It’s no secret that our beauty products are full of dodgy chemicals. And it might be hard to believe, but so are our baby products. Some of the most popular brands of baby products are the biggest offenders lacing creams we put directly on to our babies largest organ (the skin) with parabens, petroleum-based oils, propylene glycol, and artificial fragrances. No thanks!
It’s tempting to go out and buy every baby product under the sun, but the truth is we don’t need most of them. These 2 DIY baby creams are all I really use, with an occasional dust of cornflour (never ever talcum powder) to keep little bottoms dry.
We have also been making a real effort to reduce the waste in our house and buying ingredients in bulk and DIYing our baby/beauty products have been helping. The majority of beauty and baby products come in non-recyclable or difficult-to-recycle packaging. Did you know many of the products marked ‘recyclable’ need to be sent to specialist recycling centers (not available at every rubbish depot) to be recycled? Like all of the recyclable coffee cups for example and many skin care products? Yep! so guess where most of them end up? You got it, LANDFILL! We reuse glass jars or jars from op shops for our DIY products so we are minimizing our waste and reusing as much as possible too. So not only are we taking care of our health but we are taking care of the planet as well.
We attended a baby shower recently and we decided to make the mummy and daddy-to-be some of our favorite baby products and a roller bottle for the mummy-to-be to use once babe is born. We Included the Nappy Cream and Moisturising Balm below. Both are very easy to make with a few readily available ingredients and a double boiler or saucepan and Pyrex (or other heatproof) jug. They also have shelf stable ingredients with no water added so no need for preservatives and both full of natural, nourishing ingredients for baby soft skin. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
DIY Nappy Rash Cream
I love this nappy rash cream. I’ve been using something very similar to this since my 2yr old was born, but I’ve never really measured the ingredients very well. A friend of mine uses this one and it is just divine! I changed the recipe ever so slightly to include some other baby-safe essential oils. My combination includes:
- Lavender Essential oil: a wonderful analgesic, antifungal, and antibacterial oil. So wonderful for soothing sore red bottoms. It’s also incredibly relaxing and great for sleep.
- Tea Tree Essential oil: Also called Melaleuca, Tea Tree is another analgesic, antifungal, and antibacterial oil.
- Roman Chamomile Essential Oil: Wonderful for dry and irritated skin, it’s also antifungal and antibacterial as well as the most wonderful calming, natural sedative.
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You will need:
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- Chamomile flower or chamomile tea bag (I actually swapped this out for 4 drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil)
- 15 grams beeswax
- 12 drops of lavender essential oil (I used 4 drops tea tree, 4 drops lavender and 4 drops Roman Chamomile instead)
- Arrowroot powder to thicken the consistency of the creme
- Squeeze bottle for easy application (I actually use a little glass jar as I didn’t want to purchase a squeeze bottle and found reusing one to difficult to clean out).
You can find the method and original recipe here at 1 million women.
Homemade Baby Balm/ Moisturiser
You only need the tiniest bit of this baby balm to make a BIG difference in that little babe dry skin. Simple and safe enough to eat, it’s a great addition to your baby product line up.
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter (or 32 cocoa butter wafers)
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon castor oil (I used vitamin e oil instead)
- 15 drops each of Frankincense, Myrrh, Chamomile, and Rose. (I used Lavender, Chamomile, and Frankincense as an alternative). You can purchase your oils here.
You can find the original recipe and method, as well as lots of other awesome DIY recipes, here at the Wellness Mama Website.
What did you use on your little ones when they were small? Feel free to share some of your own links to favourite recipes in the comments, or share your own recipe.
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