Saturday, March 3, 2012

Homemade Diaper Cream

Homemade Diaper Cream

Even the most diligent of parents cannot escape a diaper rash or two on their baby. When your baby does get a diaper rash, you want to make sure that what you are slathering on contains only natural and safe ingredients.


Many commercial diaper creams have toxic ingredients such as BHA, fragrance, methylparaben, and boric acid; just these four ingredients are linked to everything from allergies to cellular changes to cancer! Even some of the more natural diaper creams may contain not so great ingredients.

On top of the ingredients, there is also the cloth diaper issue to think about. If you use certain diaper creams on cloth diapers they will become ruined as the cream will coat the insert and then cause the diaper to repel instead of absorb liquid.

However, what if I told you there was a recipe that contained just 1 ingredient that easily replace diaper creams and is safe for baby and cloth diapers? What is that one amazing ingredients? Coconut Oil! Ah yes, coconut oil. What can’t that stuff do?! Since coconut is antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial this is a wonderful choice for diaper creams. In addition to it’s healing properties it is also a great moisturizer.

Now you can just keep a jar of coconut oil on the changing table, as that is what I have done for over a year now. However, coconut oil can get pretty hard during the cooler months making it a bit more annoying to use. Which brings us to whipped coconut oil. I’d hardly call this a recipe as there really is only one ingredient however, taking a few minutes to whip up coconut oil is well worth it. The texture is amazing and you can scoop it out much easier.


Whipped Coconut Oil Diaper Cream

Coconut Oil – amount simply depends on how much you want to make.

Directions:
Place your coconut oil (no need to soften it up, just use as is) in a mixer, food processor, bowl with a hand held mixer, or possibly a good blender. (For the record, I use a food processor)

Mix/blend away until you get a nice whipped consistency. That’s it! After you have your whipped coconut oil, place in a container and you are ready to go.


Note: Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees so whether it is whipped or not, it will still soften or melt in the summer.

Variations: There are other ingredients that you can add to your diaper cream if you would like. Some of the more popular optional ingredients are: Vitamin E, lavender essential oil, chamomile essential oil, or calendula.


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