I quickly noticed that most recipes called for similar ingredients.
These are the basics you will need in your solution:
Oil: to keep baby's skin nice and soft
- baby oil
- vegetable or fruit oil (apricot, olive, grapeseed, etc.)
- you can even use aloe vera
- vegetable based soaps (like Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap, which has a variety of scents)
- your own natural baby wash soap
- baby shampoo
- tea tree oil - smells great and has disinfectant properties
- lavender oil - has many therapeudic properties (relaxation, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, etc.)
- chamomile oil - another great disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, etc.
- calendula oil - soothing and healing properties
- vitamin e oil - antioxidant and healing properties
You can easily find solution recipes online and each one will have the basics included, though in different quantities. When you experiment, you can find a recipe you like the best and it will have your own unique scent! There are so many options so, if your baby is sensitive or has allergies, you can pick and choose ingredients that best suit that child's needs. Making your own solution allows you to only add ingredients you need instead of relying on disposable wipes with a ridiculously long list of random ingredients!
When you mix up your solution, just like with disposable wipes, you can put the solution and cloth wipes in a wipe container, a wipe warmer, or you can even keep the solution in a spray bottle so you can use as much as needed when the time comes. This time I kept ours in a spray bottle, though, with Josiah, we put the solution and wipes in a wipe warmer. Warm wet cloth wipes are so soft!
Check out these sites for some great recipes:
The Zany Zebra
Natural Birth and Baby Care
Here's the solution I created and named last night. So far it seems to be doing the trick and it smells delicious!
Magical Baby Potion
2 TBSP Olive Oil
2 TBSP Lavendar & Chamomile Baby Magic Baby Wash (my favorite!)
3 drops Tea Tree Oil
1 Chamomile Tea Bag
21/2 Cups Water
Mix the first 3 ingredients in a water bottle. Put the tea bag in 2 cups of water and heat for 1.5 minutes and then sit for a few minutes. Then add the chamomile tea to the water bottle along with the other 1/2 cup of water.
I love the way it smells so far and the boys approve, too. Josiah loves the smell and keeps trying to spray it on everything so, be sure to turn the sprayer off when not in use. :) I may add another 1/2 cup of water to dilute it more if Liam gets rashy since his skin is so sensitive. When this solution is all gone, I'll try another recipe and post it!
Anyone else use cloth wipes? Have a great recipe to share?