Lavender Aloe Baby Wipe Solution- my answer to a soothing, all-natural wipe solution that effectively cleans and smells heavenly. Lavender is a natural antiseptic as well as calming agent. Aloe soothes and conditions delicate baby skin.
Enjoy a relaxing moment when cleaning up baby with this simple wipe solution~
3 c water
3 T Lavender Castile Soap
3 T Aloe Juice
1 T Olive Oil
This recipe fits perfectly in a Mason Jar!
Add water first, followed by each ingredient. The wipe solution will turn from clear to a beautiful creamy solution- Cover and shake well before use. Store in refrigerator. Will stay fresh up to 1 month!
Pour over clean, dry cloth wipes & store in an air-tight container- or fill a spray bottle for easy traveling.
The wet wipes will stay fresh at room temperature for about 4-5 days.
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There’s nothing sadder than a sick baby, is there? Especially when it’s YOUR sick baby!
Many people assume that medicine is the only way to bring relief, but there’s something much simpler: Food!
Next time baby isn’t feeling well, try cooking up these natural remedies to relieve those miserable cold & flu symptoms!
Spice it Up!
While not a common practice in the US, most other countries aren’t shy in introducing little ones to all types of spices. Besides being tasty, most every spice has healing properties! Try out some of these baby-favorites:
Cinnamon- Warming spice- great for chills, antiviral and antibiotic!
Add to applesauce, pears, bananas, sweet potatoes, and cereal
Tumeric- antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer (what can Tumeric not do?!)
Add to just about any vegetable, rice, cereal, and scrambled eggs (if eating)
Ginger- relieves nausea, reduces headache and general cold symptoms
Make a warm or cold tea with ginger root, or sprinkle over pears, bananas, applesauce, pumpkin, and cereal
Cayenne- Go easy! A slight sprinkle will help un-stuff that nose in no time!
Lightly sprinkle over vegetables, beans, and eggs (if eating)
Mint- helps tummy aches, cools a tight, sore throat, and opens nasal passages.
Great to give as a warm or cold tea. Also tasty on pears and watermelon!
Start Supplementing with Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is a great supplement all-around, but especially excellent when your baby is under the weather. It is very nutritionally dense, so if your baby’s food intake has decreased due to illness, this will perk them up. It will also help soothe a sore throat!
Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats, lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid which contain antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral prosperities to boost the immune system. -Body and Soul
Even tiny babies can be given small amounts of coconut oil. I recommend 1/2-1 tsp per day. Warm it up a bit and give it to them in a dropper, bottle, or mix with their food.
Garlic is a powerhouse! This natural antibiotic, antifungal, and antibacterial remedy can conquer just about any illness around. Most effective when raw.
Try blending into your baby’s vegetable purees, or sauté lightly and mix in with eggs (if eating) and vegetables.
We’ve all heard it a million times- ‘drink lots of fluids’ but that is easier said than done, especially with kids!
If baby is still breastfeeding, this is an excellent time to offer breast milk whenever they are interested. It will not only hydrate, but provide an immunity boost and some mama comfort.
Simple, fresh water is another great choice. If your child is fighting drinking it plain, you can add fresh herbs or lemon to give it natural flavoring.
Warm tea is a great choice for sore throats and chills. These are the two I recommend:
Cold Care tea has a great flavor that most kids like. For little ones, brew according to directions, and serve to baby through a dropper, bottle, sippy, or small cup. They don’t need a full glass- just a couple of sips will dramatically help.
Hibiscus is a great tea because it is high in Vitamin C and has a deep red color that reminds most kids of juice, but without all the sugar! Make yourself a cup while you are at it
Adding raw honey will really enhance the effectiveness of tea- however, most Dr’s recommend waiting until baby is at least 12 months.
Less White, More Color
White foods, such as sugar, dairy, and grains, suppress immune system function and reduce the body’s ability to heal. Reducing or taking these out (at least temporarily) will greatly improve your baby’s ability to heal.
Add in lots of extra colorful vegetables instead! Your baby likely won’t have a large appetite, but when he or she does get hungry, make sure to give them some good, nutritious fruits and veggies. Mix in the spices and some coconut oil mentioned above!
If your baby is under the weather right now, I hope they make a full recovery very soon! Are you planning on trying any of these nutritional remedies? What other remedies have you found to be effective?
Has this ever happened to you before…?
It’s been a few hours since the last diaper change, so you grab a fresh one, and proceed to take off the -OMG! ALL THAT IS SWEET AND HOLY!!!!!! A bright red, ‘how-did-that-nasty-thing-get-on-my-baby’s-bum’ rash has appeared out of no where?!
Honestly, it can be a bit jarring.
While there are many causes of diaper rash, it all really boils down to one thing:
You NEED a solution, and you need one fast.
Good news! You probably have the solution sitting quietly in your kitchen: Coconut Oil!
“Coconut oil is about 50 percent lauric acid, a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in mothers milk that supports healthy metabolism and is now being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial health-protecting properties (source: diaper junction).”
Can you believe that a pure and simple oil has all those amazing benefits?! It almost seems too good to be true, but it’s not!
After each diaper change, gently cleanse baby’s diaper area with some natural wipes,(regular wipes, even the ‘sensitive skin’ ones have tons of chemicals in them that irritate and will make any type of rash worse) or better yet, grab some cloth wipes.
Let your baby’s bum air dry- DON’T SKIP THIS STEP! By allowing a few minutes of fresh air, and ideally sunlight, many rashes will clear up on their own.
Once dry, apply the tiniest amount of coconut oil to the entire diaper area. The best part about this natural remedy? It is completely cloth diaper safe! Make sure to use just enough to lightly cover the area. It should absorb immediately. (If it is shiny or greasy, there is too much on.)
We put coconut oil on our baby each night before bed as prevention. We used to struggle with constant yeast rashes (very common due to a diaper’s warm and moist environment) and since we started using coconut oil, we have not had it come back, not even once!
Have you ever tried coconut oil as a diaper rash treatment?
Please let us know below how it worked for you, and what other uses you have come to find for this amazing oil
Let your pretty little mind wrap itself around this- The average cost of disposable diapers for two years (and most kids will be in them longer) is $1600. Sixteen HUNDRED dollars!
That cost doesn’t even include wipes (add another couple hundred)! And that my friends, if so your kid can poop. The cost to poop now is $1600! hahaha. Well, I think that’s crazy. I also think we can do better , a lot better.
1) Understand that cloth is not only a huge money saver, but also gentle on the environment and your baby’s bum. Did you know that disposable diapers are FULL of chemicals and all sorts of other nasties? Pressed right up against your baby’s special parts. Doesn’t sound too good, does it?
Sure, there are some pretty good natural disposable options, but at the end of the day, they are pricy both on our wallets and the Earth. Why not give cloth a chance? Pretty soon you’ll be telling all your friends how fab it is
2) There are tons of super easy options out there. And they’re cute! Take a look at these modern cloth diapers. Don’t you want your spawn modeling these? Of course you do! The cloth diaper of today is not the scary plastic pants of yester-year. So don’t let your grandma or un-knowing friends talk you out of them- show them how modern they are!
3) Find your price point and style For as low as $100, you can cloth diaper your child from birth to potty training! Yes, really! And it’s easy. And guess what else is pretty cool? After you are out of the diaper phase, you can re-sell them! BAM! You are one smart cookie
What’s your take on cloth vs. disposable? Is it all about the finances for you, environmental concerns, or a mix of reasons?
Sound off in the comments section below!
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It’s time to get the stank out of your cloth diapers! While most DIY detergents do a fairly decent job of cleaning, there always seems to be a lingering stench, am I right?
After 6 months of intensive trial and error, I’m here to share with you the be-all, end-all DIY Cloth Diaper Detergent that will leave your diapers smelling spring fresh!
Prep Time: 5 Min
Hands on time: 5 Min
Here’s what you’ll need:
Purpose: Gentle, yet powerful anti-bacterial & anti-fungal essential oil. Energizing and refreshing smell. A little goes a long way in removing the odor from just about anywhere, but especially diapers!
Purpose: Natural mineral compound that disinfects. One of the main ingredients necessary for homemade detergents & cleaning solutions.
Purpose: Highly alkaline, this natural additive treats hard water, enabling the detergent to properly clean and ensures no residue is left behind (very important component in cloth diaper detergent!)
1) Assemble Ingredients:
-Eucalyptus Essential Oil
2) Small or Large Batch?
Small- 1 c Borax, 1 c Washing Soda, 1/2 c Oxygen Cleaner, 10 drops Eucalyptus Oil
Large- 1 box Borax, 1 box Washing Soda, 1 container Oxygen Cleaner, and 1-2 t Eucalyptus Oil
*Mix all ingredients well. Store in airtight container (if using small batch, the oxygen cleaner container works well!).
1st Cycle- Heavy, Cold/Cold (2 T )
2nd Cycle- Heavy Hot/Cold (2 T), extra rinse
(see note below on HE front loaders and traditional top loaders)
Optional (for extra stanky diapers!):
Purpose: Major odor & bacteria remover. Use 1 T in first wash cycle (pour in fabric softener area). Alternatively, the spray bottle version is excellent for spraying each dirty diaper before placing in the pail, or for spraying the pail if it gets too stinky!
After each cycle, you will notice your diapers getting fresher and fresher. Keep up this routine for spring fresh diapers, year round!
Do you have any special tricks that have kept your diapers fresh?
Please comment below, and share this article with your cloth diapering friends!
**A word on HE front loaders & traditional top loaders**
This detergent is HE safe (it does not foam) and can be used in all types of washing machines. The amount remains the same (2 T per wash cycle) regardless of what type of machine you have. I have personally washed in both types and can verify the amount. Happy washing!
While gazing at your beautiful baby’s skin- so perfectly fresh and pure, a moment of awe comes over you.
But wait… what is that red spot?
A rash!? Dry Skin! Oh no, not Eczema!!! How did your baby’s soft, smooth skin turn into a bright red nightmare?!
Turns out, babies naturally have sensitive skin. In order for it to stay beautiful, a little prevention is in order.
Here are 3 easy ways to keep your baby’s skin radiant and rash-free:
A lot of times our tendency is to give baby a good scrub down- just like we might do after a long, sweaty day of work.
The problem is, babies typically don’t put in a long, sweaty day of work. Sure, they might squirm about, but mostly, a baby’s day is spent loafing and getting moved from one (clean) place to the next.
In order to prevent stripping their skin of naturally occurring protective oils, it’s important to use a gentle (chemical free) soap, and use it less often.
We give a plain-jane water bath every other day, and use a gentle soap once a week.
Our favorites are Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soap Baby Mild, 32 fl oz (which lasts forever and is multi-functional!) and Zum Wee Bar Goat’s Milk Baby Soap, Lullaby Lavender, 3 oz if we want a light scent.
One of the best products to put on baby’s skin to replenish lost moisture and prevent dryness from occurring is Coconut Oil. This moisturizer is nourishing, hypoallergenic, and has the most amazing natural scent!
Slather baby from head to toe to prevent & treat diaper rash and all over dryness. It will soak in very quickly leaving your baby super soft and non-greasy.
Tip: If using cloth diapers, apply very lightly to diaper area to avoid repelling. I personally use this often, and have not had any trouble with build up.
If eczema is your nemesis, try using organic raw shea butter. This moisturizer is a lot thicker than coconut oil, and will knock out the driest skin and reduce inflammation.
**We struggle with facial eczema, and each time I see a spot pop up, I generously apply this butter, and the spot is usually gone in a few days- hurray!**
It seems like there is a sunshine phobia going around. We run inside as soon as it comes out or cover every inch of skin with clothes or sunscreen.
But did you know that our babies need a small dose of sunshine each day? In fact, we all do.
Let baby soak up some natural Vitamin D in front of a sunny window while playing, or on a short stroll. Their whole body does not need to be exposed, although, if struggling with diaper rash, sunlight will do wonders!
Just let their bummy air out in front of a (private!) window for a few minutes in between changes.
By taking care to gently cleanse baby’s skin, replenish lost moisture, and embrace the sun in healthy doses, your baby may just have the best skin on the block!
And don’t go hogging these secrets all for yourself- share them with a friend on facebook, pinterest, or twitter!
How do you keep baby’s skin glowing and healthy?
Drooling, restless, fussy, and refusing to eat baby?
Yep, you’ve got a teether on your hands. And chances are, it’s just about as hard on you as it is your baby! Your sweet pumpkin is in pain, and everyone is sleep deprived!
Thankfully, there are some very effective natural remedies to help ease their pain and rest easier. Here are 7 ways to help baby (and you!) feel better in no time.
Not quite voodoo, but maybe a little bit of magic- Amber Teething Jewelry works by releasing healing oils from the amber resin which is then absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Amber’s anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties have long been used by parents in Europe.
Side note- this jewelry is for boys or girls to wear, not to chew on.
We have both a necklace and bracelet/anklet which is a highly effective combo! I love that they are reusable and double as an accessory!
#2- Teething Oil
Right as baby’s tooth is popping through their soft fleshy gums, and you’re scared the neighbors are about to call 911 from the ear shattering scream they just heard, you’ll be reaching for this. Made with essential oils of chamomile, clove, and peppermint, this teething oil will knock out teething pain and calm baby.
I love knowing the essential oil mixture is perfectly blended with just the right amount of oils to ensure it’s safe, effective, and therapeutic.
This is also great to have on hand for older children (molars, anyone?) and adult tooth pain. Get a sample for just $1!
#3 Clove Oil
Clove oil is a natural numbing agent and is very potent. This DIY teething oil can easily be made by diluting ONE drop of Clove oil with 1 Tablespoon of a carrier oil.
Sunflower Oil, Almond Oil, and Sesame Oil all make great carrier oils. Olive oil will work as well, although has a stronger flavor.
Note: Make sure to carefully dilute the clove oil , ensuring that only one drop is mixed into 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil. Adding more will burn baby’s gums. It will not make it more effective!
A classic stand-by, Hyland’s Teething Tablets are a homeopathic remedy that we use quite often. The tablets melt quickly under baby’s tongue and are easy to take on outings. A good solution if your baby is mildly fussy and needs help relaxing. Great before bedtime.
Genius! This mesh feeder also doubles as an amazing teether. Place any type of regular food your baby likes to eat (bananas, berries, pre-cooked veggies) inside and stick in the freezer.
Since many babies are fussy eaters when teething, I find this really helps get food in their tummies, and relief to their mouth!
This is my favorite way to let young babies feed themselves, and free up your hands to hopefully feed yourself!
This gently calming herb will restore your sanity as well as bring baby some relief. Brew a cup according to directions (medicinal teas have a different brewing method than regular tea) and pour some into a small dish to cool for baby.
Feel free to sip yours hot while the rest cools. Start with 1 tsp of cool tea, using up to 1 ounce. This herb will help your baby wind down, and is especially helpful if they have been crying for a while.
#7 Gripe Water
Last, but not least, Gripe Water is the best baby essential you may not have heard of. All that drooling leads to excess saliva being swallowed, causing everything from diarrhea to upset tummies.
Made with Ginger and Fennel, this sweet tasting herbal supplement will have baby’s tummy fixed up in no time!
So there you have it! 7 natural remedies that take the bite out of teething!
What are some natural teething remedies that you have had success with?
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Is there anything more delicious than a freshly washed baby? Inhale….. Ahhhhh
The sad thing is, bath time can easily be reduced to just another ‘thing’ we have to complete as parents, and often times gets rushed, ending up with a very unhappy baby and frustrated parent. Not the greatest way to start or end the day.
So you’re thinking, ‘there must be another way!’ And behold! There is!! Co-bathing with your baby! Once you try it, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t done it sooner!
Why would I want to take a bath with my baby?
First of all, life can get pretty hectic, even for the most Zen of us. Why not take a few extra minutes to slow down, and bond with baby? It’s a great skin-to-skin activity that not only feels great, but also takes care of a practical need for your baby, and also yourself!
Bonus- No extra plastic tub to buy, store, and clean.
After a bit of practice, you’ll not only be able to safely hold baby, but also get some scrubbing of your own in. For all those parents out there that say they can’t find the time to shower, this may be a great solution for you!
Why would my baby want to take a bath with me?
Two words- full submersion. The tub has the benefit of a much deeper soak. None of this sitting in a hard plastic tub with an inch of cold water in it- which would feel better if you were the baby?
Practical How-to Tips:
Prep the Tub
Have all that you need in place before you even attempt to get in. Soap, wash cloth, dry towels, etc. Think ahead about what you’ll need.
Prep Yourself & Baby
I find that it helps if I get completely undressed first, then undress baby, leaving the diaper on until last minute. Once you get peed or (gasp!) pooed on, you won’t skip this step again! haha. Good thing you’re getting in the tub anyways, right?!
Prep for Post-Bath
Have a clean set of clothes & diaper laid out for baby, and whatever you would like to dress in. I find it easiest to wrap baby in a towel and lay her on my bed while I am getting toweled off (just keep an eye on baby at all times). Slather them with some massage oil if you want, and revel in your clean cutie.
What’s the best way you’ve found to bathe your baby?
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