The Big Green Parenting Experiment

raising a healthy family in a toxic world

homemade baby wipes?!

on August 30, 2012

Poor Schy. She has had a particularly bad couple of nights, waking up every 2-3 hours to eat and be comforted back to sleep. The most difficult part of being a mother is not knowing what is wrong when they’re this young. If that doesn’t make someone feel helpless, I don’t know what does. When your baby wakes up crying and flailing, it’s somewhat heartbreaking. She developed a runny nose and tiny little sporadic cough on Monday. She may have been run down from the big weekend of parties and bridal showers. She was also exposed to many different kids, people and, of course… germs. It hasn’t seemed bad enough to disrupt her sleep, though. Maybe new teeth? Gah… how those teeth ruin everything!

Anyhow, today was her big one year appointment. She did NOT take it well. I think she may have been scarred from the last visit, involving a 103 fever and a torturous throat culture. Heartbreaking for everyone, I assure you. As soon as we left the waiting room and entered that long hallway, it was all over. She was officially a wreck. We were “the ones” that they’d be talking about at the end of the day. I have come to accept that I have a very emotional child. Generally, these emotions are positive. But when they’re not… they’re REALLY not. She screamed and cried at the nurse who walked us to the room. She screeched while being weighed and measured and shrieked at every single move the doctor made. It was unbelievable. She stopped for air when the doctor left the room. We didn’t even get to ask her the questions that we had prepared about almond milk and first dentist visits… THAT should go well.

I did show the doctor a red blotchy rash on her bottom that appeared this morning. I’ve read that sometimes when babies are teething they’ll develop a rash, but it’s a touchy subject among different doctors. Some believe that it’s pure coincidence and that it has nothing to do with teething. Others insist that the increased saliva created by teething is swallowed and can be irritating to the stomach and ultimately, the perfect, sensitive little bum. I’ve also read that store-bought wipes can be extremely irritating to these sensitive areas, especially when they have a rash. This leads me to the search for a homemade, non-irritating alternative. Why did it take me a year to think of this?

I found multiple options on natural birth and baby care. Amazing! You can use any of the following recipes to soak paper towels or cotton cloth, to be washed with your diapers. Now c’mon… we all know which choice I’ll be making! And, this finally gives me a use for the drawer full of receiving blankets that we no longer use! Wow. This is exciting!

Baby Wash Recipe #1

  • 2 TBSP Baby Wash (choose a natural wash!)
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil or Coconut Oil*
  • 2 Cups water

Mix well in a spray bottle or your wipes box. Spritz on wipe if using in spray bottle. Swish solution around over wipes if using a wipes box.

Baby Wash Recipe #2

  • 2 TBSP Baby Wash
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil, or 1 TBSP Calendula Oil, or Coconut Oil*
  • 2 Drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 2 Cups Water

Mix well in a spray bottle or your wipes box. Spritz on wipe if using in spray bottle. Swish solution around over wipes if using a wipes box. Tea Tree Oil has lovely disinfectant properties along with its wonderful, clean smell. You can omit the baby wash from this recipe if you wish.

Aloe Vera Recipe

  • 1/4 Cup Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 Drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 2 Cups Hot Water

Stir or shake until this recipe is well mixed. Don’t use until the mixture cools. Spritz on wipe if using in spray bottle. Swish solution around over wipes if using a wipes box.

Vitamin E and Essential Oils Recipe

  • 2 Drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 2 Drops Lavender Oil (Please be sure to use only pure essential oils – don’t use synthetic oils.)
  • 2 Drops Chamomile Oil
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Vitamin E Cap

Cut open vitamin E capsule and squeeze into the water, and add essential oil drops. Mix well in a spray bottle or your wipes box. Spritz on wipe before using if in spray bottle. Swish solution around over wipes if using a wipes box.

These are awesome! I am so eager to try them. So eager that I couldn’t bear to wait and try them out before I shared them. Time to find a spray bottle and start cutting up receiving blankets! I’ll be trying #2 first. There will certainly be a follow-up so hang tight!

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4 responses to “homemade baby wipes?!

  1. Alessandra says:

    Great ideas! My kids aren’t babies anymore, but I would totally try these if they were. Visiting you from the Weekend Blog til you drop blog hop.

  2. LuAnn Braley says:

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I love homemade wipes. I also love the smell of tea tree oil and know it is good for the skin. One of my children has extreme sensitivity to touch and doesn’t like tp so we use them regularly. Following back.

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