Baby baths should not be filled with harmful chemicals, think of a homemade milk bath, oatmeal bath, homemade baby shampoo, make baby washing filled with love....pure and simple.
I have recipes for baby baths below but I want to advise, although essential oil is in most of them, I don't recommend using it until your little one is over six months of age.
I've been told from birth it's okay to use Chamomile, Lavender, Yarrow and Dill yet, I'm not advising it because I don't know the quality of oil you may be using.
It's important to use only pure, quality oils, avoiding the synthetic oils completely.
Although, even using quality oils, you should still avoid Anise, Eucalyptus and Wintergreen on little ones under the age of two.
Combine 1 C organic milk powder, *3 drops chamomile
essential oil, 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil OR Rose Essential Oil OR Rose water.
*if over 6 mos of age as you can read above - also essential oil is optional and feel free to use other oils of your choice.Find a huge variety of 100% Pure Essential Oils at Piping Rock Health Products! Shop Now >
Mix the essential oils with three Tbs of milk powder and blend thoroughly so the oil is completely absorbed into the powder.
Mix with remaining powder.
Dissolve 3 Tbsp in warm baby bath, let your baby enjoy for at least 10 minutes for maximum results.
1 cup of plain oatmeal – Grind to powder in food processor or coffee grinder.
Add to baby bath running water and stir until dissolved.
Great for relief from diaper rash, poison oak, chicken pox or measles.
Also helpful for dry skin and apply to cradle cap.
Homemade Dry Bubble Bath Mix (also found on Homemade Bubble Bath)
2 Cups Powder Milk
1 C Cornstarch (good for itchy skin)
4 oz Castile Soap flakes (grate from bar soap - using a cheese grater)
Add 5 drops of essential oil and mix well.
Sprinkle desired amount in bath and stir by hand before entering
Homemade Baby Shampoo
2 Cups Water
4 Tbsp of liquid Castile soap
2 to 3 drops of pure essential lavender oil
Boil the water and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes.
Add the liquid Castile soap and lavender oil, (you can use another essential oil if you prefer) stir until well blended.
Use a funnel to pour into a squeeze type bottle or a bottle with a dispenser pump for ease of use while bathing your baby.
Shake gently before each use.
Once you get used to making your own baby shampoo you can start experimenting by adding chamomile tea or herbs to the boiled water while it is cooling.
Castile soap is made with olive oil as opposed to animal fats and is very gentle and cleanses naturally.
Baby Bath Tub – You can use a baby tub or infant bath designed for newborns, inflatable or the basin type that fit inside your bathtub or many have used the kitchen sink for baby baths.
For baby baths safety, it’s best to line whatever you choose with something that prevents your baby from slipping around. You could use a towel or some sort of rubber mat making your baby feel much more secure.
Baby Baths for Infant Bathing – Requires a baby wash cloth unless you're using a baby bath sponge.
Some sort of small pitcher to pour bath water over your baby for rinsing and just keeping warm.
Natural soap or bubble bath (see recipes above) and a towel or two for after the bath.
Make sure you have everything
within reach before you start the bath.
Make sure the water is warm, not too hot or cool but comfortably warm.
Once you ease your baby in the warm bath, use one hand to support his or her neck and head, keeping your baby feeling safe and secure as possible. (It’s not always easy if they’re squirming or fighting it, in fact, when they’re soapy it can be a challenge!!)
You’ll want to make sure you clean any creases common in the arm and leg areas, (especially if they’re chubbie) and behind their ears and around their neck where milk tends to run to.
Of course, the diaper area and between their cute little toes!!
Try to bathe your
baby during the warmest time of the day if you live in a cold climate and set the room temperature to be warm. Paying attention to these details will make a big difference for your baby's bath.
It’s not necessary to bathe your baby every day, it’s drying to their skin. A couple times a week is enough if you clean them well with their diaper changes and keep their faces (eyes/nose) clean daily.
If your baby is getting a diaper rash, try the oatmeal bath recipe above and read more at diaper rash.
As your baby gets a little older,
have some bath time fun, play games with bath toys and make it a special time together. As you've probably heard a million times already, they grow up so fast!!!
Homemade Baby Powder
Simply use cornstarch or arrowroot powder by filling an empty, clean, spice or Parmesan cheese bottle.
Again, if the little one is over 6 months old you can add a few drops of essential oil like lavender and shake well to mix.
Homemade Baby Oil
you want to keep it simple, you can massage olive, coconut or sweet
almond oil on your baby - again, you can add essential oil if over 6 mos
to the oil.
Mix oil from 3 vitamin E capsules with 1 C of either, grape seed, almond, olive or sunflower in a bowl.
Mix well – can be used for cradle cap, chapped or irritated skin, a nice massage or just simply all over after a nice bath.
3 Tbsp sweet almond oil & 1 tsp evening primrose oil
Essential Body Lotion
1 C water, 2 Tbs grated beeswax, 1/2 C olive oil, essential oil of your choice. (approx. 15 drops)
Directions - Using a double boiler, add water and wax on top pan, heat until melted.
Remove from heat and add olive oil and blend, add essential oils and blend again. Once mixture is cool, store in clean container.
Milk & Honey Lotion
Heat 1 C honey and 1 C heavy cream (or milk) until well mixed.
Let cool and keep refrigerated, warm in hands before using.
Enjoy baby bath time and spread the love by sharing these recipes with your family and friends!!
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