If you’re a parent, you’re probably already aware of how sensitive a baby’s skin can be. While many baby products say they’re better for baby’s skin, they can still contain chemicals that can irritate your child making them uncomfortable and irritable.
Natural skin care products contain fewer harsh chemicals and are more soothing for gentle cleansing and moisturizing.
Natural skin care products have gotten a lot of attention in the past few years. We are finally realizing that slathering ourselves in chemicals might not be the best idea. And if those chemicals are harmful to adult skin imagine how harmful they may be for baby’s skin.
With a little research you may be able to find some natural skin care product brands that are completely natural and appropriate for your baby. However, if you don’t trust your baby’s sensitive skin to even natural store-bought products, then you can make your own skin care items.
Here are a few quick tips and recipes to get you started put you can find plenty more on natural parenting websites.
For a great dry skin remedy, use your food processor to grind up plain oatmeal into a fine powder. Dissolve in a warm bath to moisturize your child’s skin and relieve itching from various causes including dry skin and chicken pox.
Olive oil makes a great natural moisturizer for your baby’s sensitive skin. Just massage in for a healing remedy. You can also use it as a diaper cream to help with painful rashes.
Instead of expensive diaper powders, use plain cornstarch instead. Not only is it inexpensive, it’s a lot safer and less irritating to sensitive skin.
Don’t stop with powders and creams, you can make your own baby wipes too! Start by cutting a roll of paper towels in half to make them a convenient size. You can then put the towels in bowl of premixed natural solution. While there are hundreds of possibilities, you can start by trying 2 cups water mixed with about a quarter cup of aloe vera gel and a few drops of tea tree oil. Once you’ve thoroughly soaked the wipes, keep them fresh by recycling an old baby wipe container.
Also keep in mind that babies don’t really need many products – natural or not. To avoid baby’s skin from drying out too much don’t bathe him or her every day. Instead use a soft cotton cloth with a little warm water to clean between fingers, toes, underarms, etc. Dry the skin thoroughly to avoid drying out.
By not over bathing you baby you shouldn’t have the need for moisturizer. In the case that you may you can simply use a little natural oil as mentioned above. When it comes to healthy baby skin, less is more. That coupled with a few natural solutions as listed her is all you really need to keep your baby’s skin healthy and natural.