Our family is making a transition to a paper-free household. We’re using cloth in place of all the paper we used to use (once we get this method perfect, I’ll post about it). One of the first things to go was baby wipes. Why buy something disposable and chemical-laden when you can make something reusable and natural? This is my favorite recipe for baby butt spray (found at Simple Mom):
2 tbsp. All-natural baby shampoo or grated castille soap
1 tbsp. Olive oil
1 c. warm water
a few drops of lavender essential oil
We mix this up in a spray bottle and keep it by the changing station. When we change a diaper, we shake the bottle, spray her butt and wipe with a washcloth. Then the cloth goes in the diaper pail to be laundered.
Make sure that you are using an all-natural baby bath and/or shampoo. Recent studies are linking baby toiletries with carcinogens, although in trace amounts (see below for article links). But who wants to volunteer their baby for the risk? I’ve just discovered how versatile castile soap really is…and how wonderful it is for your skin and hair. You can find it in almost any scent (I love Dr. Bronner’s lemon & peppermint) or buy the cheap stuff (Kirk’s @ 89 cents/bar), grate it & add your own essential oils.
*If you are wondering how safe your baby products are, check this out: