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  • Writer's pictureAliya

Baby Lotions: The Good, the Bad, and the Watery

My kids are a lot of things: loud, rambunctious, hilarious, whiny, messy, and determined, to name a few. But I can tell you one thing that they definitely are not: ashy. We never skip a post-bath lotion application in my house, so we've been through a lot of brands and a lot of bottles.

Here are a few that are memorable (and not all for good reasons).

Shea Moisture Coconut Oil Baby Lotion

Are we sure that this stuff is just for babies, because I have used a good amount of this lotion on my self. It's the perfect consistency (thick, but soaks into the skin easily) and smells great. I do wish that this came in bigger bottles than the 8 oz one Target carries, because we do go through it pretty fast (OK, maybe I should stop using this on myself).

Honest Face + Body Lotion

It's all-natural, smells great, but this lotion does not absorb into the skin easily, which is no bueno. Strangely, it also has a very watery consistency, which you think would lend itself to quick absorption...but no. So while the smell and the benefits are top-notch, it's not my go-to for the kiddies' night time routine.

Baby Dove Rich Moisture Lotion

This is my favorite-smelling baby lotion that I've come across; it smells clean and sweet, and I never get tired of it. Consistency is great, and the moisture is definitely long lasting. Unfortunately, like some others on the list, this lotion isn't all natural, so some of the ingredients listed have more letters that you would like to see on something you're using on baby (triethanolamine anyone?). So, that does discourage me from putting this one in my shopping basket consistently.

Babyganics Daily Lotion

If I had to pick an overall winner, this one would be it. It's formulated without all the stuff you don't want to be slathering on your baby (sulfates, dyes, parabens, etc.) and it's not overpriced ($7.99 for 17 ounces!). It's fragrance-free, which I'm neutral on - I do love a baby-fresh smell, but I know fragrance-free is best for babies with sensitive skin. Overall, it's a lot of bang for your buck, which is hard to find in in the all-natural category.

What's your favorite baby lotion?


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