Benefits of Making Natural Baby Products

February 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Go Green Baby

Even with more and more companies of baby products using quality ingredients, we still see many things on store shelves that are questionable. Making natural baby products is an excellent alternative, as you are about to discover. If you were to look at baby product labels, you would see things listed such as synthetic fragrances, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS, parabens, and talc to name a few. Unfortunately, products with these ingredients actually put your child at health risk. For this reason, the number of parents choosing to make natural baby products is growing. Not only are natural products healthier, they are also more affordable. Additionally, natural products are quite easy to make so all you need are natural ingredients and a little time.

If you were to scour the internet, you would find virtually thousands of recipes for natural baby products but we wanted to provide you with a few examples so you can see for yourself why this is a great solution.

Bath Milk for the Baby
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup of ground oats (finely ground)
1/4 cup of corn starch
3 drops of essential oils (lavender, chamomile, rose, etc)

Simply mix everything in a jar, shake, and then add about a tablespoon to your baby’s warm bath water for sheer relaxation.

Natural Baby Oil

2 vitamin E capsules
1 cup of apricot kernel or grape seed oil
5 to 6 drops of essential oils (chamomile or lavender)

To make natural baby products such as this, carefully snip off the end of the vitamin E capsules and mix with the other two ingredients. To make the baby oil last longer, store it in a dark colored bottle and to help the baby relax, use it for a nice massage.

Natural Baby Wipes

1/4 cup of Aloe Vera juice
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of Calendula oil
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of unscented soap (mild and grated)
2 drops of tea tree oil
2 drops of essential oil (lavender is recommended)

Again, mix all of these ingredients in a jar and then pour of soft paper towels or even organic wipes. Making this natural baby product has many advantages over store bought in that not only does it smell great, it also serves as an antifungal solution reducing diaper rash caused by yeast.

Baby Powder

1/2 cups of arrowroot powder
1/2 cup of corn starch
1 tablespoon of lavender (dried and ground)
1 tablespoon of chamomile (dried and ground)
1/4 cup of oats (finely ground)

This natural baby product is completely talc free and easy to make. All you need to do is place all the ingredients in a shaker type bottle and then use as powder for the baby’s bottom after diapering or on other parts of the body after bath time.

Dryer Sachets

1 smaller size drawstring bag (muslin)
Lavender (dried)
3 drops of essential oil (lavender)

Place the dried lavender in the muslin bag and then sprinkle with the lavender oil. Tightly close the bag and use in the dryer when drying the baby’s clothes. This is a great natural baby product that will make clothing soft and sweet smelling.

Keep in mind, that a person’s first line of defense is the skin. Your baby’s skin will naturally absorb things so any product containing harmful chemicals is going to put your child at risk. While it might take a little more effort to make natural baby products, the benefits are well worth it.

All you need for making natural baby products is natural ingredients and time. Additionally, ingredients are very inexpensive so ultimately, you save tremendous amount of money. Best of all, you are protecting your baby so he or she is never exposed to anything that would be harmful. The majority of ingredients needed for making natural products can be found at your local grocery or health food store!