What’s a bath without bubbles? If you ask many kids, they’ll tell you it’s boring. For both adults and children, bubble baths can improve one’s mood, relax the mind, soothe sore muscles, hydrate the skin, and promote better sleep patterns.
But as fun and beneficial as bubble baths can be, many parents are hesitant to introduce it into their child’s bath time routine for fear they may have an adverse reaction to the product. And with so many bubble baths on the market, it’s hard to decide which one is the best option for your child.
While you can never fully prevent the risk of skin irritation, knowing what to look for in a child’s bubble bath can lower the likelihood of a bad reaction. From paying attention to the ingredients to the mildness of the formula, here’s what you need to keep in mind when choosing a toddler-friendly bubble bath.
Pay Attention To Ingredients
Always read the ingredients label when buying new skincare products for your child. Certain ingredients are more likely to irritate your child’s skin or dry it out, whereas others can be moisturizing and soothing. Knowing what to look for (and what to avoid) is key.
Mom Junction recommends avoiding any bubble baths featuring dyes, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. These ingredients are known to be harsh on the body. For example, phthalates have been linked to cancer, fertility problems, and endocrine system disruption. Similarly, parabens are connected to cancer, adverse birth outcomes, and hormonal issues.
It’s best to choose a bubble bath with natural, clean ingredients. The fewer ingredients, the better. Also, try a little sample of the bubble bath on your child’s skin at least 24 hours before to see if they have a reaction.
Choose A Tear-Free Formula
It’s best to choose a tear-free formula, especially if your toddler is fussy about getting water and soap in their eyes. Children are more likely to get bath water in their eyes when they’re splashing around in bubbles. But a tear-free formula is mild, so it won’t sting as much if your child does get it in their face.
Mom Dot recommends Burt’s Bees Baby Bubble Bath for an excellent tear-free option. Promising to be made of 99.8% of ingredients, the formula incorporates sunflower oil, coconut oil, and soy proteins, which are gentle on the skin and eyes.
There Are Options For Sensitive Skin
Some parents are wary of allowing their children to use bubble baths if they have a history of sensitive skin. The last thing you want to do is cause a rash or irritate your child’s skin further. It’s best to choose a bubble bath that’s made for sensitive skin to lower the likelihood of a reaction. These formulas are often made with ingredients that are less harsh and may feature properties to help hydrate and nourish the skin.
For example, some bubble baths contain ingredients to help soothe baby eczema. Live Love Simple recommends Aveeno’s Baby Bubble Bath, which is formulated with oatmeal to help soothe skin irritations. Oatmeal is known to be effective in treating eczema – it helps moisturize the skin, has anti-inflammatory qualities, and can reduce itching.
Scented With Essential Oils
Many parents prioritize fragrance-free skin care options for their kids. But not all fragrances are bad. It’s true artificial fragrances can irritate the skin and have even been linked to long-term health problems. However, opting for a bubble bath that’s naturally scented (such as with essential oils) can add a nice touch to your child’s bath time routine.
For example, Chick Advisor recommends Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bubble Bath for toddlers that take a bath before bed. Made with a variety of essential oils, consumer reviews praise the bubble bath’s mild yet calming scent, which can help kids relax and wind down before it’s time to sleep.
Essential oils are not only great for creating a relaxing environment. They can also help soothe the skin. For instance, lavender is antibacterial and can help heal skin irritations, while tea tree oil is effective in treating acne.
Remember, the best bubble bath for your child will vary depending on their needs and desires. What works for one child may not for another, even if the formula promises to be mild and soothing. Always do a patch test before introducing a new skincare product into your child’s routine and stop using it immediately if they have a reaction.
If your child has a history of sensitive skin or for more information, we recommend speaking to your child’s doctor for their advice on what bubble bath to choose.
Sources: Mom Junction, Live Love Simple, Medical News Today, Chick Advisor, Mom Dot, Fork & Melon,