If you have a baby you have likely seen diaper rash. If you are transitioning from using toxic diapers to using cloth diapers you may wonder how you will take care of your baby’s bum without Desitin and other diaper rash creams.
Honestly, the best thing you can do to prevent diaper rash is to change your baby’s diaper on a frequent basis. That being said I understand as a mom there are a million demands on your time and sometimes time slips away and you realize it’s been a while since you changed your baby last and they are making “owie” noises.
There are all sorts of fancy recipes online for diaper cream. Some of them do a bang up job but they have too many ingredients and are too costly for me. There are a few ingredients you will see frequently if you look up those online diaper cream recipes. Zinc oxide is a controversial mineral often used as a moisture barrier. I don’t honesty find it necessary. You will find shea butter which has vitamins A and E and is very helpful in getting rid of diaper rash. Coconut oil is one of my go-to ingredients for all sorts of things and this is where it shines. It is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and awesome. Beeswax helps bind your diaper cream to the skin but I don’t honestly find necessary either. Essential oils like lavender and chamomile are also popular although the reasons vary based on the oil you are using.
So what do I consider necessary? Coconut oil. If you want to get fancy with it go with 1/2 coconut oil and 1/2 shea butter with a couple drops of essential oil (but no more!) and call it good. DO NOT use strong essential oils and absolutely no citrus oils. That will only aggravate the problem. Lavender, chamomile, and calendula are the only ones I would recommend at all. Keep it in a jar for up to three months and use liberally on your baby’s bum.
But what if you use not only diaper rash cream but also baby powder, baby shampoo, baby oil, and other baby products on a regular basis? I hear you and you can make those naturally and cheaply too.
To make your own baby powder, put some organic cornstarch in a shaker. Ta da! You are done. You can add a drop or two of calendula or chamomile essential oil if you want to but you really don’t have to. I like to think less is more. This way you won’t have a ton of harmful chemicals on your baby’s bottom and you won’t be spending a fortune doing it. Plus your baby powder will last as long as your cornstarch which is usually quite a while.
I didn’t actually use baby oil but when one of my daughters got cradle cap the doctor suggested purchasing some to use on her hair. I immediately began researching alternative suggestions that weren’t as toxic. Regular baby oil is a bi-product of petroleum distillation and blocks the body’s ability to release toxins properly so it isn’t something I feel safe using at all.
Fortunately you can make your own baby oil with an organic oil such as olive, almond, apricot, or avocado that you find on sale at your supermarket. Pick your favorite two or three and add about 4 oz of each to a pan. Heat to mix the oils thoroughly. If you want to add a drop or two of essential oils, add them after removing your pan from the heat.
Baby Shampoo/Body Wash
The best replacement for baby shampoo/body wash is castile soap. You can find fancy recipes online with vegetable glycerin, aloe vera juice, and essential oils. Although I have tried these and they do work well, less is often more. Just dilute some castile soap with filtered water and use as needed.
So now you know it is possible to replace all the toxic chemicals you put on your baby. It can be done fairly inexpensively too. Try at least one of these out and see how you like it.