Faye’s skin is extremely sensitive. Unusually sensitive. We’re talking so sensitive that being in a wet cloth diaper for less than two minutes gave her a diaper rash (or dare I say, “diaper burn”) even though she was lathered in cream. Poor thing. From that moment on, my infant cloth stash that took weeks to research was sadly packed away, we switched to the most natural disposable we could find, and made sure to use a high grade/wet barrier diaper rash cream at every change.
I’m a big proponent of using natural products on myself and an even bigger advocate of doing so on infants. I also get a kick out of DIY projects and being able to whip an item up in a few minutes should we run out of something. (Which is also why I LOVE cloth wipes and homemade solution.)
With Faye strapped to my front facing out so she could clearly see what was going on, I made a diaper cream and a diaper spray. (I’ll post the spray later this week.) They only took minutes to put together and I love them both. Because of her sensitive skin I use the cream over the spray when she’ll be in a diaper for more than 2 hours.
The ingredient list is a little specific, but you’ll more than likely have a kid in diapers for at least two years and the ingredients can be used for many more baby health care DIY projects.
DIY NATURAL DIAPER RASH CREAM – adapted from Wellness Mama
- 20 g non-nano uncoated Zinc Oxide
- 20 g Bentonite Clay
- 7 drops lavender essential oil
- 3 drops chamomile essential oil
- 3 drops calendula essential oil
Lidded container (I use specialtybottle.com. They have a giant selection of clear, amber, and blue glass as well as doublewalled plastics.)
Use either a double boil OR put a medium sized pot with 1 inch of water on the stove. Get a metal or glass bowl and put it on top of the pot (the bowl should be big enough that the edge of it hangs over the pot). Put the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax into the bowl. Turn the heat to medium & bring the water to a boil.
As soon as the wax, butter, and oil are fully melted, remove from the heat and stir in the zinc, clay, and essential oils. Put the bowl in the fridge for two minutes. At two minutes, stir the contents. Repeat this cool down/stir process until the mixture has cooled (another 1-3 times). Pour the mixture into a container with a lid. Store covered for up to 3 months.
This mixture creates a water barrier, so it is a little bit of a pain to clean your utensils, but not impossible. I get some paper towels and wipe down both my spoon and the bowl first. (Your spoon should now be good to go in the dishwasher.) Then, I add some dish detergent and hot water to the bowl and let it sit for a minute or two. Dump the water out and wipe with more paper towels. Repeat. After two of these hot soapy water sessions, my bowl tends to be quite clean and I can wash normally.