If you have always wanted to try some at home recipes and remedies for your baby, this guide will help you create those perfect options that are both cost effective and filled with less chemicals than store bought products. You can use the remedies to cure coughs and fevers, or help dry skin with daily household items that usually just take up space in your cupboard. Whatever ails your baby, or if you simply prefer a more natural approach, these 7 ideas can be added to your care regime.
Use a blender or food processor to blend oatmeal into a powder. Draw your baby a bath, and as the water is still filling up add around half a cup of oatmeal. The water should grow opaque - let your baby soak in it to relieve dry, itchy skin.
Steam Room In The Shower
Rather than using a humidifier, if your baby has a cough or their nose is plugged up, you can run a hot shower in the bathroom and keep the door closed to create a steam room. You can hold your infant inside the steam to help relieve symptoms.
Prunes For Constipation
If your baby is struggling to go to the bathroom, you can mix prunes in with their food to help ease constipation.
Chamomile Tea For Upset Stomachs
It is not recommended to give infants under 6 months chamomile, but for babies older than that it can help calm stomach issues. You can give them up to two ounces according to parents.com, once it has cooled to room temperature or below.
Cold Washcloth For Teething
If your baby is struggling with teething discomfort, you can give them a washcloth that has been wet and then frozen for a short amount of time so it is firm but not completely hard. Make sure to use a clean fresh cloth.
Chamomile For Teething
You can also use this miracle tea for teething relief by freezing the brewed tea in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, put the ice cubes in a soft, baby safe cloth that you can tie shut so they can chew on the cool tincture.
Homemade baby laundry detergent
If you worry about your baby’s sensitive skin and want to skip the chemicals found in store bought detergent, you can grab the following ingredients and make your own. Recipes vary, but these basic items will help make a baby-friendly mixture.
- Castile soap
- Washing Soda
- Bar Soap
Grate the bar soap (a recipe on momlovesbest.com calls for 15 oz) then mix with washing soda. You can use a food processor or blender until the two form a powder.