Baby Product Picks of 2016

This one is for all you mommas and you soon-to-be mommas!  With all of the different brands and product lines out there how are we supposed to choose which products are best for our babies?  The answer is by doing some research!

Some brands offer cleaner products, and of course that is important since we are using it on our babies. We can’t always trust big name brands to have quality products, so we need to dig into lots of other brands to see what they have to offer.

Since my daughter was born over two and a half years ago, I have used so many different brands and baby products that I could write a book about it.  So in hopes of helping out other mommies searching for good products, I am going to share my favorites with you, and hopefully save you a little time and money.

Products I Trust

1. California Baby Shampoo & Body Wash

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Really, any of their shampoos and body washes are great, but I really love the smell of the Calming Shampoo & Body Wash.  It’s made with French Lavender and Clary Sage, which is so light and relaxing. This product not only works as a shampoo and body wash for babies, but can be used as a face wash for teenagers and adults with sensitive skin as well!  Their products are made with organic and sustainably grown vegan ingredients and contain no DEA, sulfates, or numbing agents.  All of their shampoos and washes are made with real essential oils and contain no synthetic fragrances.  My daughter has pretty sensitive and dry skin, but I can tell a difference in the texture of her skin when we use this body wash. We don’t actually use it as a shampoo on her because she has incredibly curly hair which requires a special type of shampoo and conditioner, but I will be using it on my little man when he arrives.

2. Honest Conditioning Detangler 

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Honest brand is one that I trust to always have clean products that I feel safe using on my daughter.  Like I previously stated, my daughter has very curly hair!  And with those curls come lots of tangles and lots of frizz.  I have been using this Conditioning Detangler for probably a year now, and I can say it works like a dream!  I use this on her every morning, and just work my fingers through her curls to separate them.  It amazingly tames her frizz almost instantly, and leaves her hair looking so shiny and feeling silky.  I have even tried it on my hair, and I am impressed by the instant change.  It’s safe to use on color-treated hair so the mommies can use it as well, and it is made with all plant-based, vegan ingredients.

3. Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion

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The Aveeno Baby brand is another that I have never been disappointed with.  This is a fragrance-free lotion that absorbs quickly into the skin.  I have tried the Calming Comfort Baby Lotion as well, and only chose this one as my favorite because I know a lot of people struggle with fragrance in body lotions irritating their skin.  They both have the same feel, and are made with the same Colloidal Oatmeal ingredient that helps strengthen your skin’s barrier to prevent dry skin.  I use this lotion on myself as well as my daughter, and love the smooth texture it leaves behind.  It doesn’t feel greasy and sticky like some other body lotions do, and best of all I know it’s safe to use on all skin types.

4. Babyganics Foaming Hand Sanitizer

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This is the on-the-go size that I use.  They have a larger bottle for you to keep at home, but I choose this size because it is super convenient.  Most hand sanitizers are alcohol based, but this is alcohol free and completely safe to use on your child’s hands.  I keep one of these in the diaper bag at all times.  It isn’t harsh like other hand sanitizers and with the foaming effect you get double the uses out of it than normal gels.  It’s made with plant-based ingredients and is fragrance free.  This is a must-have in my opinion!

 5. Honest Wipes

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Once again I chose the on-the-go version because they’re super convenient to have in your diaper bag and/or purse.  It’s a small 10 pack, so it takes up barely any room.  The main reason that I love the Honest Wipes is because they truly do work better than most other baby wipes.  They’re textured so they are really great for cleaning sticky fingers and other hard-to-clean areas but don’t irritate the skin.  They’re thick and absorbent so you can use them to clean up messes and don’t have to worry about them ripping apart.  They’re infused with a botanical blend of pomegranate, chamomile, cucumber, and masterwort leaf, which help to soothe and moisturize.  Luckily they come in regular sized packs for at-home usage, and trust me- you will use them!

6. Babyganics Mineral Based Sunscreen

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With an spf of 50, this sunscreen is one of the only ones that I will use on my daughter and myself.  It is made with Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide which protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. It’s water-resistant and so gentle that you can use it on the face with no problems.  Sunscreen is SO IMPORTANT to use on your babies and on yourself, and not just during the summertime. You need to be applying sunscreen when you will be spending more than 30 minutes in the direct sunlight, even if it’s in the wintertime.If you’re spending the day outside make sure you reapply, reapply, reapply.  Keep your baby’s (and your) skin safe!


*Read about my Top Beauty Picks of 2016 in this previous post.

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