What do you use Baby Oil for?

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At my baby shower i got a giant bottle of baby oil, but have not used it yet. Does anyone use baby oil and what for?

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Baby oil is 100% mineral oil. This commonly used petroleum ingredient coats the skin just like plastic wrap. The skin's natural immune barrier is disrupted as this plastic coating inhibits its ability to breathe and absorb the Natural Moisture Factor (moisture and nutrition). The skin's ability to release toxins is impeded by this 'plastic wrap,' which can promote acne and other disorders. This process slows down skin function and normal cell development causing the skin to prematurely age.
I've heard some other things about baby oil too so just to be safe I don't use it on my baby.

Misty - posted on 04/09/2012

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I never use baby oil on my chilrens skin,I tried it once on my daughter for cradle cap and it took her hair out!! My partner used to put it on the kids after bathing them,but I find their skin just feels greasy,i prefer to use johnsons baby lotion as it leaves the skin soft and locks in moistre. xx

Angie - posted on 08/06/2010

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Baby oil uses: Hair. Cradle cap. Curly haired babies. Hair styling. My DS has a TON of hair (since birth - never ever fell out lol) and when I do little piggy tails or double french braids (yes, THAT much hair!) I use a dab of baby oil on my thumb and forefinger and work it in as I go. It helps hold her wispys in place and keeps her hair looking freshly done.

Candace - posted on 08/08/2010

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you can also use baby oil to take your make up off as well, so it isnt smudging off it will come off easily with the baby oil, and if you have any make up brushes you can also use the baby soap to clean those because it is so gentle it wont damage the make up brushes for cover up or whatever make up brushes are used for lol, i dont use any make up other than eye liner

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Ashley - posted on 04/11/2012

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I use it for sun tanning lol as for my babies i dont realy use it much but its great for laying out in the yard ;)

Stifler's - posted on 01/04/2011

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I just don't use it lol I used it to put on his head when he had cradle cap and I'd brush the skin off and put some on but that's about it.

Kayla - posted on 08/08/2010

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I use baby oil for cradle cap!!!...put a small amount on the scalp and very genlty brush in a circular motion then wash it should help....

Cristina - posted on 08/07/2010

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well i meant olive oil. lol i've never used baby oil on her. i've used it before for myself but went with olive oil instead. it makes our skin so much softer and olive oil is good for a scrub with some sugar in it or as a hot oil treatment in the hair.

Susan - posted on 08/06/2010

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I use olive oil instead of baby oil. My vet told me that baby oil smothers ear mites so I figured that baby oil wasn't too healthy for skin in mass quantities. To get rid of cradle cap I put baby shampoo on her hair brush and used the circular motion on her scalp to clear up the dried skin.

Lydia - posted on 08/05/2010

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I would not use baby oil as it is a petroleum product. I used organic extra virgin olive oil on my baby after bathing her. Its great for infant massage and is non toxic. It left her so soft too. You can use it for cradle cap too much in the same way you would use baby oil. If you cant eat something you should not put it on your skin. All that J&J crap has a keep out of reach of children warning because it would make your kid sick if he ate it. Why would you put it on your skin?

Vaseline is also a petroleum product. Yuck.

Cristina - posted on 08/05/2010

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After taking my daughter a bath I'll rub some oil on her skin while she's still wet and then just towel her off like normal. It locks in moisture and makes her skin super soft.

Angela - posted on 08/04/2010

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Dr. Oz recommends putting a drop in the ears to remove wax instead of shoving a q-tip in the ear. I still like shoving the Q-tip in the ear but now I dip it in baby oil first.

Julie - posted on 08/04/2010

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Gena C is right. Baby oil shouldn't be used on babies at all! Mineral oil is comprised of dead animals (road kill and euthanized animals from vets) mixed with restaurant grease. It is processed in a rendering plant - if you've ever driven past one, it smells reeeeeeally bad! Depending on how much the ingredients are processed, you get either mineral oil or petroleum jelly (Vaseline). Both are bad for your skin because it creates a plastic wrap sort of film on your skin, trapping in the toxins in your skin so your skin cannot "breathe" and creates more skin problems. Unfortunately, mineral oil is the base for virtually all lotions manufactured in the U.S. That is why lotion leaves a greasy film. Losing profits is a big concern for the company, How can public relations help provide a boost to the bottom line?



There is a remedy! There is a company called Arbonne that sells skin and beauty products that are free of mineral oil and any other synthetics. The products are manufactured in Switzerland where there are stricter regulations regarding what is put into cosmetic products. They even have a line of baby items such as lotion, diaper rash cream, body wash and baby oil. They are a bit pricy, but they are worth every penny!

Melinda - posted on 08/04/2010

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I was told to use nothing but a mild cleanser on my baby's skin for at least 2 months.
But...I have used baby oil for shaving for a long time. Makes my legs silky smooth :)

Ann - posted on 08/04/2010

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Most people use it to keep baby's skin hydrated. I prefer Cetaphil cream or Aquaphor. Baby oil is neither hypoallergenic or non-comedogenic . It can clog the pores & that's not good. I have very sensitive skin as does my daughter. I can't use it myself, I end up completely broken out.

Cheryl - posted on 08/04/2010

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When my kidz were babies I'd use baby oil 2 break up the craddle cap. Now that they r all growed up I use it 4 myself after a shower I rub the baby oil everywhere! I love the smell of Johnson&Johnson baby oil or the baby lotion! I still use both!

Jennifer - posted on 08/04/2010

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I wouldn't use baby oil. It contains mineral oil which is toxic. There are plenty of other oils you can use.

Jamie - posted on 08/04/2010

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I used it a little on my son's scalp when he was really small, but now I use it to remove my make-up. You put a drop on a cotton pad and your make-ups wipes off with no effort at all. It works great, the bottle last forever and it's ridiculously cheap :)

Jennifer - posted on 08/04/2010

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When my son was a few months old he developed a milk allergy and also acid reflux. The milk gave him diarreah (sp) and the acid in his stool gave him a horrible rash. The doctor told me to stop using wipes because they are harsh on the skin (even the sensitive ones) and to use baby oil and a cotton ball to clean him. worked very well and I went through a whole bottle in no time. I have also used it on his cradel cap.

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What I use baby oil for - mainly i use it for cradle cap and i would put baby oil on his scalp, than comb it.

Roxy - posted on 08/04/2010

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I have yet to use it on my daughter,she is 11 months old. I have always used it to remove my make-up. Esp eye make up. Heard it's also good for tanning!! Never tried that though.

Jennifer - posted on 08/04/2010

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I use baby oil on myself! I fill a sealable container with sugar, then saturate it with baby oil and keep the container in the shower. I use it as an exfoliating scrub once a week. It feels so good! I also use baby oil to remove my eye makeup. I don't think I ever actually used it on my babies! lol

Emma - posted on 08/04/2010

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Personally I would never put it near my skin - let alone my babies. It is a by-product of the petroleum industry, just full of chemicals. I use organic vegetable oil on my kids, yes the kind you find in the store to cook with. To make it smell nice I add a few drops of pure lavender oil and pure chamomile oil to a large bottle - this is soothing for baby and helps clear any skin conditions also. If you want to use the huge bottle you were given I would put it in the kitchen with all of your other cleaning products and use it as people have described above.

Stacy - posted on 08/03/2010

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yes, works great for craddle cap & actually hubby & I use it for massage oil (cheaper than those other body oils out there) works great for massages!!

Samantha - posted on 08/03/2010

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I occasionally add a few drops to the bath water for 2 of my daughters, but it gives my other daughter a rash. Other than that, I sometimes use it on myself after a hot shower. Also, if you wax your legs etc at home, it is great for removing any residual wax that stays stuck on your skin :-)

Christina - posted on 08/03/2010

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Honestly My daughter turned 2 in may and I only used the baby oil 1 time. The one time was to get rid of her cradle cap (which I had no idea she had because her hair was so thick) when she was 10 mo old. I rubbed it into her scalp and left it on for 15 minutes then took a wet wash cloth and rubbed her head and used her baby brush and brushed her scalp and it never returned :).

Tara Lee - posted on 08/03/2010

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I never used it either...

Quoting Gena C
""Baby oil is 100% mineral oil. This commonly used petroleum ingredient coats the skin just like plastic wrap. The skin's natural immune barrier is disrupted as this plastic coating inhibits its ability to breathe and absorb the Natural Moisture Factor (moisture and nutrition). The skin's ability to release toxins is impeded by this 'plastic wrap,' which can promote acne and other disorders. This process slows down skin function and normal cell development causing the skin to prematurely age.
I've heard some other things about baby oil too so just to be safe I don't use it on my baby.""

I first heard this from my sister-in-law, and then again from a nurse at my 'Breatfeeding Clinic'.

Cori - posted on 08/03/2010

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Great for removing waterproof mascara...never used it on my babies...except to remove temporary tattoos.

Miranda - posted on 08/02/2010

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I use it to rub on my new borns head and then I don't really use it at all after that.

Rebekah - posted on 08/02/2010

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My mom has always used it to take off her eye make-up, and I have always done the same...I have never used it for the baby!!

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I used it for cradle cap when my daughters were infants. Now I use some to make my own wipe formula. When we switched to cloth diapers, I also made cotton flannel wipes. I mixed water, Johnson's baby soap, and a little bit of baby oil in a spray bottle. I spray it on each flannel wipe before wiping my baby's bottom. It helps the mess come off clean and easy, then I can wash the wipes with the diapers and have nothing to throw away.

Nikki - posted on 08/02/2010

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My daughter is 14 months old and I've never used it up until now. We have well water at our home and it tends to dry our skin out because of the minerals. After her bath I rub a little on her then towel dry her off...it has stopped the baby eczema.

Terri - posted on 08/02/2010

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Never used it on my son, but have almost used the whole bottle after pregnancy and in this pregnancy on my stomach (to hydrate) and thighs (to keep them from sticking together). :(

Lynn - posted on 08/02/2010

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Me too, and absolutely nothing for me, I am a believer in natural products and I do not find baby oil natural. There was an era of rubbing baby oil on your skin for a quick sun tan for adults. Today we are more aware and advised of skin cancer from the sun and WOULD NOT encourage our children to lay in the sun with baby oil for a good looking tan. However, on the odd occasion if you can't give the bottle away as a pressie to someone else put a spash in the bath at night but DO NOT allow any oil on your childrens skin before they go in the sun unless an oil given by a registered professional naturopath etc.
You are so wise to question the use of baby oil. Makes you wonder why mothers do not use it. Bless You.

Aimee - posted on 07/31/2010

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I use it for myself! lol! It smells great and makes your skin soft too. :)

Jessica - posted on 07/31/2010

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In response to Gena C's info about baby oil/mineral oil, which was very helpful, if anyone's looking for an all natural baby oil that contains NO mineral oil and does not interfere with the skin's natural functioning, please contact me. I sell botanically-based products for babies, men and women- that are fragrance free, dye free, paraben/paba free, etc. and most of all contain no mineral oil!

Athena - posted on 07/31/2010

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My daughter had severe cradal cap from birth till 8 months of age. It is also known as seborrhea. I had to use the baby oil to comb off the crusty scales everyday or everyother day for 8 months. After combing the scales out, I then had to wash her head with baby shampoo. About once per week I had to wash with a dandruff shampoo. Her seborrhea also was around her ears, in neck lines, arm pits, and creases of legs near the groin. She also had eczema on top of everything else. I use to go through baby oil super fast. If you don't find a need for it, you can always donate it to a shelter.

Crystal - posted on 07/31/2010

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thats exactly what i do.....besides using it in my kids tub.....i rub it all over me after a shower...esp after shaving! such smooth skin!

Lisa - posted on 07/31/2010

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First off---don't use mineral oil!! toss it. if you want to use something on your baby's skin use organic cold pressed olive oil. a little goes a long way.
Mineral oil acts as a thin layer on the skin. It is difficult to absorb and clogs the pores, which slows the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. Remember, the skin is the body’s largest organ and plays an important role in maintaining overall health! Once the oil is absorbed, it is broken down by the liver and passes through the intestinal tract, it will absorb all of the fat-soluble vitamins found there. It is essentially stealing important vitamins from the body, which the body will not be able to replace. This can eventually lead to nutritional deficiencies. Studies have also shown forms of pneumonia caused by mineral oil decreasing lung function, known as lipoid pneumonia. Because of these dangers, the medical community has condemned the use of mineral oil taken orally or as an ingredient in medications.

Amber - posted on 07/31/2010

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put it on a babies head after bath to prvent cradle cap and put some on a baby q-tip and wipe around the ears and on my girls the vaginal folds after a bath. also to make a homemake baby wipes or a soution for washable wipes.

Esther - posted on 07/31/2010

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I agree with Gena C. Many product in the USA has petroleum which it absolutely not good for your skin. Arbonne International is a company that will not put petroluem and many other chemical that the FDA approve reason for that Arbonne is from Switzerland and their protocols are more strict. Check out their website. They sale all types of product from baby to even makeup. It may be pricy but worth it in the long run. Also I recommend people to research/inform themselves on what petroluem/mineral oil does and where does it come from!

Krystal - posted on 07/30/2010

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I have a GREAT idea of what to do with it: After you shave your legs and your legs are still wet from the shower, rub the baby oil on them. It feels awesome!!!! And, I love the smell!!!! Mmmm...

Vicki - posted on 07/30/2010

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I don't use baby oil on my baby... ever. It's too much for them. It's filled with perfume and if you put it on older kids skin that are starting to sweat, it clogs the pours and they get heat rash. I can understand using it for cradle cap, but olive oil is better and safer for the baby and the environment. That being said, i DO use it to take off bandaids, or temporary tattoos any kind of sticker or dressing. I also use it to take price tags off gifts and to get crayon off of - well... almost anything, and I'll use it to shave my legs, but beware, it's VERY difficult to clean your tub if you use it in the shower.

Sarah - posted on 07/30/2010

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I use it on my legs if i am shaving in a hurry (and what mom isn't?) That way I don't have to use shaving cream or even water and no shave burn. Leaves them smooth too.
Oh yeah and babies.... I have no idea we never use it on the boys.

Amy - posted on 07/30/2010

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i don't use it on my babies but it is the only thing that gets tar off your feet if you happen to step in it while walking on the beach. if you live in southern california this happens all the time!

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wow im suprised how many moms are aware of how bad baby oil is! go you guys! Im more of a naturalistic person so am very educated on this type of stuff and glad to see others who are as well. For those of you who didnt know please dont turn up your nose and look into it yourself. =-)

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julie markey- that is one of many cases i have heard about baby oil being dangerous! go you for throwing it away! there are lots of natural oils that do the same thing but are completely safe! olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil. and for ppl using it for craddle cap my secret was to use a very soft scrubber like the kind with soft plastic bristles and it softly scrubs the scalp while you shampoo and my son only had a tiny bit of it once and this took it right away. Baby oil sometimes makes it worse. and plus makes them look greasy.

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baby oils main ingredient is mineral oil and that is not good to use on yourself or your baby. I great oil to use on your baby is olive oil with maybe a few drops of lavender oil in it. mineral oil is a known carcinogen. also alot of people use Vaseline (petroleum jelly or petrolatum) is derived from petroleum (what gas is made of!) and may contain many impurities. The skin, being the body's largest organ, will absorb some of these toxic substances. You do NOT want to put this substance on you or your child's body. I think the best thing to do with these two common baby items is to throw them out!

Kalley - posted on 07/30/2010

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I got a bottle at my baby shower too and only recently began using it on my 3 month old for cradle cap. When I give her a bath I first rub a few drops on her dry head to moisten it, then let it sit while I bathe her. Then I shampoo, rinse and add a few more drops and when I dry her I brush her head. I'm hoping this will help clear up all the dryness.

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Baby oil is good for very young babies with cradle cap. Loosens it up so you can comb it out. But for mommies its nice to slather on after a shower while still wet. Makes skin nice and comes in different scents.

Kayla - posted on 08/08/2010

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I use baby oil for cradle cap!!!...put a small amount on the scalp and very genlty brush in a circular motion then wash it should help....

Jennifer - posted on 08/04/2010

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I wouldn't use baby oil. It contains mineral oil which is toxic. There are plenty of other oils you can use.

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What I use baby oil for - mainly i use it for cradle cap and i would put baby oil on his scalp, than comb it.

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