Best Baby Lotions of 2023
Best Baby Lotions of 2023
January 5, 2023

Best Baby Lotions of 2023

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Best Baby Lotions of 2023

There’s something magical about baby skin—it’s soft, silky and always smells good.

But with bath time, cold weather, skin sensitivities like eczema or skin that can be more prone to dryness in general, like that of Black babies, you may need to reach for the lotion to combat dryness. Since delicate baby skin is sensitive to irritants like fragrances, dyes and harsh chemicals, it’s even more important to choose a lotion that’s made with gentle ingredients.

With safe, soothing formulas in mind, these are our favorite baby lotions.

Multipurpose Protection

Although more of an ointment than a lotion, Aquaphor is an effective, affordable and multipurpose staple that’s great for just about anything. The clear ointment is the perfect spot treatment for irritated skin, dry patches, minor cuts, diaper rash, chapped lips and rosy cheeks from too many nose wipes. Preservative and fragrance-free, it also delivers gentle skin protection wherever your baby needs it, especially if you live somewhere with cold winters.

Great for Everyday Use

Not every baby needs lotion every day, but if your little one does, Aveeno Baby’s Daily Moisture is a great choice. It’s made from a natural blend of oatmeal and a few different emollients to help soothe and protect your little one’s skin. It’s also non-greasy, making it ideal for everyday use. It’s hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.

Herbal Healer

Babies smell delicious on their own, but Earth Mama’s Sweet Orange lotion is the icing on the cake. Made with organic herbs and oils (and created by a nurse/herbalist), this moisturizing blend of natural ingredients is extra gentle on delicate baby skin. Better yet, it’s free of petroleum, parabens, artificial fragrance and preservatives. It’s also available in Calming Lavender and Natural Non-Scents.

Super Salve

Honest’s All-Purpose Balm is the jack-of-all trades. It combines certified organic and plant-based ingredients (like organic sunflower, olive and coconut oils) for the ultimate skin-soothing salve. Parents love the peace of mind in knowing it’s made without petroleum jelly, mineral oil, lanolin, parabens, synthetic fragrances and dyes. Apply anywhere skin is dry, sensitive or chapped for much-needed moisturizing and healing—diaper rash included!

Clean Formula

There’s a lot that’s not in Pipette’s baby lotion—and that’s what parents love about it. The clean formula is made with no synthetic fragrances and is non-toxic, hypoallergenic and tested by dermatologists. It’s a good everyday lotion that uses plant-derived ingredients to gently moisturize your baby’s skin as well as prevent dryness and irritation.

For Sensitive Skin

If you’re already a fan of Dove’s adult skin and hair care line, you’ll probably feel similarly about their babycare products. This Baby Dove lotion is specially formulated for sensitive skin and made from skin-natural nutrients that are identical to those naturally found in skin. The 24-hour formula is free from sulfates, dyes and parabens. A portion of proceeds even go to support maternal mental health through a partnership with Postpartum Support International.

Eczema Relief

If your little one is prone to eczema, this miracle cream improves and clears up itchy, red, dry skin fast. Parents rave about how well ingredients like soothing natural oatmeal work to minimize discomfort and improve irritated little faces and bodies. And you can rest assured it’s fragrance, dye and steroid-free. Just keep in mind that this lotion shouldn’t be used with babies under three months old.

Sweet Scents

Founded in 2014, the founders of Tubby Todd created the brand as a gentle solution to their family’s sensitive skin needs. Their Everyday Lotion is thick and creamy, so a little goes a long way. It’s also extra-gentle and non-greasy, made from natural extracts and plant-based ingredients. We love this lavender and rosemary scent, but be sure to check the brand’s website regularly for fun, special edition and seasonal scents that are just as delicious.

Calming Calendula

Cetaphil is trusted for being gentle on all skin types, so you can feel confident using it daily on each of your baby’s delicate, chubby rolls. With extract from the calendula flower—a natural anti-inflammatory and calming agent—this lotion is perfect for little ones with eczema or especially rough, dry skin. And with sweet almond and sunflower oils, it smells absolutely amazing.

Max Moisture

Pop quiz: what’s a ceramide? Considering you were probably awake four times last night, we won’t really make you answer. Ceramides are oils naturally found in skin. They keep the moisture barrier strong and prevent itchiness and dryness. CeraVe products put ceramides back where you need them most. Their baby lotion works its ceramide-plus-vitamin magic on delicate baby skin, without parabens, phthalates or fragrances. And it has the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.

Classic Favorite

Last but definitely not least, if you’re in the market for a hint of nostalgia, Johnson’s has got you covered. This classic pink bottle has been a nursery staple for parents for decades. The new-and-improved formula is made with 50% fewer ingredients that’s free of dyes, parabens and phthalates as well as harsh fragrances. Coconut oil helps to gently nourish your baby’s skin for 24 hours and keep it soft and moisturized.

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