We all want the best for our baby, right? We have just brought this precious new life into the world, so now we want to care for him or her in the best way possible.
Add to this the fact that there has also been quite a movement in recent years for all natural or organic baby products. A lot of people don’t like the idea of unwanted extra chemicals in their baby products, that could possible irritate a sensitive baby’s skin (for example).
When you have a newborn baby, it is great to know exactly what is going into the products you are exposing them too. You can never have the same piece of mind with anything made in a factory.
Most of these natural alternatives are also simple to make, as you will soon find out!
With all this in mind, we wanted to make a (hopefully) simple article pointing out some of the best natural baby products that are easy to make in your own home. We all know that there is a premium placed on all natural or organic baby products when you buy them. By making these at home, you can have access to more affordable natural and/or organic baby products. DIY baby products if you will!
This is not an exhaustive list, it is just here to give you an idea of the possibilities!
At each step, we will show you the store bought alternatives, so you can really see how much money you could be saving by going home made. Simply click the images to go look at those products on Amazon.
Please note, we are giving rough estimations of the price for that type of product, not the exact and current price of a specific product! It is just to give you an idea of the price range you should expect when buying that category of product.
1.Natural Laundry Detergent
When thinking about all natural baby products, laundry detergent (or washing powder as we call it in England!) is a vital first step. It doesn’t matter if you went to all the trouble to buy the best baby (non-irritating) clothes, if you wash them in unsuitable laundry detergent, you are back to square one. As a side note, we do have an article on this website all about natural baby clothing, if you are thinking about that too!!
If you don’t have time to go the homemade DIY route, there are options such as the Dreft Newborn range, which claims to be hypoallergenic and natural.
There is even an Amazon own brand laundry detergent called Presto free and clear along similar lines. Although expect to pay a premium over regular laundry detergent.
Although there are commercial options, making your own DIY laundry detergent gives you the piece of mind that you do know exactly what went into it. This is great when thinking of all natural or organic baby products.
Our simple recipe for Natural Laundry Detergent includes:
Baking Soda (16 cups)
Borax (12 cups)
Soap Flakes (8 cups)
Essential Oils (Lavender/orange/lemon for example) (3 tablespoons)
Simply mix the dry ingredients together first and add the essential oils at the end. Make sure you stir until all ingredients are mixed evenly.
You can experiment with how much you want to add to each washing load, but usually one cup is enough.
Simply store in an airtight container and you are good to go! See, I told you the handmade versions are easy!
2. Natural Baby Wipes
As you are probably aware, baby wipes are a frequently used baby product. There are all natural versions available. If we are looking for an all natural baby product, we don’t want to see dyes or perfumes, for example. These chemicals have the potential to cause irritation to a baby’s sensitive skin.
If you want to buy such baby products, you could look at the Huggies Natural care baby wipes, which claim to be “pure and gentle.” As with all natural baby products, you will expect to pay a premium.
After seeing our natural homemade alternative, you will probably never go back to store bought baby wipes though!
Our solution for a DIY homemade all natural baby wipe is simple!
You will need:
Aloe Vera Juice (a quarter cup)
Lavender Essential Oil (4 drops)
A roll of paper towels (cut lengthwise)
Water (quarter cup)
Tea Tree Oil (2 drops)
The process is simple. Stir all the ingredients together and keep in some kind of Tupperware or plastic container. If you don’t like using paper towels, you could even add the solution to actual strips of cloth, as long as you don’t mind having to wash them often. When using paper towels, you might want to experiment with different types to see which holds together the best!
3. All Natural Baby Food
When your young baby starts eating solids for the first time, a lot of parents want to go for natural and organic versions. We are talking about some of the first solid foods to pass your baby’s lips, so I can see why this is so important!
The store bought options for this are crazy expensive in my opinion! Plum organics have a good range, for example…..but just look at that price!
You can find many more recipes for organic baby food online, but in this article we will introduce you to a simple example.
This example is homemade organic sweet potato baby food. So, of course, you first need to source some genuine organic sweet potatoes!
Make sure you wash your sweet potatoes well and prick some holes in them. Wrap them in silver foil and bake them. 400 degrees for around 45 minutes to an hour should be good (depending on size). You want them to be soft and fluffy inside at this point.
Let the baked sweet potatoes cool down fully. Then simple slice them in half and scoop out the contents. Mash this into a fine puree which is easy for your baby to eat, or you could use a blender to achieve the same results.
This simple all natural baby food could also be frozen if you are short on time. Just make sure to leave yourself enough time to defrost again properly.
In this example, we have used organic sweet potatoes. There are many other great organic vegetables you could use, such as squash or carrots.
It really is that simple to make natural and organic home made baby food, so there really is no need to go for commercial brands.
4. Natural Diapers
When talking about baby diapers (or nappies as we call them in England!), it is not only about being natural or organic. It is also about helping the environment. The average baby can go through up to 12 diapers a day, all of which will probably end up in a landfill site at some point.
There are some natural and bio-degradable options to purchase, such as the Andy Pandy diapers below. But these will end up costing you a lot more money than using cloth diapers.
Yes, it can seem like a pain to wash cloth diapers, but (as well as saving money) you will be helping the environment and making sure your baby is using something more natural.
And store bought baby diapers are no more sanitary than well washed cloth ones.
When looking at cloth for your all natural baby diapers, you don’t only have the option of organic cotton. Bamboo fiber also makes a great material for this purpose, being both absorbent and naturally anti-bacterial. As we talked about in our natural baby clothes article, hemp is another material you can consider.
A lot of parents don’t even think to use cloth diapers, mainly because they think it may be inconvenient or simply they are worried they can’t put them on their child well. We would encourage you to at least give it a go, you may be surprised.
And, there is a wealth of content online that will help you, like this cloth diaper tutorial below!
5. The Natural Baby Soap!
I get a ton of feedback from parents saying that they want to find out how to make natural baby soap. I imagine it is because of the fact that a store bought version can cost around $5-8 a pop, which can soon add up. Just look at one example below!
One thing to note, is that you do not have to go out and buy expensive soap molds either. Simply find a normal plastic household container, with compartments that are the size of the soap you want to make! A little bit of experimentation, and I am sure you will find something hanging out in your home that you like! It is easier if the container is flexible, to enable you to push out the hardened soap.
Also, babies don’t need a lot of soap. Use it sparingly!
When thinking about making baby soap, simple is better!
Your best bet is to find (or make) an infused olive oil that you like, and use that as the main base. Chamomile or rosemary infused olive oil works well and smells great, for example.
The recipe we would recommend uses 48oz of your favourite infused olive oil, along with 15.5oz of cold distilled water and 6.1oz of a 100% lye solution (be careful handling this stuff, wear gloves and open windows!).
Firstly, heat your olive oil to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Measure out your lye and water. Pour the lye into the water, mixing it together. You will see some fumes and chemical reaction, which is perfectly normal. Wait for both your oil and water/lye mixture to drop to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pour the water/lye mixture into the olive oil slowly, again mixing all of the time. Use an electric blender (with a stainless steel blade) to mix up the solution for around ten to fifteen minutes, depending on the power of your blender. Wait for the solution to get thick enough to leave its own tracks on the surface when poured back on itself.
Then simply pour your mixture into your container or molds to harden. This can take up to two days, so be patient.
Voila, your simple baby soap is ready! We have chosen a simple but effective soap recipe here. However, if you want something more complex or fancy there are simply hundreds of other recipes online!
6. Natural Rash Cream
We have already covered diapers and baby wipes, two pillars of a parents baby changing arsenal! The other major one is diaper rash cream. This is something that is widely used by many parents, as they don’t want to see their child with a red and sore rear end!
When looking at store bought versions, we find products such as the following:
This type of product can currently cost around $13-18.
The natural homemade version is as follows.
You will require coconut oil, beeswax (which you can buy in a block) and whatever essential oils you prefer. For this application, I would choose sweet orange oil and tea tree oil. These would be great to help with any nappy rash problems with your baby.
Simply use the container that you want your rash cream to be in, and fill it halfway with coconut oil. For my recipe, I will be using a single serve yogurt pot sized container, made from glass.
Heat this up gently by placing it in a pan of hot water. Grate a one centimeter slice off of the beeswax block and gradually add to the coconut oil, stirring each time to make sure it is fully mixed in. The more you do this, the better you will become with judging how much beeswax you like in your cream.
Take the mixture out of the hot water and then add 5 to 10 drops of the essential oils you want to use. I would experiment with this amount each time, as it is a matter of personal choice how strong you want your cream, and also depends on the amount of cream you are making.
Stir well, and leave somewhere to cool down and become an actual cream! And there you have it, homemade and natural diaper rash cream for your baby!
I actually found this recipe by watching a video years back. I will place the video down below, in case you are more of a visual person!
By the way, this rash cream is also great for adults that suffer (like I do) with heat rash during the hot and sticky summer months!!
7. Natural Teething Gel
Another key area a parent wants to help their baby is with the issue of teething, and the pain (and ultimately crying) it often brings!
Baby teething gels have been around for a long time. You can find store bought natural versions, like the one shown below ,currently around $10-15.
The issue is that many parents don’t trust ANY teething gels or solutions, following such revelations as the one talked about this article in The Independent newspaper in the UK. In this case, a young baby stopped breathing due to teething gels.
If you want to be 100% sure that your baby teething gel doesn’t have any nasty stuff in it, you can try our homemade version!
Actually, our first tip is to not actually use a solution! You can chill (but not freeze) one of your baby’s chew rings and let them chew on it. The cooling effect on your baby’s gums should do them the world of good when it comes to teething pain.
Failing that, you could simply mix up a solution of 50% coconut oil and 50% olive oil. Simply add a couple of drops of clove essential oil (known for its pain relieving properties), and gently apply the solution to your child’s gums. Just be sure to follow the directions on the clove oil bottle, to make sure you are diluting it correctly. Also, make sure your child doesn’t directly ingest this solution.
8. Natural Baby Wash
Maybe, you don’t like the soap bar idea given earlier for washing your baby. Maybe, you prefer a liquid variety instead. Most commercially made baby wash products will have all kinds of chemicals in them that a naturally minded parent would find unacceptable!
If that is you, we have a simple recipe below which uses Castile soap as a base. Don’t know what castille soap is? Well it’s named after the Castile region in Spain, where they use these olive oil (or other vegetable oil) based soaps.
Before we dive into that, let’s look at the commercial options we have for baby washes that claim to be organic and natural.
It’s quite a theme of this article, right! Look how expensive organic or natural products are!
I think it’s a well known fact, and baby products are no different. An organic and chemical free baby wash, like the one seen above, can cost anything from $10-20 a bottle! That’s crazy money!
So here is our homemade recipe…
You will need one cup of castile soap, one cup of water and one cup of coconut oil. If your coconut oil is hard, you can place it on a window sill or on the dashboard of a car for a while prior to making your baby wash. Or, if you are really impatient, you can simply microwave it!
Mix all your ingredients together well, and you should have enough baby wash for two good sized bottles. Even for the busiest parents, this should last you a while. On a side note, try to use the baby wash sparingly. Babies really don’t need a lot to be well washed!
Just make sure to give your baby wash a good shake before you use it, as there may be some separation of the ingredients over time.
This baby wash also does a great job of moisturising your baby’s skin. After use, it should help your baby have soft skin without the need for additional lotions. The coconut oil is already great for this!
The other thing to say, is you can add essential oils if you want to achieve a better smell or skin conditioning for your baby. You can either buy already infused castile soap, or add the essential oils yourself at the end of the baby wash making process. Some good examples of essential oils you could use, would be tea tree oil (a natural disinfectant) and eucalyptus (good for unclogging the respiratory airways). Chamomile would also be great to help your baby sleep better.
As we said earlier, just make sure you read the bottle of the essential oils to get the correct rate of dilution. Some essential oils can be harmful to babies if not diluted properly.
9. Natural Baby Powder
We are covering all the baby essentials today aren’t we!! Here is another one we are knocking out of the park (hopefully)….baby powder! It is not just designed to make a mess of your bathroom! It is also a great way to prevent diaper rash and leave your baby smelling awesome!!
Unfortunately, traditional talcum powder is made from a mineral (talc) that includes such things as magnesium, silicon and oxygen. In it’s natural form, this can have asbestos in it.
Doesn’t sound promising when using it on babies, does it! It’s still debatable whether this causes any serious ill health, but why take the risk? A lot of parents would take the more cautious approach to this if they can.
The example we have below of a store bought but natural baby powder, would cost you around $12-15 depending on which brand you choose.
As always, there is a natural and home made alternative.
For our home made baby powder, you will need corn flour (corn starch). Make sure it is organic and natural corn flour, so it will be in it’s purest form.
As with some of our other baby products in this article, we will use an essential oil to give a nicer smell and other benefits to our home made baby powder. I am sure you already have an idea which essentials oils you like, we have mentioned them enough already!!
Simply find an old baby powder bottle. Or failing that you can use a flour shaker from the kitchen aisle in your local hardware store or supermarket! Or even an old salt shaker!
Put your organic corn flour in your container first and pour back into a bowl. This will make sure you don’t make too much! Mix in your chosen essential oils, the amount of which will depend on the size of your container (generally 15 drops for a cup size amount should do nicely). Mix it well in the bowl and leave to dry for a few days. When dry, place back in your baby powder container.
This can get a bit messy, so it would be easier if you could find a container that lets you mix the powder and essential oils inside it.
If you can make this baby powder without getting a floury mess everywhere, I salute you!
To Wrap Up!
As you can now see, there are many simple handmade baby product alternatives that won’t break the bank.
I am sorry if my love of home made products came off as “preachy” in any way, that is totally not my intention. I am just excited to share the wonders of home made alternatives. Too much of our world comes from factories, where they often add unwanted extras to the mix! This article just shows what is possible from the comfort of your own home!!
If you have any of your own ideas for home made natural baby products, we would love to hear all about them in the comments section below! Also, if you have any experience with the recipes we provided in this article, we would love to hear your feedback too!