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Can You Put Lotion on Your Baby?

Mother with her baby by at home. Mother uses a body cream, and putting of a baby.As a new parent, there are many questions that may be going through your head. One may be a simple but important question, “Can you put lotion on your baby?” In answering that question, let’s first consider a few things about your baby’s skin.

Baby’s skin is more delicate and more sensitive than adult skin. This should not be surprising but here are the details. Newborns’ skin has a thinner outer layer (aka epidermis) of skin than adults. A thinner outer layer of skin means increased risk to irritation. Too much soap and fragranced products should be avoided on newborn skin for this reason. Baby skin also has a higher water content than adult skin. Because of this, baby’s skin has quicker absorption as well as quicker water loss. Despite what you may think, longer bath times result in increased water loss and drier baby skin. So- keep those bath times short!

Let’s go back to our question – can you put lotion on your baby? The simple answer is yes. As you just learned, newborn and baby skin is more sensitive than adult skin. Therefore, you must consider what lotion you put on your baby. Lotions, creams and ointments are different formulations of emollients to put on the skin in order to hydrate and moisturize the skin. In general, ointments are better than creams, and creams are better than lotions at locking in the moisture and hydrating the skin. Dr. Amy and the Baby Pibu team recommend that creams and ointments be used on newborn and baby’s skin rather than lotions. Lotions are made up of mostly water for easier application. Water actually dries out the skin so that is why lotions are less moisturizing than a cream or ointment. Creams and ointments have more oils than water, and that is why they are more moisturizing to our skin.

Baby Butter and Hydrating Ointment have higher percentage of oil than lotion
Baby Butter and Hydrating Ointment have higher percentage of oil than lotion

As you consider what cream or lotion to put on your baby, keep your choice simple. Choose products without fragrance. Fragrance is there for our pleasure rather than our babies’ pleasure. Since fragrance is a common cause of allergic contact rashes, avoid the fragrance! Look out for products that carry the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association (NEA). These products have gone through clinical testing to prove that they are irritant-free and hypoallergenic. Baby Pibu’s Baby Butter and Hydrating Ointment are both fragrance free and carry the NEA Seal of Acceptance.

The Baby Pibu team hope that you consider slathering on a cream or ointment rather than a lotion. Yes- you can put lotion on your baby but moisturize your baby’s skin even more with a cream or ointment. Avoid the fragrance and choose safe, clinically tested products with the NEA Seal of Acceptance.