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. Le Avatar

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

  2. Samantha Avatar

    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?

  3. Rose Avatar

    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.

  4. Karina Avatar

    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.

  5. rebi Avatar

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

  6. Letitia Avatar

    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.

  7. Alice Avatar


    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????

  8. Theresa Bervaldi Avatar
    Theresa Bervaldi

    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

  9. Tanya Skinner Avatar
    Tanya Skinner

    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!

  10. Kharissa Avatar

    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…

  11. Kharissa Avatar

    Hi there,

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


  12. Melinda Avatar

    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

  13. Anna Avatar

    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?

  14. Melissa Avatar

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

  15. Mariana Avatar

    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!


  16. Jenni Avatar

    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

  17. Alana Avatar

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

  18. Jade Avatar

    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!

  19. Patricia Diogo Avatar
    Patricia Diogo

    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?

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