Pop into any grocery store of pharmacy and you’ll find any different types of lotions. Baby lotions, face lotion, body lotion, hand cream and more. What’s the difference? And how can a budget-conscious new mother make a decision? Honestly, sometimes it’s the small decisions that send me into a complete panic. What the heck is the difference between fragrance-free and unscented?! Do I really need to splurge on organic lotion – I’m spending enough on groceries already!
Here’s the good news: I have it all figured out for you.
I love reading labels. I like knowing what’s going on my skin and into my mouth. I’m especially diligent when it comes to my baby – he’s so new – I want only the best for him. Unfortunately, I have champagne taste on a beer budget. Body lotion is especially important for baby. His soft skin absorbs lotion – it’s not washed off like soap. In my mind, that means I should take a few extra precautions to make sure it’s safe.
Here’s how to determine if a lotion is safe for baby (regardless of what the fancy packaging says!):
- Read the ingredients. Less is more, in this case. Ingredients are listed by quantity, with the primary ingredient listed first. You should recognize at least one of the first ingredients. It’s likely water and something like shea butter, olive oil, or a nut oil.
- Fragrance-free is better than unscented. If something is unscented, there could be chemicals masking the scent. If you like a sweet smelling lotion, make sure it’s a natural scent from essential oils or plant-based. Lavender is a great soothing option!
- Terms like paraben-free and pthalate-free are good. Again, less is more when it comes to food and personal care products.
- Fancy coloring. There is no need for colored lotion. It serves no purpose and just ads more chemical ingredients.
My top pick is The Honest Company Face & Body Lotion. It’s affordable and safe. I like products that work for my entire family – there is no need for specialized products. I use it after the shower, and add a little Organic Body Oil when moisturizing my 7 month old after his bath to keep his skin nice and soft!