7 Natural Baby Care Recipes

All natural homemade baby skin care recipes 7 Natural Baby Care Recipes

I love using natural products for all of my personal care, cleaning and household needs, but if you’re not ready to jump on the DIY deodorant and toothpaste bandwagon just yet, at least consider using all natural products on your kids!

Most kids are exposed to a scary number of chemicals on a daily basis, and even babies are born with chemicals in their umbilical blood. Most baby products and shampoos contain chemicals and many are not actually safe for baby. For example, many baby shampoos (including J&J) have some of the worst chemical ratings and baby oil is just liquid petroleum oil with some added (artificial) fragrances.

A baby or child’s perfectly soft skin absorbs almost anything put on it, so natural options are really important! There are a few companies who make natural baby care options, but the cheapest, easiest and most natural way is just to make your own. Actually, you can just use pure coconut oil for everything from cleaning to moisturizing to treating diaper rash, but if you’d prefer a little variation, check out these recipes!

These are the recipes I use on my own kids and give to friends when they have babies.

Natural Diaper Cream-Cloth Diaper Safe!

UPDATE: I’ve created an updated version of this diaper cream that is even more effective and you can find the recipe here.

We started cloth diapering with our third child and I will never go back! Not only is it much cheaper, but it is more natural and much easier than I expected after hearing horror stories from my mother-in-law about the old-school cloth diapers. Thanks to cloth diapers and better nutrition my babies very rarely get diaper rash, but for the occasional time when a baby poops during the night and doesn’t wake up until morning or gets a rash while in the car seat on a trip, it can be a little tougher with cloth diapers.

Commercial diaper cream should never be used with cloth diapers since the fish oil in it will leave a fishy smell no matter how much you wash the diapers. It will also void any warranty on the cloth diapers. After much research and some trial and error, I finally created a diaper cream that is cloth diaper safe and that works as well as the medicated versions.

It can be used directly with cloth diapers if you don’t mind stripping the diapers after using them, but I prefer just to line the diaper with a piece of an old t-shirt when I’m using diaper cream to avoid the extra laundry hassle.

Ingredients:

How to Make Natural Diaper Cream

Heat a couple inches of water over medium high heat in a double boiler or small sauce pan. Melt the coconut oil in a glass bowl or double boiler top above the boiling water. Add the calendula and chamomile flowers and keep the heat going on low/medium for at least an hour or until coconut oil has started to turn yellow and smells of chamomile and calendula. Make sure to check the water level often and make sure it hasn’t gotten too hot or evaporated off.

Carefully strain the flowers out, reserving as much of the coconut oil as possible. A fine mesh metal strainer is best for this, or a cheesecloth will work, though you’ll lose more of the coconut oil. Make sure all visible pieces of the flower have been removed.

Using a small immersion blender or even a fork to mash, mix the infused coconut oil with the shea butter and arrowroot or zinc oxide if using until it forms a thick paste. I actually have a small food processor I use for this mixture (and not for food) and when mixed in a food processor it makes an airy, velvety cream.

Store in a small glass jar and apply as needed. Use a liner with cloth diapers. This is much more concentrated and effective than store-bought versions and a little goes a really long way! It can also be used for adult yeast infections or for  healing of the perineum postpartum.

Why These Ingredients?

I chose each of these ingredients for a specific purpose. Coconut oil is very effective on its own for treating rash, as it is anti-fungal and very soothing to skin.

Calendula has antibacterial properties and speeds skin healing while Chamomile has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties and is especially helpful for diaper rashes.

Shea Butter, besides making the skin incredibly soft, has anti-fungal and yeast-killing properties when raw. It is high in Vitamins A and E and helps promote collagen production in the skin. It is naturally anti-inflammatory and has an SPF of 6. It also helps prevent and get rid of stretch marks.

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Vitamin Rich Baby Oil

Regular baby oil is petroleum based and packed with artificial fragrances! You can always use plain coconut oil, but making an infused oil adds some vitamins and speeds skin healing. This is my favorite:

Ingredients:

What to Do:
There are two ways to make this recipe.

Fast way: You can infuse over heat like in the recipe above: “Heat a couple inches of water over medium high heat in a double boiler or small sauce pan. Melt the oil in a glass bowl or double boiler top above the boiling water. Add the calendula and chamomile flowers and keep the heat going on low/medium for at least an hour or until oil has started to turn yellow and smells of chamomile and calendula. Make sure to check the water level often and make sure it hasn’t gotten too hot or evaporated off.” and then just strain the flowers out and use as regular baby oil.

Slower but more concentrated way: Put the calendula and chamomile in a glass jar and pour the oil over it. Put a tight-fitting lid on. Keep in a cool, dark place and shake daily for 6-8 weeks to make a gorgeous light-orange oil that is great for baby or adult skin. It is soothing on eczema or skin irritation and calming to baby.

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Soothing Baby Powder

Some regular baby powder contain talc, which is closely related to asbestos and has been linked to various cancers. Please don’t put it on your baby’s tender tushie! There are natural alternatives that are incredibly easy to make and work better without the  side of cancer.

Here’s the recipe.

Homemade Baby Wipes

We make our own baby wipes and I use the same natural formula for cloth wipes or to make disposable wipes. They are not only more natural and environmentally friendly… they are cheaper too!  7 Natural Baby Care Recipes

Here’s the recipe.

Super Smooth Baby Lotion and Lotion Bars

I’ve used my basic homemade lotion recipe on all of our kids and it is gentle enough for baby skin. Here’s the basic recipe.

I also recently discovered that homemade lotion bars are an even better option and are very protective on baby’s skin but still allow it to breathe. You can add chamomile or calendula to the oils if you want, but the basic lotion bars work excellent, especially on babies with sensitive skin or eczema. They are even easier to make, last longer and are fun for kids to use too. They have a natural SPF of about 7.

You can also just use plain coconut oil… tired of me saying that yet?

Baby Shampoo or Wash

Babies don’t actually need soaps or shampoos for the most part. They have naturally protective oils in their skin that are better not washed off.

If you do need a lathery soap to feel like baby is clean, I’d suggest Dr. Bronner’s sensitive skin liquid castille soap for both soap and shampoo. On my daughter (11 months) I just use natural microfiber cloths to clean off the food, dirt, etc. without stripping all of her natural oils. I also use them to wash her hair. Then, I just use coconut oil or baby oil (above) when needed, which isn’t often.

Natural Teething/Pain Relief

I don’t use Children’s Tylenol, Children’s Motrin or any other children’s version of a pharmaceutical on my kids. The poor things must navigate the waters of teething without the help of medicine, but I do use natural means to help ease the pain when I can.

Chamomile tincture is by far my most used tincture with babies and kids. I use it mostly externally on babies to sooth colic or teething and internally for older kids who have trouble sleeping or who have a head or stomach ache. Here’s the tincture recipe. I dilute or let the alcohol evaporate when using on babies or children.

Do you make your own baby products? Use natural ones? What is your best advice for keeping toxins away from baby? Share the wisdom below!

Reader Comments

  1. Rebeccaeve Curry says

    Would the diaper rash cream work on athletes foot? I’ve been using apple cider vinegar though it works it smells horrible and Burns for some time after application.

  2. Jasmine says

    Great list! I massage mine with a calendula infused oil before a bath then use a bamboo fibre cloth to wash with. If I’ve put on too much oil I’ll use a couple of drops of weleda calendula baby body wash and shampoo in the bath.

  3. Rebecca says

    Thank you for posting this! I have kind of a silly question. 

    My 18 month old goes to daycare 5 days per week. I am a complete germaphobe and bath her and wash her hair all five days she goes. I hate bathing her so much, but I can’t let her go to sleep in all those daycare germs. Do your methods, e.g. the coconut oil ( I really like that one!), work for disinfecting all of those germs? I feel really conflicted with all of these anti-bacterial hand soaps and “kid safe” hand sanitizers, etc. on the market. I am trying to figure out if I am really helping her out by cleaning her body with store bought soap or if she’d be just as susceptible to picking up all of these germs without them. It’s really hard to make these decisions while she is in daycare, but I know it’s because I am just not well educated on the topic. 

    • says

       Lavender has natural antiseptic properties; I think some lavender EO added to the baby oil recipe above would give you that extra protective boost. Also, you can usually send your own handsoap with your child to daycare, since they’d be using the least expensive (e.g., most commercialized and processed) product available. With the amount of handwashing they do during the day, she’d be well protected.

    • misha says

      Antibacterial soaps do more harm than good because they kill the good bacteria along with the bad bacteria. Babies can be too clean and this is contributing to a rise in allergies. Also some store bought soaps have sodium laureth sulfate which is a skin irritant and some have tallowate which is animal fat.

    • Jenel Schaffer says

      Hi! I use Young Livings hand sanitizer. It is very nice and gentle. I do not like regular hand sanitizers, and don’t like to wash our hands with anything but homemade soaps.

  4. Ali B. says

    Speaking of all natural teething remedies – my local cloth diaper store has started carrying the Amber teething necklaces.  What are your thoughts on those?  I’m a little iffy – #1 because of choking hazards (I wouldn’t put any other necklace on my baby – why this one?) and #2 because I guess I would be concerned that I’m being sold a hoax with faux-amber or something and not realize it.  Am I being overcautionary?  Could they actually be beneficial or is it just a fad? 

    • Briar Rose says

       A properly sized amber necklace is not a choking hazard. Get one where each bead is tied off individually.  It’s not a magic cure, but it definitely helps with teething pain and oddly enough with the constant drooling! Avoid amazon and ebay sellers because they are often not genuine.

    • MindfulYogaMama says

      My daughter wears her amber teething necklace all the time, since about 6 months and she is now 1. I think it has really been helpful. If it was a hoax most people prob wouldn’t be buying them as much as they are. I believe in the power of stones, etc… esp a resin that will release into the skin when warmed. Frankincense is a resin that has amazing healing properties that has been used for thousands of years. My daughter had very little drooling and only one day so far that you could tell she was in pain from her teeth, and no fevers… she still have a number of teeth to get, so I will have to see how the rest go (will try to keep you posted). I also of course limit toxins in our home and our bodies, as much as I can and eat really well, so who knows what all effects teething…. but I am most grateful for a natural alternative to Tylenol. (Lavender Essential Oil is also great for pain and reducing fevers). 

      • MindfulYogaMama says

        Oh and I would guess that your local store wouldn’t want to sell you anything that they didn’t trust was the best source that they could fine. If you trust your store and the people that are just offering great options. Plus, you can put the necklace on your little ones ankle with a sock over it if you are worried about choking. 

    • Shirley says

      I have used amber teething bracelets (almost 6 years ago) that a friend made and they seemed to provide some relief but I bought one for my youngest daughter (now 18 months) and it didn’t work at all I think it was fake though I bought it on ebay, so be careful where you buy them make sure you trust the person or store you are buying from.

  5. Sampfaffly says

    how do you use the chamomile tincture externally for teething babies?  also, at what age can you use it internally to help kids sleep?  thanks! 

  6. Cheri Hogrefe says

    My 2 year old is potty trained but he still wears a diaper at night. To save money we just started using the bum genius cloth diapers, but when he wakes up in the morning he says that his penis is hurting and the ammonia smell coming from the cloth diaper is extremely strong. I’m talking burn my eyes when I got close to check out what the smell was. Is that normal? What/How do you wash cloth diapers?

    • cwilliams says

      We have cloth diapered from day one and I work at a baby store so I’ve seen just about everything with cloth.
      When using a diaper like BumGenius with a microfiber insert it can be really easy to get detergent build up in the diaper.  Depending on what you use for detergent (make sure it does not have any added fabric softeners or optical brighteners which make them less absorbent) you will probably want to use less than the recommended amount.  Also make sure you are doing an extra rinse after your wash cycle to get all the residue out.  These diapers can take a beating so you can wash them on hot.  I would also recommend using your longest cycle in the wash.  When they come out of the washer they should smell either clean like your soap or have no smell.
      For the complaints of discomfort you might want to add a fleece liner to help wick the moisture from the skin.  Or we’ve had success with putting on diaper cream even when there was no rash.  The oils help keep the skin from getting too wet.
      Best of luck!

      • Roxanne says

        I have used Bum Genius on my baby since he was 7 weeks old and LOVE this brand they have never let a poo escape and are so easy to wash as you can remove the absorber pad.
        I would highly recommend it to all my friends!!

        If you dry them in the sun it will help bleach any extra stains and you can also put a 1/4 cup of vinegar in the wash and that will help sterilise them as well…

    • Cyndel Jones says

      it sounds like detergent build up…I don’t like microfiber because the build up so easily. One of the few main stream detergents you can use is powdered tide original, use only a TBLS of it per wash with a second rinse. You may have to wash it a few times to get them clean.

    • Christine Goodrich says

      …… If he’s potty trained the easiest and best (in my opinion) thing to do is take away diapers at bed times. This means limit water right before bed, potty break right before bed, potty break upon waking which might mean you have to wake him up, and possibly waking in the middle of the night to sit him on the toilet in the very beginning, and of course the possibility of washing his sheets a little more often. There are excellent mattress covers (I bought mine from a company that makes them specifically for the elderly they are not just crinkly plastic one side is kind of like rubber and the top side is like soft fabric and it does not sleep hot!) My oldest could sleep with out a diaper before she was potty trained and I was worried with my younger two but just like how they stop pooping during sleep they will stop peeing while sleeping it’s natural and a lot easier than the daytime potty training! Good luck!

    • says

      If your diapers are out of warranty, you wouldn’t need a liner, but just to protect the warranty, it is easier to use one. I just cut up old shirts or use half of a napkin…

      • Cindy C. says

        I’m buying my cloth diapers used. They’ve only been used a few months, but I assume they are out of warranty. However, if I don’t use a liner, will it compromise the diaper material? Is it the zinc that does that? I just want to make sure I don’t do anything to ruin these. They are not cheap!

        • says

          With the coconut oil base, they should wash out without a problem. If you’re worried, just stick a piece of old material or part of a napkin or paper towel in there, which also makes it easier to dump the poop out without swishing it. The main concern with regular diaper cream is not just that it will clog the fiber, but that most contain fish oil, which leaves a fishy scent in the diapers that will almost never go away. If you ever experience any absorption problems, you can strip with dawn dish soap and then re-wash to get them absorbing again. So, long answer… this won’t clog diapers, but still better to use a liner if you can…

          • Debbi Scott Edmonds says

            Why had I never thought of using a paper towel to dump out the poop? I’m a grandma now, I have 5 children from 25 years old, down to my “baby” who is 13…but in all those years I never thought of doing that. I must be dumb or something. lol I remember my mom scrubbing that stuff out of the cloth diapers with her hands. YUCK!

    • says

      This was my question as well. When I’m looking for a ‘cloth diaper safe’ diaper rash cream I’m looking for a diaper cream that won’t need a liner and/or won’t cause me to need to strip my diapers. If I wanted to mess with liners (before my LO is on solid foods) and/or stripping then I’d just use some natural premade diaper rash cream. I’m concerned that you suggest both of those as no-big-deal options when using this recipe…
      Has anyone actually successfully used this for prolonged use without a liner (i.e., not had to strip diapers any more than typical diaper use would require)? Or does anyone have a recipe that is truly cloth diaper safe (i.e., won’t need a liner and doesn’t requier stripping) if this one can’t be used without these added precautions/measures?
      I understand the warranty part, and I understand that it doesn’t ‘ruin’ diapers (it can be stripped out) but I’d like to avoid the extra work of liners and stripping. Maybe you’re just being cautious in recommending this so as not to have people complain? I’d just love to have a more definite answer or some words of experience! Thanks!

      • christin says

        We’ve been using it for 6 months in my 6 mo. old’s cloth diapers with no liners and no problems. We use a whole variety of inserts, prefolds, and AIOs and I’ve never had to strip any of my diapers. We wash the diapers and all of our other laundry with Charlie’s Soap, and I add hydrogen peroxide to the fabric softener dispenser with the diapers. Hope this helps!

  7. Hillbillyhoney1019 says

    for diaper rash for both my girls..I used a few teaspoons of cornstarch, a few teaspoons of baking soda and a few teaspoons of powdered milk, in the bath water..sometimes twice a day..soothing for the little booties and it clears it up fast 

  8. Sara says

    Hi there! I have a question about Dr. bronner’s. When yu use this, do you dilute it? If so, how? Do giu use it for gour entire family or just baby? I have a huge bottle, but havent used it yet as everyone says to dilute it, and i can find no instructions ANYWHERE on how or how much to dilute! Lol! Ok, so that was more than “A” question…but can yu help? :) thanks!

    • says

      You could actually use it straight on skin, but for kids, I use about a tablespoon in a baby bath tub full of water or about a teaspoon on a washcloth to clean their whole bodies…

  9. Rebecca says

    Thank you so much. I’ve never thought of sending her with her own hand soap! This is very helpful.

  10. MindfulYogaMama says

    I wrote a comment about using essential oils  (on 6/2)and I don’t see it, so I am guessing it’s cause I put a link on the comment. If you can edit my comment I totally allow that you take off the link. so the info can still be shared!? Thanks!

  11. erika peterson says

    Think I can use cornstarch or baking soda instead of zinc oxide or arrowroot in the diaper cream? Also, I used chamomile tea instead of whole flowers; how important is it to get all the chamomile out of the mix?

    • says

      You could use cornstarch, but the baking soda would probably be too harsh for a baby’s bottom. Getting the chamomile out is more of a way to make it easier to clean off (especially cloth diapers) than a necessity…

  12. Sarah says

    Are the calendula and chamomile flowers necessary for  the diaper cream, baby oil, and baby powder? or can I  omit those and just use the other ingredients?

        • Jennifer says

          I used organic chamomile tea, as the only ingredients were the flowers & stems. Seemed to work fine, but they just don’t strain out completely. You’ll occasionally find the odd fleck of flower, but nothing that would irritate.

  13. Aman says

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’m having my first over the next few days and was dead set on not using anything with chemicals around her. Peace and love!

  14. Jill Betts says

    I had to add 4 tbs of zinc oxide to thicken my diaper cream.  Is there any danger of using too much?  Also, could this recipe also double as a sunscreen?

  15. Stacy Whitaker says

    I’ve been giving my almost 6 month old baby teething tablets at night because she hasn’t been sleeping.  She’s gotten three teeth in the last two weeks and one more is trying to come in.  She has been spitting up a lot, which used to be normal, but has been better since we’ve gone grain free.  Any alternatives or thoughts?

  16. Cyndel Jones says

    For teething Baltic Amber Necklaces are amazing. They can also help with swelling, head aches, and arthritic pain. I noticed a huge difference in teething with my first who didn’t have one, and my second who has had one since he started teething at 2.5 months. It also seems to help my older son a bit with growing pains.

    • MamaM says

      We have tried using the Baltic amber teething necklaces and believe they cause a placebo effect!!!!! They didn’t really help us at all.

  17. Walela says

    I make my own butt spray for my son. I use coconut and grape seed oil, 5 drops lavender eo, and 5 drops rose hip seed oil. I spray on his butt after each diaper change and use it as a body oil after baths and hes never had a rash or irritation. He’s 10 months old today, and used it since day 1. The faint lavender scent helps to calm him for bedtime also. :D

  18. Debbie says

    Thank you for all the fab recipes! One question about the baby powder – does it clog pores and is it safe in the air? The concern around lots of comercial baby powders is that the baby breaths it in and it can clog their pores (besides the talc and cancer scares).

    Considering the products are all natural I am not too concerned, but would like to hear your opinion. Thank you!!

    • Roxanne says

      Just plain cornflour works really well and feels like it was never there when I am changing him. I just put it in a little icing sugar shaker container so it comes out nice and fine.

  19. Natalie says

    My husband is extremely allergic to Shea butter. Can you suggest anything I could use as a substitute in the diaper cream? The last thing I need is an excuse for him to not change diapers ;)

  20. Brookie-Lee Glaser says

    For teething pain Baltic Amber Teething necklaces are the most effective pain relieving, drool reducing, miracle! I’ve used them on four children and hundreds of friend’s children with amazing results. I buy mine from happybottomus dot com.

  21. Cheyenne says

    Hi there! I plan on making most of these products but wondered how long they last? I’m not due to have our first baby until the end of the month, but we all know that babies come when they’re good and ready! If I were to make the products now, would they keep for a few weeks if she comes later rather than sooner? Thanks so much!

  22. Sasa says

    Hi. Thanks for the great recipes. Can you tell me approx shelf life of the products?, mainly the diaper cream, and the baby oil. The reason I’m asking is that I need to buy a minim of 8 doses worth of ingredients, and they all have to be shipped to Europe so I would like to know how long are they safe to use after making. Thank you.

  23. Sasa says

    Hi, me again. I’m waiting for my ingredients to arrive, it should be with in a week or so, and I can’t wait to make the cream,and oil. But I have another question, this time regarding the baby powder. I see you use arrowroot powder as the base, but is it O.K. to add zinc oxide, and if yes how much in %? Thanks.

  24. Rebecca Vest says

    Can you add Chamomile essential oil to the infused Calendula oil for the diaper rash cream, baby powder, and baby oil as a substitute for using the dried flowers? How much would you put in? 10 drops?

  25. Christina Guza says

    Hi!
    In regards to the Chamomile tincture, how do you evaporate the alcohol? Does it need to heat, or can it be left exposed to air in order to do so?

  26. LysiJoy says

    Great info! I’ve been wanting to make a yummy, organic after-bath cream for my cousin to use with her baby and have been scouring the web for info and this has been by for the most helpful!

    I do have a question about the shea butter if you have a moment. I’ve made skin care for grownups so I have organic virgin coconut oil, apricot kernel oil than I infused with calendula & chamomile, jojoba oil and argan oil. Would some of these oils (I’d been thinking the 1st 3) be sufficient or does the shea offer benefits the others don’t?

    Baby girl still has some trouble sleeping so I want to use some relaxing organic essential oils like lavender but I don’t know how much is safe to use on a 1 yr old. Like, how many drops per cup of cream?? Any other EOs people recommend that are relaxing/soothing?
    Thanks so much for your help!!

  27. Nir Goldman says

    I made the diaper cream tonight, but it came out very goopy despite adding even more arrowroot than called for…???

  28. Jen says

    I made the diaper cream tonight. I skipped the calendula/chamomile flowers. I mixed room temperature coconut oil, raw shea butter and zinc oxide powder. I added extra zinc oxide because the product was so thin, but the end result is grainy even before I added extra zinc oxide. It’s like there are granules that didn’t dissolve or something. Do you know what went wrong and what I should do differently?

      • Jen says

        The coconut oil was solid, but I had whipped it previously so it was fluffy. Should I melt the coconut oil first? I wasn’t sure how warm it should be when mixing all ingredients, especially in order to keep the raw benefits of Shea butter.

  29. Maxine says

    I made the diaper cream about 5 hours ago and its very liquidy, doesn’t look like its going to harden. I followed your ingredients to a T however, I heated the shea butter with the coconut oil. Is that bad?? I did it that way because my little guy was sleeping and I didn’t want to wake him with the blender. How can I save this? Should I add a bunch more zinc to the liquid or melt some beeswax and mix that in?

  30. Zoe says

    Could I use infused Chamomille/Calendula Infused Oil instead of flowers? If so, how much will I need to use and at what point can I add it into the mixture to ensure I don’t overheat the oil?

  31. disqus_NMNsSu7Brk says

    How long will the diaper cream last? I don’t need it now but wanted to make when I have time to have it when I need it.

  32. says

    Hi there! what is the shelf life of these products? I just finished my first trimester and obviously don’t need these products now, but want to have them made up before baby arrives in September. Thanks for the great recipes!

  33. Lisa says

    OK, so I made the diaper cream today. Wow, it smells fantastic!

    I am reluctant to throw out the oil-soaked chamomile flowers, however, so I’m just leaving them out to dry for now. They are so scrumptious, and I’m sure they can be used for something, I’m just not sure what! Maybe incense? (I’ve never tried making any.) Dabbled into homemade candles? I’d love to hear Wellness Mama’s or anyone else’s ideas on how to use these…

  34. Michelle says

    My daughter is 7 and has had this rash on her tush on and off for 6 months. The doctor says it is probably fungal and bacterial and had me using all sorts of horrible chemical creams (lotrimin, hydrocortisone, Bactrian, prescrip anti fungal….) and it starts going away, but always comes back. I stopped all creams and made my own with coconut oil, kukui nut oil, and some tea tree. Unfortunately it isn’t working and has started spreading. Do you or anybody here have any ideas on what I could add to make this a really powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial? Can I add tea tree to this and if so how much? I just feel so lost and don’t want to use anything chemical on her anymore. Thanks for all your help and awesome recipes

    • says

      If it is a fungal problem, try 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract in an ounce of water. Use a cotton ball and apply at every diaper change. It has cleared up any yeast diaper rash my daughter has had in a matter of hours. It is also an all natural antibiotic. Good luck!

      • says

        I am going to have to try that. My poor baby boy has had an off and on yeast infection for about a month or two now. Do you happen to know how to kill the yeast that is stuck in the cloth diapers? I really don’t want to use bleach and i don’t have a pot large enough to boil them in. Any ideas?

        • Laura Jessup says

          Do you use vinegar? That should get it out of the CD. Or put tto in the wash. I use vinegar or tto every wash as a disinfectant.

          You can also use gentian violet but I wouldn’t put it directly on te CD as it will stain horribly. Use a barrier like an old tshirt. Let it air dry too.

          • says

            I am using vinegar in the rinse. I fill a downy ball with vinegar and toss it in with the diapers at the start of the hot wash. I have put some tto into the final rinse as well as doing an initial soak with unsoiled diapers with the tto in hot water.

  35. Hailey Steck says

    I used calendula and chamomile powders, and it doesn’t look like they will strain out easily (for diaper cream). Do you think that will be a problem?

  36. Molly says

    Hi, I am making all of the baby products for a good friend who is having a baby. Everything is coming out great but the diaper cream. I have mixed the coconut oil and the shea butter and arrow root powder and to say it isn’t even close to a paste is an understatement. I did not let the coconut oil cool completely before I mixed in the other ingredients. Is that the problem or do I have to wait for the liquid I have now to cool and harden. From the instructions it seemed like it was a paste right away. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the great site.

        • Andrea Meyer says

          Hi. I just made this for the first time excitedly and mine is so liquidy. I added much more arrowroot and oxide then recipe stated to try to thicken it, because I don’t want to waste it, but it’s still pretty liquidy. Definitely not a paste. I’m really hoping it will get more solid/paste but for next time, any ideas?

          • says

            It can take a couple days to fully harden… try putting it in the fridge for a few hours and then removing for a couple hours to get an idea of the real texture…

          • Abigail says

            Mine also came out in liquid form and I made it Saturday (it’s Monday morning now). I even put it in the fridge for several hours and took it out only to have it become liquid again. I’m so disappointed! My coconut oil was solid at room temperature :(

  37. Laura Jessup says

    I simply use cocnut oil or all skin care for my baby. I use cloth dipes and wipes as well and since coconut oil didnt seem to heal her rashes we’ve had the best luck with good ol’ air drying :)

    I did cure her cradle cap with the no poo method (yes I no poo my nb haha). I added a little tea tree oil to the apple cider vinegar/water mixture which helped. Now I don’t have to wash her hair like ever. Since we use cloth wipes with homemade solution she is usually wipe bathes but when we do submersion baths I do have a homemade baby soap (not tear free since I added tto but that can be omitted). I just used an old foaming soap pump, 1/4 cup of be bronners baby Castile soap. I got it at target cause I wanted it like immediately and didnt want to wait for shipping haha. Yes, I’m the kind Of Person who gets an idea and I want it done yesterday!!! Anyway, then I put a squirt of vitamin e oil, fill with water, and voila!! My older daughter likes yummy smelling stuff (I caught her washing her hair at my moms all sneakily because she wanted her hair to smell nice haha, she’s 5). So we bought her some lavender to put in all her hair and body products and she’s happy now :)

    I also use grapeseed oil or olive oil a few drops of tto and fill with water for my cloth wipes. I had gotten lazy for a couple days and used disposible wipes for a couple days and now my poor baby has an almost bleeding rash. I feel awful :( so now I’m tryin to heal that and vitamin e oil seems to be working.

    We’re pretty simple with what we use on te kids. It makes life easier and healthier :)

  38. Kaitlyn Pitchford says

    I am trying to stay away from baby tylenol and pharmaceutical medications for my 1 year old. What do you recommend when babies have high temps or are just not really feeling good?

    • Rena (An Ordinary Housewife) says

      I would like to know this too! That is mainly what I use over the counter medicines for, not so much pain.

  39. Tyra Nicole says

    HELP! I am not due until June 28th but at my Dr. appt. this morning the doc says that I am almost 2 cm dialated and my mucus plug has …….. I know that doesn’t really mean things will speed up immediately but it could mean that the baby will arrive before June 28th and I don’t have my oils and powders ready :)
    Can I use the calendula and chamomile powders instead of the flowers? Will it give the same fragrance and have the same effect? I know that the flowers would need to be drained out for the baby oil, will the powder melt in/dissolve and it will it potentially irritate the baby?

  40. Elizabeth says

    Thank you so much for this nappy rash cream recipe. My little boy had shocking nappy rash and the so called “organic” commercial creams I tried only made his skin worse. Since using your recipe, his rash has disappeared! This success has definitely inspired me to make more of our beauty and cleaning products. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

  41. Sierra Amato says

    Hi Katie, have you tried diaper free with number 4 or 5? They still get some redness in those fat rolls but a whole heck of a lot less than with diapers. Plus they can move around easier;0

  42. shana says

    about the diaper cream, I had to add quite a bit of zinc oxide to get mine to thicken, is it still safe to use on my son? I also added a bit of corn starch.

  43. Deanna says

    What would you recommend for a fungal diaper rash? Also, i use cloth diapers and am wondering how I would sterilize those?? Thanks!!

  44. Kathryn says

    I plan on making some of your diaper rash cream but am unable to find caledula. Is there another herb I can use in its place? I ordered Rosemary but saw on another website that Rosemary essential oil is unsuitable for baby’s bottom. Is replacing calendula with Rosemary a bad idea?? Thanks!

  45. Brittany Parker says

    These are great recipes, i have made them all but I am having trouble with my baby butt butter. It does not seem to want to stay together, and melts into a oil shortly after I whip it. I chill it in the freezer after everything has melted, than transfer to mixer to whip…today I took what melted back into a oil and remelted it adding bees wax, and it held together, just great, but I just checked it (a few hours later) and it is starting to melt back into a oil. Not sure what is going on, i have made many butters and have never had this happen before? Thoughts, ideas? Help!

    • LysiJoy says

      Are u talking about the diaper cream? I’ve had the same issue with anything I make that has a lot of coconut oil in it because it has such a low melting point and it’s summer so the air temp is much warmer. You could try storing it in the coolest place in your house (like a deep cabinet) or just keep it in the fridge. Then when you go to apply it, warm it between your hands first. Good luck!

  46. Jessie Lynch says

    I’m at the end of my first trimester, first pregnancy and loving it! I’m keen to get a start and make as many of the above products but what is the shelf life of each once made?

  47. Jennifer Irizarry says

    I made a baby powder and didn’t finely grind one ingredient. I don’t want to waste it but the offending particles pass through a sieve. Suggestions?

  48. Zoota says

    Could I substitute calendula and chamomile essential oils for the flowers? I live in SE Asia and while the oils are available, the flowers aren’t.

  49. Tyra Nicole Massey says

    HELP!!! My underarms are burned. I have been using the homemade deodorant for the past month and in the past 2 weeks there has been some burning with application. Day before yesterday my underarms turned purple and red, they were swollen and burned like nobody’s business. What could be happening? The first two weeks were fine. I need deodorant and do not want to go back to store brand. Has anyone else had this reaction and what is the remedy?

    • Tyra Nicole says

      Wellness Mama, I see that you answered the question before mine and after mine. Is there a reason why you disregarded my urgent concern?

  50. Emily Stice says

    With the Castille soap can you add lavender or some other scent to it or would it be bad for the baby? I ordered the baby mild one. I saw that there was others that were scented, but not for babies so I wanted the baby one, I just love that baby clean smell from j and j and didn’t know if it was possible to add a scent without it being harmful to my newborn son

  51. Jesi Morrow says

    Hi Katie,
    I tried making your diaper cream. No luck. Mine refused to solidify. I used my immersion blender and kept adding the arrowroot. Still pure liquid.
    Anyone else have this problem?

  52. Kim Mitchell says

    I made the diaper cream. I added arrowroot to it. I even added more than what is called for. My “cream” is liquid. It’s completely cool. I made it last night, so it’s been 24 hours. What did I do wrong? I melted the coconut butter in the double boiler with the flowers. I strained the flowers. I added this to the shea butter. I then used the emersion blender, after I mashed the Shea butter in the coconut butter. Can you provide any feedback as to what went wrong? Or, is the finished product supposed to be liquid?

    • Jennifer says

      Mine diaper creams have all turned out like soup (will make for great sunscreen though!). I’ve tried the recipe every which way possible– even tried making a few add ins (chamomile eo, and beeswax), added extra arrowroot & zinc, and every single batch is exactly the same– very liquidy. Even after a few days, and placing in the fridge, they don’t set up. I’ve used room temp coconut oil, melted, cooled, etc, but they don’t ever set up. Any helps???

  53. Kelly Krueger Thomas says

    I tried to make the diaper cream and it is quite watery even thought I used the ratios you suggested (even added a little more arrowroot). What is the consistency supposed to be like? Is the blending of it the most important in terms of making it a thicker consistency. What kind of food processor do you use?

  54. Kelly Diane Cromer says

    I plan on trying to make the diaper rash cream. I’m wondering how far in advance you can make it before using it? How long will it stay good? If it lasts long enough, I’d like to make it as a baby shower present, but it will be a couple months before the due date at that point.

  55. Valori Poulin Radonis says

    I made the diaper cream last night and it came out very soupy. I followed the recipe to a T. How much zinc is safe to add? Is this the only way to thicken the cream?

  56. anja rizman says

    Please, tell me what to do? I tried to make a diaper cream and it didn’t get thick.. Looks like oil :) I put little more arrowroot powder but it didn’t work.. I spend a lot of money on ingredients and I wouldn’t like to throw it away :) can you help me? Thank you!

    • Katie McGee says

      I found this to, but I poured it into the jar I was going to keep t in, then I covers it, put it in the fridge for a few hrs and it became solid-like store brand. Then I took it out and put it on the changing table and it stayed like that , :) I think the melted coconut oil just needs to be re hardend :)

  57. anja rizman says

    I left a question and i can’t see it.. I made diaper cream and it didn’t get thick… It’s like oil :) how can I fix it? I’ve put more arrowroot powder and didn’t help… Any idea? :)

    • Rebecca C says

      It will melt at temps above about 72 degrees or so, as it is primarily coconut oil. If you want it to stay solid, put it in the fridge.

  58. Nadia Patterson says

    In making the baby oil and lotion, can I use chamomile infused oil and calendula infused oil instead of the flowers?

  59. Ana says

    These are all great natural alternatives to store bought products, but none of these products are really necessary. I have two kids aged 7 and 2.5 and I’ve never bought or used baby oil or talc powder in my life. Before they turned 1, all I used on them was some mild soap (and only then on their butts when they pooped) and a bit of diaper cream. The rest of them I washed with nothing but water. I never used baby wipes on them either except in dire emergencies when outside. When changing diapers, if they pooped, I put their butts under a stream of water and washed them with a bit of soap, and if they just peed, I used just water. After they turned 1 they started getting around more and getting dirtier, so I started using more soap. And that’s it. I never used any kind of cream, lotion or anything else and both have always had healthy and perfect skin. I wish I’ve read about your teething relief recipe sooner, though, because that’s something I would have used had I known about it!

  60. Jessica Ann Kowalke says

    how long do the diaper rash cream and baby powder last? I’m 4 months along and am wondering how soon I can make these so they are ready when baby arrives.

    • Rebecca C says

      It should last for ages, as long as it doesn’t get contaminated with anything, and you really remove every last particle of herbs. If you don’t, the herb particles might start to decay at some point, is my best guess. I used a piece of flour sack cloth to strain mine through.

  61. Ashlee says

    I am SO grateful to have found out. I am so excited to read through all of your natural posts! I just found out that J&J uses formaldehyde in their BABY shampoo and I am mortified. I feel like the worst mom in the world for trusting a ahem, “trusted” brand without doing research. Learning how to make all of our usual products we buy in stores is on my to do list and at the top of it! I can’t wait to start testing out all of your recipes!

  62. Anna says

    Hello! I was wondering if grape seed oil would work for the baby oil recipe? I’d like to make some and I have plenty of that particular oil on hand… Thank you so much for this post, by the way; I use the diaper cream and wipe solution and lotion for my 8 month old daughter. She has incredibly sensitive/dry skin… we actually bathe her with coconut oil, ha! The diaper cream sans zinc also works great on her chin when it gets chapped from drooling, and we occasionally use the wipe solution (we keep a spray bottle of it in the diaper bag and at the changing table for flannel wipes) as a non-toxic hand sanitizer! :)

  63. sherry says

    Hello wellness mama
    I hope this post isn’t too old for me to ask a question regarding the nappy cream. I made this today according to the instructions but it turned out very watery so I’m not sure what I did wrong. Do I need to let the mixture set before I mix it? I tried adding more arrowroot powder and shea butter to thicken it but it didn’t make much of a difference and now I’m worried I’ve ruined the batch by using more of the arrowroot powder and shea butter than what the recipe called for.
    Would it still be okay to use as is if it sets or should I start again with a fresh batch?Thank you for your help :)

  64. Rebecca C says

    I found this recipe for the diaper rash cream. My daughter gets these horrible cystic looking bumps on her whole diaper area. They get really inflamed and sometimes even form heads. Anywho… I made the recipe exactly as stated except I didn’t have any chamomile. I used yarrow instead of chamomile. Once it was all done, it smelled pretty good. I used it on her bottom and put her to bed, the next morning was a huge improvement! Over night the areas that were raised up had smoothed back down and the red was down to a light pink. It was awesome! I highly recommend. It also helped my son who was a little red. The redness was gone in the morning. Awesome! Thanks!

  65. gabriella k says

    Hi, not sure if someone has asked this already but how long would it be until these expire? If you could address each one and how long it lasts that would be great!

  66. says

    Hello! I just wanted to say thanks for your collection of recipes here! I am due soon with baby #7 and have never made my own products before. I have had so much fun making these and can’t wait to use them. I have fallen in love with chamomile in the process! Tea from the whole flowers versus the bagged stuff you buy isn’t comparable… the diaper rash cream turned out so lovely – both texture and smell! – I can’t seem to stay out of it! I put it on just to smell it! I have tincture and baby oil in the making, next thing I want to try is a lotion bar. What would you think of adding a vanilla bean in with cham. and calendula while infusing into the coconut oil? I love vanilla in anything and would love to see the specks in the finished lotion bar. Another alternative I’m contemplating is putting dried rose hips in the oil to infuse also. I have whole or cut/sifted/seedless. Any recommendations or thoughts?
    I also made your deodorant recipe and we LOVE it. My husband immediately put it to the test and it came through with flying colors. It works so well, he wondered if I was sure it wasn’t clogging his pores or something?! :)
    Again, thanks for a lovely collection! – Janelle

  67. Tammy says

    hello i really want to make my own baby lotion for my son who is 10 months now. he has extremely dry skin. i am confused on the calendula and chamomile what form should i buy it oil, flower, or powder based. please i need to know asap. my baby boy needs relief. thanks

  68. Rachel says

    Hi there, just made this nappy cream for the first time today after spending a week excitedly gathering the ingredients (not the simplest task in Ireland, it took a good few shops!). I followed the instructions to a T however the outcome isn’t what I expected… Very liquidy, as stated in several other comments above. The coconut oil was solid at room temp, and i melted it in the double boiler as per the instructions. I added an extra tsp of arrowroot to thicket but it made no difference and I didn’t want to add anything more to alter it. It certainly didn’t make a “thick paste” nor did it create a “velvety thick cream”!! :D unless that’s after it cools? ***Edit*** it’s been cooling at room temp for a couple of hours and is still completely liquid. Does it require refridgeration to thicken? It doesn’t imply this in the instructions! I’m dying to make more of your recipes but the ingredients are quite expensive here (9 euro for 1/2 cup of shea butter!) so I just don’t want to risk this happening agian :-S Please please let me know what else I can do!

    Thank you!
    Rachel

  69. caitlyn collins says

    I’m looking into gathering the ingredients for your diaper rash cream listed above and had a question or two.

    1. Can the cream be stored in the refridgerator to prolong its shelf life?
    2. Are you able to sub. chamomile&calendula extract for the flowers?

  70. Nichi says

    My sister and I are about to make a bunch of these recipes this weekend as we prepare for my babe to be born. MRH only has calendula powder in stock ( we’re local). Can we use that in the diaper cream recipe? Please say yes!!

  71. Stacy Shular says

    My 5 year old daughter has horrible eczema. I just got all the stuff from Rose Mountain Herbs to make her the lotion bars. My 3 month old son has a shiny, almost wet looking, rash. It’s under his knees, between his elbows, armpits, and behind his ears. The Pediatrician, of course, wrote us a prescription for steroids. After my daughter being on them for so long, I refuse to give my kids steroid creams. What do you suggest I use on my 3 month old son? It looks so tender and I’m afraid it’s hurting him. Thank you!

    • sandra says

      My son got terrible eczema and I collected large buckets of water from the beach and gently warmed it to body temp (beach was too cold to swim in at the time) in a large pot on the stove and bathed him in it and eczema completely disappeared after about a week. So glad I managed to avoid the nasty steroid cream the doctor wanted me to use.

  72. Rachel says

    Hi there,

    Thanks for all the great recipes. I have made your nappy cream, lotion bars, lip chap, and baby oil. All are a great success! However, I am failing to grind up the petals for the baby powder. I have tried a coffee grinder and a thermomix (which has never failed any other challenge I’ve set for it).

    Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

  73. sandra says

    Thank you for your wonderful recipes and advice. I’m a soon to be nanna and relieved my daughter wants to go natural for her baby. I have been experimenting like crazy on lotions and potions and was rapt to find this site. I have just bought 12 old fashioned cloth nappies for when I look after bub and was interested to read about adding apple cider vinegar to rinse water. Also just wanted to say I used chamomile tea bags in my lotion. I’d say it would be just as good? I also added Bentonite clay to my nappy rash cream. Mine was runny too unfortunately but I think that is just our hot climate here in Australia.

  74. sarah RUKAJ says

    Hello wellness mama, i am a new mother myself, and my poor 3 week old baby boy has a stuffy nose/ congested. not dripping… but my question for you is’ would burning eucalypts oil for him harm him… Now i am aware of how strong that oil is, and a baby being so sensitive, but what if it is only used briefly (like walk him through the room a few times)…and not left to defuse and submerse him in the smells.
    thank you

  75. Kara says

    I wanted to know how long these last when made. What is the typical shelf life. I’m looking into making some of the baby products like diaper cream for my impending arrival in the summer.

    Thanks,

    Kara

  76. Cindy says

    Hi Katie,

    Just discovered your site over the weekend and am so excited to start putting some of the recipes into practice. I am from South Africa and am not sure where to locally find all the ingredients you mention, for eg. in the diaper cream.

    Please advise whether it is possible to replace the chamomile and calendula flowers with chamomile and calendula oils – and also please confirm the quantity to use (how many drops).

    Many thanks
    Cindy x

  77. Olivia says

    Hi. The recipes sound great, but I do not have calendula flowers. (?) would the recipe work without them? Are they used dry or not? Would the chamomile from a tea bag work? Can calendula flowers be found at a health food store? (We have Natural Pantry in Alaska, not sure if that’s just here or no)

  78. Ashley says

    I was wondering if there are any other websites or stores that have the ingredients indicated for the diaper cream? I looked at Mountain Rose Herbs however everything is saying that it is “unavailable at this time.” Thanks!

  79. Magda says

    I want to make the baby powder but I can’t get arrowroot in Australia. The product that’s sold here as arrowroot flour is actually tapioca flour. Do you think I could use that? Or maybe a corn starch?

  80. Roxanne says

    What do you use for teething biscuits? Do you use them? Or what do your children chew on when they are cutting teeth?

  81. Shirley says

    I had a question about the diaper rash cream, I have always heard that the zinc oxide was the ingredient to avoid in commercial diaper rash creams. Apparently this isn’t the case so what is the ingredient in diaper rash creams that should be avoided?

    • Roxanne says

      yeah it is but the bad variety is ‘micro’ or ‘nano’ zinc oxide you need to get the ‘bulk’ zinc oxide for it to be safe

  82. Michelle says

    I tried making the diaper rash cream today. It never thickened up. After about 20 min in my mixer it was still completely liquid and oily. Am I doing something wrong?

  83. Marta says

    Hi! These are great!!!! Just one question, for how long can I store baby oil and diaper cream for? And where is the best place to store it? in the fridge? Or just away from sun light? Many thanks!!!

  84. Jeanine says

    Hi Katie,

    Dont think this is the right place to ask, but sure I will still get some answer!

    What do I do if I have no breast milk and dont want to give my baba formula or products with grain? What are my options? Help please! :)

  85. Lili G says

    Thank you Katie for all your great DIY remedies- what’s your source for herbalism and all these recipes? Is there a book you recommend? I use your site weekly!
    I made the diaper cream and it’s working great for us. We haven’t had a diaper rash at all (also cloth diaper) till now (6mos). I think it may be because I was sick and was taking a lot of Vit C- anyone experience this (extra vit-c=diaper rash)?
    I used only 1/4 cup of oil and 1/8c shea butter with chamomile and sitz herbs in place of calendula. I think this made a more potent dose, but it’s working great!

  86. Annie says

    I have a totally ridiculous question…I really want to use homemade natural products on my baby, but I LOVE that J&J baby powder scent! Anyone know of an essential oil or combination that is similar to that smell? Or can it only be achieved with chemicals? Thanks!

  87. Jeri says

    I LOVE your information on your web site! Thank you for all the time you take to post these recipes! I have two questions: since the PH level in Dr. Bronner’s soap is high, wont this dry out the babies skin? And, i want to use calendula powder (instead of the whole flower’s) in the diaper rash ointment. Do i just add the powder to the mix or does it have to be heated with the oils to infuse the oil?

  88. jeanna says

    Just a random addition to all this info, the small mason jars are my favorite and just wanted to share that there’s a good powder sprinkling cover that fits standard mason jars for powder :) I don’t by the gross processed kraft parmesan cheese, but my family does… those green parmesan cheese covers from kraft and generics fit right onto mason jars! They’re not spill proof for liquids, but they’re great for nuts n trail mix for the “spoon out” side of the lid, and great tip sprinkle powder from the 3-small hole side of the lid :) if you get a lid from someone who uses that kind of cheese, even cheaper than buying a shaker, as I’m sure everyone visiting this site has mason jars :)

  89. sarrow says

    Hello Katie,
    Could you use the Calendula Herbal Oil in place of the calendula flowers? If so, how much would u recommend for these recipes? Mountain Rose Herbs is out of them and so is the other site i use. I have seeds but chances are I will have my baby before my plants are big enough to use :) Thank you so much for your help :)

  90. jen says

    hi!
    my friends are having a baby and i would love to make them some of these products, however, their older son is allergic to coconut (and all other nuts). is there a substitute for the coconut oil in the diaper cream?

    thank you!

  91. Bren says

    Babies don’t actually need soaps or shampoos for the most part. They have naturally protective oils in their skin that are better not washed off.

  92. Patricia Diogo says

    Hello Katie,thank you for your fantastic blog!I am Patricia Diogo from Portugal and I found your blog to help my mom’s skin problem.however I just had a baby,he is 1month and the coconut oil helped with his rash my bodu care and in the cofee to fight baby blues!but its my first baby and my question is how can you manage to nursure without pacifiers and have time to do all the wonderful stuff you do?

  93. Jade says

    You mention that you can add zinc oxide to your lotion bars recipe for diaper rashes. What is the exact recipe for this? Thanks a bunch!

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