Many commercially made baby care products are manufactured with chemicals that are not totally safe for babies. This includes shampoos as well as toothpastes. For example, baby oil is made by turning petroleum oil that is turned to liquid and then has artificial scents added to it. A baby’s skin absorbs what is put on it very quickly, so it is very important to choose mindfully when picking baby care products. It is not too difficult to make them on your own, and this means that you will know exactly what ingredients are in it, and it can also save some money in the long run.
More and more, parents are opting to choose the route of making their baby care products at home as opposed to purchasing them at the store. In addition to making simple baby care items, parents have also opted to put together their own all-natural homemade first aid kit in the event of an emergency. This would be something that can be grabbed quickly and has a few of these homemade products inside of it.
Using this diaper cream can aid in preventing uncomfortable burns and diaper rash.
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon Bentonite clay
- ¼ cup shea butter
- 1 tablespoon zinc oxide
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 2 capsules DHA/EPA
- 2 tablespoons fermented cod liver oil liquid
In a glass bowl over a small saucepan filled with about 1 inch of water, combine the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax. Let the water boil in the saucepan to melt the ingredients in the glass bowl. Once melted, remove it from the heat and mix in the zinc oxide, cod oil, bentonite clay, and DHA.EPA. A few drops of essential oil may be added at this time if you’d like. Stir as it cools, and be sure it keep it in a container up to 3 months.
The shea butter has vitamins A and E, 6 SPF, and uses fatty acids to protect the skin. Beeswax makes a barrier on the skin that aids in keeping germs out and ingredients in coconut oil has so many uses all around, including acting as an antibacterial ingredient. Zinc oxide coats the skin, is soluble, and keeps the skin from drying out. The cod oil helps skin to heal.
Heavy duty paper towels are necessary to make these wipes.
- 1 ¾ cups of boiled water that has cooled
- 1 tablespoon of witch hazel
- 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract
- 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap
- 1 teaspoon almond oil
- 1 tablespoon pure aloe vera
- A #6 Rubbermaid container
- Essential oils of your choice
Cut the paper towels in half using a knife. They may be set down in the container or fold them accordion style. In a bowl, mix the water, witch hazel, grapefruit seed extract, castile soap, almond oil, and aloe. Stir thoroughly and add essential oils of your choice. Pour this mixture over the towels and wait 5 to 10 minutes. Wipes should be thoroughly soaked.
Most commercial baby oils are made with petroleum and artificial scents.
- 1 cup organic apricot kernel oil
- 2 tablespoons chamomile flowers
- 2 tablespoons calendula flowers
The fast way to make this uses heat. Heat up a few inches of water in a saucepan, and place a glass bowl on top of this, and add the oil and heat it. Then add the flowers. Keep the heat low for about an hour. The oil will begin to turn yellow and the flowers will be releasing their aroma. Strain and use.
To make this the slow way, put the flowers into a glass jar. Pour the oil over the flowers and seal it tightly. Store in a cool dark place and shake once a day for the next 6 to 8 weeks.