When Can You Put Lotion on a Baby?

Despite the silky nature of newborn skin, babies can experience dry skin and can also develop a variety of skin ailments from dryness to rashes. It’s important to know what products are healthy to use and when you can start using lotion on your new baby’s skin.

According to Kaiser Pemanente, many newborns usually will not need to use a moisturizer. Newborns may have peeling skin but this is normal. If it seems like your baby suffers from dry skin or eczema, a moisturizer should be used. Your baby can also develop dry patches that may go away on their own but if dry skin persists, we recommend consulting your physician before starting any skin regimen on your baby, especially if you’re treating a skin condition. A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that infants with a daily application of moisturizer had a 32 percent risk for developing eczema compared to 47 percent of the control group.

If you get the okay to start using lotion on your newborn, we always recommend organic products, and definitely ones that don’t contain any synthetic dyes or fragrances, as baby’s skin is very sensitive. As a way to stay on top of your baby’s dry skin, it’s always helpful to carry a travel-sized lotion around as well.

Erbaviva offers a variety of moisturizers formulated for baby. When choosing which type of moisturizer to use, it can depend on the desired consistency and level of hydration needed. When comparing Erbaviva’s baby moisturizers, the lotion would be the lightest, followed by the cream, then the butter and balm, with the oil being the heaviest and providing the most moisture.

Easy to apply, Erbaviva's Baby Lotion is carefully crafted with natural emulsifiers and organic oils to moisturize sensitive skin. It's scented with a custom blend of mandarin and chamomile essential oils.

The Baby Butter is crafted with fair trade cocoa butter with calming oils of lavender and chamomile. The butter contains ingredients that deliver moisture and benefits to the skin. It’s also USDA Organic, which is a food grade certification where ingredients used are 95% certified organic, free from synthetic additives – this means it’s so clean that you can eat it!

If you're looking for deep hydration, check out the Baby Oil. It's perfect for a moisturizing massage and keeping skin balanced. It's infused with Vitamin E in a beneficial base of almond, jojoba, and safflower oils.

Here are some ways to reduce dry skin on your baby:

  • Try to limit the amount of baths you give your newborn because bathing dries out the skin. Because bathing dries the skin, moisturize after every bath.
  • Avoid using drying soap while bathing your baby because this can further take moisture out from their skin.  

So if your newborn is prone to dry skin, it is safe to use lotion to moisturize the skin unless otherwise directed by your physician. No matter what you use on your baby, just make sure it’s free from harmful ingredients! Read the label carefully and stick to natural and gentle products. Baby’s skin is not fully developed so it needs special care – don’t put anything on it that you don’t trust. Each baby is different and will react differently to products so be on the lookout for any irritation that may occur.


Nina Dam

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