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Going Green and Natural with Your Baby?

Here are a few of my favorite things

by relaxnsmile  |  3900 views  |  3 comments  |        Rate this now! 

It might seem like an overwhelming list of "to-dos" -- and you can be sure I reach for mainstream commercial products from time to time -- but I'm trying to use all-natural products for my baby.

Food

My sister recommended the book Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron, and I started making the cereals from the book a little late, but they are super easy to do and I would recommend giving them a try. I used a normal coffee grinder (not a blender) to grind the rice, oats, flaxseed, and such. In fact, I'm still using the book as it has chapters on toddler meals, too.

Another favorite food-information source is wholesomebabyfood.com; they have a downloadable chart on solid foods that is a great (free) resource. I made almost all of DB's baby food -- just tasting canned baby food was enough motivation! I would make one batch of something every weekend, freeze it in regular ice cube trays, and use it up in about six weeks. Even if you are a work at home mom, like I am, you can do it if you can find 30 minutes in a weekend. Just have five minutes? Mash and freeze avocado or banana for a quick nutritous baby snack.

Baby Wipes

Here is recipe for homemade baby wipes, adapted from one my sister gave me. Brand new babies have such sensitive skin, and when DB had diaper rash this was a godsend. Just reading the list of chemicals in most baby wipes sends me running for the hills.

1 roll of heavy-duty paper towels

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp scented natural baby massage oil

1 tsp white vinegar

1 tsp fragrance-free baby wash

1 1/2 cup boiling water

Cut the roll of paper towels in half, right through the cardboard tube, so you have two short rolls. Combine all the other ingredients with a whisk. Place roll in an airtight, water-proof container (like an airtight food canister or a recycled baby wipes container) and pour the liquid mixture over the paper towels. Put the lid back on the container and turn it upside down so the solution is absorbed overnight. Remove the cardboard tubes, and the wipes will pull out from the middle!

ou can substitute the ingredients listed with any neutral oil, and any gentle baby soap. The vinegar keeps the wipes from mildewing, and prevents yeast infections for the baby, but can be omitted.

Cleaning Products

I've replaced most cleaners in my house with a 50-percent white vinegar solution. It cleans everything and is non-toxic. This idea is also gleaned from the Super Baby Food book, which has a whole chapter on natural cleaning. For more elbow grease, I use wet baking soda, or for the big guns and stain removal, Magic Eraser sponges (which are full of chemicals but at least don't spray into the air).

3 comments so far...

  • Just an update -- I have tried to make the herbal baby balm on the link: http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/bathcrafts_candles/77592
    It's lovely, but I would do a few things different:
    -- put the herbs in some cheesecloth or something, the filter-over-mesh straining was messy and time consuming
    -- use 2X as much sweet almond oil, what I made was much too thick and hard

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by relaxnsmile on 23rd March 2008

  • In September 2007 I got rid of all the mainstream commercial brands and am 100% Melaleuca. Gone are the days of wearing rubber gloves and face masks to clean. Gone are the days of checking out labels to see what dangers lurk within. Melaleuca has over 350 products - I now do one stop shopping for all my consumerable products, delivered right to my door.

    Visit www.Melaleuca.com for further details.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Mary Jane on 22nd March 2008

  • Hey, thanks for these wonderful suggestions. I switched to eco-friendly cleaners, so it's great to get suggestions about what other people are using. I keep hearing people sing the praises of plain old vinegar. I must give it a try. Thrifty, too!! I'm with you on the baby toiletries, as well. The more I hear about the big name brands, the worse it gets.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Diane on 11th February 2008

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