“Babies are such a nice way to start people.”
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005 and my daughter was diagnosed in 2012 when she was 10 years old. Gluten in food? No way...we're both hyper-vigilant in maintaining a 100% gluten-free diet. However, it wasn't until Emma and I started breaking out in random rashes that I took a step back and analyzed what we were putting ON our bodies.
Think of your baby's skin as a sponge that absorbs everything you put on it. An example of this absorption that really clicked for me is "the patch" for smokers. I know, not really a baby related example, but think about it for a moment. Applied directly to the skin, the patch delivers nicotine to the body. The skin absorbs the nicotine. So, if you're using shampoos, conditioners, lotions, etc. on your little one that contains gluten, their skin will absorb it.
Don't freak out! There are gluten-free baby shampoos out there. Being a mom of two, I know the last thing you want to do is try to decipher ingredients that sound like baby babble. You're sleep deprived and can't remember the last time you showered and/or brushed your teeth. Luckily, these ten brands (listed in no particular order) offer shampoos made without gluten and all of those scary harsh chemicals. What I love most is that each company is extremely transparent on what goes into their products. Read on for more details!
1. Baby Mantra
3-in-1 Bubble Bath, Shampoo & Wash
Newborn Shampoo & Body Wash
About Baby Mantra: All Baby Mantra products are made in the USA from the finest natural ingredients and contain NO sulfates, NO phthalates, NO parabens, NO Dyes and NO artificial fragrances. In addition, Baby Mantra products are EWG VERIFIED TM, NPA Certified, PETA Certified and Gluten Free. Each product undergoes rigorous scrutiny adhering to the highest standards of skin care resulting in a rating of "1" on EWG's Skin Deep database.
Manufacturer's website: babymantra.com
Shampoo & Bodywash - (No Fragrance) Super Sensitive
About California Baby: It began as one new mom's quest for a safe baby shampoo. While pregnant with her first child, California Baby founder Jessica Iclisoy was shocked to discover carcinogens in products for newborns, so she set out to find a better option. Jessica developed her own recipe for a gentle, calming shampoo & bodywash. Word of mouth spread quickly, and soon a business was born.
Manufacturer's website: californiababy.com
3-in-1 Baby Shampoo Bubble Bath and Body Wash
About I am Happy: Stacy Yamaoka Anderson is a mom of two kiddos and the Founder of I am Happy. I am Happy's goal is to keep your baby happy, healthy & safe. Simplify your busy life as a parent and product juggling with her 3-in-1 baby product.
Manufacturer's website: iamhappy.io
Shampoo - Happy Tangerine, Berry Pomegranate, Unscented, and Calming Lavender
About Little Twig: Years ago, before the natural movement there were very few children's products that did not contain synthetic chemicals, fragrance or allergy causing ingredients. It was during this time that Little Twig's Founder Lenie Ramos was searching for products that her niece could use without having any type of allergic reaction. Her niece's sensitive skin led her to develop this line of truly clean and simple products that anyone can use.
Manufacturer's website: littletwig.com
Natural Daisy's 2-in-1 Shampoo/Body Wash - Super Sensitive Unscented, Calming Lavender and Citrus Fresh
My True Nature came after owner Kelly Boyd's first baby was born. Like many mothers, she wanted to create a safe home environment. But she couldn’t find a line of soaps and shampoos that had 100% natural ingredients and performed as well as typical mainstream products, Kelly decided to start producing them herself. My True Nature's mission is to make bath time truly safe and fun for kids.
Manufacturer's website: mytruenature.net
6. Sweet Baby - Paradise Island Organics
Sweet Baby Natural Shampoo - Unscented, Coconut, Pear, Tropical, and Vanilla
About Paradise Island: Their mission is to create the safest products possible for all little ones. In addition to gluten-free baby shampoo, they offer a gluten-free option for adults.
Manufacturer's website: homesteadmarket.com
Natural Baby Shampoo and Body Wash - Citrus Grove
About Puracy: Puracy has worked with their team of Ph.D. chemists to create a line of proprietary plant and natural mineral-based personal and home products with botanical fragrances that did not have an asterisk at the end. All of their products are uniquely formulated to do more with less. In other words, they last longer, use less packaging, and are made from the purest natural ingredients available.
Manufacturer's website: puracy.com
Foaming Baby Shampoo and Wash - Coconut Care
About Seventh Generation: For more than 25 years Seventh Generation has been formulating plant-based products that are safe and that work. Seventh Generation cares about your baby AND the planet. They're committed to sustainable ingredient choices, such as organic coconut oil, that help protect forest habitats and the animals that call them home.
Manufacturer's website: seventhgeneration.com
Baby Shampoo & Wash - Fragrance Free and Lightly Scented
About Tom's of Maine: Tom and Kate Chappell moved to Maine from Philadelphia in 1968, looking for a healthier, simpler life for their growing family. They discovered the benefits of natural and unprocessed food, and started looking for the same qualities in personal care products. But all they found were labels listing artificial flavors, fragrances, sweeteners, colors and preservatives. So they decided to create their own.
*From Andrew at Tom’s Customer Service: All of our Tom's of Maine products are gluten free.
Manufacturer's website: tomsofmaine.com
Hair and Body Wash
About Tubby Todd: Andrea Faulkner Williams created Tubby Todd as a natural solution for her family’s sensitive skin. For years they struggled with dryness and eczema. Out of those discouragements came a drive and passion to create her own clean, plant-based bath products. Andrea spent years developing and testing them in her own home. She's since grown Tubby Todd into an entire line of 100% simple, safe, and natural products.
Manufacturer's website: tubbytodd.com
As I was researching this article, I was shocked to find several baby shampoos that had "gluten-free" on their labels, however, the ingredients included oats. Yes, oats are naturally gluten-free. With that said, if the oats are manufactured in a facility that processes wheat or other gluten-filled grains, oats become contaminated with gluten from other products. When I reached out to the brands that had oats as an ingredient, they could not guarantee their oats weren't cross contaminated. And this, my lovely friends, is why we need to be advocates for ourselves and our little ones.
I know I'm repeating myself, but please remember to read the ingredient labels whether it's the first or fortieth time you're purchasing a product. At the time of this article, the above products are gluten-free. However, companies can change their formulas and ingredients, so always be vigilant. Okay, mom lecture complete... Learn more about hidden gluten in shampoos here.