When you’re planning a pregnancy — like I am — you’ve got a lot of time to think ahead. Recently, I started wondering how to avoid exposing my future baby to the unnecessary ingredients in many store-bought baby products without breaking the bank on the more expensive organic alternatives. Always one to go back to the basics whenever possible, I spent this past weekend looking into homemade options for the most common baby products on the market. And I’m happy to report that there are some really great recipes out there for making your own, chemical-free baby lotions and potions — including baby wipes and diaper-rash treatments.
So I spent Sunday mixing and measuring to find out if the recipes were all they’re cracked up to be. Turns out, not only are they outrageously easy to make, but these homemade baby products were fun to make — and they smell amazing.
You don’t have to be a domestic goddess with tons of extra time on your hands to conquer these 7 easy DIY Non-Toxic Baby Products. Check them out after the jump!
Baby Powder 1 of 7
Diaper Rash Ointment 2 of 7
Baby Shampoo 3 of 7Sweet and simple way to make your own chemical-free baby shampoo: Boil 12 ounces of water and allow to cool for 10 minutes; add 4 tablespoons of Castile soap flakes and allow to dissolve while stirring; add 1 to 2 drops of lavender essential oil -- and voila! -- you've got homemade baby shampoo.
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Cradle Cap Treatment 4 of 7
Baby Oil 5 of 7
Baby Wipes 6 of 7Homemade baby wipes can be made from any soft cotton fabric you have, such as old flannel pajamas. To make your own solution for the wipes, simply combine 1 teaspoon of almond oil, 1 tablespoon of Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap, 1 teaspoon of 100% aloe vera gel, and 1 cup of water. You can store the solution in a bottle to spray the wipes, or in a container to dip the wipes in.
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Baby Lotion 7 of 7Homemade baby lotion is the most difficult of these baby products to make, but do not fear: You can do it! Mix 1 and 1/2 cup aloe vera gel, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons each of lanolin and vitamin E oil in a blender. Melt 1/3 cup of coconut oil with 1 ounce pure, filtered beeswax. Stir 3/4 cup camelina oil into coconut oil/beeswax mixture. Pour mixture into blender, add 2 tablespoons of lavender powder and 1 and 1/2 teaspoon of chamomile powder, and blend gently in short bursts. Pour the lotion into dispenser while it's still warm. It sounds like a lot, but this recipe makes a really lovely lotion!
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