How to Make Homemade Baby Bum Cream
Are There Good Store-bought Baby Bum Creams?
One store-bought diaper ointment I do use is Dimpleskins Bum Bum Balm and I love that it's 100% natural and organic. Although, it IS pricey at $12 for a 2 oz container. I'm sure there are other store-bought baby bum cream alternatives, what are some of your favourites?
Why Going Chemical-Free is So In Right Now
Baby skincare products like bath soap/bubbles, lotions, shampoos and even bum creams are littered with chemicals and are conveniently priced low to attract consumers trying to save money, because all the little things add up.
Children are more vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals than adults and their bodies are less capable of eliminating toxins since their immune systems and central nervous systems are still developing. Decreasing a child's exposure to chemicals could mean a lower risk of allergies and chemical sensitivities, and lower risk of cancers and other illnesses. Something must be up when products such as Johnson and Johnson Baby are recalling their bath products because they are unsafe. Environmental groups prior to 2012 alleged chemicals found in products such as the company's popular No More Tears baby shampoo released the carcinogen formaldehyde. J & J consumer health brands include Desitin for diaper rash as well as a number of adult skincare products (Aveeno, Neutrogena, RoC, Clean & Clear and Lubriderm). Johnson & Johnson are working hard to ensure their baby products are reformulated with safer ingredients by 2013 but what's to say that there may be more issues down the line?
Issues with Store-Bought Diaper Cream
Many store bought diaper creams and ointments have ingredients that are questionable and generally unpleasant. Some ingredients to watch out for are:
- Cod Liver Oil. A common ingredient in a lot of diaper creams is an effective barrier between your baby's skin and the diaper. The problem is that the cod liver oil remains on your baby's skin for a long period of time, and it smells. In fact, if you use cloth diapers and also use a baby bum cream with cod liver oil in it, all your cloth diapers will retain that fishy smell. Yuck!
- Microcrystalline Wax & Paraffin Wax. Again, these ingredients create a good barrier between your baby's skin and their diaper, but the ingredients will linger. These ingredients will also ruin cloth diapers.
- Any ingredients that are chemically based.
DIY Baby Bum Cream
Baby Bum Cream Ingredients
Baby Bum Cream Packaging
Here's what you need to package up the home-made cream like I did:
- Roll of repositionable chalkboard paper
- Chalk board pen
- Half-pint Mason jar
- White glue
Simply trace and cut out the shape you desire on the back of the chalkboard paper (sometimes lines are provided on the back)
Peel off the paper backing
Use a dab of white glue on the back of the chalkboard paper and attach it to the Mason jar.
Write the label using a chalkboard pen.
DIY Baby Bum Cream
After considering the facts, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own baby bum cream concoction. Not only was I excited to have my own 100% natural and chemical free diaper rash product, I was also excited about making the packaging cute and creative. I knew I had to do this project quickly as I had a baby shower to attend the next day and I was set on giving my new mom friend the home-made baby bum cream as part of her baby gift.
The ingredients I chose specifically for their unpretentious and lovely fragrance and for their medical usefulness. Here are the ingredients:
- Coconut Oil. This ingredient has antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.
- Calendula flowers. Calendula has a long history of use as a wound-healing and skin-soothing botanical.
- Chamemile flowers. Contain anti-inflammatory and antiphlogistic properties.
- Shea butter. Its great for sensitive skin and it has anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties.
- Corn Starch. Used to thicken the batch.
DIY Baby Bum Cream
Ingredients for Home-made DIY Baby Bum Cream
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1 tbs Calendula flowers
- 1 tbs Chamemile flowers
- 1/4 cup Shea butter, (Raw and unrefined, which gives it anti-fungal qualities)
- 1 tsp Corn starch
- Heat two inches of water over medium high heat in a double boiler or small sauce pan. Melt the coconut oil in a glass bowl or double boiler top above the boiling water. Add the calendula and chamomile flowers and keep the heat going on low/medium for at least an hour or until coconut oil has started to turn yellow and smells of chamomile and calendula. Make sure to check the water level often and make sure it hasn’t gotten too hot or evaporated off.
- Carefully strain the flowers out, reserving as much of the coconut oil as possible, using a fine mesh metal strainer. Make sure all visible pieces of the flower have been removed.
- Using a small immersion blender or even a fork to mash, mix the infused coconut oil with the shea butter and corn starch until it forms a thick paste.
- Store in a small, air tight Mason jar.
Alternatives to Using Diaper Rash Cream
Hundreds of years ago, parents didn't have all the fancy baby products we have now. These time honoured traditions of keeping baby's skin clear still work today:
- Breast milk
- Coconut oil
- Corn starch or arrowroot powder
- Olive or vegetable oil
- Removing baby's diaper and letting them air-dry
- A soak in warm baking soda water or salt water can be soothing for baby, especially if irritation is caused from baby's stools.
There are a lot of baby skincare products out there that contain questionable ingredients, some of which are harmful for your baby's skin; however, there are also some great store-bought alternatives to baby bum cream.
The bottom line is that you can spend a lot of your money on mom-approved baby skincare products or you could spend a little bit of money and make your own baby skincare products (actually the initial cost will be pricey but you will save money in the long run the more batches you make). At least you'll know exactly what ingredients are going onto your baby's skin.