Should I use soap or baby wash to bathe my baby?

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Today’s mum’s dilemma: soap or baby wash – is one really better than the other or are they interchangeable? Presented by Baby Dove.

Today’s mums have one thing more than what our mums   had – an abundance of choices when it comes to baby products.

But with this gift of options comes the difficulty to make a decision about what we should use for the little one. On top of that, most products promise similar results. How then do we find what’s really best for our baby?

One common question that comes up during bath time is soap vs. body wash. Both seem to be the baby versions of bar soap and shower gels/body washes, which boils down to preference for adults.

But what do you use for your little one who can’t voice his choice yet, and has such precious, delicate skin? In fact, a baby’s skin loses moisture up to five times faster than an adult’s. Hence, the need for skincare products that replenish lost moisturise and nutrients into baby’s skin.

Bath time is a fun activity for mum and baby, but it isn’t always an easy task!

Mums are divided

Soaps have been there since our childhood. Many of us have only known taking a bath with soap! In addition, every Indian mum grew up to the familiar sight of the fragrant soap for baths and the strong antiseptic soap for washing hands.

So, it is natural that some mums feel comfortable using soap both for themselves and for their babies. After all, were they not bathed as babies this way too?

A few others have a different stand. The thought of soap being exposed to air and therefore, bacteria, has some mums looking for alternatives. Well, this assumption is absolutely incorrect and this study by the US National Center for Biotechnology Information proves it!

Baby wash may just be a product only our generation started using. For the same reason adults love shower gels – easy to store, may lather better, and can be used till the last drop – baby washes quickly gained popularity.

But first, how do you select a proper baby bath product?

Before we get into the soap vs baby wash debate, let’s look at the criteria. Here are a few things to keep in mind, mums:

1# pH

Most of soaps, even baby soaps, are a bit alkaline, having high pH level Baby’s skin, however, is slightly acidic. When washed repeatedly with soap, the skin may end up getting damaged.

  • Expert advice: When you buy a soap or a wash for your baby, ensure that its pH is close to the natural pH of the skin. Go for one that is   dermatologist and pediatrician tested, like Baby Dove Rich Moisture Baby Bar. Its pH neutral formula respects skin’s natural pH balance and the bar is even hypoallergenic! The bar contains ¼ moisturizing cream leaving your baby’s skin soft and nourished. Moreover, it helps to replenish moisture lost during the bath and helps keep the nutrients in.

2# Fragrance

Fragrance are sometimes added to mask the smell of the already present chemical components of the soap. In this case, less is definitely more.

Expert tip: Find out if the product is safe with a fragrance suitable for infants. The Baby Dove Rich Moisture range has a mild, caring fragrance specially designed for babies. It’s always a good idea to go for products developed with the needs of your precious one in mind.

3# Moisturising

Soaps were invented for the very simple purpose of washing away dirt so it needs to be effective more than strong. Look for something that will be gentle on the skin. At the end of the bath and with continued use, your baby’s skin should not be dry.

Expert tip:  Baby Dove Rich Moisture bars contain ¼ moisturising cream  that replenishes moisture and nutrients in baby’s skin lost during cleansing.

So, back to the question…

Baby soap vs. baby wash: is one really better than the other? The answer is, as long as they meet the above-mentioned criteria, they’re pretty much on equal footing. It’s really more about the context you’ll be using them in.

Soaps have the advantage of familiarity, plus you won’t confuse it with the shampoo bottle. This is great for mums with babies who are active in the bath or are in a hurry as you can hold the soap in one hand and clean your child with the other. Soap also comes in handy (not to mention, fun!) when you are teaching the child to bathe or about bathing in general.

Mums with newborns or babies with sensitive skin will be thrilled to learn about Baby Dove’s Sensitive Moisture Bar.  The bar has been specifically developed for babies with sensitive skin. It is milder and more moisturizing than other baby soaps, with a fragrance developed specially for babies with sensitive skin. It is hypoallergenic and has been ophthalmologist, dermatologist and paediatrician tested that replenishes essential moisture and nutrients lost during the baby’s bath.

Baby wash, on the other hand, is great to have around when bath time is leisurely for you and your child – no need to check if it’s the baby wash or shampoo bottle, you can make bubbles in the water with it, and even let it bob up and down in the bath to your child’s delight!

For many mums, bath time is an adventure – with every day not being the same. Why not get both soap and body wash and see which works better for that day?

Mums, just remember that what’s important is to choose products that were designed with your baby’s needs and delicate skin in mind. The whole Baby Dove Rich Moisture range is dermatologist and paediatrician -tested -, ensuring that you are able to give your baby top care when it comes to cleansing, moisturising, and protecting his skin.

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