Thursday, June 11, 2009

Make your own baby essentials

Baby essentials can be really pricey, and all those things add up fast! A great way to ease the financial burden for all that baby stuff is too make your own.
Natural Baby Oil: Use pure almond oil. Its hypoallergenic and has a warming effect on the body. If your baby is allergic to seed or nut oil, use olive oil. For babies 6 months and older you can experiment by adding essential oils to the base oil. Store in a clean glass container.
Baby Wipes: Cut a roll of paper towels in half so you have two small rolls. Remove the cardboard center. Then mix 1/4 cup almond or olive oil, 2 cups distilled water, and 1/4 cup baby shampoo, adding a few drops of essential oils is optional. Now place a short roll of paper towels into a waterproof, air tight container (you can use an empty wipes container) Now pour the solution over the paper towels. Places lid on your container and gently shake it around so it can absorb.
Baby Food: Take you fruit or veggie of choice and steam until soft. Add softened food to a food processor (or Magic Bullet) and mix until smooth. If the food is too pasty, add some of the water used to steam the food. Store in a ice cube tray until frozen, then transfer to an airtight freezer container. Each cube is 2oz of baby food. Note: it is not recommended to make baby carrot food due to the risk of nitrates.
Diaper Rash Ointment: Mix 1/2 cup sweet almond oil or olive oil, 2-3 drops lavender oil, 2-3 drops tea tree oil, and 4 Tablespoons water. Transfer to a jar or bottle to use for applying to baby to ease a red bottom or diaper rash

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