Thursday, February 10, 2011

smooth as a baby's...

Cole is the first {and final!} baby I've gone the cloth route with. One thing I LOVE is the cloth wiping. Based on cost and eco-friendliness alone, I'd never go back to solely using disposable wipes. But truly the greatest advantage for me is the beautiful baby bottom left behind.

We went through a period of serious diaper rash his whole first month, while I was using organic cotton balls and plain water. So I started experimenting with different combos of natural ingredients to find a good homemade cloth wipe solution, and this is the one that finally made a world of difference. Literally within a few diaper changes any sign of a rash was completely gone, and has never been an issue since! Obviously every baby's skin reacts differently, but I just love this!

One batch lasts me about 2-3 days.

1 cup distilled water
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon tea tree oil

Pour into some sort of squeeze bottle (like the one from the hospital), and squirt directly onto the skin, or onto the cloth wipes.

Tea tree oil- a natural antibacterial- is amazing and I could do an entire post on it, alone.

As for the cloth wipes, I made 25 or so before he was born, which for me is enough to last the two days between washes. They are about 7" square and double-sided: organic bamboo knit, and organic french terry. I do keep Seventh Generation disposables on hand for really messy jobs and for travelling. I find them to be the most sensitive commercial baby wipes available.

But even if cloth isn't your thing, consider trying a vinegar/tea tree solution for diaper rash as an alternative to your typical zinc oxide cream!

Happy wiping!


elise said...

my daughter Emory has always had very sensitive skin- she'd be fine when you lay her down, pee during nap and then be blotchy and red immediately! i started using homemade wipes with aloe vera juice and witch hazel- works like a charm. not red, not painful, not expensive :O)

E Truitt said...

Both of my kids have VERY sensitive skin and my husband and I do not, so I am always at a loss for how to treat their skin. I would LOVE to read an entire post on tea tree oil! :-)

Kelli said...

I did not know that about tea oil...thanks for sharing. I remember that squirt bottle from the hospital :)

Mirys + Guigo + Nina said...

Thanks for the tips about a choc cookies recipe!!!! They seems delicious and I´m definetly try some this weekend.

Thank you for our visit at our blog. Did you manage to read some of it with the translation button? I have found lots of sppeling mistakes myself but, as I do understand Portuguese and I´m the author of the blog, I can understand the meaning of everything. So I keep thinking if someone that knows no Portuguese or portuguese expressions could make it?....

See you (or read you) soon!


Tegan Aubrie said...

I've had the email with this recipe saved for months. Glad I can refer back to it here! :) Still think you need to patent that...

Becca said...

Got my tea tree oil today. Excited to try your recipe! (And see if it clears up the under-the-chub red on our little guy's neck!!)