Friday, September 28, 2012

Clean & Simple: Homemade Baby Care

a gentle, natural baby wash: dilute 1/2 cup baking soda in the bath, and use your hand to run water all over baby’s skin and hair. If your hand feels too dry afterward, try decreasing the amount of baking soda in the water next time, or replace with apple cider vinegar. Let’s face it – babies just don’t get that dirty! As they approach toddler age, you’ll probably be surprised to discover that the baking soda continues to work just fine 

Combine 1/2 cup each coconut oil, honey, and coconut milk or raw cream. (Raw unpasteurized cream will have intact enzymes that will keep it from going rancid.) Keep in a jar in the fridge. Warm in your hands before putting it on baby.

1/4 cup aloe vera gel or 1/2 cup aloe vera juice

10 drops of grapefruit seed extract or tea tree oil (disinfectant)

5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil

2 cups hot water

20 square pieces of old flannel or t-shirt material

Cut your pieces of material to use as re-usable wipes.

Combine all other ingredients in a glass mixing bowl and stir to dissolve aloe vera in water (especially important if using gel). Let cool. Storage option #1: store liquid in spray bottle next to squares; spray square immediately before use. Storage option #2: Lay fabric squares in a rectangular lidded container and pour cooled liquid over squares, taking time to make sure all the squares absorb liquid. Take out and use when needed.

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