Making natural baby products

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As someone who cares about saving money and the planet, making my own natural baby products just makes sense. Before I even had the time to think about it, my Mother had already done the research and wild crafted the flowers. So during our last visit, we made Baby Bum Ointment and Baby Powder. It’s so easy! These recipes came from wellnessmama.com

Baby Bum ointment

Ingredients:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 Tbsp calendula flowers
1 Tbsp chamomile flowers
1/4 cup jojoba butter
optional: 1 tsp arrowroot or zinc oxide powder or more to thicken if needed- these will add additional drying power for really bad rashes

How to Make:
Heat a couple inches of water over medium high heat in a double boiler or small sauce pan. Melt the coconut oil in a glass bowl or double boiler top above the boiling water. Add the calendula and chamomile flowers and keep the heat going on low/medium for at least an hour or until coconut oil has started to turn yellow and smells of chamomile and calendula. Make sure to check the water level often and make sure it hasn’t gotten too hot or evaporated off.

Carefully strain the flowers out, reserving as much of the coconut oil as possible. A fine mesh metal strainer is best for this, or a cheesecloth will work, though you’ll lose more of the coconut oil. Make sure all visible pieces of the flower have been removed.

Add jojoba or shea butter to empty pot – add strained oils and warm until stirs easily – pour off into small jars.

Store in a small glass jar and apply as needed. Use a liner with cloth diapers. This is much more concentrated and effective than store-bought versions and a little goes a really long way! It can also be used for adult yeast infections or for healing of the perineum postpartum.

Baby Powder

Ingredients:
1/2 cup arrowroot powder
1 tsp chamomile and/or calendula flowers, powdered in small mill and pestle

How to Make:
Powder the chamomile or calendula if using. Mix with the arrowroot powder and store in a glass jar or sugar shaker for easy use. Use as you would regular baby powder.

I am also planning to make our own Baby Wipes! Have you ever read the ingredients on the packages? Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxymethlyglycinate… whaaaat?! No thanks. Check out the recipe and instructions HERE.

It’s so important to look past the “greenwashing” that has become popular these days. If a product says “natural” that actually means… nothing.

Next week I’m attending a Cloth Diapering 101 class led by New and Green. At this point our plan is to cloth diaper and use biodegradable eco diapers for nighttime and when out of the house for long periods, or traveling. This way we can save money and not send more plastic diapers to the landfill. Did you know they take 500 years to decompose? That means that every diaper that’s ever been used is still out there, somewhere. Rotting. Gross.

What eco-responsible choices are you making with raising your family? Do tell!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Auntie Janine
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 15:43:05

    In the “old” days, baby wipes were also known as “facecloths”…LOL. Just have a bunch on hand that get thrown in the wash a after use.
    I have to admit, I have a can of Penatene cream for diaper rash that I bought when my son was born 17.5 year ago, that is still half full as he never got diaper rash! LOL..

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