Contrary of popular belief, I think babies don’t require an expensive things.
Wee don’t need a lot of care products for them or toys to entertain them.
One specific area that many families overbuy when waiting for their baby is (skin/hair) care products.
They’re mostly unnecessary.
And, I don’t even need to mention that, even though they’re developed and approved for babies, they still contain chemical ingredients.
For such sensitive skins, anything could easily cause allergies or irritations, and we never know what it could be.
Most of us know don’t know yet, but most newborn care products can be easily replaced by natural ingredients or have some homemade alternatives.
So, if you’re anything like me and would like a more neutral, organic, sustainable way to care for your newborn, whether you’re living a frugal and minimalist lifestyle or just like to try to do homemade things yourself, I’m sure you’ll enjoy learning recipes for those common baby care products below.
1. Bath Foam
Whirl 1 cup of oats in a blender or food processor until they are reduced to powder.
Sprinkle it into your baby’s bath water for a fresh bath.
2. Liquid Soap
You can make your own baby’s organic soap using:
Liquid Unscented Castille Soap
100ml. Water (filtered)
6 drops of Essential Oils (of your preference)
For an organic baby shampoo, use:
2 tablespoons of oil of your choice
1 tablespoon of pure organic aloe vera gel or Vitamin E oil
Drops of Essential Oil
This combination is very hydrating and can also work as a remedy for diaper rash!
Just mix proportional portions of them both together.
5. Massage Oil
One easy product that can substitute the massage oils found in the supermarkets is coconut oil. By now, we all know the multiple uses and benefits of coconut oil for health and skin/hair care, so you can also use it for your own care.
If you prefer, you can also add a drop of a safe essential oil for babies to give it a relaxing and fresh smell.
6. Rash Cream
That’s a strong, while still natural, recipe to treat diaper rash.
¼ cup shea butter
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons bentonite clay
2 drops lavender essential oil and 2 drops of chamomile essential oil
We had never used baby powder with my baby, but I know others might need it (both my brother and I did).
One thing that can easily substitute the common baby powder would be bentonite clay powder. It’s just one powerful healing product, that can be stored in a bottle for fast applications.
Instead of using normal wipes, that we all know is potentially full of chemicals and that add to the pollution of our planet, you can simply use small wash cloths.
Just make them wet before cleaning baby.
Nowadays, we all know the trend of using cloth diapers instead of plastic diapers.
Whether it’s to save money or save the planet, that’s a great alternative – also for your baby’s skin!
10. Teething Cream
That’s a great recipe to soothe baby’s gums. You just need to massage it with a tiny amount of the mix of:
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup cocoa butter
12 drops clove essential oil
I hope these recipes are easy and fun enough for you to make and that give you some organic solutions for common baby care products.