How Often Should I Use Baby Lotion On My Newborn?

How Often Should I Use Baby Lotion On My Newborn?


Explore the essential steps to nurturing your newborn's delicate skin effectively with the perfect baby lotion routine. Learn more in this article by Born Babies!

The Importance of Hydrating Baby's Delicate Skin

Those first few months of a newborn's life are a whirlwind of snuggles, feedings, and diaper changes. As you revel in all the tiny features of your perfect little one, you may notice their velvety soft skin is prone to dryness and flakiness. An infant's brand-new skin hasn't yet developed the proper oil protection and moisture barrier that adult skin has. This makes newborns very susceptible to environmental factors like air, bathing, and even modern indoor heating that can quickly dry out their delicate skin.

Keeping your baby's skin hydrated with a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer is so important in these early days. Properly moisturizing helps protect and condition their rapidly developing skin. It prevents dryness, cracking, and irritation while locking in much-needed moisture. The right lotion can be soothing and comforting for your little one.

How Often Should I Apply Baby Lotion?

So, how frequently should you be reaching for that moisturizer? For most newborns, experts recommend applying a thin layer of baby lotion or cream once or twice per day. You can make this part of your daily routine, like after bath time or first thing in the morning during diaper changes.

After bathtime is the ideal time since applying lotion to damp skin helps seal in that extra hydration. Their tiny pores are still open from the warm water, allowing the moisturizing ingredients to better penetrate. Be sure to pat the skin partially dry before applying rather than vigorously rubbing it with a towel, which can irritate.

If your baby's skin seems very dry despite once-a-day moisturizing, bump it up to twice daily applications in the morning and evening. Assess their skin regularly and adjust the frequency as needed.

How Much Lotion is Enough?

While keeping skin hydrated is important, a heavy coat of greasy lotion can also cause issues and leave skin feeling smothered. A little lotion goes a long way on a tiny newborn body. For a full application, use:

  • A nickel-sized amount for each arm and leg
  • A dime-sized amount for the chest and tummy area
  • Just a thin layer on hands, feet, and any dry patches
  • The lotion should absorb fully into the skin, leaving it soft and smooth but not shiny or slippery. Focus on getting the right coverage rather than globbing it on thickly. And be extra gentle when smoothing lotion into those adorable little creases and rolls.

Where to Moisturize Baby's Body

While you'll want to apply a light all-over body coating of lotion, pay special attention to areas that are most prone to excessive dryness and peeling on a newborn. These areas include:

  • Hands and feet - These often look excessively dry and peel as that deep prenatal layer sheds off.
  • Elbows and knees - The stretchy skin here gets lots of bending and friction.
  • Tummy, legs, and bottom area - Belly skin often dries out post-birth. The diaper region sees friction.
  • Generally, the face doesn't require much, if any, direct moisturizing in the first months since the tiny oil glands are quite active here. Just use an ultra-gentle lotion if the cheeks or forehead feel dry or flaky.

Signs You Need to Step Up the Moisture

Every baby is a little different in terms of their moisture needs based on the environment, bathing schedule, and more. Keep an eye out for these signs that your little one may need more frequent or intensive moisturizing:

  • Rough, patchy areas or generalized flakiness
  • Reddish, irritated-looking skin
  • Excessive peeling, cracking, or chapping on hands/feet
  • Skin feels tight or looks wrinkly after a bath
  • Baby seems itchy, fussy, or uncomfortable
  • When you see these indicators, dial up the moisturizing, increase to twice daily applications, or switch to an even gentler, more hydrating formula if needed. Your goal is smooth, soft, pliable baby skin.

Safe & Sensible Moisturizers for Babies

Choosing the right moisturizing lotion for your newborn is key. Look for ultra-gentle, fragrance-free formulas with minimal ingredients to avoid skin irritation or allergic reactions. Some good options to look for include:

  • Those labeled "for sensitive skin" or "hypoallergenic"
  • Thicker cream or ointment consistencies like Aquaphor
  • Plant-based oils like coconut, jojoba, shea butter
  • Core ingredients with ceramides to restore the protective skin barrier
  • No dyes, parabens, phthalates, or strong fragrances
  • With some simple moisturizing routines and the right newborn-safe lotion, you can help protect your little one's satiny, smooth skin in those first precious months and beyond!

Born Babies: Gentle Essentials for Your Little Wonder 

Born Babies is a one-stop destination for all your baby and mother care needs, offering an extensive range of products that cater to every aspect of early parenthood. From the moment your little one arrives, Born Babies provides everything you need to ensure their comfort, safety, and development.

At Born Babies, quality is paramount. Each product is carefully selected and tested to meet the highest standards of safety and comfort. From soft, hypoallergenic fabrics in baby clothing to BPA-free materials in feeding accessories, Born Babies ensures that your child is surrounded by products that are safe and gentle.

Wrapping Thoughts

Those first few months of snuggling, nuzzling, and getting to know your newborn baby are some of the most special and fleeting. While keeping up with protecting their delicate skin with proper moisturizing is important, don't let it overshadow the absolute joy of this miraculous stage.

Savor every tiny wrinkle, every buttery soft crease, every sweet baby scent. Take time to really feel the velvety texture of their skin against your cheek as you breathe them in. These newborn characteristics make this period so incredibly special, and it goes by in a blink.


1. Is it okay to use baby lotion every day? 

Yes, it is generally safe, and it is recommended that a gentle, fragrance-free baby lotion or cream be applied once or twice per day to help hydrate a newborn's delicate skin. Just use a thin layer and focus on dry areas.

2. Can using too much baby lotion be harmful? 

Using an excessive amount of thick, heavy lotion and leaving it sitting on a baby's skin can potentially lead to irritation or clogged pores. A light, breathable moisturizing layer is best.

3. When is the best time to apply baby lotion? 

The ideal times are after a bath while the skin is still damp to lock in moisture and first thing in the morning as part of a diaper-changing routine.

4. Is baby oil or petroleum jelly better than lotion? 

While gentle oils and ointments can help hydrate, most experts recommend using a dedicated baby lotion or cream formula designed for newborn skin's unique needs. Avoid petroleum-based products.

5. How do I know if I need to moisturize my baby more often? 

Look for signs of excessive dryness like rough patches, redness, cracking, excessive peeling on hands/feet, or if skin looks tight after baths. If you notice these issues, increase lotion applications.

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