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. Christie Avatar

    For a shampoo and baby wash, is everyday shea an ok brand to use? We try to not bathe more than once a week. My kiddo is 14 months

  2. Dora Avatar

    Hello!!I love all your recipes. I have a small problem with the baby shampoo. I wash my baby’s hair with Dr bronners baby mild as well as with Dr woods baby mild and keep smells bad.I tried essential oil or rose water but nothing. I look up for babies shampoo at ewg but the most of them are not good although are rated A. Any suggestions???thank you in advance

  3. Beth Avatar

    In preparation for my recent birth I made infused chamomile oil. I was worried about the alcohol cont t of the chamomile tincture you recommend it I knew I had to do something. So I let chamomile flowers soak in a jar of olive oil for a long time ( so long my hubby started to complain !) then I sieved out the flowers and mixed in an equal part coconut oil. Keep it at room temperature. It’s a great after bath rub and a great behind the ears massage oil for teething pains.

  4. Brandi Avatar

    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?

  5. Beth Avatar

    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.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      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!

  6. Angelina chea Avatar
    Angelina chea

    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

  7. Laura Avatar

    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 🙂

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      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 🙂

  8. Tina jones Avatar
    Tina jones

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


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  10. Liesbeth Avatar

    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?

  11. Anna Avatar

    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!).

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      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.

  12. Miranda Avatar

    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!!!

  13. Kiara Avatar

    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…

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      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 🙂

  14. Batul Avatar

    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!

  15. lexy billings Avatar
    lexy billings

    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.

  16. Mallory F Avatar
    Mallory F

    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?

    1. lexy billings Avatar
      lexy billings

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

      1. Mallory F Avatar
        Mallory F

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

  17. Kristie googin Avatar
    Kristie googin

    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?

  18. Mallory Cervas Avatar
    Mallory Cervas

    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?

  19. Amy Avatar


    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!


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