7 Natural Baby Care Recipes

All natural homemade baby skin 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.

Diaper Cream 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.

homemade natural baby oil recipe

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:

Baby Oil Ingredients

Baby Oil Instructions

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.

homemade all natural baby powder recipe

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! 🙂

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!

These are natural baby care recipes including diaper cream (cloth diaper safe), baby oil, baby powder, soap, lotion, and wipes with calendula and chamomile.

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  1. 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.

    • It probably would since there are several antifungal ingredients. Please let us know if you try it!

      • Hi there,

        I am looking into making my own diaper cream above but I am not sure about coconut oil as I read in some places that it actually might causes a rash on baby’s skin. What is your experience with this?

    • Soak them in pure hydrogen peroxide one or twice a day…but beware that it has a detox effect

    • You want to dilude ACV as straight ACV will cause what you’re describing. Mix with 3 parts water and you should be fine.

    • My 6 month old baby girl had a head to toe allergic reaction to Dr. Bronner’s, but coconut oil is good for her. What is a short 2-3 ingredient I can make her homemade soap????

      • You can use 80% avocado oil and 20% coconut oil with a superfat of 7-8%. It smells a little strange, but if you add lavender essential oil the smell goes away. It’s what I use for my 3 year old, 1 year old, and newborn. Takes about 6 weeks to harden. Although we started using it after four.

        • What do you mean when you say a super fat? Thanks

      • Oh! And the smell doesn’t linger after you wash with it. Only if you put the bar to your nose and smell it. Lol.

      • Aloe Vera + any sort of oil (coconut, almond, olive) just shake to mix before use. Any essential oils you like to add would be great to.

    • My brother who is over 40 has had Athlete’s foot pretty much his whole life and has tried everything to control it and nothing works. I finally convinced him to wear wool socks (yes, all year around) and poof it was gone. It might work for you.

  2. 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. 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. 

    •  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.

    • 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.

    • 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. 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? 

    •  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.

    • 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). 

      • 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. 

    • 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.

    • I used an amber necklace for both my babies….took it off for naps and bed time, but they wore them all while they were awake…drooling was significantly less, and they rarely fussed over teething in general…maybe I just got lucky, I don’t know, but I will be using it again for our (hopefully) next, too!

  5. 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. Good Stuff, thanks for sharing.

  7. 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?

    • 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!

      • 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…

    • 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.

    • …… 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!

  8. So this diaper rash recipe is safe for cloth diapers but requires a liner?

    • 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…

      • 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!

        • 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…

          • 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!

    • 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!

      • 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!

      • For those of you looking for a cloth diaper safe diaper cream, here it is:

        1/4 c pure, unrefined coconut oil
        1/2 c ivory (not gold) raw shea butter
        1 tbsp beeswax shavings or pellets
        2 tbsp vegetable glycerin

        I got this recipe from Little House Living website and have been using it successfully for 11 months. We use prefold cloth diapers with Thirsties covers and Grovia diapers (I can’t remember which insert we have but it is not disposable). We wash with Country Save laundry detergent, one hot cycle with just the prefoldsm Grovia inserts and wipes and one warm cycle with the prefolds, wipes, diaper covers, and wet bag. We use this cream every night after bath and as needed if redness appears. I have never used any type of “insert” like a paper towel or old tshirt because this seemed to add one more step to the cloth diaper process and I didn’t like the idea of throwing something away each time I changed my child. With this recipe, I have never had to strip my diapers, never had a problem with stinky diapers, and never had problems with repelling. If you use something that causes your baby’s skin to repel liquid, it will likely have the same effect on your diapers so use those types of products, like zinc oxide, with care. Also, this cream will work wonders on any redness that appears in deep neck, leg, or any other creases a chubby baby might have!

  9. 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 

  10. 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!

    • 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…

      • Does dr bronners hurt eyes if it gets in there accidentally?

        • Dr. Bronners will not harm their eyes if it gets briefly splashed in, but might sting a little bit. Just make sure to wash their eyes out immediately so there won’t be any harm done.

    • You could also use Dr. Bronner’s in a ratio with 1 part Bronners, 3 parts water in a foaming soap dispenser. I made this the other day and it seems to work really well. 🙂

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

  12. 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!

    • hmmm… I’ll have to go look and see. I think the filter automatically pulls ones with links so I don’t even see them but I’ll try to got find it 🙂

  13. Have you had any problems with the soap hurting the baby’s eyes? Mine son can’t stand water or anything on his face, but somestimes it gets there anyway.

    • My third was like that too. I just use microfiber on him… no need for soap and it doesn’t drip so the water won’t get in his eyes

  14. Do you think I could use the powder form of the flowers for the diaper rash cream?

  15. 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?

    • 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…

  16. 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?

    • They just add a little scent and soothing but you can make it without them 🙂

      • Can you use the Chamomile tea bags in the diaper cream instead of the flowers?

        • 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.

          • Hello. It is the first time that I am trying to make any of these recipes. So do any of these need to be refrigerated after made and how long would they last before they go bad? Thank you

  17. 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!

    • Congrats and best wishes for an easy birth!

  18. 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?

    • It should be fine and you could use as a sunscreen though it would be a really high SPF with that much zinc oxide! 🙂

  19. 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?

    • I sometimes give chamomile tea or tincture on the gums during teething and it seems to help…

  20. 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.

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

  21. Do you use dr. Bronners on your kids? Or just the microfiber cloths and water? Thanks!

    • I’ve used the unscented Dr. Bronners, but usually just stick to Microfiber now.

  22. 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. 😀

    • How much coconut and grape seed oil do you use?

  23. 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!!

    • Diaper rash powder from pioneer’s
      days: take regular flour “brown” it in a cast iron skillet and apply.

    • 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.

  24. 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 😉

    • Cocoa butter, mango butter or illipe butter all work great too 🙂

  25. Corn Starch!!! Does amazing things.

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

    • They should all keep that long no problem. Congrats!

      • How long does the diaper rash cream last though? Also, any reason why you don’t use just coconut oil alone? I heard and read that it’s pretty good for diaper rashes too. Thanks!

        • You can use it alone, but add it the overall effectiveness of the cream. It lasts about 3 months.

  28. Dr. Bronner’s, is cheaper at Whole Foods and there is no shipping fee!

  29. 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.

    • They should last at least several months if not indefinitely, as they have shelf stable ingredients…

  30. 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.

    • It is fine, as long as it is a pure source that you trust. I’d start with about 5% and work up if needed…

    • Also make sure that the zinc oxide is bulk and not nano or micronised as these can penetrate damaged skin and have been linked to respiratory and immunotoxicity.

  31. Hi! Was so happy to find this post on one of my google searches. I hope you don’t mind that I found myself compelled tweet it and also share with the readers of my own blog. Keep up the good work 🙂

  32. Hey there. You use tsp/tbsp measurements for the herbs, but MountainRose is all about oz’s…. so how many tsp would 4 oz of flowers be????

    • Just an FYI, the 4 oz of flowers is a massive bag…you won’t use a fraction of it for this…

      • No joke, I ordered 2 bags because I was worried I “wouldn’t have enough”. I have plenty now! 🙂

  33. 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?

    • Yep, 10 drops is perfect and it will be great to add…

  34. 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?

    • It will evaporate in just air if given the time…

      • Hi, regarding the tincture how long should I leave the jar open for the alcohol to evaporate. I am afraid it will go bad or wont be as effective.


  35. 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!!

    • Shea butter has special antibacterial and moisturizing properties, but those other oils would work great too. If you use the lavender oil, I’d just use a few drops…a little goes a really long way with babies!

      • Thank you!!

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

    • It will probably thicken overnight… the melted oil can take a while to fully harden again

      • Mine is very very runny. Should I have let the coconut oil sit before adding it to the Shea butter?

  37. 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?

    • Was the coconut oil liquid or solid at room temp? Curious what made the mixture thin… If it is the zinc oxide, it should absorb and get smoother over the next day…

      • 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.

  38. Ahh! Accidentally grabbed cocoa butter instead of shea… still ok?

  39. 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?

  40. 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?

    • You definitely can. I’d add at the end and stir in gently, and probably a couple of tablespoons of oil, depending on the strength of the infusion…

  41. Do you have an opinion on the use of amber necklaces for teething babes?

  42. Just to clarify, what do you mean by ” use a liner” with the diaper cream?

    • It should wash out, but just to prevent any absorption issues, I use a disposable/biodegradable bamboo liner if using a lot of diaper cream..

      • It also lets you just flush the poo in the toilet and leaves the nappy pretty clean most of the time

  43. If making the diaper cream without calendula, should I use twice as much chamomile instead?

      • Thanks, Wellness Mama. I really appreciate your website. So much good info for me (an earth-lovin’, au natural, first-time mamma-to-be!).

  44. 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.

    • It should last several months at least…

  45. 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!

  46. 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…

  47. 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

    • 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!

      • 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?

        • 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.

          • 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.

  48. 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?

    • If they are too fine to strain out, it should still work fine…

  49. 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.

    • You can add more arrowroot, but it can take a day or two to completely harden. Was the coconut oil you used solid at room temp before you started?

      • Hi wellness mama. I am having the same issue. Mine was at room temperature before I infused it. :/

        • 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?

          • 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…

          • 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 🙁

  50. I’m newly pregnant with my second and am super excited about making my own baby products!! Thank you so much for this resource!

  51. 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 🙂

  52. Hi, I just wondering how you use chamomile tincture for teething babies?

  53. 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?

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

  54. 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?

    • As long as the powder is very fine, it should work…Congrats and best of luck with delivery 🙂

  55. Can you use calendula flower powder for the diaper rash cream?

  56. 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 🙂

  57. 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

  58. 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.

    • It should be fine and you probably will need only a tiny amount.

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

  60. 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!

  61. 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!

    • 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!

  62. 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?

  63. Won’t the heat kill the properties in the calendula and chamomile flowers? Thanks!

  64. hai do we have to add preservative in baby powder and what is the expiry date?

  65. 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?

  66. 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.

  67. 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?

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

  68. If you dont have calendula flowers can you just replace it with more chamomile??

  69. Can you use powdered Calendula and Chamomile for the baby oil and diaper rash cream? If so how much? Thanks

  70. 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

  71. 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?

  72. 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?

    • Was the coconut oil you used solid at room temp?

    • 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???

  73. My diaper cream won’t turn creamy. I’ve added extra zinc oxide and it is still very liquid. Suggestions?

    • What kind of coconut oil did you use? was it liquid at room temp?

      • It was solid at room temp.

      • After sitting on the counter for a day it thickened and seems to be good now.

  74. Doesn’t heat kill all the properties in calendula and chamomille flowers? So what’s the benefit? Thanks!

  75. I am so excited to start making own baby lotion !! can calendula flower be oil ?

  76. 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?

  77. 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.

  78. 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?

  79. 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!

    • 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 🙂

  80. 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? 🙂

    • 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.

  81. Can I use Bentonite clay in place of the Arrowroot powder? Ty

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

  83. 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!

  84. 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.

    • 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.

  85. 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!

  86. 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! 🙂

  87. 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 🙂

  88. 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!

  89. can you use alternative herbs/ flowers (ie lavender) in your recipes?

  90. I tried to make the diaper rash ointment but it did not thicken. What did I do wrong?

  91. I am allergic to coconut so I cant use it on my babies. What is a good diaper cream recipe without coconut oil?

    • i heard olive oil is suppose to be a great alternative .

  92. 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!

  93. 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

  94. 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

  95. 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”!! 😀 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!

    • It can take a couple of days to fully harden but you can put in the fridge to help speed this up 🙂

  96. 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?

    • Yes
      Yes but it will then have a shorter shelf life since there is liquid in it

  97. 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!!

      • Wonderful!!! Thank you! I can’t wait to make all our Wellness Mama goodies :). Little dude will love them!

  98. 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!

    • Have you ever tried addressing it with diet? Homemade lotions would be a gentle option to try for him

    • 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.

  99. Mountain Rose Herbs! Sorry for the typo!

  100. 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.

  101. 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.

  102. 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

    • I’ve been ok with diffusing oils around my babies, but not using on them directly. I’ve also found at that age that just nursing more often is usually enough to help them kick it.

  103. 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.



  104. 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

      • Thanks so much. Xx

    • Hello fellow South African. There is an amazing South African shop online called faithful to nature. All organic and ecofriendly and really good service.

      • Hi I am also a South African, I am also trying to find the right place to get the ingredients needed for a lot of these recipes. Dischem only ever has so much. If there are other South Africans I would love to hear where you get your stuff!

  105. 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)

  106. 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!

  107. 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?

    • The arrowroot powder you buy in woolies (tapioca flour) also contains sulphites which can be an allergy thing. In Australia you can get pure arrowroot from natural health food shops it is about $2 for 250g.

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

    • I rub chamomile on the gums or freeze breastmilk and put in a teething bag…

  109. 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?

    • 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

  110. 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?

  111. 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!!!

  112. 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! 🙂

  113. How many dose the diaper cream yield??

  114. 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!

  115. 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!

  116. 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?

  117. 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 🙂

  118. 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 🙂

  119. 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!

  120. 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.

  121. 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?

    • I carry my babies in a sling like an ergo or a boba a lot when they are little 🙂 Thanks for reading

  122. 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!

  123. Hi there – for the diaper rash cream, could one use calendula and camomile essential oil, in place of the flowers?

  124. Hello! Thank you for all your amazing tips & recipes. I’m just wondering if u use fresh or dried camomile & calendula flowers? I never seem to have enough flowers flowering at once in my garden but maybe I need to plant more plants/seeds. Thanks x

  125. What is the shelf life on these DIY Baby products? I am 6months due and would like to start preparing and making most of these next month so that Im all ready when baby gets here! Ty Ty!


  126. which homemade diaper cream is safe for cloth diapers that don’t require stripping? is this why my diapers are leaking?

  127. I was wondering if you have ever tried using essences of camomile and caldenula in the diaper rash cream? Thinking of making some for my grandbaby and it is easier to find the essences than the dried plants?

  128. My daughter has terribly bad diaper rash and I don’t have the money or time today to go buy ingredients for DIY wipes and diaper rash cream. The only thing I have on hand is coconut oil, none of the other ingredients. Can I put the coconut oil right on her bottom as a cream for now or do I need the other ingredients..? Thanks a lot

    • You totally can! In fact, that may be all you need.

  129. Hi there,

    Just wondering if I can substitute the apricot kernel oil with sweet almond oil in your baby oil recipe?


    • I haven’t tried it but I don’t think it would hurt…

  130. Thanks for your reply!

    You have no idea how much you’ve helped me and my family…

    I’d been struggling with my baby girls yeast infections/diaper rashes since she was born… It got to a point where she had school sores on her bottom… I felt like the worst Mum ever!

    She’s one now and during that time (before I found you!), I slathered on prescription cream one after the other desperately trying to find some relief for my baby’s poor little bottom…

    I made your baby powder last week with calendula and her bottom looks completely normal! It hasn’t looked normal (without rashes, infections or scarring from both) since I gave birth to her!

    That, and a mixture of vinegar and water sprayed onto her bottom at first sign of a nappy rash has helped me completely eliminate what I thought was going to be an ongoing issue…

    Thank-you for helping me and my family find the path to a happier, healthier lifestyle!

    I’m looking forward to making your other baby products…

    • So glad it was helpful and sooooo glad your sweet little one is doing better now! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your success!

  131. I’m attempting to infuse for the first time
    😉 Via jar sitting for 6-8 weeks. I’d like to infuse 1 pint to pull out a tsp or so when needed. What is your dried flowers to oil ratio? Thank you!

  132. Hi it might be posted somewhere else but I have not come across it. What about detergent for washing your babies clothes. I know you have a DIY recipe on another post but not sure if it would be good for babies too. Or if you can recommend a store bought brand that would be good. Thank you

  133. Hi

    Can anybody help?

    I’ve attempted this cream and although it’s a very low heat I use to warm the coconut oil, it always seems to burn the calendula and chamomile flowers which doesn’t smell very good at all. I’ve wasted so much coconut oil trying to get it right. Any advice????

  134. Can anyone help?

    I have been on the look out for a alternative safer for baby and cloth nappy laundry soap or powder and I came across one company which recommend the following for my babies cloth nappies, clothes etc but now reading the ingredients I have started second guessing everything. Can anyone share thoughts please
    Ingredients: soap derived from rapeseed oil,* sugar surfactant, coconut oil alcohol sulphate, ethanol (plant derived alcohol), sulphated castor oil, citrate, rhythmatised water.
    *Certified organically grown
    100% Biodegradable – Recyclable container.

    I do love all of your recipes and ideas but I’m still too nervous to try and make my own.

  135. Is it ok to use organic calendula tea bags or camomile tea bags for these recepies?Thank you for these recepies

  136. Hello, can you use a little coconut oil for washing baby in the shower? Or is it better to get a soap for this.
    Thank you.

  137. I’m sorry if you’ve answered this before but how long is the shelf life for each of these? I saw you said several months for one of them but I don’t believe the baby I’m making this for will be born until November, three months from now.

  138. Hey so I made this (the updated version minus the fish oil.) it didn’t get creamy when I whipped it but did harden up after it cooled it turns back to oil when applied to babies bum is that right? I thought it would stay thicker like a paste like Bordeaux butt past rather than turning back to oil.. If it’s not normal how do I fix it?

  139. Can I use natural shea butter on my baby?

  140. Do you dilute the castil soap for baby shampoo/wash? If so, what are the ratios?

  141. Katie,

    Can I use the diaper cream as a barrier cream against chlorine for the swimming pool, on myself and my 9week old? Ive tried your dechlorinating lotion and while I loved it, I found it hard to rub in (may have been that I used incorrect measurements in the translation from american to local measurements?), which was fine for me, but wont be so easy for baby! I also plan on using a vitamin c spray!


  142. Although I’m sure you have researched the mess out of the herbs you are giving your children, I would like to look into the safety of the herbs as you suggested. Where is a good place to start or a resource that you use?

  143. My pedi (who is very naturally inclined) recommended baby powder for my 2 month olds rolls and under his arms because of yeast. I’ve had an aversion to powder for years. Is there anything else I can use to help keep those areas dry?

  144. I just made the diaper rash cream and it is not thickening. It is the consistency of thick milk or heavy whipping cream. What went wrong that it is so runny? I added a little extra shea butter but that didn’t do much. I’d hate to have to toss it out. Can it be saved?

    • I use mango butter which is more solid than Shea butter and just a little extra arrowroot powder.

      • Is the arrowroot powder better than the zinc oxide, which is what I used?

  145. i have never used zinc oxide, so I don’t know. many people are still skeptical of how safe it is to on their babies. however, i imagine the arrowroot would be a better thickener since its basically like cornstarch.

  146. Hi. I would like to make a shampoo for my girl who is 4 years old. She has very long hair almost touching to her waist. I definitely have to wash it. I was using a certain product but I am not happy with it. I want to make something on my own. I also feel she needs a conditoner but I dont know which would be the safest conditioner, or to a leave serum for a small girls. I am a dermatologist, and I am looking for an answer for my girl and also all my baby patients. Thanks!

  147. Hi, I trided making diaper cream with the instruction, everything went well at the beginning…. until in the next day when I open the jar it melted into liquid…I’m wondering is it because of the coconut oil or I wasn’t doing right… I read that coconut oil melts above 75F. Does that mean I have to keep the diaper cream in the fridge? I stored it in cool and dry place but it still melted…

    • I might try keeping it in the fridge and let it warm in your hands for a second before applying it to baby. Of course, it still works well if the coconut oil melts (more like an oil than a cream), but it’s up to your preference 🙂

  148. I have chamomile hydrosol and calendula whole flower oil. Would it be ok to use those? And would the hydrosol change the shelf life?
    Thank you!!!

  149. Hi Katie, my first baby is due on September 16th 2016 and as a teacher I’m really lucky that my maternity leave will start straight after my summer vacation meaning I will be at home from when I’m about 30 weeks pregnant. I’m planning to make my baby products in that time, including infusing last year’s dried calendula I oil etc. This means that much of my products might be at least 2 months old before baby is born. Is this safe? Are there any ‘use by dates’ for your baby oil/ powder/ diaper cream / home made wipes please? Thanks so much for your blog- I can’t wait to have a natural baby! I’ve already had to put the hints out to friends and colleagues who like to kindly make baby hampers full of Johnson and Johnson baby products! I’m going to make the all some little lotions etc. As a leaving gift (and to turn them onto natural!).

    • Congrats on your baby, Anna! Some recipes have date specifications, but each individual post will detail those times for you 🙂 But most will stay good for you for at least a few months.

  150. What kind of oil can I add to the bath water instead of bath oil? Could i just use apricot kernel oil?And can I use chamomile e.o. Instead of the flowers to make baby oil?


  152. Thank you for these posts but do you have an all natural laundry detergent for newborn babies?


  153. I am making diaper creme for our granddaughter who is due next week. I’m out of Chamomile flowers, but have the E.O. Would that be ok to substitute? I would put it in at the end so the heat doesn’t burn it off. Or…I have lavender flowers…would they be ok to substitute? Or would it be best to just leave the Chamomile out for this batch and put it in the next batch? Thoughts?

    Thank you,
    Laura 🙂

    • Congrats on the sweet new baby coming! Since you don’t know how she will react to the chamomile eo, I would just leave it out until the next batch 🙂

  154. Hello, this may be off the topic. But i used organic coconut oil on my baby’s body once after a bath and it made him smell like baby throw up. I used it once in my hair as a conditioner and it did the same to me. Is that common or do my son and I just have some crazy ph problem. Lol

  155. Hi wellness mama. Thanks for sharing these recipes. Came across them and was telling the ladies in my moms’ group. One of them asked if she can buy some homemade products from me. I don’t want to make a profit, but would you mind if I use your recipes and sell them at cost to other moms, like us, who want to use natural healthy products but don’t have the time or energy or space ( the mom that asked has a 18 month old and a set of twin newborns!)? I want to respect your generous gift to me as a mom to a mom and I don’t want to take advantage in anyway.

    • I don’t allow use of my recipes for products for sale. That said, it is perfectly fine to adapt and make them your own and share with friends. Thanks for asking!

  156. I attempted to make the diaper rash cream (the one without the fermented Cid liver oil) and it is still straight liquid….I’m at a loss. Suggestions?