Homemade Baby Products: 20 Recipes

Natural, Homemade Baby Products: 20 Easy Recipes

Many moms choose to use cloth diapers to keep chemicals away from their babies’ delicate skin. Do you follow this same line of thinking when it comes to other baby products as well?

There’s a growing movement of concern about body (including baby) products that contain carcinogenic chemicals such as 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde. Phthalates and parabens, both of which have been linked to hormonal and reproductive abnormalities, can also be found in many personal-care products. Unfortunately, none of these chemicals are regulated in the United States. Plus, the ingredients in fragrances don’t have to be disclosed – manufacturers can just lump all those chemicals into the word “fragrance”.

I’m certainly not an expert in these issues, and I don’t mean the above paragraph to cause unnecessary fears. Sometimes I’m not sure whether these things are worth worrying about. We’ll always be exposed to things like this in some regard just by living in modern society.

However, I’ve been having fun and $aving Money by experimenting with making my own baby products lately, and by doing so, I have confidence that I’m not putting weird preservatives or other unknown chemicals in products that touch my baby! If you’re looking to try your hand at making a few baby care products yourself, start with the list below!

Homemade Diaper Ointments

Make your own diaper rash ointment

Homemade Baby Wipe Solutions

Make Your Own Baby Wipe Solutions

Homemade Baby Shampoo

Make Your Own Baby Shampoo

Homemade Baby Lotion

Make your own baby lotion

Homemade Teething Remedies

Homemade Teething Remedies

Homemade Nursing Balms

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Typical Ingredients

Homemade baby products are generally less expensive than store-bought. Plus, if you start making several different kinds of baby care products, you’ll find that you’re using a lot of the same ingredients in different ways, so you can buy the ingredients in larger quantities to save even more money!

The most common ingredients found in the 20 links above include:

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Do you make your own baby products? If so, what’s your primary motivation – cost savings or chemical avoidance? Feel free to link up your favorite recipes from other sources in the comments below!

DIY Natural Diaper Rash Cream

The easiest make-your-own diaper rash cream recipe EVER! Safe for cloth diapers, too!

I’m not much of a do-it-yourselfer, and I’m highly partial to Grandma Els, so the thought of making my own diaper cream had never really crossed my mind. It was just something people on Pinterest do.

Then one day, while picking up some Christmas wrapping supplies at my local craft store, I passed the aisle with supplies for making your own candles, soap, and lotions. Who has time for that? Apparently, lots of people. The aisle was pretty crowded.

Suddenly, the irrationally competitive side of me woke up. I can be like those make-their-own-soap-and-candles-and-lotions ladies. I’m going to make my own… umm… something. Glancing around, I saw beeswax and shea butter. DIAPER RASH CREAM IT IS. The little voice inside my head questioned, “Are you MOM enough?!?”

Oh yes. Yes, I am Mom enough to make homemade natural diaper rash cream. Challenge accepted.

Ingredients for making your own diaper rash cream

I brought my supplies home and took a closer look at some of the do-it-yourself diaper rash cream recipes that I’ve seen on other blogs. Again, let me remind you: making stuff from scratch isn’t usually my thing. I quickly get overwhelmed when looking over recipes with too many ingredients or steps. I like simple things.

I’m the kind of girl experiences a feeling of euphoria upon learning new keyboard shortcuts.

Therefore, when I saw that other diaper cream recipes called for using a double boiler, I made the executive decision that the microwave would have to do for my recipe. I’m happy to report that the microwave edition of my homemade natural diaper rash cream was a success and clean-up was a breeze. I used four simple ingredients, mixed and melted them, and now I have two and a half jars of ointment that will last me forever. (I’m using one jar on the changing table, one for hand cream, and one for lip balm.)

I hereby present to you the easiest homemade natural diaper rash cream you can find:microwave diaper rash cream recipe

The ingredients include:

Place all ingredients in a microwave-safe glass container. Heat in 30-second intervals at 50% power, stirring in between. When completely melted, pour into jars or tins and allow to cool.

And don’t worry – this cream will NOT wreck your diapers or cause repelling. How do I know? Check my cloth-safe ingredient list!


Do you ever make your own body or beauty products?

Crunchy Nana’s Homemade Granola

[A note from Courtney: Today’s blog post is brought to you by my mom, aka “Crunchy Nana“. She can cook, bake, make her own soap, mill her own flour, spin her own yarn, sew, knit, smock, appliqué, garden, raise chickens, deliver pug puppies, and much, much more. Leave a comment if there are any topics on which you’d especially like to hear more from Crunchy Nana!]

homemade granola

Homemade granola is delicious, healthy, easy to make, and much less expensive than buying pre-made granola. We ate the last of our granola yesterday morning, so of course today I’m in the kitchen whipping up another batch. My husband, John, LOVES this stuff and eats it almost every morning (and also snacks on it–I’m trying to wean him off of M&M’s!!).

My recipe is inspired by and adapted from one I found in my King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking cookbook, which is fabulous. The original recipe can be found on the King Arthur Flour website. The most notable changes are that I leave out the dry milk and use 3/4 cup of melted organic coconut oil as a healthier alternative to vegetable oil.

Crunchy Nana’s Favorite Ingredients (Organic If Possible!)

  • 7 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp salt – I use Redmond Real Salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • Dried fruit

Homemade Granola Ingredients

(I know what you’re thinking, and no, I don’t have a drinking problem. The Smirnoff bottle contains my homemade vanilla extract.)

The great thing about granola is that you can really play around with the recipe and put in any nuts your family likes. Granola is also a wonderful activity for little ones to “help” with, since there is so much dumping and stirring of dry ingredients.

Start by dumping all of the dry ingredients except the fruit into a nice, big baking pan.

Next, start preparing the “sauce” by melting 3/4 cup of coconut oil. (If your house is warmer than 76 degrees, then your coconut oil is probably liquid already, so you can skip this step.) Whisk together the melted coconut oil with 1 cup of pure maple syrup and a tablespoon of vanilla. Whisk it up until everything is nice and smooth.

Now just pour the sauce all over your nut and grain mixture, making sure not to waste one yummy drop!

Pour the Sauce

Stir, stir, stir until everything is incorporated and you’re ready to pop it into the oven.

Bake it for two hours at 250 degrees, stirring well after one hour. The long, slow baking time makes it really nice and crunchy, which of course, Crunchy Nana likes. Do something fun while your kitchen fills up with the most delicious aroma. (I spent my two hours refinishing my dining room chairs with chalk paint!)

After the granola is done baking and has cooled a bit, add dried fruit if desired. Here I added chopped dried cherries, craisins, apricots, and mangoes. This is really more dried fruit than I would like to use, especially since it has added sugar. However, my husband likes it this way and since I took away his M&M’s…well, you get the picture.

Add Fruit

And…I’m done!  Delicious, homemade granola for the next few weeks!  And besides that, doesn’t it look pretty?

 

[Another note from Courtney: Here’s the TL-DR version – throw everything together and bake it for 2 hours at 250. It’s hard to mess this one up. Enjoy!!]