So I just delivered my 3rd precious, little baby at home! Yes, it was a planned homebirth. First thing on my mind now (besides baby #4, Ha! Just kidding, Honey!) is how to make sure all products that I use are baby safe. I don’t mean “baby safe” like the baby industry wants you to believe is safe, but actual non-toxic baby products that you can feel good about putting on your baby’s skin. One of items we use most of is BABY WIPES.
Here is an easy recipe that smells amazing and is chemical-free for your baby’s butt (and hands and face).
What You Need:
- Paper towels (cut in half) – the brand doesn’t matter, but you don’t want the cheapest ones you can buy because if the quality is crappy, they will fall apart. Viva brand works great for these.
- Leftover wipes container
- 2 ½ cups of filter, distilled, or Reverse Osmosis water
- 1 ½ T non-toxic baby wash (I recommend Baby Castile Soap)
- 2 T coconut oil (melted) (I recommend Carrington’s)
- 6 drops of Young Living’s Lavender Essential Oil or Young Living’s Gentle Baby Essential Oil (Not a member? Become one! Please give me the honor of being your sponsor!)
- I boil the water with a cover on, so water does not escape in the form of vapor.
- Let water cool, somewhat (warm to the touch).
- Add baby soap and coconut oil to the water (the coconut oil will melt if it is still warm. If you stepped away and it is cool, just melt coconut oil separately and add to mixture).
- Add Young Living Essential Oil (I love the Gentle Baby blend, but it is sometimes hard to come by. Lavender is nice on the skin as well.)
- Cut paper towels in half, so you have 2 rolls. Put one half aside for another batch. We cut ours with a saw, but an electric knife works. This would be cumbersome.
- Set the paper towel half in the baby wipe container (like the above picture).
- I put the mixture into a glass container with a pour spout.
- Slowly pour mixture all over the paper towels in the wipe container to saturate the towels.
- Slowly push the lid down on the paper towels (they will go slightly to the side). Flip the whole container upside down (I put mine on a towel to catch any small leaks). Leave upside down for about 5 minutes.
- Flip it back to right side up.
- Open the lid and slowly pull the cardboard round out. This should move out very easily. Discard the cardboard.
- Carefully pull the end of the paper towels from the center of the roll through the wipe opening. This is your first wipe! When the paper towels are first saturated, they tear too easily, but it only takes about a few hours and your non-toxic, homemade baby wipes are hands down better than anything you can buy and tear like standard wipes!
You can feel good about what you are putting on baby’s skin and know chemicals like chlorine aren’t going into baby’s precious little body.
Your choices do make a difference in your health (and baby’s)! Enjoy your homemade baby wipes!