Natural baby care products, so what’s the big deal? Maybe you were tempted to buy them, but the price tag was too steep. After all, this whole “natural skin care” talk is probably a lot of hype. Or is it?
I embarked on my natural skin care journey after having my second child. Speaking as a mother of three boys, there are definitely many benefits using natural skin care. Besides, you could even start using natural baby care products without breaking your budget!
My Personal Journey Making The Switch
When I had my first child, I wanted the highest quality for him. I purchased the expensive pampers, baby laundry detergent and made his food. However, I never known about natural baby care products. Using the “no tears” body wash and baby oil or baby lotion was the thing to use.
My son was very prone to diaper rashes. My go to, was that really thick and pasty diaper rash cream. I remember how difficult it was washing that white pasty stuff off his bottom. What else was I to do? This was all I knew and this was what I was taught.
If I would have known about natural baby care products then, I would have done things differently. At the time, they were not as popular. So, many people were not raving about them.
Later, I learned about the toxic chemicals in commercial skin care products. Upon reading the ingredients in my baby wash, I realized that it contained the same chemicals. I went natural all the way and started making my own products, including my own natural baby care products. Surprisingly, things were so simple and inexpensive.
What is wrong with commercial baby products?
Of course we want what’s best for our babies. That is why we buy the “no tears” body wash and shampoo. Who wants their baby’s eyes to get burned by soap? If you have never read the ingredients listed in your baby’s skin care products, I insist that you do so.
To make it short, many of the ingredients found in “body washes” are irritants and allergens. The common hazards and concerns are organ system toxicity and irritation to the skin, eyes and lungs. May I add, some are even carcinogens (capable of causing cancer). So, why do we use them on our skin and on our baby’s skin? This alone is a good reason for using natural baby care products.
Health Concerns of Skin Irritants
Here is a health concern quoted from the cosmetic database for Cocamidopropyl betaine, “is a synthetic surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it…”
May I emphasize that your skin is your largest organ. Just the way medication is absorbed into your bloodstream, these ingredients are capable of doing the same. Please allow this to sink in. Let’s talk solutions. Let talk about affordable options for natural baby care products.
If it does not say soap, it is a detergent. Use a quality bar of soap on baby’s skin. Look for natural baby care products made with olive oil, shea butter and coconut oil minus the fragrance oils and artificial colors. You may to check out our Unscented Olive Soap or our Gentle Oat Baby Soap.
If you happen to get a little soap in baby’s eye, just rinse baby’s out eye with plenty of water. What is worse, getting real soap in baby’s eye or a known irritant? But think for a moment, how often do you get soap in your baby’s eye anyway?
Real soap is economical. A good bar of soap replaces any liquid body wash or shampoo. A high quality bar of soap is gentle and will not dry out your skin. It also helps to soften skin and heal skin irritation.
#2 Say No To Mineral Oil
Let’s talk about moisturizers. Who doesn’t love the signature baby oil scent? Fact is, that popular baby powder scent is 100% synthetic. In fact, it is a fragrance oil. Many people suffer from allergic reactions to fragrance oils unknowingly. Many people are sensitive to fragrance oils, because they are mostly derived from petrochemicals.
Studies have found that petrochemicals (chemicals derived from petroleum) are toxic to organs. Long time use of petrochemicals has been linked to allergies and many skin ailments including cancer.
Baby oil is mineral oil, which is also a petrochemical. Mineral oil does absolutely nothing for your skin. In fact, it is greasy and does not fully absorb into the skin. Provided that, baby oil clogs pores and blocks your natural skin oil. If your baby has dry skin patches or your baby has really dry skin, mineral oil may be the culprit.
The solution to happy and healthy skin is nature. For a DIY baby oil, use a light oil, like grape seed oil, coconut oil or almond oil.
Never use vegetable cooking oil on your skin. Opt for organic and virgin oils, because they provide nourishment to the skin. If you enjoy a nice scent, look for natural baby care products made with essential oils, like our Calming Baby Oil.
For a DIY baby oil recipe, use a vegetable oil with a mild scent like grape seed oil or almond oil when mixing essential oil blends. Lavender, chamomile and yarrow essential oils are considered safe for newborns. Let me emphasize that, essential oils are highly concentrated volatile oils and must be diluted in a vegetable oil. For newborns and small children, use up to 6 drops of essential oil per ounce of vegetable/nut oil.
#4 Natural Oils Treat Cradle Cap
Here is an added bonus, natural oils like almond oil are useful at treating cradle cap. First, wash baby’s hair. Second, while the scalp is damp apply your desired oil to baby’s scalp. Third, once the buildup loosens, gently comb away the loosened skin off baby’s scalp. Continue to do this for a few days, until all the cradle cap is gone.
As I told your earlier, my first baby had a very sensitive bottom. If your baby suffers from diaper rash, I have two words for you, coconut oil. Coconut oil works wonders on diaper rash and irritated skin. Forget about the pasty diaper cream.
Here is a simple way on how to prevent and treat a red bottom. After every poo, wash baby’s bottom and completely pat it dry. Afterwards, apply coconut oil and that’s it. Coconut oil does a wonder at healing and preventing diaper rash and chaffing.
Skip the baby powder, because talc is a no go. If you still like powdering baby, use corn starch or arrowroot powder instead. You could empty the contents of any baby powder container and add your own.
#6 Using Natural Baby Care Products Are Cheaper
To all of you moms to be, new moms and moms, you could go natural! It is actually cheaper to do so. I literally used one bar of soap on my babies once I went natural. If you are not a fan of bar soap, take a minute and click here. Learn how to turn a bar of our Unscented Olive Soap into liquid soap. It is really quick and easy to do so.
Using natural baby skin products is cheaper because you could use one product in multiple ways. I showed you how to eliminate baby oil, baby lotion, baby shampoo, diaper rash cream and baby powder for exchange for two products.
Please do not be afraid to take my advice, I speak from experience. Again, I am a mom of three who have put these things into practice.
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