Grocery store bought wipes and creams can get to
be pretty expensive and they do not necessarily contain the best ingredients for
your baby's sensitive skin.
Below you will find several recipes you can make at home that are friendlier to
your baby's bottom and cost less than the store variety!
Homemade Baby Wipe Recipes
What Do I Use For Wipes?
Inexpensive wash clothes
Paper towel roll cut in half.
For Sewers: Remnant flannel pieces cut into wipe sizes. Sew around the edges to
keep it from fraying.
You can store these solutions in a spray bottle and spray it onto the wipe at
the time of the diaper changing or you can store the wipes and the solution in
the same leak proof container.
Basic and Easy Homemade Baby Wipes
1/2 roll of paper towels (cut in half to make short rolls)
1/8-1/4 c. baby shampoo
1/8-1/4 c. baby oil
2 cups lukewarm water
1 plastic container that the rolls fit in
Cut roll in half and remove center cardboard. In Baby Wipe Container, mix liquid
ingredients. and place half of roll in container. Place on lid and tip upside
down. To use, pull out from center.
The basic recipe for wipe solution will do good job of cleaning your baby's
bottom, but you may want to use a herbal solution to add some extra soothing and
diaper rash treatment properties.
The herbal ingredients that may be added to the solution have different
properties that help protect your baby's sensitive skin and/or promote healing
of diaper rashes.
Calendula - This herb commonly used to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.
The herb is helpful for people who suffer from skin rashes and sunburn.
Calendula helps to soothe inflamed tissues, reduce pain and aids in quick
healing of cuts and abrasions.
Aloe Vera - The gel from the Aloe Vera leaf is great for healing and relieving
burns and rashes.
Tea Tree Oil - This oil readily penetrates the skin and is useful for treating
burns, scrapes, bites, stings, and various skin irritations. It may also help to
prevent or treat yeast infections. Very effective fungicide, antibacterial and
Lavender - Lavender added to salves and creams promotes healing and as an aroma
additive eases tension, tiredness and feelings of depression
St. John's Wort - Helps promote healing and has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory
Comfrey - Helps relieve inflammation and promotes healing.
- Baby Wipes Recipe -
1½ - 2 cups distilled water
¼ cup Aloe Vera gel
1 TBS Calendula oil
2 tsp. Baby Shampoo
2-3 drops tea tree oil
2-3 drops lavender oil
Mix solution together, use to wet wipes.
- Anti-fungal Baby Wipes -
1/2 c. distilled water
1 tbs. vinegar (helps discourage yeast)
1/4 c. aloe vera gel
1 TBS. calendula oil
1 drop lavender essential
1 drop tea tree essential oil
To prepare, use a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Pour all your ingredients
in, cover the jar and shake to blend the ingredients. Place your wipes in a
container and pour on enough solution to moisten them. Store any extra solution
in the fridge. It should stay fresh for a long time especially if you used
Rash Treatment and Prevention
- Natural Rash Treatment -
Extra virgin olive oil that has been steeped with fresh calendula. You can apply
this oil at diaper changing time to help soothe and heal the rash.
To infuse calendula:
Pour the desired amount of Olive Oil or whatever oil you choose into a glass jar
and put calendula into jar and shake. Place in dark place for 3-4 weeks shaking
the jar every day or so.
You can also place the jar in a water bath (pan with water in stove) and bring
water to a boil. Reduce heat to a very gentle simmer and cook for 1-2 hours.
After infusion is complete, strain calendula out of oil. A simple way of
straining the calendula out of the oil is to use a strainer lined with cheese
cloth. When all the oil has strained through, be sure to squeeze the cheese
cloth to get all the oil out of the calendula.
- Baby Salve © Millie Fodor -
1 part St. John's Wort
2 part Calendula
1 part Comfrey leaf
1 part Comfrey root
1 part Plantain Olive Oil Beeswax .
For full instructions on how to create this salve visit:
- Fragrant Baby Powder -
½ pound cornstarch
¼ teaspoon lavender essential oil
Place cornstarch in a self-sealing plastic bag and add the essential oil drop by
drop. Tightly close the bag and shake it to distribute the oil, breaking up any
clumps through the bag. Let stand 4 days to distribute the essential oil. Use
with every diaper change, or as needed.
Potato starch or arrowroot powder can be used instead of cornstarch. Spice or
salt shakers with large perforations in their lids make good powder containers.
Where Can I Buy The Ingredients of These Recipes?
Stony Mountain Botanicals http://wildroots.com/