7 Natural Baby Care Recipes

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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 castile 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.

Note: if you’re looking for more natural solutions for surviving teething, check out this post!

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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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


313 responses to “7 Natural Baby Care Recipes”

  1. Bren Avatar

    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.

  2. jen Avatar

    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!

  3. Summer Avatar

    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 🙂

  4. jeanna Avatar

    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 🙂

  5. Jeri Avatar

    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?

  6. Annie Avatar

    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!

  7. Lili G Avatar
    Lili G

    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!

  8. Jeanine Avatar

    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! 🙂

  9. Marta Avatar

    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!!!

  10. Michelle Avatar

    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?

  11. Shirley Avatar

    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?

    1. Roxanne Avatar

      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

  12. Roxanne Avatar

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

  13. Magda Avatar

    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?

    1. Roxanne Avatar

      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.

  14. Ashley Avatar

    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!

  15. Olivia Avatar

    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)

  16. Cindy Avatar

    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

    1. misha Avatar

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

      1. Lorraine Mashongoane Avatar
        Lorraine Mashongoane

        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!

  17. Kara Avatar

    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.



  18. sarah RUKAJ Avatar
    sarah RUKAJ

    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

    1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

      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.

  19. sandra Avatar

    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.

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