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Warm Water :) I don't use any soaps really on little babies. I do make a diaper spray for their tushie that is basically a tablespoon of the most natural baby wash I can find locally (haven't bought any yet, and dont' remember which brand I bought for DS!), a tbsp of olive oil, 2c of distilled water & a drop or two of TTO/Chamomile/Lavender EO, whichever is handy & I feel like using the day I mix it.I fill all my little spray bottles with it, and keep one with every diaper bag & at the change table. I've used it on DS's sticky hands too as he got older!

Other than that we didn't really use a lot of soaps/shampoos till DS was a bit older, and then I used that bottle of the natural stuff I had first, then moved on to the less natural stuff that we had gotten at baby showers ... we use very little, and STILL have some left ... over 4 years later! I think every 2nd baby gift we got had a bottle of some sort of baby soap in it.

I do have a bar of mild goats milk soap set aside for baby girl that a friend made, but we tend to use liquid soaps, so I'll probably stop by the health food store this week & see what baby products they have :)
 

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I like to check http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ before using anything. I tend to buy stuff for myself because it's cheap (think Suave), but I try to stick to safer alternatives for the kids. I use California Baby, because it is the only product I can find locally that has a good rating on EWG.
 

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We used Earth Mama Angel Baby products and liked them a lot.
 

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California baby gave DD such a rash!! I couldn't believe it. So, being frustrated, I switched to Johnson's bedtime bath and never had any problems. Granted, I didn't use it for her first bath or anything! I think we started using soaps around 2 months old or so. Until then just warm water and a cloth. Maybe a dab of something soapy in the water but it's not like you need to soap them up when they are teeny tiny.

For lotions, I like the Aveeno lavender lotion. Very soothing, non greasy, sweet light scent. Perfect. Still use it on DD to this day.

I got the EMAB Bottom Balm for this baby's tush. Can't wait to try it b/c I love their postpartum products!!
 

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For lotions, I like the Aveeno lavender lotion. Very soothing, non greasy, sweet light scent. Perfect. Still use it on DD to this day.
We got a gift basket of Aveeno Baby stuff, and I can't wait to use it, it all smells awesome. I think we got like 3 different washes and 4 different lotions, so it should last a while. We also got a ton of assorted Johnson's washes and shampoos and lotions, so I think we are going to be good on bath products. Target has a French brand called Mustela that I wanted to try, but we have so much already, I will probably just use all the gifts first.
 

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I use Arbonne ABC Hair and Body wash on DS and have never had any problems. I used their entire line of products on him when he was an infant, including the diaper rash cream, body lotion, and sunscreen (once he was over 6mo). Now I use Cetaphil body lotion on him because it has been more effective on his eczema and dry skin. I will go back to using the entire Arbonne line on the new baby when he comes.

https://www.arbonne.com/shop_online/showCatalog.asp?category=18
 

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We used Earth Mama Angel Baby products and liked them a lot.
That's what I've got for the little ones, partly on my sister's recommendation. I've really liked their lip balm, stretch oil, and foot soak for pregnant mamas, which seemed like a good boost to her opinion on the baby products.
 

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I've always used burt's bees, but i'm not overly thrilled with their ratings lately. So I'll prob. be switching.
 

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I've always used burt's bees, but i'm not overly thrilled with their ratings lately. So I'll prob. be switching.
Their fragrance-free one rates a "1" on Cosmetics Database! I've also read that their newer formulations are phthalate and paraben free.

We only used soaps rarely when DS was an infant. We'd use California Baby, Earth Mama Angel Baby, and (very) diluted castille soap. The EMAB lotion is divine, but we'd usually just do a post-bath massage with fragrance-free oil rather than lotions. We found that any of the three soaps lasted forever, since all were very concentrated. They're more expensive upfront, but when you only need a few drops a week for an infant, the long-term cost is low! DS is regularly pretty dirty these days, since that's what 3-year-old boys are good at. I usually just put a few drops of Dr. Bronner's on a loofah when he needs a good scrubbing. (He calls it "special soap" because he loves the almond scent!) A drop of California Baby shampoo is all we need for his hair when it's dirty. Dr. Bronner's is great as shampoo too, but he's not good at keeping his head back during rinses, which means whatever is on his head gets in his eyes... and Dr. Bronner's is not tear-free, of course.
 

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I'm also a first timer...on my list I have two choices that I will get- California Baby and Burt's bee! Let's see which one works! I might try the Earth Mama Angel products now too after seeing the above comments.
 

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For lotions, I like the Aveeno lavender lotion. Very soothing, non greasy, sweet light scent. Perfect. Still use it on DD to this day.
I love Aveeno lotions. I got a bunch of Johnson baby stuff at my shower, but I have really sensitive skin so I'm kinda worried about using it on her. Has anyone ever tried Grandma El's? Is their diaper cream really safe to use with cloth diapers?
 

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I get my shampoos and soaps from here: http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandcraft.com/ and I use the same for DD. When she was a baby I used apricot kernal oil on her when she had dry skin--it is very dry where I live. When she was a newborn I used a very limited amount of soap--i would dab the wash rag onto the soap and then wipe her with the washrag (a very small amount of soap). This was mostly to get skin folds clean--she was chunky
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Where can I find the Cosmetics Rating that was mentioned?
Right here! Thanks Jessica, btw. I always forget about that site, but I was needing to look up some sunscreens, so this was super helpful!

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I like to check http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ before using anything. I tend to buy stuff for myself because it's cheap (think Suave), but I try to stick to safer alternatives for the kids. I use California Baby, because it is the only product I can find locally that has a good rating on EWG.
 

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I plan on using coconut oil and olive oil- for her body when she needs it. I'm not sure about hair yet- I'm sure I probably won't have to worry about that for at least a year- I did register for some California baby and Earth Mama Angel baby products, so hopefully I'll get some of those to use when I need something other than coconut and olive oil.
 

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I don't even use soap on myself (apart from a few certain areas, or if I'm really dirty) so I won't be using it on my baby either. I'm thinking warm water for washing and coconut oil for lotion. Once she gets big enough to have dirty hair I'll probably just use the same all-natural shampoo I use for myself. If I need extra cleaning power I will probably go the very diluted soap route with a gentle all-natural soap.
 
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