Baby Lotion Recommendations

Updated on October 21, 2008
E.S. asks from New York, NY
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I'd like to use a baby lotion on my 10 month old daughter, but everything I've tried seems overly perfumed for a baby. Can anyone recommend a light yet effective lotion that is as natural as possible? Thanks!

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C.L.

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I massage extra virgin olive oil into my sons skin after bathing. This is the only product I have used since he was born. When he was a new born I lathered it on his bottom between each diaper change and he very rarely had diaper rash.

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D.B.

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my Pediatrican recommeded Cetaphyl to me. Now I use both their liquid soap and their lotion exclusively for my baby. and sometimes for me!! They are for "all ages, all stages" hypoallergenic, not perfumed, very gentle...

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T.M.

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If you do some research on baby products using a website like skindeep.org, you'll find out more about the ingredients used and their toxicity. My husband works for J&J and we get all of their J&J and Aveeno products for dirt cheap. However, I choose to use Avalon Organics because they contain less of the chemicals I want to avoid exposing my baby to. My husband thinks I'm crazy, but this is important to me. If you are more mainstream than me, then go with the Aveeno products that everyone seems to like.

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D.S.

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I love the California Baby line. you can get unscented lotion and it's all organic, no parabens and very gentle. Also Burts Bees has a lightly scented but very gentle baby lotion that we used all last winter when our little girl was new :) Those 2 are our favorites.

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A.A.

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Hi, I used aveeno products on my boys and It worked for them. Hope It works for you, good luck.

A.

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C.P.

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Small Wonder® Creamy Baby Oil
8.1 fluid ounces

Baby Soft for Your Oh-So-Soft Baby
Your baby's skin is soft enough without the need for messy oils. Our Creamy Baby Oil is more like a cream than an oil. It provides the same benefits and protection, but it's faster absorbing and less greasy. It's pH balanced and dermatologist tested for delicate skin, and contains soothing vitamin E and allantoin to help prevent dryness and irritation.
http://www.shaklee.net/crystalp/product/30161

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S.R.

answers from Pittsburgh on

We shop at a health and wellness store for all our everyday products,from soap,shampoo,bath and body,cleaning and laundry,to vitamins.So many baby products on the market are full of chemicals,toxins and even cancer causing ingredients.
Here are 2 sites for you to check out
www.concernedmoms.com
www.SwitchStoresForHealthyLiving.com

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M.D.

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I use 100% Jojoba oil that i buy at Trader Joes. Its especially great on hair, skin, scalp. Not very oily once rubbed into skin & there is no smell.

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M.S.

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Aveeno for Babies. I've been using it since my son was born -- he's and I'm still using it. Burt's Bees products are good aalso.

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J.P.

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I like the anything Aveeno and Cetaphil. Cetaphil is a natural lotion that is fragrance free (it was recommended by our pediatrician).

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E.F.

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Aveeno makes a great baby lotion that has no fragrance added and moisterizes really well.

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L.H.

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Cetaphil - you can buy it anywhere from the grocery store, pharmacy, Costco.

M.I.

answers from New York on

Consider no lotion at all. Unless your daughter has a skin problem, most babies do not need any chemicals on their skin. Also consider not using baby wipes. They are not needed. I just use a box of tissues dipped in water and it works perfectly well. Save money and keep your child free from unnecessary chemicals.
If you must use a lotion (although I can't think of a reason why unless your baby has eczema) use one that has NO fragrance. Many fragrances, even those marketed for babies, have phthalates, which are endocrine disrupting chemicals.

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G.C.

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Aveeno is very moisturizing and probably better for your baby than Johnson's, but it also contains petroleum derived ingredients, as do all other mainstream products. Always read labels. Ingredients that are petroleum based include mineral oil, petrolatum, and propylene glycol. Avoid sodium laureth sulfate, parabens, artificial colors, fragrances (synthetic ones are bad, essential oils are fine) and anything that contains "PEG," "xynol," "ceteareth," and "oleth". I was an Aquaphor junkie until I read all the bad stuff about petroleum products and all the impurities that they contain.

California Baby lotion is totally natural, we use it but it could be a little too light for winter. Weleda makes very good, all natural products. Also look into Burt's Bees, Aubrey Organic, Dr. Bronner, and Avalon Organics. And just because they sell it at Whole Foods doesn't mean it's all natural, you should still read labels.

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A.B.

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You don't really need lotion on a baby unless she has a skin problem. If that is the case, I would recommend California Baby super sensitive lotion, and it is available at Target. If your baby has a skin condition, this could be a sign of an underlying allergy, and this lotion does not contain any fragrances, nut oils, soy, dairy, or alcohol which could also influence an allergy.

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M.W.

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Hi E. - You can research lotions at cosmeticsdatabase.com - the website is part of the Environmental Worker's Group (they advocate and with more success as of late for fewer toxins and more environmentally friendly and natural products and means of obtaining them). The website I listed above has different topics at the top of the page. You can choose baby care for this - then choose 'lotions' and it will list different lotions according to their toxicity level. 0 is best - 10 is worst. Someone suggested Arbonne - that one comes up a 5 meaning it is right on the middle. You can then see why each product has the rating it has. Good luck, but I would start there!

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L.D.

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E.,

I use Arbonne's Baby Care line for my children ages 14 months to 8 years. It is botanically based without any oils or perfumes and has worked beautifully on my sons' sensitive skin and eczema. My pediatrician has seen the ingredient lists and is very fond of them. I'd be happy to send you some samples if you like. [email protected]____.com

Good luck,
L.

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M.G.

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Hi E.,
Do not know what you want the lotion for, but the Weleda Calendula Baby Cream is naturally scented with the calendula flower and it takes care of all sorts of diaper rash and other inflammation skin problems. It is a mild antibiotic for surface problems..Get it at any health food store. It is reasonably priced and is a large tube. I like the cream over the gel tube! Contains NO fragrances! You will l love it. I still use it for my self in my med cabinet! Good luck,
M. G

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E.R.

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Why not try a little organic oil, like olive oil or perhaps grapeseed oil (which i used as a massage therapist because it is not too greasy and it is uncommon to have an allergic reaction to it). Anything you put on the skin goes through the body as if you ate it basically. Sodium laureth sulfate is like a poison yet found in most skin/hair care products, so look out for that, as well as alcohol which is drying to the skin. If you like, you can add essential oils to the base of grapeseed for fragrance. Just seek advice on which are best for babies and how much to use.

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P.S.

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Arbonne Baby Care products are the best on the market. Botanically based, no animal products or biproducts, no mineral oil or vaseline(petro chemicals), ph correct, no harmful chemicals, no fragrance, hypo allergenic, pediatrician tested and they work. My daughter had terroble eczema and I used everything the peditrician recommended including steroids and nothing helped until my friend told me about these products and in 4 days her skin ws beautiful. Good Luck. You can check them out at [email protected]____.com
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T.B.

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Aquaphor is excellent! There is no scent at all - and it's very moisturizing. Good Luck.

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S.W.

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Aveeno lotion is great. You can find it lightly scented or unscented. I used the lightly scented for my children and found it in the baby isle in Walmart. It is not over powering at all. hope this helps!

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S.S.

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Hi E., you should try the website skindeep.com they rate all cosmetics and lotions. You should use the purest ingredients on your baby as well as yourself. There are many toxic ingredients in everyday toiletries and these substances get absorbed through our skin and do collective damage over time. Hope you find a good one!
S.

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C.Z.

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AVEENO!!! It's the best! I started using it on my son when he was weeks old as per my pediatrician's recommendation and love it.

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S.C.

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aveeno lotion is great!!

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J.N.

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Eucerin, in the bottle or pump form. The tub is too thick & hard to rub in. I've been using it on my son since he was a few months old & never had a problem!

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M.T.

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Hi E.,
Unless her skin is dry and in need of moisturizer, I'd skip the lotion. Most commercial "baby" products out there like the classic Johnsons are really not appropriate for babies. They're meant to be fun and make your baby smell like perfume. I would stay away from "baby lotion" and just use a good hypoallergenic moisurizer if she needs moisturizer, an Aveeno product or Aquaphor or something like that.
Good luck!

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N.P.

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I started using California Baby soap on my 3 year old. I know they have a whole line of products. It's expensive but all natural and although it has a fragrance it's so pleasant and not too pungent. I buy it at Whole Foods.

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H.J.

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Try Aveeno baby products. The scent is soft and it is a great moisturizer.

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C.B.

answers from New York on

how about almond oil. i bought it in the skin care section of whole foods, and it works like baby oil or lotion. i used it on DD's flaky scalp, as a massage oil, i even put it on my lips and eyes. all natural, no scent. i love it.

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C.G.

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california baby is the most natural out there. no toxins as all others sadly have- even aveeno etc

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A.M.

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i really like the aura cacia baby lotion from frontier co-ops. frontier is a company which offers co-op discount pricing. you can find a ton of online groups which participate in monthly coops(lmk if you need any groups that deal with this). frontier offers lots of other brands of natural or organic products. they carry burts bees for babies too.

you can also check out skin deep. its a website that has products grouped in terms of hazardous ingredients.

california baby is always nice too but $$$

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S.T.

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There is one that I have used is called Invisible Gloves and it's has aloe vera and vitamin E. I use it because my hand dry up like sandpaper and al all things it's the oly thing that helps, plus keep my hands from germs. We used it on our three bys from infancy and up to now and the oldest is 3 1/2 years old. It won't hurt them and people tend to put the other garbage on their own hands and their kids like santizer and that stuff burns if you have cuts and that stuff have sooooo much alcohol that can dry ti up more plus it was on news and a friend of mine said that a child on one on her hands and she got drunk. So, yikes why put something with garbage on your hands and definitely on children's. Anyways, you can get it at EcoQuest International and my website isn't up and running right now but my mother-in-law has a website www.ecoquest.com/truax and check into it. Any more questions or comments, please know they're welcomed and I'll respond ASAP, thanks.

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T.W.

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Our dermatologist recommends nothing but Aveeno products. We used the Aveeno lotion on my son after he had an allergic reaction to hand sanitizer; his hands cracked and bleed, the lotion did not burn like the others did and it doesn't have that strong perfume odor, plus it is safe for use on babies.
T.

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W.K.

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My company has a baby line that is certified organic to food standards... natural and safe, you wont find a single chemical or toxin in our products... www.trulypure.mionegroup.com

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D.

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I used Burt's Bee's, Baby Burt's last year for my daughter. she was only 6-7 mos then. It's made with buttermilk. And I didn't think it's overly powerful smell wise. I was even able to use it on her face. Most of their stuff is more then 90% natural.

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C.C.

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I've used olive oil on my girls (I like the fact that it's edible and a very little goes a very long way) - I learned that in a baby massage class. I love aveeno for those times you're concerned with having them too oily.

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K.W.

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I have used Aveeno Baby for both of my daughters.

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I.J.

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Try the Arbonne Baby Care line. I. #17222859

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S.C.

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Aveeno or Aquaphor are great. A little expensive but not perfume smell.

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A.H.

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The one that is the least likely to give your child a rash is Aquaphor or just plain vaseline. Those are the only ones, per my pediatrician who has been in practice for about 30 years, that he has never seen a reaction to. I put Burt's Bees on my baby once, and she got a horrible rash from it. Aveeno should be okay - I use Aveeno Bath on my baby with no problems.

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C.B.

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Hi E.,
I recomment to look in a health food store for the lotion or you can contact me and I will tell you where to shop for lotions and other nontoxic products for your home and baby.
C.
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