Making your own DIY baby lotion is an incredible way to get creative while taking charge of your baby’s health. I love to hear the roar of a momma who comes to me because they’ve learned that what typical baby products contain are not going to come near their precious little one. Today let’s continue our health conscious journey and make DIY Baby lotion that is safe and effective for the entire family to use.
DIY Baby lotion is a staple in my home. Our winters are dry, as are our summers. Everyone’s skin can always use added moisture and hydration.
Even the healthiest baby skin can become parched at times. I have created a thin, light and calming lotion, perfect for babies, and mommas alike!
Why Should You DIY Baby Lotion & Other Baby Products???
You might be questioning why should you make your own baby oil, powder and lotion?? A babies skin is more susceptible to chemicals and irritants. While babies don’t typically suffer from dry skin, they easily lose moisture. It is important to replenish their skin after a bath.
A baby’s skin can be very sensitive to chemicals that are used for dyes and fragrances. Using products with chemicals could even trigger the immune system and cause asthma or allergies.
Did you know that a study was done on 10 newborn baby’s umbilical cord blood and over 200 chemicals were present. If this doesn’t prove that what we put on our skin matters, I don’t know what does.
“We know the developing fetus is one of the most vulnerable populations, if not the most vulnerable, to environmental exposure,” said Anila Jacobs, EWG senior scientist. “Their organ systems aren’t mature and their detox methods are not in place, so cord blood gives us a good picture of exposure during this most vulnerable time of life.”
If you’ve followed me for a while, you know the why behind why we make our own products. To find out more about why conventional beauty products can often contain hidden ingredients that alter and harm our hormones, cause cancer and irritate the skin, check out my Beginner’s Guide to DIY Skin Care.
Diaper Rash issues? I’ve got you covered there too! For a quick and easy recipe, look into my Diaper Rash Spray. If you’re looking for a more thorough diaper product to keep away moisture check out my Chamomile Infused Coconut Lavender Diaper Rash Cream with Clay recipe.
Johnson & Johnson is the most popular baby product brand here in the US. While they have made some effort to keep things a bit more natural for babies sake, I’m not buying it. Their effort is worthless when you read the ingredients on products meant for babies. Fragrance, propylene glycol, mineral oil and parabens are just a few of the ingredients found in baby lotion.
Making your own lotion, ensures that your baby’s skin is getting nothing but the best, most pure ingredients.
DIY Baby Lotion
- 1/4 cup almond oil (find it HERE)
- 1 TBSP glycerin (find it HERE)
- 1 TBSP. emulsifying wax (find it HERE)
- 1 cup distilled water (find it HERE)
- 1 tsp. NeoDefend (find it HERE)
- 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)
- 1 tsp. Vitamin E (find it HERE) (optional)
- Fill 2 medium sized pots halfway full with tap water.
- Add a medium sized glass bowl with a spout in each pot.
- In the first “double boiler” add almond oil and emulsifying wax. Turn heat only to medium. This will be called our “Oil Mixture”.
- In the 2nd “double boiler” add water, neodefend and glycerin. Turn heat to medium. This will be called our “Water Mixture”.
- Once both double boilers reach a temperature of about 120-135 degrees, pour your water mixture into your oil mixture. I use THIS thermometer.
- Using a hand mixer-blend your mixture for about 1 minute. Periodically check your mixture over the next 30 minutes making sure the water doesn’t separate. Blend as often as you want but once the cream cools and thickens a bit and you see no water separating your cream is ready to be transferred to a container.
- Add essential oils and vitamin E once mixture is cool.
- Transfer to a bottle with a pump or disc. Find pump bottles HERE and disc bottles HERE.
For more clarification on making lotion, head to my Lotion Making Guide for Beginners for a thorough tutorial with step by step pictures.
Naturally Preserving DIY Baby Lotion:
**Distilled water must be used in order to keep your cream fresh longer. I have included a preservative with this recipe. NeoDefend is considered certified organic and non-GMO. It is antioxidant and very gentle to the skin.
Those of you weary of using a preservative must remember that it only makes up .75-1% of your product. You can read more about NeoDefend HERE.
Your cream should always be stored in preferably dark glass pump bottles. This will keep your cream bacteria free longer. Any container that allows you to pump out your lotion is a good idea-this keeps you from depositing bacteria from your hands into your lotion.
A Note on Lavender Essential Oil:
Lavender essential oil is commonly known and used as a natural sleep aid. A 2005 study assessed how lavender essential oil affected 31 young, healthy sleepers.
Researchers found that lavender increased the amount of slow- and deep-wave sleep in participants. All participants reported having higher energy the next morning.
I rely on lavender for many different situations that may arise but especially to calm my kiddos. It’s an amazing tool to aid with sleep issues. I add essential oils to my daughter’s baths and of course I put it in all of my baby products.
You would be surprised at the calming effect this essential oil can have! So much so that I made a DIY sleep balm to be applied to the bottoms of the feet for added rest and deeper sleep.
On particularly trying sleep issues I also diffuse lavender in their rooms.
For more information on using essential oils on children, read my post on Essential Oils for Pregnancy & Babies.
Make this DIY Baby Lotion and rest easy that you are giving your baby the best product made with natural ingredients and of course, LOVE.
No one has the best interest of your child like you do-NO ONE. There is nothing as powerful as the roar of a momma protecting her child.