Natural Baby Care Guide

 

Keeping your baby healthy and happy is easy to do when you use natural organic baby products that won’t irritate your baby’s skin or upset your baby’s tummy.

Natural Baby Care

It is very calming and assuring to know rest that everything your baby comes in contact with is natural. In this day and age, keeping it natural is easy to do if you’re mindful and actively search for the best selling natural organic products.

When you wash your baby’s clothes, natural laundry detergents are really the way to go. Using detergents that say “free” usually means that they’re mostly natural, so be sure to due your homework diligently.

There are great detergent options out there for parents that are created to be safe for baby clothes. But if you still don’t trust that, there’s always homemade detergent as an option.

Home made baby detergent* In order to make a safe homemade detergent, you will need baking soda, borax, soap flakes, and essential oils (Lavender, orange, lemon, and grapefruit are great for laundry).  Take 16 cups of baking soda, 12 cups of the borax, and 8 cups of the soap flakes and mix.  Once they’re all mixed together, take 3 tablespoons of essential oils and mix with a wire whisk until everything is evenly distributed.  Use 1 – 1 ¼ cup per load.

Once your baby can eat solid foods, you’ll want to make sure you go organic with those also. You can easily make it at home.  There are tons of recipes for organic baby food. (Always check with your doctor that it is okay to use a recipe as a safety measure).

Before your baby moves on to solids, there are still many ways in which your baby can eat organically.  There’s formula available that’s made with all-natural ingredients.

Beyond the actual feed, you should also use types of bottles made from organic material. Glass and BPA free bottles are what you should look for.

There are even ways to stay organic and natural with diaper changing (and help the environment too).  Instead of using disposable diapers, use cloth!

Your baby will be using approximately 8-12 diapers per day alone, throwing them away really adds up (it also adds up in your bank account).  Using cloth diapers is no less sanitary than disposable diapers, contrary to popular belief.

Check out this great article: 6 Reasons Why Cloth Diapers Are Better Than Disposables (And 1 Reason Why They Ain’t)

There are also organic baby wipes that won’t be harsh to the soft skin of your baby’s bottom and they aren’t much more expensive than regular baby wipes.

Creating a Natural Baby Nursery

Creating a natural baby nursery is easy and simple to do once you know what to look for.

Baby Nursery

When you are considering the color of the room also consider the paints that you choose.  Many paints contain VOC, a chemical that can be harmful to your baby once the paint dries and the chemicals are released into the air.

Wherever you go for your pain, make sure you ask for paints that are either low in or have no VOCs in them.

When your choosing the crib for your baby’s natural baby nursery look for cribs made with solid wood with (again) low VOC finishes or paints.

Cribs made of laminated or pressed wood can secretly release formaldehyde into the air in your baby’s nursery.  Formaldehyde is released from the type of glue that’s used in those types of cribs.

The same deal applies to your diaper changing table. Just steer away from furniture made with laminated or pressed wood, and VOC finishes or paints.

Natural Baby Clothes

Your baby’s skin is very soft and also very prone to irritation and infection. When shopping for natural baby clothes, look for 100% organic or natural cotton.

Cute Baby Clothes

Cotton clothing for your baby can be both breathable and cozy.

Cotton is a fabric that can be cleaned very, making it great for newborns that spit up a lot. Cotton is also great for toddlers who known for there messy nature!

There are tons of places now online that sell organic baby clothing from comfy hats right down to socks and booties.  Organic Egyptian cotton is like a cloud to touch and won’t irritate the skin.

Other natural baby clothing fabrics include wool or fiber from any animal coat – including sheep or llama. This type of fabric ensures warmth in the winter months for your baby.

Wool clothing is infamous for being itchy, however many clothing manufactures have perfected the manufacturing of wool to feel soft and cozy rather than itchy. Wool can be a little costly but is good to have if you live in a colder area.

Silk is another great natural fabric you can use that comes from the cocoon of the silk worm. Silk baby clothes are more affordable than wool, but will cost you a bit more than cotton.

Baby clothes made from linen are almost always 100% natural because the fabric itself is from a fiber called flax.  Linen is affordable, very comfortable and best if you live in the warmer regions because linen is light and airy.

Other super-organic baby clothes include those that are made with Hemp, Ramie, or Jute.  The composition of hemp is very similar to that of linen, except for the fact that it’s a little warmer.  Hemp fabric is known to withstand water and juice spills better than any other textile product, but does wrinkle easily.

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