What Is So Natural About Natural Baby Lotion?
Some moms are skeptical of the benefits of natural baby lotion versus their old-stand-by like Johnson's. Many of us grew up with that familiar scent and turn to it when we moisturize our own baby.....
...but with the research that is out on commercial baby lotions, you may think twice. Phthalates are a big no-no for babies and are extremely common in baby lotion. Even if the back of the bottle doesn't specifically say "phthalates" as an ingredient they can hide it under the term "fragrance" or "parfum".
This scared me as a mom, thinking that I wasn't fully informed of what I was using on my baby. So here's the deal on phthalates.
Phthalates are chemicals that "soften" other ingredients in personal care products, making them easily absorb into your skin. They are also notorious for altering your hormone levels in your body contributing to fertility issues or birth outcome problems later in life. Babies have immature immune and endocrine (hormonal) systems which can make them more susceptible to chemical effects.
Being that phthalates are widely found in many baby products including lotion, it is all the more important to use a natural baby lotion to nourish and protect baby's skin.
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What Does Nature Have to Offer?
The old saying, "As smooth as a baby's bottom" isn't always true. Just like adults, some baby's suffer from dry skin; not to mention diaper rashes, cradle cap or other skin issues....keeping moms on the look out for baby lotions that will keep skin problems at bay.
Selecting a safe and natural baby lotion is important, but it shouldn't be complicated. Simple, natural ingredients like Olive Oil, Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil and so on are gentle and moisturizing for baby's skin with an extremely low risk for irritation.
When I'm bathing my little girl, I often add a natural baby oil to her bath and let the water work it over her skin. I find that this is a great way for the oils to penetrate her skin and she comes out of the bath smelling and feeling great.
A favorite of mine is
Earth Mama Angel Baby Oil.
Not only does it contain Jojoba and Grape Seed Oils, but also Chamomile and Calendula extracts. It also makes a great massage oil or you can even use it to treat cradle cap! Some moms have even reported using a drop of two of this oil in both their child's hair or even their hair to add extra shine. I've tried this myself and found it really did add shine without making it feel greasy.
If you would rather use lotion to massage baby, this company also makes a great
Natural Baby Lotion.
I have used this as well and although I prefer the oil as it can be used for other uses too, many mom's prefer this lotion. Not only does it have a great, light scent, but it contains "Rooibos" extract. This extract has been found extremely effective to treat mild and moderate eczema or skin allergies. Definitely give this product a try if your baby has problem skin.
I've also used another baby oil for massage or in the bath,
Erbaviva Nighty Night Bath Oil
It contains Lavender and Chamomile extracts for a wonderfully fresh scent. If I'm jumping in the tub with my little girl, I add a few drops and it does a great job to soften our skin. It's soothing properties are awesome for making me and my little one help drift off to sleep.
Baby massage with a natural baby lotion before bedtime has tons of benefits for both you and baby. It's a great time to connect and bond (really important with newborns!). It stimulates circulation, helps relax baby before bedtime and can even address issues like colic. I find that if my little girl is especially wound up before bed, spending a couple extra minutes massaging her goes a long way to helping her fall asleep easier.
For more information on infant massage, techniques and the research behind it, check out this great
Infant Massage Website.
What Are Your Infant Massage Techniques?
Do you have some great tips on infant massage or reviews/comments about any natural baby lotion products? Tell me about it!