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The Best (and Most Gentle) Soaps for Babies, According to Experts

Giving a tiny, squirmy newborn a bath for the first time can be nerve-racking, but having the right gear, like a dedicated baby bathtub, helps. Using the right kind of soap matters, too. While there are plenty of baby-safe soaps out there, knowing which ingredients to look for — and which to avoid — can be confusing. “Cleansers don’t need to be harsh to effectively clean,” says Dr. Rachel Nazarian, a dermatologist with the Schweiger Dermatology Group in Manhattan. In terms of ingredients, she says it’s more important to know what to avoid rather than what to look for. “Avoid parabens, fragrance, alcohol, and formaldehyde,” she advises, because they can irritate a baby’s skin.

Dr. Nava Greenfield of Schweiger Dermatology Group agrees that it’s best to avoid soaps with ingredients that may be too harsh for a baby’s skin, like formaldehyde or propylene glycol, because of their potential to cause allergic reactions or rashes. She also suggests looking for products that are free of fragrance, or have a very mild one.

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Source: The Strategist – The Best (and Most Gentle) Soaps for Babies, According to Experts By, Lauren Ro

About Schweiger Dermatology Group

Schweiger Dermatology Group was founded to help make excellent dermatology care accessible throughout the Northeast. In 2010, Dr. Eric Schweiger started the practice with a single location in Midtown Manhattan. When he saw the need for high-quality dermatology care that did not require weeks or months of waiting to see a qualified provider, his vision of a multi-location practice was born.

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