We all want only the best for our kids. I know I do. That was the reason I ate super healthy before and during pregnancy, had at home birth, bought cloth diapers, and now I use only natural products to take care of my tiny tot. Knowing that most of my readers feel the same way about the loves of their lives, I wanted to share my few tricks and then hear what you do to protect your little ones.
Diapers, Diapering and Diaper Related Things
Hubby and I have chosen to use cloth diapers.
There were a couple of reasons:
- Saving Money–we spent only $500 to buy enough cloth diapers to last me 2.5-3 days, but we will be using the same diapers not only for Sprout but for our future kids as well. So, as opposed to spending money each week, each year on each kid we have, it is a one time investment; given we do have to wash them, but doing them with other laundry I have reduces cost as well. To further save $$$ we will be installing clothes lines to harness the power of the wind and the sun (we have been busy with other things up to now, but this will become our priority in the next week or so). While average family spends about $2500-3000 on diapers per child, until she is potty trained, our cost is much lower. Multiply that times four (that is how many little Sprouts we plan to sprout ;)), we will be saving up to $10,000 or more. We decided that starting college funds for our kids would be a better use of our money. Also, being the crazy Mom that I am, I change Sprout quiet often (if I would not like to sit in pee and poo, why would she?!). Imagine if I did that with disposables! I would go bankrupt. But doing cloth allows me my little fancy.
- Saving Landfills–I know, I know… I am such a tree hugger. But ever since understanding that we do not have to be cruel to animals, ourselves or the planet to survive that was something that I came to care about very deeply. We do strive to reduce our carbon and trash foot print as much as possible as a family. We did use disposable diapers the first week of Sprout’s life, while meconium was coming out, since it stains everything mercilessly; each time I threw a diaper in trash made me cringe a little. I am sure there will be other times, such as long distance traveling, when I will feel it is easier to use disposables, but for the rest of the time, this green Momma will get her hands in her baby’s poo ;).
Oh, now, I know that some of you, just like some of my Hubby’s co-workers, are cringing at the thought of having to wash a poopy diaper, but it is not a problem for me. I find nothing more natural than spraying off the poo, and then dunking the diaper into the washing machine. If little bit of her poo gets on my hands it does not bother me at all. And why should it? All of you (us) eat foods that is grown in animal dung. My baby’s poo is so much better ;), and it is not like that of an adult (is this becoming too much for you ;)?). And just imagine how you feel if your baby does not have enough poopy diapers? You beg her to do it. I remember the hard day we had when Sprout was passing the last of meconium–it took her nearly all day and it hurt her tummy (she cried for most of the day). When she finally passed it, Hubby and I jumped and high-fived each other, as if we won a lottery. So, baby poo is precious ;). For those who are squeamish and are afraid to get poo on their hands, a pair of rubber gloves could fix it all.
Homemade Diaper Rash Cream (Chemical Free!)
After only a few days after Sprout came out she had little bumps come out on her legs. They might have been a rash, or not, but I wanted to make sure, so I whipped our very own homemade diaper rash cream:
- 1 tbsp organic coconut oil (I used raw)
- 5 drops of oregano oil
Mix the two together and you are set. Sprout’s bumps were gone in less than two days. I also added a few drops of lemon grass oil just to make it smell better.
Homemade Baby Diaper Powder
To prevent rashes and such unpleasant things most people will use powders, most of which will include a whole lot of junk… but it does not have to be that way! You can simply use… ready?!–starch! I use organic corn starch, some people use potato starch–either is fine. You can get fancy and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to it–just add it and starch to a food processor, blend it up and then place in some slotted shaker and you are good to go. I did not even need to get a special container for it–I had an old salt shaker with perfect size holes, so I fill it up, sprinkle on Sprout’s lovely skin, and feel at peace knowing that now chemicals will be absorbed into her blood stream.
And why not?! Even the least chemically processed wipes on the market have chemicals in them. Instead, all I did was: got flannel (you can use old swaddling blankets, old flannel shirts, etc.), cut them up into 8×8 inch squares and I was set (if you have a sowing machine, you can neatly finish the edges, if not… don’t worry about it!).
I bought a cloth wipes warmer (one of the best things ever!). I soak wipes in… water (you can add a few drops of oregano oil), place them in the warmer, and I am set. Once used, I throw wipes in the diaper pile… and more money is saved. They only need to be washed, no drying is necessary if you use a wipes warmer.
Simple–organic oils. I use raw organic coconut oil, and my little one’s skin is very happy with it.
Babies do not really need soap–they just need water. However, I used a little bit when Sprout broke out with baby acne–a drop of Dr. Bronner’s organic soap does the job. That is the only soap we are planning to use for her, and the only soap we use for ourselves. I personally like the unscented option.
No Chemicals Allowed! Baby’s skin is so tender and is still the largest organ she has–whatever ends up on it will be in her blood stream in minutes. So, we use SmartKlean Laundry Ball (we get it through local Whole Foods), and, when needed, add sea salt and vinegar to keep things clean.
Did I miss anything?
What natural tips and tricks do you have taking care of your little ones?