Bathing Newborn Baby: Elizabeth Anne's Purity Special Baby Shampoo
I have quite a few great products that I discovered after having my baby, but I would like to tell you about my favourite newborn baby bath product.
It's called Elizabeth Anne's Purity Special Baby Shampoo, and is quite unique as far as I know. It is an emulsion, which means it is more like a lotion than a normal clear foamy wash. What some people may not like about it is that it doesn't really foam. But, considering the vulnerability of a newborn's skin, that is actually really an advantage. I will try to explain why.
A normal baby wash is surfactant based, which means it has a specific type of cleaning agent (which causes it to foam also) and which strips away oily substances. That means oily dirt gets washed away (perfect for washing clothes and dirty dishes), but the skin's natural oils also get stripped away, leaving it without it's protective layer. Of course you would put lotion on afterwards to restore the moisture and oil content, which is mostly OK if it's your own grown up skin.
Problem is, your little baby's skin should not be fiddled with too much yet and is capable of maintaining good health without much disturbance. Disturbing the natural chemistry of the skin, especially the pH, can cause a whole range of problems including irritation, blemishes, cradle cap and so on. In any case, except for a few (very specific :)) areas and possible "spillage" incidents, your newborn will hardly get close to anything you can call "dirty" for quite a while still!
I was advised (at my antenatal class) to use a type of emulsifying ointment (Epizone E) when bathing my baby during her first few months to avoid stripping (and thereby drying out) the skin too much. An emulsifying ointment also dissolves oily dirt, but to a way lesser extent and while replacing moisture and oils at the same time, which makes it much less harsh on sensitive skin. This also applies to aqueous cream (like Epizone A), which I agree is also much better for baby's skin than 'n normal foamy baby wash. I believe that both of these are safe options for newborn baby skin care.
But when trying it out I really found the emulsifying ointment to be very waxy and difficult to use in the bath. Also, you had to stick your hand directly into the tub to get some and I always got some water into the product tub that way - a sure way to contaminate your product with all sorts of unwanted microorganisms like bacteria and fungi.
Being into cosmetic formulation I am always checking labels and ingredient listings of products in shops, and this is how I discovered Elizabeth Anne's Purity Special Baby Shampoo. It has a runny lotion consistency so you can buy it in a pump bottle (very convenient) and that makes it very pleasant to use in the bath. You won't see any foam but it still cleanses properly, which I could see by the condition of my baby's hair after washing it. It made her hair soft and shiny without a trace of greasiness, provided you rinsed it out properly.
The product does have some fragrance in it (a soft pleasant rose geranium type smell) which may cause a skin reaction in a (very limited) few cases, but the chances are quite slim because baby product fragrances normally get chosen specifically for their low irritation potential (not all "perfumes" are equal!).
Finally, the proof is in the pudding. I used it for my first born for at least until one year old and loved the results. So with my next baby I think I will probably start of (just to be extra careful) by using aqueous cream for bathing my newborn for a few days, then I will swich over to Elizabeth Anne's Purity Special Baby Shampoo.
I highly recommend it to other moms, especially new moms who need stuff that is easy to use!