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Natural DIY Skin Care for Baby

babywyIt’s cheap and easy to make safe, effective skin care products for your baby. Try some of these super simple recipes instead of hitting the baby aisle. You’ll feel good knowing exactly what you’re putting on baby’s skin — safe, gentle, natural ingredients instead of harsh chemicals and untested fillers.

Baby Bath/Shampoo

2 cups distilled water
4 tbsp. liquid castille soap (I like Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Mild)
2 tbsp. vegetable glycerin

Combine all the ingredients in a bottle — good way to reuse an empty shampoo bottle. If desired, you can add 5-7 drops of essential oil for fragrance, such as Roman chamomile and lavender are safe bets for babies. Both are soothing and help promote restful sleep. Use a dime-size amount to clean baby — it doesn’t take much!

Baby Wipes

2 cups distilled water, or you can use cooled water that you’ve boiled to sanitize
2 tsp. liquid castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s is great)
1 tbsp. sweet almond oil or apricot kernel oil

Combine the ingredients in a lidded container. You can either use this formula with unbleached paper towels (remove the inner cardboard roll and cut the roll in half) or you can use this formula on your own reusable cloth wipes. Store your wipes in an air-tight container to keep the moisture in.

More Skin Care Tips

Instead of baby powder, which contains talc (a proven carcinogen), try using plain cornstarch.

For a gentle skin cream, try a little organic virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but melts gently in your hands. It’s an excellent moisturizer, and we’ve also found it extremely effective on baby rashes and irritation.

Instead of baby oil (made of mineral oil), try a little sweet almond or apricot kernel oil. You can also mix the two and add a few drops of lavender or chamomile for a soothing baby massage oil.

Baby got a wicked diaper rash? Try an oatmeal bath. Run a lukewarm bath and toss in some ground old-fashioned slow-cook oats. Let baby play in the tub, then rinse well, and if you can stand it, let baby run around diaper-free to get some fresh air on the rash. When you diaper up again, add a light coating of diaper rash cream (we like Boudreaux’s Butt Paste).

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