Once you experience the touch of a baby’s tender new skin, it all makes sense why people talk about having skin as soft as a baby’s bottom. Seriously, there is nothing quite like it. Brand new skin is so smooth and silky that you want to do your best to protect it and keep it that way. Then one day it happens…
It is mean and red and sooo irritated looking. It is enough to break a mama’s heart and cry for her poor baby’s bum. You find yourself almost unable to rub any cream on it in fear of touching the tender rash and making it worse! I remember using a popular store bought cream for my first baby and it clumped and wouldn’t spread. I had to keep irritating my baby just so I could try my best to cover all of the redness. It was not a pretty experience. I knew it was time to start looking for a better cream.
Diaper rash is usually caused by prolonged contact with feces and urine. It can cause the sensitive skin on a baby’s bum to become red, inflamed and irritated. It can also appear from irritation of a product, such as baby wipes or lotion, or even from tight fitted diapers that don’t allow air to circulate. In the worst case, sometimes diaper rash can lead to a bacterial or fungal infection.
Keep baby clean and dry
Whatever the cause may be, it is important to keep baby’s bottom clean and dry and let air get at the rash a few times a day. Keep baby’s bum free of irritating soaps, lotions and wipes full of fragrance while the skin is irritated. As long as the diaper rash has not lead to an infection, it is likely to go away with proper home care.
I found the best prevention is following the above, plus I put my homemade baby lotion on my baby’s bottom after every evening bath. This lotion has skin protecting benefits that I find helps to prevent diaper rash.
I began researching natural recipes
There are a ton of recipes available on the internet for homemade natural diaper creams. I have tried a few and really liked one from Wellness Mama especially, but I wanted to make one that was simplified to my needs and required less ingredients.
The creation of a recipe!
I am familiar with some of my favorite oils that I use in other recipes so I knew some of the ingredients I was already after. One of them is 100% premium Shea Butter. Shea Butter has healing properties for the skin and is known to be effective on many skin conditions. See www.sheainstitute.com to learn about all the wonderful benefits of Shea Butter.
Coconut Oil is a must in this recipe. As a matter of fact, it could be the only oil in the recipe if you choose. The benefits are outstanding and include anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties which promote healing on the spot. Coconut Oil also contains lauric acid (which is also found in breast milk) which fights yeast and treats bacterial and fungal problems. Need I say more?
Next oil on the list is Jojoba Oil. Jojoba Oil has many soothing and healing properties and is great for sensitive skin. Really, you could use only Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil or Olive Oil in place of Jojoba Oil but I like Jojoba because it is super light and as I mentioned, great for baby’s sensitive skin. It does not make a sticky mess either and absorbs into the skin fast, making it more comfortable for baby.
I am also going to add Pure Beeswax and 100% therapeutic Tea Tree Oil. The Beeswax is a natural emollient, forming a protective waterproof barrier on the skin and it is also going to help to thicken the cream. It is also cloth diaper safe and will not ruin your cloth diapers! Tea tree oil will be optional but it is known for it’s antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial properties. The Tea Tree Oil can be substituted for Lavender pure organic essential oil.
I buy all of my ingredients online at Mountain Rose Herbs. I find the prices to be much better than shopping at local health food stores. I have paid double what Mountain Rose Herbs charges shopping locally. Plus, they offer only the highest quality ingredients.
1 Tbsp. Pure Beeswax, grated and packed
2 Tbsp. Organic pure Shea Butter
3 Tbsp. Organic cold-pressed Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp. Jojoba Oil
2 Tbsp. Arrowroot Powder (thickening agent)
- Boil a pot of water with a glass bowl for mixing on top. You could also use a double boiler but I like the glass bowl so I can mix it easily afterwards.
- Grate your Beeswax and add along with Shea Butter and melt together.
- Add Jojoba Oil and Coconut Oil until all melted and combined.
- Take glass bowl off the heat and stir in Arrowroot Powder until smooth.
- Add essential oil of choice.
- Transfer to 4 oz mason jar right away or if you have a squeeze bottle this is great for easy and clean application! At this point it will start to thicken and resemble vanilla custard.
- Once you have it in the jar stir it a few more times to cool it before putting the lid on. Keep stored for up to 3 months.
I would love to know how this homemade baby diaper cream works for you! Please comment below and share your story.