August 28, 2017 at 12:31 am #23710
My brother and his wife are having a baby in October and I’d really like to make them some things for the baby and the new mom. I’ve only started this DIY (with skin care at least) a few months ago so I’d love some guidance and what to make and also any favorite recipes you have for things. I will not be selling anything I make so if you share your recipe with me please know that it will only be used to make my new niece or nephew happy and not to put money in my pocket.
I did a search for “baby” on this blog and found 2 recipes. Any other blogs you recommend that have good recipes? Don’t feel I’m advanced enough to formulate my own stuff as I’ve only made a few lip balms, some bath salts, cleansing oils, and face scrubs. And I hate to be too negative but are there any blogs you’d stay away from? I love that anyone can post anything on the internet and I hate that anyone can post anything on the internet. Great when people share their knowledge but as we all know some people aren’t as knowledgeable as they think they are. This seems to be especially true when it comes to DIY bodycare stuff. Sometimes as a newbie its hard to know what info is bogus and what info is legit.
I figure it is probably best to stay away from putting essential oils in anything for baby and stick to ingredients that are already scented, beeswax, cocoa butter etc. Anyone want to share their experience with this? I’ve taken care of children for decades as a nanny, preschool teacher etc but haven’t ever had my own child so not sure what products or ingredients are better or worse. And do not worry I won’t take anyone’s advice as medical advice I plan on doing my own research as well but if everyone says their kid got a rash from x, y, or z then its certainly something to keep in mind.August 29, 2017 at 2:02 pm #23723
For infants, I generally tend to shy away from making anything for them other than soap. So I can’t be a help there.
What I can tell you is about essential oils and infants and my opinion. Many folks will tell you that you should use a quarter of the amount you would use on an adult and that is an acceptable guideline for infants. To be honest with you, I think infant’s stuff shouldn’t be scented. When I make baby soap, I liberally sprinkle the tops with lavender buds. That’s where the scent comes from. In this day and age where all eyes are on “fragrance” and people bow at the altar of essential oils, you may not always get what you are paying for. Especially in ways essential oils are displayed in a shop. I worry about purity, age, strength, and such.
The above are my worries. Cyn is the Lady of the Essential Oils, she would be the best person to chime in on this topic.
For products, I made a slew of them for a friends baby this past Spring, and I’ve nagged the mom and the dad to give me some reports, and they gave no feedback. One of the things I did, was to put sweet almond oil into a plastic toner bottle with a flip top lid. This way after a baby bath, baby could be massaged down with almond oil as many informative sites said almond oil was the better option. The flip top lid was so whomever was bathing the kid, didn’t have to fiddle.
Sorry I couldn’t be more help!September 6, 2017 at 11:03 pm #23825
Thanks Penny. I definitely do not plan on adding essential oils for any baby products. I have what seems to be a pretty good & scientifically based book on essential oils, carrier oils etc. that said infants under 6 months shouldn’t use products with essential oils. I realize babies are very sensitive and that is exactly why I’d like to make some stuff. If you read the labels on the commercial stuff some of it is a bit scary. Would be nice to make some simple stuff like a body butter bar etc.
Giving plain carrier oils is a great idea. Wondering if infused oils would be good too. Made some calendula infused grapeseed oil but am almost out. But recently bought more calendula and some chamomile and have grapeseed oil, rice bran oil, sweet almond oil, safflower oil, and probably some others I can’t think of right now.
If anyone has any other thoughts I’d love to hear them.September 17, 2017 at 9:58 am #23868
I can’t be of much help to you. My daughter, now 12, was a Johnson & Johnson baby, the same as I was. And we’re still alive and well! It wasn’t until I started using some of my homemade stuff on her did I notice reactions and rashes on her body. She also gets rashes from the essential oils used to scent my homemade CP soap, which aren’t much because I don’t like strongly scented cosmetics. But everyone’s experiences are different. Handmade Magazine did an issue a few month’s ago about handmade baby products. If you can get your hands on a copy of that, it might give you some good ideas. If you purchase ingredients from Wholesale Supplies Plus, you get free electronic copies of the magazine. Sorry I can’t help more.September 17, 2017 at 10:16 am #23870
Calendula infused oil is great for babies! When I was 11 my mother had another baby and I remember massaging her with calendula infused oil.
If you were advanced enough into using surfactants (I’m not there yet either), I’d recommend a gentle body wash/shampoo for the baby, as soap might be a bit harsh for a baby’s delicate skin.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for you!
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