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Best Organic Baby Shampoo For A Happy Bathtime

Don’t get in a lather trying to find the best organic baby shampoo. Here are my favourite brands for an eco-friendly bath time.

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I’ve written a lot about eco-friendly shampoo and solid shampoo bars. However, if you have young babies you might be looking for something specifically formulated for their delicate skin.

That’s where organic baby shampoo comes in. However, it’s a bit of a tricky market to navigate. Even in the baby shampoo market, there is a lot of greenwashing going on. And not only that but clever tricks to make you feel like you’ve made a green purchase, when really your purchase may be no different to a conventional baby shampoo. Just perhaps with a higher price tag.

The Heatlh Beauty Product Problem

When brands use the word organic on their products, this means that they contain ingredients that are grown organically. In short, this means the ingredients have been grown without the use of harsh chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides.

This move is great. However, particularly in the UK, there is currently very little in the way of regulations around beauty product labelling. This means that there are no regulations around the minimum quantity of organic ingredients your baby shampoo should contain, in order to be able to say that the product is organic. Any brand or beauty product could technically label its product as natural or organic. This is even if the product contains as little as 1% organic or natural ingredients.

What To Look For

Whilst it is a minefield, there is some help. There are things to look out for to ensure that your baby shampoo (or any other health or beauty product for that matter) is the real deal.

Independent COSMOS Organic certification, spearheaded by the Soil Association, for example, is a good one to look out for. This certification guarantees that 95% of all physically farmed ingredients are organic. It also ensures that at least 20% of the total ingredients are organic. Although, do note that for rinse-off products, such as shampoo, at least 10% of the total ingredients must be organic. 

The Best Organic Baby Shampoos

Image of a baby being bathed, with a blue text box that says the best organic baby shampoo for a happy bath time.

Now let’s wash that greenwash out of our hair. Here are my favourite organic baby shampoo brands that, when it comes to their ingredient labels, aren’t hair-raising.

Green People

Green People’s Organic Babies Baby Wash & Shampoo* (£9.50 for 150 ml) is a scent-free and ultra-gentle organic shampoo, bubble bath, and body wash in one. Its gentle ingredients make it suitable even for newborn babies.

Containing 85% certified organic ingredients, it’s gentle and non-irritating for daily use. Aloe vera helps to naturally protect delicate skin from dryness and irritation. Meanwhile, the gentle natural cleansing properties of German Chamomile and Yucca help to retain natural skin and scalp oils. This means it’s suitable for even the most sensitive skin. This includes skin prone to eczema, psoriasis & dermatitis.

As well as being certified organic, this baby shampoo is also certified vegan and certified cruelty-free.

In terms of packaging, this baby shampoo is packaged in plastic. However, the plastic Green People use is derived from recyclable and renewable sugarcane, rather than fossil fuels. Some biodegradable plastics do interfere with the recycling process and should be avoided. However, Green People say that sugarcane-based plastics can be easily recycled at any Local Authority run plastic kerbside recycling scheme.

Whilst it is on the expensive side, I’ve found the shampoo to be very concentrated. As such, a little does go a long way.

Buy Green People’s Organic Babies Baby Wash & Shampoo* for £9.50 directly from Green People.


Odylique Organic Gentle Wash & Baby Shampoo

Odylique organic baby wash and shampoo

Odylique’s Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo* (£11.50 for 200 ml) contains 70.3% certified organic ingredients of natural origin. In plain English, this includes aloe vera juice, coconut and corn-based cleansers, as well as extra virgin olive oil, and palm oil-free vegetable glycerine. Meanwhile, chamomile and calendula herbs, as well as chamomile and lavandin essential oils, provide a soothing scent that can also help calm any skin irritation.

Suitable for babies over 3 months of age, this extremely gentle and moisturising bath wash and shampoo helps to maintain the natural oil and acid balance of a baby’s skin.  Its olive oil content also helps to naturally tackle cradle cap.

As well as being certified organic by the Soil Association, this baby shampoo is also COSMOS Certified Organic. Additionally, it’s also certified cruelty free and is vegan friendly, and palm oil-free.

Although it does come in a plastic bottle, this is made from recycled plastic. It is also fully recyclable at your kerbside.

Buy Odylique’s Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo* from Ethical Superstore for £11.50.


Beaming Baby

Beaming Baby’s Organic Shampoo and Bodywash* (£11.99 for 500 ml) contains 80% certified organic and vegan-friendly ingredients.

Hypoallergenic and PH balanced, each bottle contains over 70 ml of organic aloe vera that heals, moisturises, and nourishes baby’s sensitive skin. And free from alcohol, parabens, sodium Laureth sulphate (SLS), perfume, and colourings, it’s gentle enough for use every day. It’s also particularly soothing for babies with nappy rash, eczema, or sensitive skin.

Whilst you do get more for your money with Beaming Baby’s shampoo, I would say this one is quite thin and watery compared to other brands.

Again, Beaming Baby bottles are packaged in plastic. However, Beaming Baby says that the bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic, and can be recycled again.

Buy Beaming Baby shampoo* from Amazon.


Neal’s Yard Baby Bath and Shampoo

Neal's Yard baby bath and shampoo

Whilst not certified organic, Neal’s Yard Baby Wash and Shampoo* (£8.50 for 200ml) does contain a decent percentage of organic ingredients.

This gently cleansing wash for skin and hair blends organic lavender and chamomile essential oils with mild, vegetable-based cleansers. These tend to the delicate skin and hair of babies without irritation. Just a little is needed to create a gentle foam.

Do note that some labels recommend using this shampoo only on babies aged 3 months and over. Neal’s Yard says that this shampoo is gentle enough for newborns who weigh at least 3kg / 6lb 10oz. However, they say their labels will be updated accordingly.

Buy Neal’s Yard Baby Bath & Shampoo* from Naturisimo for £8.50.


As always, I will keep updating this list as I come across any more great brands. And do let me know if you have any organic favourites.

Do also check out my eco-friendly baby essentials if you are looking for more eco-friendly baby ideas.

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How To Talk About Climate Change to Children

how to talk to kids about climate change

Talking to children about climate change can be daunting. Where to start, what to say, what to do, it can be tough figuring it all out. Here are some hints and tips from parents who have been there before, as well as some useful climate change resources for you and your kids.

In the early years, I thought I had parenting all figured out. Reusable nappies, check. Wooden toys, check. Reusable baby wipes, check. Hand-me-down baby clothes, check. What more could there be to bringing up a child in an eco-conscious way?

Then my kids started to grow up, and now I have a 10-year-old and a 6-year-old on my hands. They are influenced by what their friends are doing, what they see on TV and on social media, and more. It makes green parenting much harder than I ever could have imagined.

And then there’s the responsibility of talking to your children about big issues, such as climate change. That certainly wasn’t in any parenting manual I came across.

How To Talk To Children About Climate Change

Tips on talking to kids about climate change

It can be daunting talking to your kids about an issue as big, complicated, and scary as climate change. However, here are some tips about chatting to them about climate change at any age that will hopefully help make it less daunting for you. I’ve also got some resources for you if you feel like your climate change knowledge is lacking. And I’ve got child-centric climate change resources for your kids if they want to learn more at their own pace.

Tailor Your Approach When Chatting to Children About Climate Change

When I talk to my kids, I tailor my approach to make it age-appropriate. What I talk to my 10-year-old about climate change isn’t necessarily what I talk to my 6-year-old about.

With my 6-year-old, we chat more about nature and the environment. We chat about things that harm the environment, and positive things we can do to help the environment.

I’ve also found it’s easy to talk about changing weather patterns and how that links to climate change without it going too far over her head. More rain and more wind is an easy one to understand, that can be done without it sounding too scary.

My 10-year-old knows and understands a lot more, so we chat about more in-depth issues when she wants to. Sometimes she’ll come to us with questions about climate change, that we try to answer truthfully to the best of our knowledge.

That being said, you might be surprised what your child already knows or understands about climate change. If your kids are older, ask them what they already know. It can be a great starting point for you to chat a little more.

Make Your Daily Life A Learning Experience

reusable products to help against climate change

You don’t have to go straight into the climate change chat head first. Instead, I started out when my kids were toddlers by always trying to make our daily life a learning experience.

It can vary depending on your life, and the things you do. How it looked for us is that I would chat to my kids on the walk to school about why walking is great for us and great for the environment. When we took the bus, train, or tram, it was a great time to chat about why public transport is better for the environment than taking the car. I got my kids to help me wash our reusable products, and I would chat about why reusable products are better for the environment than single-use.

Anything can be a learning experience or a talking point. And by giving your kids this bank of knowledge of positive changes that you can take to help the environment, can then be a useful step towards talking about some of the bigger climate change issues at a more age-appropriate time.

Focus On Action And Hope

I talked to Jen Gale, writer of the site Sustainable(ish) and author of the brilliant The Sustainable(ish) Guide to Green Parenting, about chatting to kids about climate change. One of her top recommendations that I love is focusing on action.

Jen says: “It’s very easy to get paralysed and overwhelmed. Focus on the things that you can do as a family, and especially if there’s anything that they can take ownership of at the age they are.”

Jen also recommends turning to the famous Fred Rogers quote, which says “Look for the helpers. You can always find people who are helping”. In the case of climate change, Jen recommends focusing on the positive stuff that other people are doing around the world. Jen says “there are so many amazing and inspiring stories out there to share.” Bringing hope to your climate change conversations can help kids to avoid feelings of overwhelm, and helps them focus on solutions.

Make It Clear The Grown-Ups Are Responsible

Something I am hyper-keen to instill in my children is that it isn’t kids who are responsible for taking action on climate change. Whilst the media likes to focus on young climate activists, as a parent I feel that many children unfairly take the burden when it comes to demanding action on climate change when it’s us adults that really need to step up.

I want my kids to have a childhood. So I make a point of talking to them about the adults and organisations doing great things for our planet and for people. I talk about local climate community work. And I talk to my kids about personal choices that my partner and I make – from walking and using public transport where we can, to not eating meat, to using ethical banks that don’t fund fossil fuels, and voting for parties with green policies.

community litter pick

Keep It Local

When talking to young children about climate change, Jen also recommends keeping things local and tangible.

Jen says “It’s hard enough for us as adults to grasp that turning our lights off might make a difference to the size of the polar ice cap, let alone for our kids. Things like litter picking are great, as it’s really easy to see both a cause and effect. You also feel like you’ve made a real difference. Dare I say it, it can also be quite fun too..!”

As a little 8 year old, litter picking was the first environmental activity I took part in. It definitely helped me establish that cause and effect that Jen talks about. This simple activity led me to want to learn more about the environment and ways to help. Being able to physically show them that other people are working towards a common goal can help give them encouragement and hope.

Alternatively, follow any local environmental charities. Then lookout for local family-friendly events that they might organise that you can take part in.

I’ve also taken my kids along to climate marches before. Something like this may or may not be suitable or accessible for you and your kids. However, I found it was a great way to tangibly demonstrate that it’s not just our family who are concerned about the climate.

Nuture A Love of Nature

Even if your kids are too young to talk to about climate change, you can help spark a love of the environment by nurturing a love of nature.

Jen says “We only protect what we love, and kids are fascinated by the world around them from a very young age. Nurture that natural curiosity. Point out nature when you see it, note the changing seasons, talk about how you can encourage more wildlife into your garden if you have one. There’s a great free app called ‘Seek’ from The WWF that allows you to take pictures of any plants, bugs, animals you see and then IDs them for you. My kids love using this.”

Watch The News

What also got me interested in all things environmental was my dad’s viewing habits. You see, whenever he was home from work, he always had the news on.

Seeing and hearing all this news from a young age really helped me connect the dots between the impacts of man and climate change.

Now, I don’t shy my kids away from the news. I find it good for them to know what’s going on in the world, within reason. They watch Newsround at school, which provides kid-centric news, without shying away from big issues. Then we chat about the news at home. Chatting about what they’ve seen on the news, helps them process what they’ve seen. And for climate change stories, it can help to discuss this further with adults rather than internalising negative emotions.

Useful Climate Change Resources For Children (And Adults!)

child holding pine cones

It can be daunting talking to kids about climate change. Especially if you don’t feel like you have the knowledge to be able to do so. Thankfully there are some really useful kids climate change resources that you can tap into, or let your kids have a look at by themselves.

Climate Change: The Facts

Whilst you certainly don’t need to have all the answers before you chat to your kids, you might find it helpful to have a little background knowledge. If you need an easy-to-understand primer about climate change, then watch David Attenborough’s Climate Change: The Facts before you talk to your kids. This is a no-nonsense guide to climate change that makes it easy to understand the causes of climate change and its impacts, as well as things we can do.

For older kids, it’s also a great introduction to climate change. My daughter watched this at 8 and it didn’t terrify her. However, I’d recommend watching it first before you decide if it’s suitable for your kids.

BBC Newsround

BBC’s Newsround has a useful short introduction to climate change that can make for a great starting point for a conversation.

WWF

For kids aged 7 to 11, the WWF has a useful and free downloadable climate change pack for teachers. You don’t have to be a teacher to download it, and it is full of useful climate change talking and learning points.

NASA’s Climate Kids

NASA has a really great website devoted to teaching kids about climate change and getting them talking. Here you’ll find games, activities, videos, and the answer to big climate change questions. From explaining what the greenhouse effect is, to how do we know the climate is changing, to the difference between weather and climate, and explaining what is climate change, it’s all here for kids to explore at their leisure.

Do you have any other tips about talking to children about climate change? Do share!