Before I had a baby, I imagined that babies had perfect skin. Isn’t that why there’s that expression, “smooth as a baby’s bottom?” But it turns out that babies deal with a ton of skin issues. Some of them are mostly cosmetic (like baby acne and cradle cap), but others require treatment (like eczema).
I was hoping that my baby would inherit her father’s skin instead of mine, but it seems that I might have passed down my eczema to her. Or maybe it’s just common to babies—acccording to the American Academy of Dermatology, up to a quarter of children have eczema.
My baby has eczema on the backs of her knees, around her ankles, and behind her ears. I’m hoping that she will eventually outgrow her eczema, but for now, I’ve been very vigilant about applying lotion day and night, with a focus on those areas. I have also used CeraVe Moisturizing Cream on her with good results. But since Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion comes in a convenient pump bottle, I’ve been using it more often.
Convenience is all well and good, but I was curious to see which of these two products my dad preferred, based on their ingredients. Here’s what he had to say.
Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion ingredients
Active ingredient: dimethicone (1.2%)
Inactive ingredients: water, glycerin, distearyldimonium chloride, petrolatum, isopropyl palmitate, cetyl alcohol, avena sativa (oat) kernel flour, benzyl alcohol, sodium chloride, allantoin, citric acid
CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream ingredients
water, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, dimethicone, petrolatum, potassium phosphate, ceramide np, ceramide ap, ceramide eop carbomer, behentrimonium methosulfate, sodium lauroyl lactylate, sodium hyaluronate, cholesterol, phenoxyethanol, dipotassium phosphate, disodium edta, phytosphingosine, xanthan gum, ethylhexylglycerin
My Dad the Chemist’s review of Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion vs. Cerave Baby Moisturizing Cream
Dear Emily, both are good moisturizers, my preference will depend on the application, cream usually more water (sweat, urine) resistant than lotion, if that’s not a concern, I would decide base on the difference on the cost.
The viscosity is not always a dependent of being a cream or lotion.
Interesting…I was always under the impression that creams were, well, creamier, and lotions were more less thick/viscose. But according to my dad, this is not the case. I guess a product can call itself anything and no one’s really regulating the usage of the terms “cream” and “lotion,” so it’s all kind of subjective.
In this case, I think Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion is actually a bit thicker than CeraVe Baby Cream, even though it’s a lotion and the other one’s a cream. I have used both on my baby, and both seem to work pretty well.
And I’m not sure why, but I’ve also noticed that CeraVe Moisturizing Cream (the one for adults) is thicker than CeraVe Baby Cream (but about half the price per ounce!), so it would probably work better on more severe cases of eczema.
Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion review
A few months ago, I started applying Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion to the baby’s extra dry areas in the morning and at night, and it has helped a lot. I was actually very surprised to see how much of a difference it made after just a week or two of keeping up this regimen. When I first started using it, the affected areas were red and peeling. Now, her skin is as smooth as, well, a baby’s bottom. Sorry for being cheesy.
Looking back on the archives of this blog, it seems that I had written about Aveeno Baby Lotion back in 2018, and compared it to the adult version of the lotion. These two lotions are very similar, aside from a few ingredients. At that time, my dad recommended the adult version of the lotion because it contained shea butter. However, the baby version contains allantoin, a soothing ingredient. I’ve been happy with the baby version of this lotion so far, and one bottle lasts a long time because babies are small, so there isn’t much surface area that needs to be covered, so I think I’ll stick with the baby version for some time to come.
By the way, if you’re wondering if you have to use baby products on babies, I had the same question. When I asked my pediatrician, she said no, as long as we went with something that marketed itself as hypoallergenic, so it wouldn’t irritate her skin.
Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion is a really high-quality product, and the perfect way to moisturize your baby’s skin. It’s affordable and doesn’t leave an overly greasy feel, even though it contains petrolatum (essentially Vaseline). I think the baby enjoys being lotioned up, too, because it feels like a relaxing massage. After I’m done rubbing her down, I apply some to myself, too.
A quick PSA on oat-based lotions and creams for babies
Oats have been shown to help treat eczema, but I also happen to love oatmeal, so it makes sense that I gravitate toward oat-based skin care products.
However, it is important to note that oats are apparently an allergen for some babies with sensitive skin. One study tested the effects of oat-based topical products on children with eczema, and some of them were actually allergic to the products (which are marketed as helping to treat that very condition!). The study found that children under two were more likely to be allergic to oat-based topical products. However, I haven’t noticed an adverse reaction in my baby, so thankfully, it seems that she isn’t allergic to oats…but it is something to keep in mind.