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Is it possible to make bathtime even better? Yes! Here’s how to ensure that this fun bonding time is as healthy as it is giggly.

Pick SLS-free suds Many conventional soaps and shampoos get their sudes from sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a chemical foaming agent that can irritate the eyes and skin, and pollute the environment once down the drain. Instead, choose natural soaps, like those meeting Whole Foods Market’s Premium Body Care Standards, which are certified to be free of SLS and other harmful ingredients.

Keep toys squeaky clean Toys with holes can trap dirty bathwater, creating a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, says Tanya Remer Altmann, M.D., author of Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5. Disinfect them in a quart of warm water mixed with 1/2 cup white vinegar and let them air-dry thoroughly. Or, try hole-free bath toys like Hevea Pond Bath Toys, which are made of natural rubber latex ($30 for a set of 3,

Say bye to bubbles? For some kids, the perfumes and detergents in bubble bath can irritate the lining of the urethra, causing burning sensations and frequent urination. Switching to unscented or hypoallergenic varieties can help, but if your child continues to experience discomfort or has frequent urinary tract infections, cut out the bubbles and see your pediatrician, says Altmann.

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