Your newborn baby is probably the most precious thing in the whole world to you (or one of, if you have more kids). As a mother living in today’s world you are very aware of what sorts of things you expose your kids to. If you’ve read the ingredients on the bottles of baby lotions and creams, then you’re probably worried about chemicals too.
You can replace many of your store bought baby products with a natural, chemical-free alternative – coconut oil. Coconut oil is gaining huge momentum worldwide for being a super oil – containing anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Not only will it save you money, it will be better for the planet and better for your baby’s skin.
Coconut is a natural, delicious smelling moisturiser that can be used in a variety of ways, here are some ideas:
Coconut Oil Use #1: Nappy Rash Cream
Coconut oil is the perfect way to treat nappy rash naturally. There’s no risk of it making the rash worse, because it’s not full of chemicals like some store bought nappy rash creams. All you need to do, is apply coconut oil to the affected area. The thick oil will act as a barrier and prevent any further irritation, and the coconut oil will nourish and treat the irritated skin. Coconut oil is anti-fungal and so can even be used to treat yeast infections. Another added bonus is that coconut oil will not ruin cloth nappies, unlike some other nappy rash treatments.
Coconut Oil Use #2: Body Lotion
Your baby’s skin is probably soft enough without you needing to cover him in any lotions or creams, but if your baby needs a little help, coconut oil is the perfect natural moisturiser. For example, some babies suffer dry patches in the creases of their neck, a quick dab of coconut oil will help to keep the area moisturised while protecting the skin from further irritation.
Coconut Oil Use #3: Baby Wash
Babies can get very messy, especially after dinner, especially if you’re following baby led weaning! Instead of using chemicals to clean your baby, find yourself a bar of Baby and Me soap from Nourish Natural Soap. This creamy soap is gentle on baby’s skin and yours and comes packed with 25% cocoa and shea butter. Both of these potent vegetable butters are superb moisturizers with healing properties for the skin. No essential oils has been added as fragrance because the coconut oil and cocoa butter provide a delicious natural scent of their own.
Coconut Oil Use #4: Cradle Cap Treatment
Coconut oil can be used as a natural treatment for cradle cap. All you need to do is massage the oil into your baby’s scalp and leave in for about 20 minutes. The coconut oil will act as a moisturiser and will loosen the cradle cap flakes while nourishing the scalp. After twenty minutes, rinse the coconut oil off and use a soft brush to gently comb the hair and remove any loose flakes.
Coconut Oil Use #5: Baby Massage Oil
We’ve all heard about the benefits of baby massage. As well as strengthening the bond between parent and baby, the massaging can also relax baby in time for bed. Some baby massage oils are actually made from petroleum – not something many mums would knowingly want to rub into their newborn’s skin. To make your own natural baby massage cream, simply take one part coconut oil and one part olive oil, mix together and, if you wish, add two drops of a natural essential oil. Lavender is a good one to choose because it aids relaxation.
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