You may wonder what’s in commercial baby wipes and if they can irritate your infant’s sensitive skin. Personally, I find that the baby wipes I get from the shop aggravate (if not cause) nappie rash.
I found that by using homemade wipes (essential oil mix), nappie rash was no longer a problem. You can use something like paper towels if you just want to control what’s on the wipe and for budget reasons, or if you are feeling environmentally friendly you could cut up some of those old fashioned flannel nappies, PJs or sheets. Probably a good idea to hem them on the sewing machine or overlocker as they will fray. When it comes to washing, I treat them like my cloth nappies- no soaking or stain remover, just straight into the wash!
When you use homemade baby wipes recipes you can either make your wipes solution in a spray bottle or put it right in the wipes container (Hold on to your old Huggies wipes dispenser!).
Essential Oils Recipe
- 2 Drops Tea Tree Oil or Eucalyptus Oil (both are natural antibactirials)
- 2 Drops Lavender Oil (Please be sure to use only pure essential oils – don’t use synthetic oils.)
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Cups Water (boiled then cooled)
Mix well in a spray bottle or your wipes box. Spritz on wipe before using if in spray bottle. Swish solution around over wipes if using a wipes container. Squeeze out excess before you put them at the change table or you can squeeze out excess each time you use one!
You might also like to add 2 drops of chamomile oil and/or the contents of a Vitamin E oil capsule to this mix.
Aloe Vera Recipe
- 1/4 Cup Aloe Vera Gel
- 2 Drops Tea Tree Oil or Eucalyptus Oil
- 2 Cups boiled water (still hot)
Stir or shake until this recipe is well mixed. Don’t use until the mixture cools. Spritz on wipe before using if in spray bottle. Swish solution around over wipes if using a wipes box.