One way to know for sure is to make the products yourself! It's a great way to ensure you're only using the best for your little one, with the added benefit of being Eco-friendly, too.
Here are five simple DIY baby skin care recipes for your little one.
1. Perfect Moisturizer. Ditch those plastic pump-bottles and long lotion ingredient lists, all you need to keep your little one's skin baby soft is some pure unrefined coconut oil. The small molecular structure of this natural oil allows it to be easily absorbed, and if baby ends up sucking their fist (or their toes!) later on, you don't have to worry about what else they're ingesting.
2. Diaper Cream. I'm kind of cheating on this one, because the best substitute for store-bought diaper cream I've found is also just pure coconut oil - it worked so well for me that I had to include it! It works like a charm to soothe and prevent diaper rash, and is cloth-diaper safe, too. Keep in mind that many diaper rashes are caused by harsh chemicals present in disposable diapers and wipes- avoiding these will give you a head start on side-stepping a painful tush.
3. Homemade wipe solution. If you are using cloth diapers, it makes sense to use cloth wipes too. These reusable cotton, flannel or bamboo squares are great for cleaning up messes and when paired with a moisturizing wipe solution they work just as well – if not better – than store-bought.
- 1 cup water (I like to boil it and cool it before using, to make sure it’s sterile)
- 1 tsp olive or other cooking oil
- 1 tsp pure aloe vera
- 1 tsp Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap
4. Baby Powder. That familiar baby powder smell is often considered the scent of purity itself, but talc (a common ingredient in some brands) can pose serious health risks to your babe. Wellness mama offers up a great recipe for homemade baby powder.
- ½ cup arrowroot powder
- 1 tsp chamomile or calendula flowers, powdered in the blender or food processor, or a few drops of chamomile essential oil
- Powder the chamomile or calendula (if using). Mix with the arrowroot powder and store in shaker for easy use.
- ¼ cup liquid baby mild castile soap (I like cult-classic Dr. Bronner's)
- ¾ cup distilled water
- 8 drops essential oils (optional)
- 2 capsules Vitamin E
Feature image courtesy of Jefferson Kasan Hidayat