Baby lotion not only softens and moisturizes your baby's skin, it feeds your addiction to cuddle your baby. Baby lotion leaves a sweet smell on your baby's skin. That light scent that you notice every time you hold your baby close or play with their soft little feet is just noticeable enough to keep you going back for more.
Babies are prone to dry skin, especially after birth, and baby lotion can help moisturize, soften, and protect your baby's skin. The protection of amniotic fluid and vernix quickly wears off against the harsh temperatures and dry air. Wind, sun, and other environmental factors easily remove hydration from your baby's skin, causing dryness and irritation. Most babies need time for their bodies to develop their own oils that naturally protect their skin. But, after a little while, the help of a little baby lotion can keep your baby smooth and silky.
Baby lotions should absorb quickly to soothe and nourish your baby's dry skin, without leaving a greasy film. Lotion that is enriched with natural aloe vera or vitamin E can condition your baby's skin leaving it soft and smooth.
Most baby lotion is hypoallergenic, dermatologist and allergy tested, and free of lanolin, so they are gentle enough even for newborns. Mild baby lotion can be used at any age and won't irritate your baby's sensitive skin.
Some lotions are scented with chamomile and lavender which can help calm and soothe your baby before bed. Others can be used to remove oily and sticky substances on your baby's skin easier than water! A mild baby lotion may help to prevent diaper rash if it is rubbed in after changing your baby's diaper.
Baby lotion is best applied after bath time while your baby's skin is hydrated and still damp. Many lotions leave a protective film to help maintain the moisture in your baby's skin, making it a perfect after-bath ritual. If your baby suffers from dry skin regularly, rubbing baby lotion into those dry areas throughout the day can help prevent itchiness that often accompanies dry skin.