meant that he didn't smell of Johnsons! Each to their own. My friend swears by Asda baby products. I wouldn't buy loads though - baby might not be keen on your choice

Picturesinthefirelight Tue 09-Apr-13 10:36:30

Not Johnsons!!! It caused dd to break out and bleed. The dermatological nurse said it is awful stuff.

You do t need anything at first just water. With ds I used a tiny amount if shampoo only when he got to the bring sick all over his hair/ poo all up the back stage.

wispa31 Tue 09-Apr-13 10:38:56

olive oil is very good for cradle cap, i would always tell my clients that if they had brought their new baby in to show off and mentioned the dry scalp.
me personally, i will not be using jj or any other well known shop brands. too many chemicals in them. ive found a nice range of natural products on babyshower.co.uk. they do cost more but they are made using organic ingredients and no chemical nasties in there.

ButteryJam Tue 09-Apr-13 10:39:26

Picturesinthefirelight, so which brand did you buy?

readyforno2 Tue 09-Apr-13 10:39:49

I like the asda stuff too, but as previously mentioned only a little if there's a lot of poo/sick involved.

Locketjuice Tue 09-Apr-13 10:40:50

Johnsons made my sons eczema bad my brother recommended asda little Angels have used it since, its lovely (& cheap!) smile

Picturesinthefirelight Tue 09-Apr-13 10:43:20

Asda little Angels wasn't out then but oddly enough do wine just recommended their shampoo for dd last week

I cantvremrmbervwhich brand I used (the dc are. 9 & 11 now) I used boots sensitive baby wipes and oils run in the bath. I think I got an organic baby shampoo from boots.

I bought j and j fir my dd and you d them rather strong (suitable god newborn skin my arse) then bought infacare was lovely. Used Asda little Angeks stuff from about a year and didn't think not to when ds arrived and I'd bath them together. Still use it now so it's in the bathroom already save me buying anything else for ds2 <lazy smile>

rrreow Tue 09-Apr-13 10:49:50

We didn't really use soap/shampoo until DS was starting to wean (I don't honestly remember, it might have even been longer). After a bath we'd rub him in some olive oil (I used to refer to it as basting him grin).

DreamySleepyNightySnoozySnooze Tue 09-Apr-13 10:52:00

None - just water. Newborn babies don't need shampoo/soap at all.

Shaiandbump Tue 09-Apr-13 10:58:07

Almond oil/coconut oil . I tried everything and infacare have my son round dry patches. The oils got rid of them but when he was 1 he stayed at his grandmothers and when she brought him
Bk he smelt delicious and his skin was so soft she said she used dove on him. I was horrified .... But it actually worked and til this day the only thing that doesn't dry out his skin is dove

Badvoc Tue 09-Apr-13 11:03:56

Either just water or the sad stuff is fine used sparingly.

Badvoc Tue 09-Apr-13 11:04:05

Asda not sad!

mamabrownbear Tue 09-Apr-13 11:26:02

I'm sticking with Olive oil and water to begin with. I have eczema issues so I don't want to do anything to irritate her skin in those very early stages. Apparently newborns have an amazing natural smell anyways...when they aren't busy filling nappies...

GTbaby Tue 09-Apr-13 11:35:14

Used plain water for 2 months. LO had a lot of hair tho n looked greesy so used J&J shampoo. Still don't use body wash or baby lotion. Olive oil for dry skin and massage.

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Tue 09-Apr-13 11:58:42

Plain water with vegetable oil for dry skin (midwife told me its better than olive oil as more refined).
When he got old enough to roll in dirt started using seba med baby cleansing bar.

peanutMD Tue 09-Apr-13 12:28:19

I used water for 4 Weeks then started using Goats milk soap (all natural) from the Gamrie Goats as DD has very dry skin but this helps grin

noblegiraffe Tue 09-Apr-13 12:34:38

You don't need any! Haven't used any yet on my 11 week old and she's lovely. I only bath her twice a week too, washing my first every day gave him horrible dry skin.

I did, however, buy a small bottle of baby massage oil, as massaging her tummy really helps her with wind. I got fed up of having to go to the kitchen to get the olive oil from the cupboard! That leaves her skin lovely and soft too, so I'd use that on any dry bits.

MyNameIsAnAnagram Tue 09-Apr-13 12:38:08

DS is 2.6 and we still mainly just use water. Occasionally a bit of dentinox shampoo if he gets some cradle cap and soap if he's covered in felt pen, but other than that water is enough.

Ninunina Tue 09-Apr-13 13:21:18

Weleda shampoo and body wash. It doesn't contain nasty chemicals like parabens and sulphates and it is extra gentle on the skin. I like the smell too. I also have the Weleda nappy cream and find it very good (clears a rash much faster than sudocream and bepanthen).

xigris Tue 09-Apr-13 13:29:07

We used plain water until they were crawling and getting grubby then we used organic, natural baby soap. My middle one in particular had / has very dry skin and a bit of eczema so we use organic olive oil (the asda one is good) We also used to say we were basting him rreow grin

elQuintoConyo Tue 09-Apr-13 17:36:38

'Just water here, too. Our paed/nurse/pharmacist/every mother I've met here in Spain has said don't use j&j (paediatrician actually shuddered!) especially the cream as it contains parafin and dries out baby's skin. Bloody loads of stuff contains parafin angry They all recommended almond oil, not sure if it's available in UK?

elQuintoConyo Tue 09-Apr-13 17:37:54

Oh, and also great for cradle cap

nannyl Tue 09-Apr-13 17:56:47

we used plain water for about 2 months.... (and olive oil if she needed moisturizing)
then about every 2 weeks a tiny dot of burts bee's

She is nearly 2 now and have never been touched by johnsons (or own brand equivelent) and has never been touched by SLS either.... long may it continue

Our burts bees body wash is still over 3/4 full, so that how much she has used in her whole life.

We use cloth nappies and wipes too (and flannels for faces) so is only touched by cloth and water

ButteryJam Tue 09-Apr-13 23:33:07

Thanks everyone - looks like the vote is to avoid Johnsons. Has anyone used the baby simple range?

sjupes Tue 09-Apr-13 23:38:50

I use tesco loves baby top to toe wash - ds ended up with shocking excema at a couple of weeks old we were told plain water only and avoid johnsons like the plaque, we water wash him in his bath but top to toe him in the shower as if he's in the shower he is usually manky smile

sjupes Tue 09-Apr-13 23:40:02

Meant to say i used johnsons when he was a newborn and he came out in excema - tescos range is really mild on him thankfully.

racingheart Tue 09-Apr-13 23:49:02

Bit surprised by all the critical comments about Johnsons. I always used their purple bottle - the lotion and the baby wash. It had lavender in it, and both my DC were fine with it, even though excema runs in our family. People used to tell me my babies smelled gorgeous.

DreamySleepyNightySnoozySnooze Wed 10-Apr-13 09:58:12

I use the purple Johnsons body wash on my 3 yr old, racingheart. He smells delicious and we've never had a problem with it either. I'll use it on my 7 month old too when he's older and starts needed a proper scrub!

MightBeMad Wed 10-Apr-13 11:02:56

Johnsons was a nightmare here too - turned her skin red raw overnight the first time we used it sad Now used dentinox cradle cap shampoo and weldeda baby bath if needed. Also used olive oil as a moisuriser (I was told not to use almond oil on a newborn as it is a nut oil and it's best to avoid nut products when they're very tiny in case they have a reaction). If her skin gets dry we use Cetraben emolient cream (buy from pharmacies - it's hypoallergenic). Also Neal's Yard baby barrier cream is the best I've found for nappy rash prevention. A bit expensive but lasts for absolutely ages!

squidgeberry Wed 10-Apr-13 14:04:37

Another vote for Weleda. They are more expensive but last for ages as I'd only use a pea sized amount. I only needed one tube for the first year.

Fakebook Wed 10-Apr-13 14:31:36

I use johnsons no tears shampoo on DS and then dab in a bit of pantene conditioner and rinse, and he's fine with it. I was however told by my eyebrow threading lady that she went on a hair colouring course last year and they recommended using johnson's to strip the hair of colour shock. I don't know how, but she says its a really harsh thing to use on a baby's head. I've always used it though, and can't see any visible bad effects of using it, so I'll carry on until he's old enough to move onto big person shampoo.

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