|Victoria Barnes: Homemade Diapering Supplies
From the Twinkle in your eye to the babe at your breast, and everything in between....
|Grocery store bought wipes and creams can get to be pretty expensive and they do not necessarily contain the best ingredients for your baby's sensitive skin.
Below you will find several recipes you can make at home that are friendlier to your baby's bottom and cost less than the store variety!
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.
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.
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 calendula.
- Baby Salve © Millie Fodor -
1 part St. John's Wort
2 part Calendula
1 part Comfrey leaf
1 part Comfrey root
1 part Plantain
For full instructions on how to create this salve visit: http://www.wildroots.com/salves.htm
- Fragrant Baby Powder -
1&Mac218;2 pound cornstarch
1&Mac218;4 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.
Where Can I Buy The Ingredients of These Recipes?
Stony Mountain Botanicals
Victoria Barnes is a work at home mom of two, an almost 4 year old and a two month old. She owns and runs several pregnancy and parenting websites which you can find out more about by visiting http://www.earthsmagic.com