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The Best Soothing Baby Lotions for Baby’s Skin, According to Dermatologists

by Samantha McIntyre


The Best Soothing Baby Lotions for Baby’s Skin, According to Dermatologists
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There is no shortage of skin care products available on the market for babies and, naturally, Mom gets nervous wondering which products are gentle enough to use on her infant’s delicate skin. We’ve consulted with experts to get their opinions on hydrating products that moms should have handy — but don’t worry, there’s no need to break the bank buying lotions for your little one. “You don’t need to spend a fortune to moisturize your baby,” assures Dr. Melanie A. Warycha, MD, FAAD. “Most of these products can be purchased at the drugstore.” One key thing to avoid, she cautions, are scented creams. “It is possible for your baby to be irritated or even allergic to fragrances, so look for unscented products.” Keeping baby’s skin moisturized is most important adds Jeanette M. Black, M.D. “Applying moisturizer regularly after bathing is a great way to maintain moisture in a baby’s skin and prevent skin from drying out. Hydrated skin is healthy skin and prevention can go a long way to avoid rashes and discomfort.” Check out our dermatologist recommended roundup of the best softening moisturizers to keep your baby’s skin silky smooth.

 

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Best Lotion for Babies with Eczema: Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm

Price:$18.00

Dry patches on baby's face and body can cause Mom concern, but baby eczema can easily be treated with the right products to heal irritated skin. "Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm is a thicker product and ideal for babies with eczema or dry skin," says Susan Bard, MD, FAAD, FACMS. "This balm is glycerin-based, making it a heavier, more intense moisturizer without feeling sticky." It is also formulated with natural colloidal oatmeal to calm itchiness for a sweet slumber for your babe.

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Best Lotion for Infants: Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion

Price:$12.00

Gentle enough for everyday use to nourish baby's tender skin, Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion is a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic lotion made with a non-greasy formula that's "not too heavy, making it ideal for babies without underlying skin issues," says Dr. Bard. Perfect for protecting and soothing baby's skin for up to 24 hours.

Best Lotion for Babies with Sensitive Skin: Mustela Soothing Moisturizing Body Lotion

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Best Lotion for Babies with Sensitive Skin: Mustela Soothing Moisturizing Body Lotion

Price:$13.00

Littles with super sensitive skin can sometime show signs of irritation and redness. When looking for a formula that's gentle enough to use daily and free from damaging, harsh chemicals, Dr. Bard recommends Mustela Soothing Moisturizing Body Lotion. "It's formulated for sensitive skin and ideal for those who prefer natural ingredients." This hydrating lotion quickly penetrates for fast relief.

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Best Lotion for Mom and Baby: Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream

Price:$14.00

Can't blame Mom for trying to sneak this soothing Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream out of the nursery! Safe for moisturizing baby's soft skin, this hydrating cream is "hypoallergenic, making it ideal for those with allergies or sensitive skin," says Dr. Bard. The lightweight formula is also amazing for restoring moisture to momma's dry hands and feet.

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Best Lotion for Babies with Dry Skin: Aquaphor Baby Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment

Price:$9.00

Cold winter weather can take a toll on everyone's skin, especially baby’s, which calls for ultra-hydrating products to seal in moisture and relieve dryness. A favorite go-to for Dr. Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, MD, Medical Director of Mudgil Dermatology, is Aquaphor Baby Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment. When using the product on baby, "the key is to apply the moisturizer to slightly damp skin after bathing." This multipurpose emollient works well to heal cracked, dry skin, minor cuts and scrapes, and even treat diaper rash. The best part? "It's inexpensive, readily available and very effective," adds Dr. Mudgil. Mom can't beat that!

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Best Lotion for Baby's Face: CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Lotion

Price:$10.00

This fragrance and paraben-free CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Lotion is formulated with essential vitamins and ceramides to protect those super sweet cheeks from dryness with a hydrating formula designed to relieve irritation and provide a skin-protecting barrier that lasts 24 hours. As for remedies to clear baby's minor facial breakouts? "There is no great over-the-counter remedy for baby acne," explains Dr. Mudgil. "In most cases, this resolves on its own without intervention. Gentle cleansers made for babies by Aveeno, Cetaphil or Aquaphor are a good first step."

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Best Organic Baby Lotion: California Baby Calendula Everyday Lotion

Price:$25.00

When it comes to clean, organic lotions, "California Baby makes several nice products in this arena," adds Dr. Mudgil. Perfect for hydrating and healing, this California Baby Calendula Everyday Lotion nourishes baby's skin with a vitamin E-infused formula for smooth skin and plant-based, natural ingredients to prevent allergic reactions. Great for giving baby a calming massage after bath.