Best Toiletries for Babies and Kids—and the Best Toiletry Bags to Carry it All.

The Best Toiletries for Babies and Kids—and the Best Toiletry Bags to Carry it All

Vacation is not the time to wing it when it comes to packing toiletries for babies and kids. For adults, a trip to the pharmacy on vacation can be an unpleasant activity unto itself. For kids, a trip to the pharmacy on vacation is a total nightmare. Sticking with the toiletries you know won't cause an allergic reaction or morning meltdown over yucky toothpaste—is the way to pack. But there are an overwhelming number of toiletries for babies and kids in the marketplace, so we’ve taken the guesswork out of deciding which ones hit the mark. Read on for our picks of the best toiletries for babies and kids and be prepared before your next family vacation—no pharmacy trips necessary.

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Best Toiletries for Babies and Kids


Best Shampoo for Babies

Mustela Gentle Shampoo.

Mustela Gentle Shampoo

This baby shampoo is a top pick among parents looking for something gentle, lightweight, and detangling. The tear-free gel formula cleanses, moisturizes, and rinses easily—and fans say that it’s also excellent for getting rid of cradle cap. The scent is so delicious, every time you catch a whiff you’ll think of kissing your baby’s in the crib before saying goodnight.

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Best Body Wash for Babies

Babyganics Baby Shampoo + Body Wash.

Babyganics Body Wash and Shampoo 

For an organic, non-toxic, fragrance-free body wash at a low price point, look no further than Babygenics foaming cleanser, which gets an average of 4.5 stars from dozens of happy buyers—including parents of babies with sensitive skin. It doubles as a shampoo, so it’ll also save space in your toiletry bag. The pump makes it easy to transfer into travel-size bottles, too. 

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Best Baby Wash for Dry Skin

California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash.

California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash

Cult-favorite brand California Baby makes an excellent baby wash and shampoo combo. It’s a particularly smart pick for little ones who need something that’s extra-gentle and are allergic to things like gluten, oat, soy, and nuts. The plant-based formula is lightweight, hydrating, and scented with French lavender and sage essential oils. Ooh la la, bébé

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Best Toiletry Kit for Babies

The Bitty Bundle of Joy toiletry kit from Fridababy is a treat to travel with and makes a great gift for first-time parents. Hello, baby registry. Everything you need to keep your baby well groomed (and boogie- and gas-free) is packed inside a clear, zippered waterproof carrying pouch to keep it all neat and organized. Easy! 

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Best Washcloth for Babies

High-quality muslin swaddling cloths aren’t easy to find, so when you come across swoon-worthy sets like these, you can justify buying more than one. Each set contains four washcloths, available in seven sweet, modern prints. They’re ultra-soft, lightweight, and made from 100% certified organic cotton. We’re partial to “Around the World,” of course.

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Best Towel for Babies

Elegant Baby® Ducky Bath Wrap Towel in Yellow.

Elegant Baby Ducky Bath Wrap

Whether it's a baby shower gift or a just because purchase, this wrap hooded bath towel is an irresistible buy for baby. The soft velour cotton and cotton terry back is both snuggly and absorbent, and it's sized up to 24 months for years of use. We think it's just ducky (or duckling). 
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Best Body Lotion for Babies

Puracy Organic Baby Lotion, Natural Calming Moisturizer.

Puracy Organic Baby Lotion

This award-winning lotion is the real deal. It was developed by a chemist from MIT, is free from perfumes and chemicals, and made with 70% organic ingredients and clinical-grade vitamins. The lightweight formula has glycerine for deep-hydrating, residue-free cleansing, along with moisturizing jojoba seed, organic sunflower oil, and shea butter. You can’t go wrong deciding between the lavender and grapefruit scents.

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Best Cleansing Wipes for Babies

WaterWipes Sensitive Baby Wipes, Unscented.

WaterWipes Sensitive Baby Wipes

There’s something to be said for keeping it simple when it comes to baby cleansing products. Case in point, these wipes, made with 99.9% purified water and a hint of grapefruit seed extract. They’re hypoallergenic and excellent for babies with sensitive skin for everything from diaper-changing to full-body washes on the fly. 

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Best Baby Bath Accessory for Travel

OKBABY Jelly Bather Bath Support.

Okbaby Jelly Bather Bath Support 

Forget having to awkwardly bathe your baby in the sink while on vacation. This genius accessory is almost like a carrying sling for the bath—plus it’s lightweight and folds flat, making it an excellent item for travel. The mesh cradle fully and gently supports your baby’s body just above the waterline. It comes in hot-pink, blue, or gray.  

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Best Kids Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare for Kids Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush.

Philips Sonicare Kids Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

Toothbrushing: the most dreaded bedtime ritual. Wouldn’t it be a dream to skip standing over your kid and monitoring their nightly oral health habits? This rechargeable electric toothbrush is the answer to parents’ prayers. It has a timer that gradually increases to two minutes, plus musical alerts to remind kids to move the brush around their mouths. It makes toothbrush time way more fun. 

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Best Shampoo for Kids

Fresh Monster, Shampoo Conditioner 2 In 1.

Fresh Monster 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner

Natural shampoo isn’t always the best when it comes to lathering up with lots of suds, but you can count on this 2-in-1 to make giggle-producing monster mohawks in your kid’s hair. The brand’s line of products are all made with 100% natural botanical extracts, not synthetic. Their shampoo is coconut scented, yum!

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Best Body Wash for Kids

Shea Moisture Marshmallow Root & Blueberries Kids 2-in-1 Extra Gentle Lotion Body Wash.

Shea Moisture Marshmallow Root & Blueberries Kids 2-in-1 Extra Gentle Lotion Body Wash

This is one of several products on our list that adults will want for themselves. Fans say it’s worth buying for the scent alone. The super-thick formula is extra moisturizing, made with antioxidant-rich blueberries plus flaxseed and avocado oils to soothe irritated skin. It gets bonus points from us for blueberry-inspired packaging. 

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Best Sensitive Skin Body Wash for Kids

Cetaphil Baby 2-in-1 Hair Shampoo And Body Wash.

Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo

Cetaphil is the go-to drugstore brand that always delivers —and this 2-in-1 body wash shampoo combo gets nearly five stars across the board for value and quality. It’s formulated with organic calendula extract, almond oil, and sunflower oil for ultimate moisturizing, and is also completely hypoallergenic, made without dyes, mineral oil, or parabens. You can trust Cetaphil. 

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Best Bubble Bath for Kids

TruKid Eczema Care Calming Bubble Podz.

TruKid Eczema Care Calming Bubble Podz

These brilliant little bath pods conjure pillows of long-lasting bubbles for instant bath time fun. They’re non-toxic and paraben free, and do the job to moisturize your little ones’ sensitive skin to take away any itchies without leaving a sticky residue. The resealable ziplock bag makes them perfect for travel, too. 

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Best Bath Toy for Kids

Bath time will be a snap with this toy—sure to inspire (safe) monkeying around in the tub. Kids won’t tire of plunging the submarine in the water and watching it pop up above the surface, or pulling the string to activate the propeller and see the monkey zoom across the bath. 

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Best Toiletry Kit for Kids

KAIROS-GO 10-In-1 Kids Travel Toiletry Set.

Kairos-Go 10-In-1 Kids Travel Toiletry Set

Decanting bath and skin products into travel-size containers the night before your flight is always a drag. But this adorable pastel 10-piece travel toiletry kit for kids will ease the burden. The clear, TSA-approved leak-proof carrying case contains super-cute penguin squeeze bottles, screw-top jars, and a handy silicone toothbrush cover, among other items you’ll need for the kids in-flight and at the hotel. 

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Best Body Lotion for Kids

Little Green Kids Nourishing Body Lotion.

Little Green Kids Nourishing Body Lotion

Big and little kids alike will want to slather on this thick but non-greasy lotion. It’s made with Vitamin E, olive oil, and shea butter for locking in moisture, and the aloe and oat extract do wonders for soothing irritated skin. It comes in a convenient two-ounce travel size, too, that you’ll want to leave in your purse post-vacation. 

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Best Cleansing Wipes for Kids

Mustela Cleansing Wipes.

Mustela Cleansing Wipes

Another pick from Mustela, these wipes will take care of grubby hands and cheeks after mealtimes without stripping skin of natural oils, as they’re infused with avocado and aloe. Plan to throw a few extra packs in your suitcase, because they do double duty as a gentle makeup remover. 

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Best Kids’ Bath Accessory for Travel

Puj® 6-Pack Bath Treads.

Puj Bath Treads

You won’t have to worry about slippery hotel room tubs with these sticky no-slip decals. They’re perfect for travel, and come off easily so you can just toss them at the end of your trip. Plus, kids won’t procrastinate at bath time knowing they’ll have fun, colorful circles beneath their feet to step on. Thumbs up for not having to hack safety by using a soggy towel in the tub. 

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Best Toiletry Bag for Kids

Lassig™ Little Monsters Mad Mabel Mini Toiletry Bag in Pink/Blue.

Lassig Little Monsters Mad Mabel Mini Toiletry Bag

Your little monster won’t make a fuss about washing up before bed if they have this toiletry bag. With glow-in-the-dark eyes and teeth, we can’t promise that the monster on the bag won’t inspire bathroom mischief with the light switch. Two mesh pockets and one with a zipper keep everything neat inside, and there’s also a removable mirror and hanging hook. 

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Best Toiletry Bag for Babies

This gray and white striped toiletry bag is so simple and sweet that essential items contained inside are almost a bonus—and it’s under $10. The bath, lotion, and rash products are all hypoallergenic, and free of parabens, dyes, and other harmful ingredients. The wide wrist strap is a smart extra to keep your hands free while carrying your newborn. It's ideal for baby's first overnight at grandma's house. 

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