Gone are the days when a bar of Pears soap and a bucket were the only accessories mums turn to when their baby is in need of a spruce up. Now there's a plethora of baby washing options on the market, from foams to soaps to bubbles.
In what must be one of my earliest memories, I can distinctly remember getting excited about one special bath time treat; the arrival of Matey bubble bath. It was in a sailor-shaped bottle and I'd never seen anything like it -- a bottle that didn't look like a bottle. It must have cost my mum quite a bit more than a bar of soap, which is no doubt why it wasn't a permanent fixture. In fact, it might have been just Christmas, come to think of it.
It's very easy to part company with a tenner for some baby wash products on the market now, though thankfully it's still possible to spend a couple of pounds and get something decent.
Here's my Beauty Save and Splurge baby bath picks...
Miamoo Splashy Wash, £9.75 (pictured above)
The no tears formulation contains lemon oil, aloe vera, soya bean extract, jojoba extract and silk and chamomile extract to soothe and moisturise baby's skin.
I love the name and the cute packaging of this baby wash, though most of all I love the fact that it's 78.3 naturally derived.
As Miamoo explains on its website, the "natural" bit means natural ingredients that haven't been tweaked at all, while the "naturally derived" bit is natural ingredients that have been tweaked a bit for better performance, but are still not toxic.
Miamoo products are totally free of parabens, petrochemicals, sodium lauryl sulphate, synthetic colour and fragrance and PEGS. It does include a synthetic preservative, but one it claims is the gentlest available.
Johnson's Baby Softwash, £2.99
Well, we couldn't leave out Johnson's could we? As a student I would use Johnson's baby products as eye make-up remover, it being gentle and soft...and affordable! Now, it deserves its rightful place as an option for a good quality baby wash that won't break the bank.
The Baby Softwash is a fairly new addition to the Johnson's family, launched just this month. It' is mild and gentle (of course), has a "No More Tears" formula, and is enriched with baby lotion. In a Johnson's survey of 169 mums, 76 agreed it was very mild.
Apparently, Gwen Stefani, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jamelia are Johnson's fans too - though I bet they aren't the only celebs to be packing some.
Johnson's Baby Softwash is soap-free and pH skin-neutral. It does include some chemicals that totally natural mums might choose to avoid.
Available from Boots
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