Is it ok to use baby lotion?

Diana - posted on 11/30/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering what everyone thought about using baby lotion after baths on an infant. I was told not use it until 6 months or after and so far I haven't. (My son is 2 months old.) But I love the way it smells and I think it would be nice to give him a little massage after his bath. What have you done and/or what do you think?

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Kristy - posted on 12/13/2010

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I have given my baby a bath and then right after her bath she gets lotion all over since like day one. As long as your baby does not have a reaction to the lotion it may even help them sleep better. It's a way to bond with baby and give them a little message after being active all day too.

Heather - posted on 12/15/2010

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I have never heard tht I have always been encouraged to use lotion baby lotion like johnsons should be okay to use

Tine - posted on 12/15/2010

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Hm, I have only ever used warm water on my daughter (now 2 years old), because babies have perfect balance in thier skin, and I feel that lotion and cleaners are not necessary and would just remove natural oils.
If you do use something, don't use the commercial crap ones (Johnson & Johnson, etc) - I'd go for something natural with no chemicals or additives - stuff made of essential oils and that sort of thing can be fine.
That's just my feeling on it, I don't like chemicals or artificial nasties!
I think your idea of giving your son a massage after his bath is lovely though, and there are lots of beautiful smelling natural baby massage oils you could use for that :-) :-) :-)

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Erica - posted on 12/16/2010

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I have used it on all three of my children since their first bath I gave them a home. ita fine to use lotion I was never told not to but It makes sense what the ladies were saying but your baby is older and fine to use lotion .

Candi - posted on 12/15/2010

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I have used baby lotion ever since my baby girl was an infant. The hospital gave me vani cream and I used that for the first few months. I always lotion her up, No one has ever told me not to! My pediatrician actually recomended it!

User - posted on 12/14/2010

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it doesn't really say that its bad but if we can help it, it's better to limit any form of chemical on these infants...so what we use in our infant class massage are the virgin coconut oils we have here. very natural and safe.

Tiffany - posted on 12/14/2010

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I have used baby lotion since my daughter was 4 weeks old. I only bathed her once a week because that's what my midwives recommended unless she had a bad poopy diaper. I am now bathing her twice a week at least (she's almost 14 months). The more you bathe them the more dry their skin gets. We use Johnson and Johnson's baby lotion but have used Aveeno too and I prefer Aveeno. I use it only after her bath or if I notice her skin getting dry but so far so good. =)

Yvette - posted on 12/13/2010

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My son loves it when I put baby lotion on him after a bath. I haven't heard anywhere saying it was not okay. I have been using baby lotion on him since I was able to give him a really bath. My son is 5 month old now. So I don't really think it is a bad thing.

KAREN - posted on 12/12/2010

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i have used it on both my boys from they were born, i didnt knw you had to wait till they were 6mths. it never done them any harm i still use it now, i went to massage classes and massaged them after their bath just before bed time and i found they slept better at night. hope dis is of use to u x

Marisa - posted on 12/12/2010

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my midwife advised not to use J&J on my baby as they all contain a lot of chemicals.. after bathing i have been using olive oil (as reccomended by my midwife)... my daughter developed excema though so I bought an organic blend of olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter instead of the cream the doctor prescribed (as I did not want to coat my daughter in paraffin and steriods!) but I like to use only natural products so there you go! If I do not know what an ingredient on the label is then I will not be using it on my child. For example soldium lauryl sulphate is found in a lot of baby products. I have since found out it is a very harsh detergent:

Studies on SLS have shown that:" (Judi Vance, Beauty To Die For, Promotion Publishing, 1998)

"Shampoos with SLS could retard healing and keep children's eyes from developing properly. Children under six years old are especially vulnerable to improper eye development. (Summary of Report of Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc. conference."

"Sodium Lauryl Sulphate can cause cataracts in adults and delays the healing of wounds in the surface of the cornea."

"Sodium Lauryl Sulphate has a low molecular weight and so is easily absorbed by the body. It builds up in the heart, liver and brain and can cause major problems in these areas."

"Sodium Lauryl Sulphate causes skin to flake and to separate and causes roughness on the skin."

"Sodium Lauryl Sulphate causes dysfunction of the biological systems of the skin."

"Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is such a caustic cleanser that it actually corrodes the hair follicle and impairs the ability to grow hair."

"Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is routinely used in clinical studies deliberately to irritate the skin so that the effects of other substances can be tested." (Study cited by the Wall St Journal, 1st November 1998)

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The only thing ive heard of is to look out for is if the lotion contains peanut oil or anything with peanut in it because that is the most common allergy and very dangerous!! Thats why they say wait also because it can clog up the pores which is no good ( thats why baby cant sweat) which i guess can be toxic ( but that would have to be a large amount all the time all day i would assume) if u want to message ur baby which is something i do im in the infant massage class is use a 100% pure moisturizing oil i have an almond oil one. just make sure its all natural. also u can put baby oil in the bath or rub it on baby. But those are the reasons why they say no baby lotion. i put lotion on my baby ( 4 months) but for the first time and just on the spots i felt were gettin dry.

Stifler's - posted on 12/12/2010

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I never used any of that. I used baby oil to baby massage him and some baby sorborlene when his skin was all peely and stuff after being born.

Candace - posted on 12/11/2010

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When the nurse gave my son his first bath in the hospital she used J&J and we've been using it since and his skin is fine. He's currently seven months

Rekha - posted on 12/11/2010

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I would recommend using either almond oil, or something from the 'Arbonne Baby Care' range. i have heard that there are loads of chemicals in J&J products so i dont use that on my son at all. i used to massage him with almond oil everyday, but now (at 17 months) its a bit hard! so i use the ABC range. its all natural and absolutely sinks into his skin! its fantastic!

Alysha - posted on 12/10/2010

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I used lotion on my daughter at the hospital. I brought my all natural Lavender Lotion with me and I used it there because my daughters legs, ankles and arms were getting cracked and dried up. So, go crazy with the lotion. Massage your son up and watch him enjoy every moment of it.

Danielle - posted on 12/06/2010

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Well my son has baby eczema so all I use is vaseline on him. Anything scented flares his poor skin up

Sarh - posted on 12/04/2010

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I would bathe my son one day, not put lotion on and then the next 2 days I would put lotion on, then bathe him, etc. Your not supposed to bathe baby every day so that is why I did it that way. The reason your not supposed to put lotion on a baby under 5-6 months old AFTER a bath is because you can over stimulate them and their skin is so delicate. He is almost 6 months old and it is winter so I am going to start lotioning/massaging him more often now.

My daughter was born the end of January, she is almost 5yrs old, but I used baby lotion on her from birth. She is Mexican, has the darker skin and had dry skin. I was also young and didn't care to listen to anyone, but what I had in my head. lol. And I plan to use baby lotion on her after her baths now that it is becoming winter.

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i lotion my son after i bathe him, every 2-3 days, depending on how pukey he is those days. hes 2 months, and being born in oct (the beginning of the winter months here) his skin gets really dry. my daughter was born in june, and when she was little i put lotion/oil on her, but she got a heat rash and that made it worse, so i stopped. now in the winter if she gets dry skin i'll put some lotion on her, but she usually doesnt need it, and she doesnt like sitting still long enough for me to lotion her up anyway. :)

Becky - posted on 12/01/2010

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I have never heard that either. My son is 4 months old and I have been using J&J lotion on him since he was about a month old. I have heard not to bathe babies who arent eating solids yet more than once or twice a week because it will dry out their skin.Once they are eating solids they get dirty a lot faster so they need a bath at that point. but yeah, I put lotion on my son a couple times a week.

Heather - posted on 12/01/2010

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Are you serious?!?! I've never heard that! We've used it with Casey since she was born and have had no problems. It's been useful, espcially in the winter, because she gets very dry skin like her daddy.

Iysha - posted on 11/30/2010

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I dont see a problem with it. I used it sparingly because my daughter was born in summer and I didnt do baby massage until she was like a month old and used baby oil. I like the smell too and would use that if I didnt have time to give my daughter a bath before we went out. lol...to make her smell "like a baby." I never got that...wouldnt a baby smell like a baby normally and smell like baby product if they smell like baby soap/lotion? =]

Tabby - posted on 11/30/2010

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They told me this at the hospital too... something about if you use it to young than a baby's skin won't start making it's own oils to keep it soft and not dry out. With that said, I had my daughter in winter so her skin would always get dry. When she was around 2 months I started putting it on her arms and legs. She's 10 months old now and I don't use it anymore because her skin doesn't get dry in summer, but with winter coming I plan on using it again if she needs.

Liz - posted on 11/30/2010

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Well at the beginning when they are first born I can understand, But I don't understand why they told you you couldn't use it until the baby was six months of age.

Liz - posted on 11/30/2010

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I never heard you couldn't use it until 6 months of age. My b/g twins are two and we used it on them before that, and my almost five month old son gets it on occasion.

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