thread: Make your own baby toiletries

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    Fishchick Guest

    Make your own baby toiletries

    Hello all,

    I'm very interested in being a bit frugal & eco-friendly & am looking for recipes for making your own baby products.

    For example, I've heard you can make your own solution for baby wipes out of chamomile tea with a couple of drops of jojoba oil.

    I'm looking for info/advice like this on making baby shampoo, baby wash, nappy rash stuff, etc, etc. Can anyone help please?

    Also, with the nappy rash stuff (whether cream or oil) - does anyone know what products affect the absorbancy of fleece lined nappies & should be avoided?

    My first bub is due in 3 weeks, so I'm trying to get my head around it all now!

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    BellyBelly Life Member

    Nov 2003

    Hey Fishchick,

    My goal is to make most of my own baby products as well! At the moment for wipes we just use face washers in straight chamomile tea. You can also add a couple of drops of tea tree oil or calendula oil to it (calendula is fantastic stuff for healing!).

    Eventually I'm going to have a go at making shampoo and bath stuff from soapwort but I have to grow some of it first!

    I have seen recipes for nappy creams but I haven't tried any yet as we've been using Botty Butter which is made from all natural products and has been doing a good job. Maybe do a google search for some nappy cream recipes. I think a lot of the creams do affect fleece so you might have to strip it every now and then when you notice any build-up.

    Good luck & have fun with it all!

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    BellyBelly Member

    Aug 2004

    Weleda do a great range of nappy creams - it might be worth having a look at their ingredients and seeing what you can make of it. They use Calendula products, and they do not build up on nappies.

    We use the paper towels in a solution of water, baby wash and baby oil. I'm sure I could change it to being more natural, but just haven't got around to it.

    Will be interesting to see how you go - make sure you post back with any successes!

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Jun 2005
    Blue Mountains

    I can't help with recipes etc, but this topic caught my eye because my DH's latest project/obsession is making his own soap. And he's determined to make the baby natural soaps too. hehe. I tease him about his latest hobby, and he gets quite upset. lol. I definitely don't complain tho.. coz it gets him off the computer!

    But I hadn't thought of making baby wipes etc, I might get him to look into it He's actually composing a website as he's learning, so I'll let you know when he makes it public and if he ends up posting recipes or things for baby

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    Sam33 Guest

    Hi, I thought I would post these recipes for you. My first ds suffered badly from nappy rash and we just cut up clean chux kitchen wipes into squares and used them with water. I have also read using a spray bottle for the water/tea solutions is good too. Just spray bottom and wipe. I hope this helps. Sam

    Handmade Baby Wipes
    1 roll Bounty paper towels
    2 1/4 cups water
    2 Tbls. baby bath or shampoo
    1 Tbls. baby oil

    Cut roll of paper towels in half, remove the cardboard center. Mix all ingredients in an old baby wipe container. Place roll of towels in, and start the roll from the center. Initially, you may wish to turn it over to let the roll soak up the mixture.

    Homemade Baby Wipe Recipes

    What Do I Use For Wipes?

    * Inexpensive wash clothes
    * Paper towel roll cut in half.
    * For Sewers: Remnant flannel pieces cut into wipe sizes. Sew around the edges to keep it from fraying.

    Wipe Solutions

    You can store these solutions in a spray bottle and spray it onto the wipe at the time of the diaper changing or you can store the wipes and the solution in the same leak proof container.

    Basic and Easy Homemade Baby Wipes

    1/2 roll of paper towels (cut in half to make short rolls)
    1/8-1/4 c. baby shampoo
    1/8-1/4 c. baby oil
    2 cups lukewarm water
    1 plastic container that the rolls fit in

    Cut roll in half and remove center cardboard. In baby wipe container, mix liquid ingredients. and place half of roll in container. Place on lid and tip upside down. To use, pull out from center.

    Herbal Solutions

    The basic recipe for wipe solution will do good job of cleaning your baby's bottom, but you may want to use a herbal solution to add some extra soothing and diaper rash treatment properties.

    The herbal ingredients that may be added to the solution have different properties that help protect your baby's sensitive skin and / or promote healing of diaper rashes.

    Calendula This herb commonly used to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. The herb is helpful for people who suffer from skin rashes and sunburn. Calendula helps to soothe inflamed tissues, reduce pain and aids in quick healing of cuts and abrasions.

    Aloe Vera The gel from the Aloe Vera leaf is great for healing and relieving burns and rashes.

    Tea Tree Oil This oil readily penetrates the skin and is useful for treating burns, scrapes, bites, stings, and various skin irritations. It may also help to prevent or treat yeast infections. Very effective fungicide, antibacterial and antiseptic.

    Lavender Lavender added to salves and creams promotes healing and as an aroma additive eases tension, tiredness and feelings of depression.

    St. John's Wort Helps promote healing and has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.

    Comfrey Helps relieve inflammation and promotes healing.

    - Baby Wipes Recipe -

    1 1/2 - 2 cups distilled water
    1/4 cup Aloe Vera gel
    1 TBS Calendula oil
    2 tsp. Baby Shampoo
    2-3 drops tea tree oil
    2-3 drops lavender oil

    Mix solution together, use to wet wipes.

    - Anti-fungal Baby Wipes -

    1/2 c. distilled water
    1 tbs. vinegar (helps discourage yeast)
    1/4 c. aloe vera gel
    1 TBS. calendula oil
    1 drop lavender essential
    1 drop tea tree essential oil

    To prepare, use a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Pour all your ingredients in, cover the jar and shake to blend the ingredients. Place your wipes in a container and pour on enough solution to moisten them. Store any extra solution in the fridge. It should stay fresh for a long time especially if you used distilled water.

    Rash Treatment and Prevention

    - Natural Rash Treatment -

    Extra virgin olive oil that has been steeped with fresh calendula. You can apply this oil at diaper changing time to help soothe and heal the rash.

    To infuse calendula:
    Pour the desired amount of Olive Oil or whatever oil you choose into a glass jar and put calendula into jar and shake. Place in dark place for 3-4 weeks shaking the jar every day or so.

    You can also place the jar in a water bath (pan with water in stove) and bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to a very gentle simmer and cook for 1-2 hours. After infusion is complete, strain calendula out of oil. A simple way of straining the calendula out of the oil is to use a strainer lined with cheese cloth. When all the oil has strained through, be sure to squeeze the cheese cloth to get all the oil out of the

    - Fragrant Baby Powder -

    1Ž2 pound cornstarch
    1Ž4 teaspoon lavender essential oil

    Place cornstarch in a self-sealing plastic bag and add the essential oil drop by drop. Tightly close the bag and shake it to distribute the oil, breaking up any clumps through the bag. Let stand 4 days to distribute the essential oil. Use with every diaper change, or as needed. Potato starch or arrowroot powder can be used instead of cornstarch.

    Spice or salt shakers with large perforations in their lids make good powder containers.

    Baby Soap Recipe
    16 oz infused olive oil,
    10 oz coconut,
    10 oz palm,
    12 oz water,
    4.6 oz lye,
    1 oz sweet almond (added at trace).
    Olive infused with 1/4 cup calendula petals.