August 8, 2013

What’s the Best Lotion for Your Baby?

Like children, baby lotions all have their own personalities, and choosing what's right for your little one may be a bit daunting. While not meant to cure diaper rash, baby lotions are important in keeping your child's beautiful new skin as smooth as, well, a baby's bottom!

Here are some thoughts on a variety of baby lotions and what we think is the best one.

The right baby lotion makes baby happy!

Tried and True
Johnson's Baby Lotion has been used by moms for generations and is proven to moisturize gently. It's the scent that most of us associate with babies -- beautifully fresh and clean.

Keeping up with the times, the Johnson & Johnson Company has also formulated a Natural Baby Lotion that is free of dye and paraben, a chemical preservative. With wide distribution, Johnson's Baby Lotions are often available at discount pricing.

Natural Oatmeal Protection
Colloidal oatmeal, a natural skin protectant recommended by dermatologists, is the primary ingredient in Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion. The non-greasy formula has no alcohols and absorbs quickly. It's also fragrance-free, which won't give you that nice baby smell, but adds to its hypoallergenic status.

From the Birds and the Bees
The makers of popular Burt's Bees products now offer the all-natural Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion Original. Enriched with buttermilk, sunflower seed oil, and shea butter, the clinically proven moisturizer has a soft scent that comes from natural ingredients like flowers and herbs. A fragrance-free version is available for the most sensitive baby skin.

Dubbed a "Lullaby in a Bottle," the Baby Bee Lotion Calming version combines aromatherapy with skin care. Lavender and vanilla botanicals help lull baby to sleep while naturally softening delicate skin.

Noodle & Boo
Named for her two sons, a mom founded Noodle & Boo to deal with the family's hypersensitive skin problems. Super Soft Lotion loads up on antioxidants like vitamins E and C to protect delicate baby skin with a shielding layer against the harsh environment around us. It's also dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic, ensuring the lotion is gentle enough even for your precious newborn. Going beyond the call of duty, Noodle & Boo not only eliminates dyes and paraben; there are no GMOs, sulfates, or essential oils, either.

For the Purists
Many holistic health practitioners stick with the most pure forms of moisturizers rather than lotions. Pure aloe gel is available from a number of vendors including Banana Boat, which touts it for sunburn, and several organic providers including Aubrey and Roots. Many stores also offer generic brands of pure aloe gel.
Olive oil is also praised as a great moisturizer for baby, but going this route, be sure to stick to the lighter versions to avoid a child that smells like a salad!

The natural version of Johnson's Baby Lotion is a sure winner!

If we had to choose just one of these great options, the clear winner is Johnson's Natural Baby Lotion. For moms concerned about the effect of chemicals and petroleum on little ones, any of the natural products are good choices. But Johnson's has the advantage of wide distribution with economical pricing. You can't go wrong with that combination of benefits.

Sarah Boisvert writes on a variety of topics from travel to Suzuki violin lessons, social media to new technology for STEM education. She is particularly interested in health and wellness, organic farming, and cooking.
Photo #1 Credit: "Baby Enjoying By Clapping Hands" by photostock via
Photo #2 Credit: Johnson & Johnson

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  1. Aditi3:11 PM

    I would use Aveeno or Johnson's Naturals. They are most gentle on skin.

  2. Bhama3:12 PM

    Dont use anything scented..they are too delicat


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