Must Have Baby Recipes

Today I am sharing some of my favorite DIY baby and small children recipes using your Young Living essential oils! One of the main reasons I got into essential oils was the option to make my own products and cut out all the unnecessary crap I find in over-the-counter, commercial products. Not only do I hate using bad products on myself, I LOATHE using them on my child…my motherly instinct just wants the best for him.

Making your own products doesn’t have to be difficult! If you have a kitchen mixer and coconut oil, you can make anything with it!! Well, not anything… but for the most part, many of my go-to recipes (for adults & kids) are coconut oil based that I mix using my kitchen mixer. Others are simple enough to just mix by hand or by shaking the ingredients together. Super easy, and super fast. That’s my motto for these easy DIYs.

 

Diaper Rash Recipe:

Anyone with a baby knows at some point they are most likely to get a bad diaper rash. Whether it was because of something they ate or the flu, it happens and you want to be prepared. This recipe is a quick one but boy, does it work!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 4 drops Gentle Baby
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 1 drop Melrose

First I take the coconut oil and whip it until it’s fluffy and soft using my kitchen mixer. Then I slowly add in the essential oils, mix and store in a glass container with a lid. It’s great for bum rashes and even heat rashes. It’s very soothing on the skin.

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Baby Powder Recipe:

Everyone has those extra sweaty days, especially if you or you’re child is a heat box, so I love this safe and non-toxic substitute for commercial baby powder.Plus you get to cut out a ton of ingredients  you don’t need and it’s super affordable.

Ingredient ratio:

Combine ratio to your desire. Sift together and store in a container with a shaker lid (like this one here)

Depending on how big your powder shaker, use this ratio for lovely smelling, sweat absorbing powder. Typically I make 4 tablespoons of Arrowroot Powder to 10 drops of Lavender (or Gentle Baby). On hot summer days, this mom even puts it between her legs to prevent leg chaffing, I am not a dress person so when I do wear them, this is a must!

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Bubble Bath Recipe:

No better way to end a busy day by taking a warm bath with homemade bubble bath. Because this recipe is sulfate free, it doesn’t bubble up as much as commercial baby products but thankfully, it is extremely moisturizing and won’t dry out your baby’s precious skin.

Ingredients:

Combine glycerin, Castile soap & water, swirl gently. Add coconut oil & essential oils of your choice. Mix. Store in container with tight-fitting lid. I often clean and re-use old bottles.

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Baby Shampoo Recipe:

One can’t take a bath without washing that messy hair!

Ingredients:

In a 16 oz bottle, combine castle soap, vegetable glycerin, fractionated carrier oil and essential oils of your choice. Top with water and shake vigorously. Use as needed during bath time.

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Baby Wipe Recipe:

If you love to make your own products, this is a fun one to make for your baby. Some baby’s are more sensitive than others so if you’re struggling keeping your baby’s bum rash free, this might be one to try.

Ingredients:

Combine warm water, soap and coconut oil and set aside to cool. Cut paper towel in half to make two rolls (like toilet paper) using a sharp knife and discard cardboard insert. Save other half of the roll to make as a refill. Add essential oils to the water mixture and stir. Lavender is great for healthy skin support and Tea Tree is great to keep it from molding. Shove towels into a glass jar or container and pour mixture over the towels. Let the towels absorb the mixture for at least 15 minutes before using.

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Diffuser Recipes:

One of the best and easiest ways for small children to get the benefits of essential oils is to diffuse different recipes throughout your home! I have a diffuser in my kitchen, where I diffuse Thieves essential oil every day to support our immune systems. I also diffuse in our bedrooms at night to support a healthy sleep schedule. In my son’s room, I usually diffuse 2-4 drops of Lavender and 1 drop Thieves every night.

Here are some other great kid recipes!

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Roller Ball Recipes:

If your child isn’t close to a diffuser, another way to get the benefits of essential oils is to make roller blends by diluting essential oils and applying them directly to your baby or children’s feet. For small and new baby’s, the feet is the first place you should be using essential oils because our feet are less sensitive than any other place on our body. Just remember baby recipes need to be diluted more than bigger kids, so for new babies, I would cut these ratios in half or add more carrier oil. When my son was 0-3 month, I would only use 1-2 drops of Lavender oil to a ¼ cup of coconut oil to rub on his feet before bedtime, and have slowly increased it, as he has gotten older. A few drops of Thieves and coconut oil is also great for supporting little one’s immune systems, especially when/if they start daycare.

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Fun Treats:

NingXia Red is a tasty YL drink that is full of antioxidants.

1 oz is equal to eating:

  • 93 Apples
  • 59 Broccoli Florets
  • 100 Oranges
  • 10.85 lbs of Spinach
  • 34 large Onions
  • 55.33 lbs of Almonds
  • 22 medium Carrots
  • 814 Blueberries
  • 73 medium Strawberries

Awesome, right? I give this juice most of the credit on why my 2 year old has never had the flu and has only had two runny nose’s in his life. He loves his daily serving of “juice.”

These fun recipes with NingXia Red are healthy but nummy treats that can overall help support your child’s growing body.

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Non-toxic Activities:

Kids put EVERYTHING in their month, and it drives me nuts! So here is a safe play dough recipe that uses essential oils. For older children, diffuser necklaces are great to wear to school to support concentration by using essential oils that promote focus.

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I hope you all enjoy some of my favorite kid recipes! Happy DIY-ing!

-Jenna

Homemade Sunblock Recipe

With the summer sunshine ramping up, I thought I would share a homemade sunblock recipe. Since most store-bought sunscreens (regular kinds & organic kinds) contain unpleasant ingredients, the research and debate on store-bought vs. homemade can be overwhelming!

Conventional sunscreens are packed full of toxins or endocrine disrupting chemicals that can promote skin cancer growth and free radical production in the body. Sound appealing, right? The sunscreen alters your skin to make it sun-resistant. Even when the “waterproof” creams rinse off, while your swimming or sweating, you’re still protected from the sun because of the chemicals absorbed in your skin. For more safety information on the sunscreen you are currently using, click HERE.

On the other hand, most homemade sunblock contains Zinc Oxide, which also can be controversial. From what I am learning, Zinc Oxide must be a certain size for it not to absorb into the skin and enter into the bloodstream. You don’t want Zinc Oxide to enter your bloodstream or get into your lungs because that too, can be bad for you. Zinc Oxide is a great sunBLOCKER if used properly. Sunblock also has a lower SPF so you’ll need to reapply more often and sometimes can leave your skin white or lighter. Can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on who you’re applying it too. For small (BUSY) children, it’s nice to see where you are putting it!

I will let you do your research here and let you decide what it best for your family and I will get you TWO different recipes, one that contains Zinc Oxide, one that does not.

Some ingredients with natural SPF:

  • Coconut Oil SPF: 4-6
  • Almond Oil SPF: ~5
  • Zinc Oxide SPF: 2-20 depending on much you add into your mix
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF: 35-40
  • Shea Butter SPF: 4-6

 

Homemade Sunblock:

  • 2 oz Coconut Oil (contains natural SPF properties)
  • 2 oz Shea Butter (naturally protects skin)
  • 2 oz Beeswax (The wax helps make it waterproof! More beeswax=thicker, less beeswax=smoother)
  • 1 Tbsp Zinc Oxide (Make sure you DO NOT breathe this in! I recommend wearing a mask if necessary! If you add more Zinc Oxide, the SPF will be stronger and vise-versa. You can purchase it HERE or HERE just make sure its NON-NANO)
  • 20 drops Carrot Seed essential oil (helps with sun protection)
  • 15 drops Myrrh essential oil (helps with sunburn prevention)
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil (great for soothing skin)

***ONLY USE YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS!***

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. of Red Raspberry Seed Oil (high natural SPF)
  • 1 tsp. Vitamin E oil (nourishes & moisturizes skin)

Directions: Using the double boiler method, combine coconut oil, shea butter & beeswax until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in zinc oxide powder. Once smooth with no clumps, add Young Living essential oils (and red raspberry seed oil/vitamin E if necessary). Quickly pour mixture into reusable squeeze tubes or a glass jar. Apply often and liberally to exposed skin. Reapply every 3-4 hours, or more if swimming or sweating.

 

Homemade Sunblock (Zinc Oxide Free):

  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil
  • 20 drops Carrot Seed
  • 15 drops Myrrh
  • 10 drops Lavender

Directions: Combine all ingredients and mix with a hand blender. Store in a glass jar and apply liberally and often.

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Natural Baby Bum Cream

Babies!! I LOVE babies! There is another hatching going on among my friends and Facebook community and no this does NOT mean I have something to tell you! Frankly, I would like to wait until this fall to start trying for Totten baby number two. I am so excited for everyone though and so far everyone I know that is pregnant (that is 20 weeks or more) is having a girl and I am just pumped! Girl stuff is so fun and way easier to shop for than boy stuff. I swear every baby store has about 10x the amount of cute baby girl stuff than boy stuff. It is really irritating. HELLOOOOO! Don’t they know I like to shop for my cute baby (I guess I should say toddler) boy too!?!? Anyways, rant over. My husband just better hope we have another boy and not a girl because I will be in pink heaven. Oh and I also cannot wait to buy pink stuff for all my friends who I am living vicarious through, so thank you.

Since I have so many new mommy-to-be friends I thought I would share this recipe for DIY diaper rash cream. I made it a WHOLE year without Jase getting diaper rash. Half of the reason is probably because he screamed bloody murder until I changed his pants until he was 8 months old or so. He was not a fan of wet pants but I can’t blame him. He also didn’t really start to get adventurous with his food until he was one and he was a breastfed baby (which I am a believer that mama’s milk digests a lot easier and helps keep things more regular). So it wasn’t until about a month ago he got his first rash and let me tell you, I love this stuff! It worked so fast and I could tell it felt so soothing on his little bum.

Natural Bum Cream

1 cup organic coconut oil

7 drops of Lavender

3 drops Melrose

2 drops Frankincense

2 drops Roman Chamomile

2 drops Gentle Baby

In a mixer whip coconut oil until is looks fluffy, mix in Young Living essentials oils and store in a glass container. Use when your baby’s bum needs some extra TLC!

 

If anyone is looking for more resources on using essential oils with babies I highly recommend the book, “Gentle Babies,” by Debra Raybern. It is a must have is you have small children and want to incorporate essential oils into their daily routines. Mine sits on my nightstand!

To all my nesting mothers, I hope this recipe finds you. I’m so excited for all of these little babies to enter into the world. Congrats mommies!!!! (Oh and if you are not a DIYer, Young Living has an amazing product made just for baby bums, Tender Tush. This stuff also works wonders when it comes to diaper rashes and I have even heard of mothers putting it on their bellies to help fade their baby marks. I am not sure why I haven’t tried this but I’m going to start! Tender Tush is a little spendy and is always running out of stock so that is why I prefer to make my own.)

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