Are you seeking a natural approach to the products you use with baby and on his skin? Then, here are some recipes that you can mix up at home and know exactly what you are putting on the baby.
Homemade Baby Care Products
This recipe comes via Wellness Mama and is full of nourishing ingredients for baby’s skin. So, if you are looking for a chemical-free lotion alternative, try this:
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter (or 32 cocoa butter wafers)
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon castor oil
- Essential oils of choice. I used 15 drops each of Frankincense, Myrrh, Chamomile and Rose.
- Heat all ingredients (except essential oils) in a double boiler or in a glass jar or bowl over a small pan of boiling water.
- Stir carefully until melted.
- Remove from heat and add essential oils if using.
- Pour into a glass jar for storage.
- Use a small amount as needed for baby’s skin (or adult skin)
For the full post, visit: Wellness Mama, Homemade Baby Balm Skin Cream
DIY Baby Laundry Detergent
A recipe by I Am That Lady and is safe for cloth diapers:
- ⅓ cup Baby Mild Pure Castile Soap – Unscented
- 1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
- 10 drops Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Essential Oil
- Mix the soap, glycerin, and essential oil in a cup before adding to your washing machine.
- Wash on normal cycle.
For cloth diaper laundry: Wash on your normal cycle adding an extra rinse if you desire. This recipe will thoroughly clean your cloth diapers without leaving a residue. The essential oil will kill odor causing bacteria and leave your diapers extra clean.
10- Minute Natural Diaper Rash Cream
The ingredients include:
- 2.5 oz beeswax (pastilles will melt faster, but I used a big chunk and it was fine)
- ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 oz. shea butter
- 2 T. cocoa butter
Place all ingredients in a microwave-safe glass container. Heat in 30-second intervals at 50% power, stirring in between. When completely melted, pour into jars or tins and allow to cool.
All Natural Baby Shampoo and Body Wash
This recipe combines the calming effects of chamomile and the gentleness of pure castille soap, making it gentle enough for even newborns.
- 6 oz Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild liquid castille soap (where to buy)
- 1 tsp herbal infused oil. I used calendula and chamomile (find them here) see tutorial for infused oil here.
- 10 drops of pure chamomile essential oil (find it here)
This recipe can be use as is, or you can dilute a squirt in a small amount of water in a small bowl with each use. Which is what I used to when my son was a small baby.
A tincture involves basically the same ingredients as a tea, except it includes vegetable glycerin as an extractor and (natural) preservative. It’s also much more concentrated, so smaller doses are needed.
- 1/2 tbsp. cloves
- 2 tbsp. catnip
- 2 oz. filtered water
- 2 oz. vegetable glycerin
- 1/4 cup of calendula flowers (where to buy)
- 1/4 cup oatmeal (where to buy)
- 1/2 cup of bentonite clay (where to buy)
- 1/4 cup of arrowroot powder (where to buy)
- 5 drops of therapeutic-grade lavender or chamomile essential oil (where to buy at a discount)
- Put the calendula flowers and the oatmeal in a food processor and process until it is finely ground.
- Add the clay and the arrowroot to the food process and pulse a few times to combine.
- Put in a shaker bottle and apply as needed!
- Let’s face it — some adults might need this too!
What you need
- 1 roll Bounty (must be Bounty – I tried another brand against my friend’s advice and they were terrible)
- A very sharp knife or an electric knife works best (*UPDATE* We found a much better way by using a Miter Saw)
- 1 T. baby wash
- 1 T. coconut oil (you can use other oils but coconut has lots of good benefits so it’s a good choice)
- 1 C. water (make sure it is hot if you’re using coconut oil so it’ll melt)
- 1 container the appropriate size to house the wipes (the one pictured came from Dollar Tree)
Happy Natural Baby Care!