How Do I Choose the Best Natural Baby Cream?

Lainie Petersen

When choosing natural baby cream, it is important to carefully read the label of any product that you consider. Ideally, you should choose a natural baby cream that does not contain any fragrances or other skin-irritating ingredients. You may also want to actually feel the cream to determine whether it is the consistency that you are looking for. Talk to your pediatrician about recommendations for baby skin care products and discontinue the use of any product that seems to be causing irritation and ask for help from a health care professional.

A natural baby cream should not contain any fragrances or dyes.
A natural baby cream should not contain any fragrances or dyes.

If you're interested in using natural baby cream, you may find it easier to identify the type of product that you are looking for by going to a health food store or shop that specializes in organic products. If you can't find these kinds of shops in your area, you may want to look online for vendors of such products. Find out how the manufacturer of the cream defines “natural,” as this can be critical in selecting the kind of product that you want to use on a child's skin. For example, if you are concerned about the use of petroleum-based ingredients, animal testing, or organically grown ingredients, don’t assume that a natural baby cream conforms to your standards just because it is sold as a natural product. Ask the manufacturer for details about its ingredient sourcing and manufacturing standards.

In situations where you are choosing a baby cream for a specific purpose, you will want to make sure that the product is actually effective. For example, if you want to select natural baby cream that offers sun protection, review its ingredients to make sure that it contains an effective sunscreen. Zinc oxide is an effective treatment for diaper rash. If you suspect that a natural baby cream is effective only as a moisturizer, choose another that contains effective ingredients or purchase two different creams: one for basic skin care and one for treating or preventing skin conditions.

Many babies are sensitive to the ingredients in personal care products, even if the product is sold as being developed for babies. In addition to taking advice about products from your family doctor, be cautious about using any product on a child’s skin. Try applying a small amount of the product on the child’s skin and then waiting 24 hours. If irritation develops, you’ll know to not use it again.

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