Is Baby Shampoo Dangerous?


If you’ve been following the news, then you’ve heard about the new study that reveals baby shampoo may contain dangerous chemicals linked to reproductive problems. While this particular study may be new, the issue certainly isn’t. In fact, many studies have already shown several chemicals we use every day aren’t safe over the long haul. (See my review of the book Exposed if you’d like to study up on this on your own.)

So what do we do when faced with facts like this? If you’ve read The Mommy Spot for very long, you’ll know I advocate taking the natural route first. If you do that, you don’t have to pay too much attention to news articles like this. My recommendations for a safe baby shampoo alternative are castile soap or a vegetable glycerin. While these are not pretty smelling (Dr. Bronner’s castile soap does come with essential oils if you wish), they are all-natural and contain none of the chemicals you’re reading about in the news.

Castile and glycerin soaps are not only great for shampoo, but they make a healthy alternative to regular soap as well. Use it in the bath, the kitchen, or at the sink. If you want, you can add a couple drops of your own essential oil to customize the scent. (For babies, stick with gentle fragrances like chamomile or one or two drops of rosemary.) Since they’re so gentle, you don’t have to be concerned with irritating baby’s skin either.

Once you know the great, old-fashioned alternatives, you don’t have to wonder if your baby shampoo, or any other product around the house, is dangerous or not. You already know – it’s healthy, it’s safe, it’s natural.