Keeping Chemicals Away from Baby: 7 Natural DIY Baby Products

7 DIY Natural Baby Products

This is Part 2 of a four-part series highlighting Healthy Child, Healthy World’s new e-book, Easy Steps for a Healthy & Safe Nursery.

What you put on your baby’s skin is just as important as what you put in his body. You wouldn’t feed your baby soda, so why lather him up with chemical-laden lotions and wipes? Not only are these chemicals absorbed into your Little One’s skin, but since his hands and feet always end up in his mouth, he actually eats the products you put on him.

All-natural baby-care products can be expensive, and not all mothers can afford organic bubble bath. But what many expectant and new moms don’t know is that making your own baby products is actually a very affordable — and EASY! — option. Many of these take minutes to make, and you can even make them ahead of time — heck, you can even make these while you’re still pregnant, before your new bundle arrives.

I’ve personally made the natural baby wipes and the oatmeal bath, and I can assure you: These really are easy.

So give ‘em a try, and keep your baby’s skin chemical free!

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  • Milk Bath 1 of 7
    Milk Bath
    Milk is a natural moisturizer that also is a gentle cleanser. To make your own milk bath, mix 1 cup of dried milk with 1/2 cup cornstarch, and add a small amount to the warm bath. For an additional nicety, add a drop or two of lavender or chamomile essential oil, both of which naturally help calm a baby.
    Source: HealthyChild.org
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  • Baby Powder 2 of 7
    Baby Powder
    The dangers of talc continue to be exposed, so avoid using it altogether. You can simply make your own baby powder by mixing 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (found in most grocery stores), and 1 TBSP of white clay (found in health food stores). Keep in mind that any small particles are dangerous for your baby to inhale even with safe ingredients so be sure to always shake powder into your hands, away from your baby, and then pat it on her; never shake any powder directly on baby.
    Source: HealthyChild.org
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Baby Oil 3 of 7
    Baby Oil
    Vegetable oils are more moisturizing than mineral oils, and can also be used to gently loosen cradle's cap, heal eczema, and as a natural massage oil for your baby. Simply mix 1 cup of grapeseed, almond, sunflower, or olive oil with 2 to 3 capsules (broken) of vitamin E.
    Source: HealthyChild.org
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Oatmeal Bath 4 of 7
    Oatmeal Bath
    To help soothe and soften baby's skin, make your own oatmeal bath. It's easy! Put 1 cup of whole oats into the blender of food processor until it becomes a powder, and then sprinkle into the bath and swirl.
    Source: HealthyChild.org
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Bubble Bath 5 of 7
    Bubble Bath
    Many bubble-bath products have harmful chemicals added to them. So, make your own easily by combining 1 cup of baby shampoo or eco-friendly liquid soap, 3/4 cup water, 1/2 to 1 tsp glycerin, and a few drops of an essential oil of your choice (optional).
    Source: HealthyChild.org
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Baby Wipes 6 of 7
    Baby Wipes
    Keep your baby's bum fresh and chemical free by making your own baby wipes. It's easier than you think! Cut a roll of paper towels in half (to make two short rolls), and remove the cardboard inside. In a container, mix 1/8 to 1/4 cup castile soap, 1/8 to 1/4 cup vegetable oil of your choice (like olive or almond), and 2 cups of lukewarm water. Place the halved paper towel roll in the container, cut side down. Place lid on container, seal tightly, and tip upside down. Pull from center of roll when using. Voila! Easy peasy and WAY cheaper than traditional baby wipes!
    Source: HealthyChild.org
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Healing Cloths 7 of 7
    Healing Cloths
    Soothe your baby with homemade healing cloths. Simply mix the same solution used for baby wipes mentioned in the previous slide, and add a natural healer to it. Try calendula to help heal rashes, scrapes, and other skin irritations. Try aloe vera to moisturize and treat burns. Try tea tree oil for a natural antibacterial and antiseptic. And try lavender to help baby relax and ease tension.
    Never use essential oils on babies under 6 months old. Always do a small skin-patch test before using any product on your baby.
    Source: HealthyChild.org
    Photo: iStockphoto

View Part 1 of this series here!

 

SOURCE: Easy Steps for a Healthy & Safe Nursery, by Healthy Child, Healthy World

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