One of the best things about cuddling a baby is the feel of baby’s smooth skin — there’s just nothing like that newborn softness!

Newborn skin doesn’t necessarily need much help to stay soft. In fact, you’ll likely not need to use any lotions and oils on your baby for the first month or so while their skin matures and develops outside the watery environment of the womb. Even if your newborn experiences flaking, peeling skin, it will likely go away on its own.

After that time though, baby oil can be very useful in a variety of situations. That’s why we’re here to help you narrow down the field with some suggestions of the best baby oils in a variety of categories.

Baby oil is most commonly used to moisturize baby’s skin, help treat diaper rash and eczema, and as a part of regular baby massages.

Plus, there are a million other uses for baby oil regardless of your age! Some of our favorites for adults include:

  • makeup remover
  • shaving lubricant
  • cuticle moisturizer

When looking at baby oils, you’ll want to check out the ingredient list, as it’s important that you feel comfortable with anything you put on your baby’s skin.

Next, you’ll want to consider things like:

  • whether the oil is pumped or squeezed out
  • whether it’s thicker gel or more liquid
  • if there is a heavy scent
  • if it has any additional uses or special features

Safety notes

Always check with your pediatrician if your little one has an ongoing skin condition.

Before slathering baby in a new product, err on the side of caution by spot testing any oil on a small patch of their skin.

You’ll want to make sure that any older children in your home don’t try to drink baby oil, and you’ll want to keep the bottle out of the hands of your baby.

Warm up baby oil naturally by rubbing your hands together before applying.

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When choosing our favorite baby oils, we took into account the ingredients, price, texture, absorbency, and of course, reviews from parents like you.

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $5
  • $$ = $5–$10
  • $$$ = $10–$15
  • $$$$ = over $15

Best baby oil overall

Burt’s Bees Baby Nourishing Baby Oil

Price: $$

One of the many things we love about this oil from Burt’s Bees Baby is the ingredient list. It’s a 100 percent natural oil that includes grapeseed and apricot oil to heal skin while also ensuring it stays moisturized.

This oil is designed without a synthetic fragrance (though it does tend to have a subtle honey scent), and is nongreasy once absorbed. You can add it to your baby’s bath or apply it directly to them afterwards, and since a little goes a long way, one bottle can last you a long time!

Best baby oil for newborns

Motherlove Birth & Baby Oil

Price: $$

When thinking about newborn safety, we’ve already mentioned that it’s not advised to use products on newborn skin in the first month. However, if you’re eager to introduce some added moisture to baby after that point, this oil is a great starter as it includes only two ingredients — apricot seed oil and lavender flower.

In addition to use on baby’s skin, many moms say this oil is great for both perineal massage to prepare for birth. Reviewers also say a little of this oil goes a long way.

Best baby oil for massage

Weleda Baby Tummy Oil

Price: $$$$

Specifically designed by midwives and pharmacists to use as an abdominal massage tool to encourage the gas out of baby’s stomach, this product includes ingredients like sweet almond oil and essential oils of cardamom and marjoram. It’s also deemed 100 percent natural by the International Natural and Organic Cosmetics Association.

One downside to this product is that it tends to be pricier for the amount you get. But, based on the encouraging reviews, if you have a colicky or gassy infant on your hands it might be worth every cent.

Best baby oil for eczema

Pipette Baby Oil

Price: $$

Parents rave about this fast absorbing, scentless oil for treating eczema and cradle cap. But beyond being an effective moisturizer, Pipette Baby Oil (and all their products for that matter) truly goes the extra mile in terms of eco-consciousness.

It’s EWG certified, sustainably packaged, and the formula features sugarcane-derived squalane as a moisturizer. One mom even uses it on her own face as an overnight oil!

Best baby oil for hair

Earth Mama Calendula Baby Oil

Price: $$

One of the best features of this grapeseed-based oil from Earth Mama is its convenient pump bottle — this means you can easily spray it on hair and brush or comb through without having to get your hands messy. The formula includes calendula oil, known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and parents say it works well on cradle cap and general dry skin or scalp.

A special aspect of this formula is that it includes no nut extracts and is safe enough that NICUs have been known to use it. But while it doesn’t include artificial fragrances, some users have commented that it smells like cooking oil.

Best baby oil for dry skin

SheaMoisture Baby Oil Rub

Price: $$

This formula includes raw shea butter (long revered for its moisturizing power), soothing chamomile, and healing argan oil. In addition to moisturizing skin, parents say they use this oil to treat hair and help with rashes or inflammation.

Worth noting: This product also gets rave reviews for a honeysuckle-like scent, but if you’re not a fan of smells this might not be the pick for you.

Best budget-friendly baby oil

Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil

Price: $

Despite its very low price point, this oil has a lot of attributes that make it stand out.

For starters, the thicker texture makes it easy to apply. Fellow parents also love the scent and that it includes aloe vera and vitamin E to soften skin and keep moisture in.

But perhaps its most unusual benefit (and one that makes it worth far more than what you’ll pay) is that it also works as a mosquito repellent. Parents say it’s definitely a product you’ll want if you’re going camping with your baby anytime soon!

Best organic baby oil

Badger Calming Baby Oil

Price: $$$

Made with only four ingredients, this oil from Badger is USDA certified organic, non-GMO, and cruelty-free. It gets good reviews for soaking in quickly and not leaving a residue. It does have a slight scent, but not one that most people find particularly irritating.

Because the ingredients are ideal for nourishing and soothing, parents say that one additional benefit of this baby oil is that it can be used to help treat and prevent diaper rash. The only real downside? It’s one of the priciest oils on this list.