Written by Tenley Haraldson. Medically reviewed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Julie Jackson, MD, FAAD.
Most children have a blast during bath time – especially when they’re surrounded by rich foam and their favorite bath toys. But is bubble bath safe for babies and toddlers, especially if they have sensitive skin? And when can babies have a bubble bath, anyway?
Under the advice of Dr. Julie Jackson, MD, FAAD, we walk you through creating the safest, most enjoyable baby bubble bath possible.
Does Bubble Bath Clean You?
Not only are bath suds great for cleaning the body, but they also add a lot of fun! The gentle, coconut-based cleansers in Puracy Natural Bubble Bath are specially formulated to gently remove grime and dirt while nourishing sensitive skin.
When Can Babies Have Bubble Baths?
Bubble baths just aren’t necessary for newborns, as they’re already born with a waxy barrier (called the vernix caseosa). You really don’t need to use anything except warm water.
An infant bubble bath also isn’t necessary, since they still aren’t entertained by the foam – and you’re doing all of the work while they sit in a supportive baby bath! Around 1-2 months old, a small amount of unperfumed shampoo and body wash can be used to gently cleanse hair and between skin folds.
When your baby starts recognizing bubbles and is able to sit up on their own, bubble baths can be an incredible sensory experience. To avoid urinary tract infections and skin reactions, however, it’s important to choose unscented bubble baths that are formulated specifically for sensitive skin.
Note: No matter how “shallow” the water level is, infants and small children should never be left unattended during bath time.
For toddlers and older kids, bubble baths are generally fine, assuming that the product is formulated with gentle ingredients and no synthetic perfumes.
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4 Bubble Bath Ingredients to Avoid
According to the National Eczema Association, many personal care products contain harsh ingredients that can cause redness, burning, itching, allergic reactions, and more. These can include (but aren’t limited to):
1. Artificial Fragrances
Artificial fragrances can contain hundreds of separate chemicals. Thanks to “trade secret” confidentiality, the FDA doesn’t require manufacturers to list all of those ingredients (except color additives).
Over 30% of Americans experience irritation from scented products, ranging from sneezing, dizziness, concentration issues, rashes, hives, and contact dermatitis. This is far more prevalent in populations with asthma and chemical sensitivities.
To delicately scent our products, Puracy only uses natural essential oils.
Many manufacturers use phthalates to preserve synthetic fragrances and bind ingredients together. However, phthalates have suspected links to a wide variety of health and developmental conditions including:
- Child asthma
- Behavioral disorders
- Weight issues/obesity in young females
- Early onset puberty
- Male reproductive issues
In personal care products, sulfates (e.g. SLS, SLES) are inexpensive effective detergents that help to create that “perfect lather.” Unfortunately, sulfates in personal care products can strip away the skin’s natural moisture.
What’s more, SLS concentrations over 2% are known to cause skin irritation – especially in people with sensitivities. Household cleaning products typically range anywhere between 1% and 30%, and those concentrations can be even higher in personal care products.
4. Formaldehyde & Formaldehyde Releasers
While you wouldn’t think that a known carcinogen would be used in personal care products, formaldehyde is often added as a preservative and antibacterial ingredient. It’s therefore wise to avoid the following ingredients:
- Formic aldehyde
- Methyl aldehyde
- Methylene glycol
- Methylene oxide
Even if formaldehyde isn’t used in a product formulation, multiple chemical combinations can still release formaldehyde. It’s recommended to avoid products that use:
- diazolidinyl urea
- DMDM hydantoin
- imidazolidinyl urea
How Long Should My Kids Be in the Tub?
Depending on your child, every bath session will probably be different. One night, they might be happy to play in the tub until it’s time to get out. The same week, they might be a screaming banshee before you even turn the water on.
“For children with eczema or sensitive skin, limit bath time to 10-15 minutes. Use lukewarm water (not hot), avoid scrubbing skin, and choose gentle, pH-balanced cleansers instead of harsh soaps. Pat skin dry, then apply an organic lotion immediately after tub time to lock in moisture.”
- Dr. Julie Jackson, MD, FAAD.
How to Get Soap out of a Child’s Eyes
We’ve worked with pediatricians and PhD chemists to formulate extra-gentle products, but bath products can still get into eyes. And even though Puracy formulas won’t cause tears and pain like many other products, your child probably won’t be thrilled. If Puracy suds get into your baby or child’s eyes, simply wet a washcloth with lukewarm water and gently wipe them away.
Choose the Best Baby Bubble Bath
No matter how old you are, bathtime should be a happy experience for everyone. Thanks to its 99.5% natural ingredients, Puracy Baby Bubble Bath is an unbelievably luxurious formula that offers rich foam and a delicate scent of lavender and vanilla.