Happy to bring you a guest post from Edna Thomson who breaks down how to make some of the most commonly used baby products. I remember when my girls were babies and their skin was ultra sensitive and I worried about the harsh chemicals in our household. If you have the time and desire to make these natural
Some people decide to use products that they make themselves. They clean their homes with DIY detergents, use their own products for personal care. What about when it comes to your baby? Would you prefer to use cosmetics that are commercials or you would rather do it the natural way?
Most of the commercial products for babies are not the best choice. They contain chemicals that can actually affect badly to the skin and the organism of the new born. Baby’s skin is really soft and it absorbs anything you put on it. Therefore it is really important to use natural products. Of course, there are companies that produce only natural baby cosmetics, but they are actually really expensive and not everyone can afford it. Here are some natural and more inexpensive solutions when it comes to the hygiene of your baby.
Cloth diaper is more natural and cheaper. Babies rarely get rash. But you should not use commercial diaper cream, because it will leave the smell. But here is a natural home-made diaper cream that will not cause such troubles and helps dealing with rash.
Natural home-made diaper cream
Use half a cup of coconut oil, 1 spoon calendula and one of chamomile, a quarter cup of shea butter and one tsp arrowroot (or you can use zinc oxide powder). Put a couple of cm of water in a sauce in medium high, then melt the coconut oil and add it into the water. Put the two flowers in the water. Let it boil for sixty minutes on low heat. After the hour carefully remove all the flowers with a strainer. Then with a fork or a immersion mix the shea with the arrowroot and the coconut oil. After you are done put the cream in little jars.
Most of baby oils are based on petroleum.Can you believe it?!. Of course, there is a better way:
DIY Baby Oil
A cup of organic oil of olive, 2 spoons of calendula and 2 of chamomile is all you need. The calendula and chamomile are put into a jar, then the oil. You need to put a lid on. Storage it in a dark, cool shelf and shake it every day for seven weeks. When you happen to see the orange oil, it means that it is ready. This oil is rich in vitamins and calms the baby’s skin.
Most of the powders for babies contain talc, which is not healthy for your infant. A natural way will be the perfect way.
DIY Baby Powder
You need arrowroot powder – a half of cup and 1 tsp of chamomile. You need to powder then in a blender. Mix the two ingredients and put them in a jar. You can use it regularly and will not harm your baby.
DIY Baby Lotion
Baby Lotions may be made at home, too. You need a half of cup of oil of olive or Almond ¼ cup of oil of coconut and the same amount of beeswas. You can put oil of vitamin E – one spoon and coco butter or shea butter, vanilla extract or whatever you like. Use a big jar to put the ingredients in it and a couple of centimetres of water. Put a lid on it and stir it until the ingredients melt. Then put it into other jars. You can use it regularly like any other lotion. It moisturise the baby’s skin. Six months is the life of the home-made baby lotion.
DIY Baby Wash
Babies do not need shampoos and soaps. They have natural oils that protects baby’s skin and it is better not to wash it off. You can use microfibre cloths to clean the baby or castille soap both for shampoo and soap. This soap is made of olive and soda, so it will not cause any harm.
Home made products are one really good alternative if you want to keep it natural. It is cheap, it is healthier and does not harm your baby’s organism and skin. Better be safe than sorry.
This article was provided by ProCarpetCleaners Ltd. who have a passion for organic alternatives and DIY for healthier homes and families.