Skip the toxic chemical-laden baby products & try out these DIY Baby Products that you can make with natural ingredients! Includes bonus DIYs for new Moms!
For a new parent, a baby opens up a world of wonder. Of course, that little bundle of joy is a wonder in herself, but there are many other things too. For instance, new Moms wonder how such a tiny person can need so much stuff!
The reason babies seem to have so many things is because they can’t use the things the rest of the family uses – they need things exclusively made for them! Baby skin is much more delicate than adult skin, their immune systems are underdeveloped and they are vulnerable to all kinds of infections.
Now imagine getting baby a set of special baby products, only to find that they’re all manufactured with chemicals, including toxic ones like parabens and sulfates. You’re going into so much trouble to protect your baby – only to expose her to more chemicals!
That’s why we always recommend chemical-free baby products made from 100% natural ingredients. Yes, these can be hard to find, and even when you do find them, they can be ridiculously expensive. But there’s an easy way to overcome this problem – make them yourself!
Making your own baby products is easier than you think! Many Moms across the world are already doing this, with ingredients easily available in their home. If you’re wondering how this is possible, check out this list of DIY baby products, made with just a few baby-safe ingredients and no toxic chemicals at all.
Important: Please consult your doctor before trying anything new for your baby. Be sure to follow the age recommendations in each recipe and always do a patch test first.
20 DIY Baby Products you can Make at Home
One of the products that every baby needs is a baby wash, and it’s also a product very likely to be riddled with sulphates. Make your own baby wash instead, with this recipe from Modern Homestead Mama. Castile soap may seem like an unfamiliar ingredient, but a little searching should yield results!
Right after baby’s bath, it’s a good idea to apply moisturizer on damp skin, so it is better absorbed and retained. Try out our homemade moisturizer recipe that’s ideal for dry baby skin.
Want a soft baby lotion to apply all over baby’s body? Try this one from Premeditated Leftovers that uses naturally soothing ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and aloe vera.
Breast milk has many uses, and breast milk lotion is one of them! Modern Homestead Mama has a recipe that makes use of breast milk’s naturally moisturizing properties to make this lotion.
Baby skin needs sunscreen too! However, it can be quite hard to find a baby-friendly sunscreen that’s free from chemicals. This is why Bumble Bee Apothecary’s sunscreen recipe is so good, especially since it’s made with organic ingredients.
Every Indian Mom knows the benefits of a good massage for their babies! Massages are known to stimulate blood circulation, promote relaxation, induce sleep and of course, enhance parent-child bonding. Don’t ruin this experience with chemical oils – try this mix of 3 oils from Soap Queen instead.
Thought you were the only one who needed a chapstick in her bag at all times? Your baby also needs her lips to stay soft! Freebie Finding Mom has a homemade lip balm recipe that’s safe for babies – however, it might be better to skip the peppermint oil.
Baby wipes are a life saver for new Moms everywhere, but they may not exactly be environment friendly. What’s more is that some wipes may also be too harsh. Young Wife’s Guide recipe for homemade baby wipes show that they’re actually pretty easy to make at home!
You can use disposable or reusable baby wipes, and if you’re going with the latter, you’ll need a baby wipe spray. Try out this DIY version from Yankee Homestead so that you can be confident of using a baby-safe and organic spray.
Diaper rash – something all Moms dread, but what most babies suffer from! There are several chemical diaper creams in the market, but home remedies for diaper rash are quite effective too. Along with them, do try out this homemade diaper cream from Maple Money that uses just coconut oil and corn starch.
Diaper rash creams are all very well, but they can sometimes be cumbersome to use, especially if you’re on the move. In that case, a diaper stick is your best bet! Try out this recipe from Coco’s Well that makes use of healing and soothing ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil.
Skin rashes like eczema are a common problem among infants, and it can be quite distressing for parents as well. Family Edventures has a homemade eczema solution made from oatmeal, coconut oil and shea butter. This way you don’t have to worry about possible side effects of chemical ingredients in a store bought cream.
When your little one is struggling with cough and cold, it can be painful for the parent more than the baby! But this Ayurvedic oil can offer a lot of relief, and since you make it yourself, you don’t have to worry about what’s going in it.
We’ve all grown up with Vicks vaporub being synonymous with a cold or chest congestion! You’re probably hesitating applying it on your baby though, wondering if it will be too harsh. But you don’t have to worry, when you can make it yourself! Get the full recipe at Today is the Best Day.
Teething can be a frustrating time for the whole family, which is why every Mom is on the lookout for home remedies for teething. While teething biscuits are a great option, here is another homemade alternative – a DIY teething cream! Recipe available at Modern Alternative Mama.
Mosquitoes spare no one – not even little babies! Mosquito bites can be annoying but they can also lead to dangerous illnesses like malaria and dengue. Opt or natural remedies for mosquitoes, like this homemade mosquito repellent from Living Well Mom. Spray this only on baby clothes and not directly on skin.
Prevention is the best way to go when dealing with bugs and insects, but in case your little one does get bitten, you can apply an anti-itch balm like this one from The Simple Balance Blog. The recipe includes essential oils, so adjust it according to the baby’s age.
Your baby’s toys travel all over your home, and then land up inside her mouth! Regular cleaning of toys is required to prevent the spread of infections, but instead of chemical cleaners, opt for a homemade, child-safe one like this one from Pink Oatmeal.
Baby skin is very sensitive, which is why it’s not just baby products but baby’s laundry detergent also which requires extra attention. Common laundry detergents can be harsh on baby skin, so go for this 3 ingredient, mild detergent recipe from Whole New Mom.
20. Baby Poop Stain Remover
Every new parent knows how stubborn baby poop stains can be! Mommy Merlot has been there, and she’s got the perfect solution – a 3 ingredient poop stain remover!
BONUS!! Here are a couple of extra DIYs for new and expecting Moms!
Only a new Mom knows the fear and pain of even thinking about her nether regions post delivery! These postpartum padsicles from Pretty Providence offer a soothing and healing solution, and requires only natural ingredients.
If padsicles aren’t your thing, or you want some instant relief and there aren’t any pads in the freezer, Mommypotamus has an alternative solution – a sitz bath. Just add this mix to a bath and sit in it for some healing, relaxation and pain relief.
23. Natural Homemade Soothing Spray
This spray from Wellness Media is that SOS remedy you need when you’re hurting down there and don’t have access to a sitz bath or frozen pads. I provides immediate relief for pain, and you can use it whenever you need.
If you’ve ever breastfed a child, you know that it takes some work getting in the groove! Sore nipples are a common problem among new Moms, and A Blossoming Life has the recipe for a healing cream made from cocoa butter, coconut oil and shea butter.
Stretch marks are every Mom’s tiger stripes, but they can get itchy and troublesome. Womanatics gives us the recipe for a completely natural stretch marks cream that moisturizes and keeps your belly happy and smooth!