DIY Diaper Rash Cream and Sleep Balm

I like making my own lotions and salves foremost because I think it’s fun, but also because I like cutting out all the extra preservatives and chemicals.  I like knowing what is touching my baby’s skin and I especially love knowing there are only three ingredients – all natural and sustainably sourced.

Awhile back I shared that I loved the new diaper cream by MadeOn Hard Lotion.  The only problem was that I couldn’t quite duplicate the recipe at home using my own ingredients.  Lucky for me Renee just published the recipe in her new baby edition of “My Buttered Life and (since I can totally follow directions) I nailed it!

I finally was able to duplicate her awesome creamy diaper rash cream.  Which was totally great for me because we go through more diaper cream than I care to admit.  It has a shelf-life of six months (unrefrigerated) and it is safe to use on cloth diapers!

As an added bonus, with all the same ingredients (plus some shea butter, jojoba oil and mineral water) I was able to make a decadent, creamy, whipped baby lotion for the family.

I think I accurately replicated a baby-safe* version of  in lotion form.  Hopefully this will help us all sleep.  Using the creamy baby lotion recipe from “My Buttered Life” I added the following essential oils:

  • Lavender – 12 drops
  • Rosemary – 9 drops
  • Balsam Fir – 9 drops
  • Sandalwood – 2 drops
  • Sweet Orange – 10 drops
  • Bay Leaf – 5 drops

Also note that instead of the prescribed cocoa butter I used shea butter (because cocoa butter has trace amounts of caffeine and that would totally counteract the purpose of my lotion) and jojoba instead of almond oil (because it is lighter and, well, it is what I had on hand.)

I am sure I could have made this as a salve using the Hard Lotion recipe (from the gift-giving edition ebook) by just reducing the amount of beeswax, but I prefer a lightly-scented creamy lotion that I can massage the kids and myself with as part of the getting-ready-for-bed routine.

So for my official review of the new baby edition of “My Buttered Life:” A+ Awesome!  Not only is it an ebook in easy printable PDF format with great recipes and easy-to-follow directions, but it has this cool chart in the middle that shows you ways to massage your baby.  Renee also includes ingredient and shopping lists with links to reputable manufacturers.

To try out a couple of great recipes on your own please enter the Giveaway below to win a copy of “My Buttered Life” for yourself!

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*It is my understanding that these oils are safe while pregnant or breastfeeding so my thought is that they are most likely safe for my baby, too.  The eBook has a more extensive list of which essential oils are safe for baby.)
** NOTE: I am not a healthcare professional nor an experienced homeopathic naturalist.  I’m a mom.  (A good mom, but not an expert :) )Please evaluate the research yourself and consult with a physician before deciding to use any essential oils on yourself or your child.

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You may also be interested in this “Detergent Recipe for Cloth Diapers” or in this post on “Leaving an Awesome Career to Become a Stay-at-Home Mom.”  Also remember to check out the book, “From Cube to Farm: Surviving and Thriving as a Stay-at-Home Mom.”

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5 Responses to DIY Diaper Rash Cream and Sleep Balm

  1. Love the idea of the Bug Balm. The thought of putting chemical insect repellent on my children scares me but I also do not want them to be eaten alive by the bugs we have on our farm. A natural solution has been hard to find so I will be trying this out. Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. Cant wait to try making my own! thanks

  3. I actually haven’t tried any of the products yet – hard to believe! I have made different things in the past myself and so I just haven’t gotten from the cart to actually checking out. Now that there is the baby ebook and I checked my stash of supplies I am definitely going to purchase that… if I don’t win it!!

  4. Can’t wait to try this, au chocoat is the best!

  5. Hi! Badger Sleep Balm is safe for babies! :)