UPDATE: I know have this salve for sale on Etsy. Check it out here.
In the beginning of August last year, our family grew by one. Having a baby is the most amazing thing that can possibly happen, but it does kick “spidy-senses” into gear regarding the products you give or use on your baby. What is in the baby products you buy? How do you find an appropriate and trustworthy source to be able to understand the ingredients listed? And if you do find a healthy and safe product, will it even work?
As a first time mom, I immediately took to the internet to read advice from other moms who have been in the same position. I found a few brands that I have grown to trust: Honest, Burts Bees,…… One thing I realized though was that even within those brands, some products seem better than others. Laundry detergents have fragrances that can be an irritant, bath soaps have…. that can dry out sensitive skin. My approach with store bought products was to get small quantities and test them to make sure my baby didn’t have any reactions. If a bath soap made his skin super dry, I would try not using it for a few nights to see if by eliminating it, his skin would clear up. And then, when we were back to ground zero, I would try a different brand.
Focusing on products that are as few ingredients as possible is always my goal. For a lotion solution, I have always sworn by coconut oil. No fragrances, no fillers, nothing but coconut oil. I use this for myself and my baby and it is great.
A product that I love making at home and swear by is a baby butt salve. It can be used as any kind of dry-ness solution, like on your hands and knuckles, elbows, heels, you name it. It has incredible natural healing qualities. I would rank this recipe as a medium difficulty because there is an infusing process that isn’t necessarily hard, but takes time and there are some specialty ingredients that may need to be sought out. In the end it is 110% worth it and I always try to have some on hand.
In fact, when my bath soap was drying out my baby’s skin on his legs and arms, I would rub some of this on him before bed and it worked miracles over night. I’ve also used this on chapped lips, dry splits on my hands, you name it. It truly can be used for anything! Hence, the name I‘ve given it: Miracle Baby Balm.
Miracle Baby Balm
Calendula Infused Oil
- ½ cup dried calendula flowers
- 1 cup olive oil
Herbal Diaper Rash
- 1 cup calendula infused oil
- ¼ cup beeswax
- 1 Tablespoon marshmallow root
- 1 Tablespoon chickweed
- 1 Tablespoon comfrey root
- 1 teaspoon barberry root powder
Calendula Infused Oil
Make the infused oil by adding the flowers to a pint-sized mason jar.
Completely submerge the flowers with the carrier oil.
Cover and allow to sit in a sunny window for 6 weeks.
Strain out the flowers, reserving the oil for your diaper rash salve.
Herbal Diaper Rash Salve
- First put the infused oil into a pot on low heat with all of the herbs. (You do not want to cook the herbs, just warm the oil slowly and extract the herbal goodness.)
- Let that infuse for about 10 minutes, keeping it on low heat, then add in the beeswax. Stir it around occasionally until the beeswax completely melts.
- Strain out the herbs through a cheesecloth into a glass (pyrex) measuring cup, or something similar. (Work quickly now as the beeswax will start to harden once it’s taken off the heat.)
- Then pour the strained oil/beeswax mixture into jars or tins for storage.
Sunscreen will be my next mission as we get deeper into summer. Sunscreen is notorious for having harmful ingredients and the thought of rubbing those into my babies face and skin is terrifying, so I’m going to do some major digging to find the best solution: store-bought and homemade. I’ve always had brands like Coola and Bare on hand and am eager to put the microscope on them to see what they are really packing. Check back for my findings.