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5 natural ways to nourish your baby

08·05·14

Keep your baby nourished and clean with these tips for natural and affordable baby care products, from homemade baby wipes to cleaning products and lotions to soothe dry, itchy skin.

 

1. Nappy rash lotion

Coconut oil is great for soothing baby skin and treating the symptoms of nappy rash, dry skin and cradle cap. It may contain anti-fungal and antibacterial properties and can be rubbed on as often as needed. Mix with shea butter and add a couple of drops of pure lavender essential oil to create a hydrating lotion. Our Manuka Oil is also good for moisturising skin and contains an almond oil base, with high levels of active compounds. Avoid using everyday products on broken skin that requires more sensitive care. Try medical grade Antibacterial Medical Honey™ for a natural solution that cleans, protects and heals.

2. Clean naturally

Kitchens are one of the most germ-prone areas of the house. Consider using a natural solution of alcohol, lemon and white vinegar to spray and wipe surface areas in the kitchen, or mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil with two cups of water. The antiseptic properties of tea tree oil1,2 will kill germs and the solution can be used as an all-purpose cleaner around the home. You can also mix with apple cider vinegar or baking soda to clean mould from ceilings and bathroom tiles.

3. Sun protection

Playing outdoors is an important part of introducing your child to nature and allows them to absorb Vitamin D from the sun. However, baby skin is incredibly delicate, so it’s important to make sure they stay protected. Try to keep your baby under shade as much as possible and dress them in clothing and hats that will protect sensitive skin. Use sunscreen especially formulated for babies on the face and other exposed areas and keep them well hydrated if you’re out in the sun for more than a few minutes.

4. Soothing Eczema

Oatmeal baths are a natural way to relieve the symptoms of Eczema and other skin irritations. For a small baby tub, use 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon baking soda and 2 tablespoons finely ground oats (grind using a coffee grinder or blender). Add ingredients to bath water and mix well, then let baby soak for 15-20 minutes and pat dry with a soft towel. The milky-white fluid is calming for sore, itchy skin but will make the bath more slippery than usual, so be careful.

It is important to keep the baby’s skin well moisturised — look for plant-based healing balms and lotions with ingredients like calendula and chamomile to protect skin and provide relief from itching. Our Eczema Cream contains natural Medihoney™ Antibacterial Medical honey, Coconut oil, German Chamomile flower extract, Evening Primrose oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.

5. Lavender chamomile cloth wipe bits

It’s easy to create your own natural baby wipes, but without the preservatives found in most products, the solution doesn’t last very long. These lavender chamomile cloth wipe bits can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight jar. Simply put a cube into a jar with about 225 grams of very hot water and shake it vigorously so it melts. The solution will last a day and once it cools you can pour over cloth wipes or dip them into the solution.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bar unscented castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Chamomile tea (brew a cup, the amount you need will vary)
  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Grate the bar of soap with a cheese grater or in a food processor.
  2. Put the grated soap in a saucepan over low heat. Add coconut oil.
  3. Stir mixture over low-medium heat adding small amounts of tea. The hot tea will help the soap to melt more evenly.
  4. Keep stirring until you have a somewhat smooth mixture that is thick and not watery.
  5. Add your essential oil and stir well to incorporate.
  6. Pour soap mixture into either a glass or metal container lined with wax paper, or a plastic container you can manipulate the mixture out of. You can also put it in candy molds to harden, just make sure they’re not very big!
  7. Put mixture in the refrigerator to harden.
  8. When it is solid, remove it from its container and cut it into ½ inch square cubes. (It’s not necessary to be exact!)

 

Do you use natural ingredients to keep your baby nourished? We’d love to hear your tips.

 

References

[1] Williams LR, Home VN, Zhang X, et al. The composition and bactericidal activity of oil of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil). Int J Aromather . 1988;1:15-17.

[2] May J, Chan CH, King A, et al. Time-kill studies of tea tree oils on clinical isolates. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2000;45:639-643.

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