Your newborn baby is the most precious thing in the whole world to you (or one of, if you have more kids).
You worry about everything from hot drinks, stray dogs, sunburn. You name, you worry about it.
If you've read the ingredients on the bottles of baby lotions and creams, then you're probably worried about chemicals too.
Coconut Oil – 5 Great Uses For Coconut Oil For Your Baby
Not only is your baby's skin sensitive to toxic chemicals but the effects on the environment are now well known.
You can replace many of your store bought baby products with a natural, chemical-free alternative that you might have in your kitchen cupboard.
Coconut oil is gaining huge momentum worldwide for being a super oil, containing anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.
Not only will coconut oil save you money, it will be better for the planet and better for your baby's skin.
Here are 5 ways to use coconut oil on your baby:
#1: Nappy Rash Cream
Coconut oil is the perfect way to treat nappy rash naturally. There's no risk of it making the rash worse, because it's not full of chemicals like some store bought nappy rash creams.
All you need to do is apply coconut oil to the affected area. The thick oil acts as a barrier and prevents any further irritation, and the coconut oil will nourish and treat the irritated skin.
Coconut oil has antimicrobial, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and antifungal properties which help the skin to heal. It contains lauric acid (also found in breast milk) which acts on bacterial and fungal infections.
Another added bonus is that coconut oil will not ruin cloth nappies, unlike some other nappy rash treatments.
#2: Body Lotion
Your baby's skin is probably soft enough without you needing to cover him in any lotions or creams, but if your baby skin does get dry, coconut oil is the perfect natural moisturiser.
For example, some babies suffer dry patches in the creases of their neck, a quick dab of coconut oil will help to keep the area moisturised while protecting the skin from further irritation.
#3: Baby Wash
Babies can get very messy, particularly when eating, especially if you're following baby led weaning!
Instead of using chemicals to clean your baby, you can make this easy homemade baby wash. All you need is equal parts coconut oil, castile soap (you can buy organic, chemical-free castile soap) and water.
Mix the ingredients together and voila. The coconut oil has a delicious natural scent so you don't have to add any essential oils as fragrance (unless you want to).
You don't need to use baby wash every time you bath your baby, but on the occasions you do need it, this homemade wash is a great product to use.
#4: Cradle Cap Treatment
Coconut oil can be used as a natural treatment for cradle cap. All you need to do is massage the oil directly onto your baby's scalp and leave for about 20 minutes.
The coconut oil acts as a moisturiser and loosens the cradle cap flakes while nourishing the scalp. After twenty minutes, rinse the coconut oil off and use a soft brush to gently comb the hair and remove any loose flakes.
Check out our article Cradle Cap And Cradle Cap Treatment for more information.
#5: Baby Massage Oil
We've all heard about the benefits of baby massage. If you haven't, check out Baby Massage – 7 Amazing Benefits For Your Baby.
As well as strengthening the bond between parent and baby, the massaging can also relax baby in time for bed. Some baby massage oils are actually made from petroleum which isn't something many mamas would knowingly rub onto their newborn's skin.
To make your own natural baby massage cream, simply take one part coconut oil and one part olive oil, mix together. If you wish add two drops lavender oil to aid relaxation.
Make sure you choose extra virgin coconut oil because this means it is as pure as possible. Other coconut oils may have been bleached or refined, adding in chemicals and taking out goodness along the way.
Choosing organic coconut oil will further protect your baby from chemicals, and will be good for the planet too! Oh and mamas, if you're breastfeeding and use coconut oil in your cooking or consume it any other way, baby gets the benefits too.
Where to buy it? Most supermarkets now stock coconut oil, otherwise look in your health food store or heck out extra virgin coconut oil on Amazon.
Want to read more about the amazing benefits of coconut oil? Check out the coconut research center website.