It’s baby week at Jenni Raincloud! My “baby” is coming frighteningly close to growing into a little girl. Let me tell you, I’m holding onto that last ounce of baby as long as I can! I’m not even anxious to potty train her and a big girl bed-I can’t even deal. So, before my baby days are behind me, I wanted to share a few recipes that come in handy when caring for a baby. Baby lotion is a staple in my home. Our winters are dry, as are our summers. 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!
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.
Johnson & Johnson is the most popular baby product brand here in the US. While they make quite the effort to keep things a bit more natural for babies sake, I still am not convinced. Making your own, ensures that your baby’s skin is getting nothing but the best, most pure ingredients.
DIY Baby Lotion
1 cup distilled water (find it HERE)
- 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.
**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 glass bottles preferably dark glass. This will also 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 oils. I rely on lavender 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! On particularly trying sleep issues I also diffuse lavender in their rooms. Find the best quality lavender HERE.
Make this lotion and rest easy that you are giving your baby the best product made with natural ingredients and of course, LOVE.