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.
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.
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.
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).