Make Your Own Baby Wipes

To prepare a roll of paper towels to become baby wipes, cut it in half so you have two short rolls and remove the cardboard center. Place a short roll in an airtight, water-proof container (like an old baby wipe box or tupperware container), and pour the solution over the towels. Put the lid back on the box and turn it upside down so the solution is absorbed. Blue shop towels have been recommended by mothers for this. The solution could be kept in a jar and cloth towels dipped in it.

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Lisa's Baby Wipes

1/8 - 1/4 c oil (mineral or baby oil) 1/8 - 1/4 c baby shampoo

1-1/2 - 2 cups water 8 drops of lavender oil

5 drops of tea tree oil (optional) roll paper towels

Add the baby shampoo last, mix the solution gently.

Another Baby Wipes Recipe

2-1/4 cups water 2 tbsp baby shampoo

1 tbsp baby oil 1 roll paper towels, cut in half

Anti-fungal Baby Wipes

1/2 c. distilled water 1/4 c. vinegar

1/4 c. aloe vera gel 1 TBS. calendula oel

1 drop lavender essential oil 1 drop tea tree essential oil

Note: If baby has a really red, raw diaper rash omit the vinegar.

Heavenly Baby Massage Oil

4 ounces of oil (olive, almond, apricot, or sunflower)

5 drops lavender essential oil 5 drops orange essential oil

Pour your ingredients right into the bottle you're going to use to dispense the massage oils. Just give a good shake to blend the oils and you're all set. For a different scent, use rose essential oil in place of lavender and orange.

Calendula Baby Oil

8 ounces of oil (olive, almond, apricot, or sunflower)

1 ounce calendula flowers

Place the oil and calendula flowers in a crock pot on low temperature for about 4 hours to extract the beneficial properties of the calendula into the oil. Check very carefully that your oil is not getting too hot! Allow the oil to cool and then strain it using cheese cloth or a gauze diaper. You can add a few drops of essential oils if you like. Try 5-10 drops each of orange and lavender or chamomile. For the ultimate luxury use rose essential oil Calendula is healing and soothing to the skin. It is excellent for massaging your babies! Calendula oil is also good for helping prevent the over-growth of yeast in the diaper area.

Teething ointment

ounce pure vegetable glycerin or vegetable oil

2 drops essential oil of clove

Add one drop of clove to your glycerin and shake it until it is well blended. Test it on yourself to make sure it is not too strong before adding another drop. Glycerin is very sweet so it makes the remedy a bit more appealing.