Monday, January 2, 2017
Ah, New England winters. A special time of year where Mother Nature isn't sure if it should be 60 or 30 out which, in turn, wreaks absolute havoc on everyone's skin. I'm talking Sahara Desert-type of dry, people. But it's not just my skin I've been lotioning more often to protect.

Keeping your baby's skin moisturized is super key in the winter too. Not only does keeping their skin moisturized prevent uncomfortable cracking but it's also just a really great bonding experience. A happy baby = a happy mommy! 

Naturally, I'm picky. It took me a long time to find some really great lotions that aren't overly fragrant and harsh on the skin. Did you know certain lotions could actually dry out your little babe's skin with daily use!? Yeah, not fun. I recently went through my little lotion collection (yep, that's a thing) and picked out my four favorite lotions for little babes.

  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Angel Baby Lotion ($17.99) - Earth Mama Angel Baby is a trusted name in the mommy world when you're looking for a great product with natural ingredients. If that doesn't impress you, this lotion is also the first US personal care product-certified to the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard for "Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients"! If your little one has eczema or sensitive skin, this is a great option as it contains organic Calendula and Rooibos which is great for soothing the skin without an irritants. After researching, I found that this lotion can also be used for diaper rash, keratosis pilaris and as a daily facial lotion! 
  • aden + anais Ultra-Gentle Lotion ($15.95) - I'm a huge fan of their blankets (their stroller ones are with us in the car at all times and both of my boys still snuggle with their ultra-soft swaddle blankets) and now I'm obsessed with their lotion! I've been using this lotion since they first sent it to me way back when Hunter was born. I also use this on myself as it's "gentle enough for baby, sophisticated enough for you". It's paraben, petroleum oil, gluten, soy and phthalates-free. The scent is my absolute favorite and I kind of wish it was a perfume for myself. It's lightly scented with Australian Sandalwood and infused with fresh, fermented Papaya fruit and shea butter for super soft, silky skin for your little one and you! Side note: Both of my son's recently had super-dry patches on their knees. I used this for two days and their skin went right back to smooth-as-a-baby's-butt-soft.
  • Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream ($7.19) - For those looking for a more cheaper alternative as well as one with no scent, this one's for you! It's both hypoallergenic and unscented and contains Colloidal Oatmeal and rich emollients to soothe their skin, kind of in the way an oatmeal bath soothes skin, right? Another great choice for little babes with eczema, as well!
  • Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Body Cream ($7.39) - Another great, affordable choice for those looking for eczema relief! Last year, Hunter had "seasonal eczema" so I rushed out to get something that would ease the itchiness. While I grabbed both this and the Aveeno, I found myself using this one way more! It's a thicker cream enriched with natural oatmeal, Ceramide 3 and Licochalcone to calm and soothe red, itchy skin.

While it's hard to "over-lotion" with the above as they don't contain any harsh irritants that could dry out the skin, I still like to keep it to only twice a day. Once in their morning when I change them out of their pajamas into normal clothes and then at night when I'm changing them back into their pajamas. Lotioning them at night definitely helps my little ones settle down into their bedtime routine. If it's bath night, I just lotion them directly after bath time to lock in that moisture! My guys love their feet massaged! 

What are your favorite lotions for your little ones?

* Some products were sent for review.