I’ve done a couple entries in the past on homemade diaper wipes and diaper ointments. I’m always testing out new things, but I’ve been sticking with the same solution for some time now, so I figured it’s time to share!
A friend of mine turned me on to calendula flowers, which are part of the marigold family. These flowers can be very soothing for irritated skin, and they also aid in healing. I learned to make my own calendula ointment, which I add to water for my baby’s diaper wipes. Here’s what I do:
Take about a cup of dried calendula. (Make sure it’s truly calendula and not ordinary marigolds. I get mine from the health food store.) Place it in a clean jar, and cover it with olive oil. Cap the jar tightly. Every day for at least a week, turn the jar over a few times to help mix. After at least a week has passed, strain the oil through cheesecloth.
I add a couple tablespoons of this oil to about two cups of water. This water I keep by the changing table. On the changing table shelf is a basket full of those tiny baby washcloths. I just dunk one of those in my solution, and voila! A healthy baby butt, no chemicals!
Be careful – no double dipping. Besides, if you don’t double dip, this solution is great for other wipe-ups as well. You know, that glob of dried sweet potato you find stuck to your baby’s thigh. Or maybe a little patch of dry skin that could use some help. Okay, I admit – I’ve even used it as a sort of furniture polish to dust my baby’s room. Totally nontoxic, and the olive oil is nice on the wood.
I’ve also been keeping an aloe plant on the dresser near the changing table. If my son’s bottom does start showing a little more distress than usual, there’s aid right there. Break off a little tip of the aloe leaf, squeeze out the jelly, and apply it to the irritated skin.
So there you have it – another option for taking care of your baby’s backside! If you have any other natural remedies for rashes, or you make your own wipes, share here. I’d love to hear what other natural moms are doing.