Making homemade baby wipes is quick and easy, saves you loads of money, is environmentally friendly, and most importantly, is safe for your little bundle of joy.Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your typical off the shelve baby wipes? They are loaded with chemicals that don’t belong on our skin, and especially your baby’s sensitive skin. These homemade baby wipes are made with safe and natural ingredients that will keep your baby’s bottom clean, smooth and soft while preventing diaper rash. You can make them with cloth, so they are reusable, or with paper towels if you need disposables. Plus the solution can be used as a diaper spray! Here's the fantastic recipe I created for my little bundle of joy Skyla! Ingredients and Supplies:
1 ¼ cup purified water
1 tablespoon unscented castile soap or other non-toxic baby soap
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil or extra virgin olive oil (preferably organic)**
1 drop pure lavender essential oil (optional)**
1 roll of premium paper towels
*Look for toxin-free products. Check the labels!**Test the wipe on a small patch of your baby’s skin to ensure there is no sensitivity to the lavender essential oil or allergy to the sweet almond oil.Directions:
Cut your roll of premium paper towels and cut in half (width wise) using a sharp knife. Cheap, thin paper towels will rip easily. Save the other half for next time. Mix all the liquid ingredients together.
Put your halved roll of paper towels in a large plastic storage container with lid (or gallon-sized plastic bag) or re-use an old disposable wipes container, and pour the mixed liquid over the top of the roll of paper towels. Close the lid and let the mixture soak through for approximately 10 minutes. Turn the container with your roll of paper towels upside down and allow it to sit for another 10 minutes. Pull out the center cardboard core and the wipes will pop up through the middle of the roll.
Extra Savings and Environmentally Friendly Version
Instead of disposable paper towels, you can use re-usable cloth diaper wipes. Just soak the cloth wipes in the above mixture, roll up the wipes, and place in your container, gallon-size plastic bag, or a wipe warmer made especially for homemade baby wipes.
Another option is to place the above mixture into a spray bottle and spray directly on your baby's bottom. Gently pat dry with a moisten wash cloth or cloth wipe.
Extra Tips and Tricks For Preventing and Treating Diaper Rash
- Changing diapers as soon as they are wet or soiled and letting baby go diaperless as often as possible can prevent and cure diaper rash.
- Exposing your little bundle of joy’s bottom to the sun for just ten minutes a day is one of the best medicines, but do not exceed this amount of time. Even sunlight coming through a window is adequate.
- Use chemical-free laundry detergent, pure castile soap or soap nuts to wash your baby’s clothes and cloth diapers if you are using some. A little vinegar, baking soda and sunlight goes a long way to remove stains and bacteria from dirty cloth diapers.
- The most common causes of rashes are chemicals and disposable diapers, something the mother ate or drank that irritated her breast-feeding baby, a response to a food or formula, a yeast infection (thrush), going too long without a diaper change, teething, a reaction to laundry soap, and a cold.
- If your baby skin is dry and chafed, treat the rash by moistening and nourishing the skin. A healing salve can be applied to affected area.
- A red, sore, bumpy type of rash is often due to let a yeast infection.
- To treat a serious diaper rash, you can apply natural yogurt to your baby’s bottom twice per day, put a diaper on and let it absorb into your baby’s bottom. The rash will be gone within 24 hours!
Cloth versus Disposable DiapersDisposable diapers, while a convenience for busy parents, are not the best option for babies and the environment. Diaper rash occurs more often in babies with plastic diapers because their wetness is less noticeable, so they get changed less frequently then cloth diapers. Disposable diapers contain bleach, traces of dioxin, and other chemicals that can lead to skin irritations. Both the plastic in diapers and the chemicals used to manufacture them pose environmental hazards. In addition, they contribute an enormous amount of waste to landfills. Harmful and resistant strains of infectious diseases including polio and hepatitis can incubate in the discarded diapers found in landfills creating a threat to public health.In the long run, cloth diapers cost less to use than disposables and pose minimal threats of that ecosystem. Seriously! Cloth diapers are an initial investment, but calculate the amount of money you would spend on disposable diapers over a two-year period. CRAZY YES! The extra effort in laundering them is worthwhile for your wallet and your baby as well as generations to come.*Information provided by Aviva Jill Romm, MD, a physician who previously practiced as a homebirth midwife and herbalist for 20 years.