Best Baby Lotions of 2020

Best Baby Lotions of 2020

April 26, 2020

Best Baby Lotions of 2020

Best Baby Lotions of 2020
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The best baby lotions for newborn sensitive skin. Natural and organic products, plus standby budget favorites according to parents. Add your favorite baby lotion to your baby registry. Best Baby Lotions of 2020

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

But between bath time and cold weather, 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, choose a gentle lotion that’s made with gentle ingredients.

Not sure where to start to find out what’s good and what’s not? The Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database is a great resource for learning what all that stuff on the label really means. (The rating system works on a 1-10 scale from low to high hazard.) EWG researchers scour the ingredient lists of products and rate each one based on the potential hazards and health concerns, so you can make a truly informed purchase.

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

Multipurpose Protection

This clear ointment is the perfect multipurpose “spot treatment” for irritated skin, dry patches, minor cuts, diaper rashes, chapped lips and rosy cheeks from too many runny nose wipes. (You won’t want to leave home without it, especially in the winter!) Preservative and fragrance free, it delivers gentle skin protection wherever your baby needs it.

Pediatrician Recommended

As fun as it is to apply lotion on your tot (and squeeze those cute baby leg rolls), you won’t have to do it often with Aveeno Baby. What’s the secret? Oatmeal. This key ingredient helps get dry skin back to a normal pH, maintain the moisture and prevent more dryness. Fast-absorbing and non-greasy, this fragrance-free cream works its magic 24/7, and it’s clinically proven to reduce itching and irritation caused by eczema.

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!

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. PS: Earth Mama is the updated name of the Earth Mama Angel Baby brand, in case you thought it sounded familiar.

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-inflamatory 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.

Timeless Scent

Since the ’50s, parents have been loving the sweet, nostalgic scent of Baby Magic lotion. While the scent hasn’t changed too much over the generations, the ingredients certainly have. In 2019, Baby Magic updated their formula to include more wholesome ingredients (like shea butter and marshmallow root) and completely eliminate sulfates, mineral oil, dyes, parabens, phthalates, talc and lanolin. So you can pass the tradition of this timeless brand (now with a new bunny mascot!) and feel-good ingredients onto your little one.

Max Moisture

Pop quiz: what’s a ceramide? Considering you probably were up at least four times in the 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.

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. But keep in mind: unlike Aveeno’s eczema lotion, Eucerin shouldn’t be used with babies under three months old.

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