Bathing Baby The Natural Way

Every mum wants to keep their precious little one healthy and safe from harm, and many mothers are choosing to steer clear of toxins and harsh chemicals that can cause skin irritation. Bathing your baby using natural alternatives will help keep their skin clear from impurities and snuggly soft. There are many options for bathing baby, some of which you will already have around your home.

Rather than using harsh soaps, use a very mild, unscented soap, such as Dr Bronner’s Baby Mild Castile Bar Soap, which comes in a cake and liquid form. It’s made out of coconut, olive, hemp and jojoba oil, and we’ve had rave reviews from people with skin allergies after they’ve used this soap.

Add a few drops of olive oil to the bath water and swish around. When baby is older than three months, you can also add one or two drops of lavender oil in their bath at night to relax them for sleep.

Put half an organic lemon in the bathwater. The astringency of the lemon makes a great cleanser, and it is also anti-bacterial.

Add one teaspoon of baking soda to make the water super soft and soothing. Especially good if baby has a nappy rash or heat rash.

Add 20ml of full-fat milk to the bath. The lactic acid in milk is a great cleanser and leaves baby’s skin smooth and soft.

Tie a tablespoon of rolled oats into a piece of cloth the size of a small handkerchief and tie at the top with a piece of string. Add it to the bath five minutes beforehand, and just before you pop baby in give it a squeeze. The oats are very soothing for skin (check out our blog) and you can use the sachet to clean your baby with by rubbing gently. Also good for rashes.

The best way to clean babies hair is to use a drop of Dr Bronner’s Baby Mild Liquid Castile Soap.

 

 

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  1. hi there,just wondering if you can wash baby hair with this aswell or is more of a body wash and not for hair?i would love to make my own baby shampoo aswell.thankyou!

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      Yes fine to use on baby hair as well – actually babies don’t really need their hair “washed” with shampoo. Plain water does the trick and doesn’t mess with the pH of their scalp. We only use baby shampoo because baby shampoo manufacturers tell us to!

  2. also,im wondering if you can suggest something to add to homemade liquid soap to soften/moisturise the skin?i make some that i really like with a wee bit of organic coconut oils&sweet almond,dr bronners pure liquid and some rose water but would like to know whats the best thing to add to really moisturise the skin and if this can be added into the soap rather than having to moisturise afterwards?thanks so much for all your help!

  3. Hi, have you any suggestions for clearing chlorine from hair/body of toddlers (after swimming lessons). Will this soap do it? Thanks

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      Hi Sarah, a good soap should do it. If you get a greenish tinge in blond hair from chlorine coat hair in tomato sauce then rinse.

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      Hi Katrina, unfortunately bubbles means chemicals so it’s very hard to get a bubble bath without them! I distract my grandchildren with lots of bath toys instead.

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      Hi Rachael, for kids with excema avoid any commercial soaps altogether and opt of oats in the bath. Put them in a sachet and use that to clean skin and squeeze into bath. Very soothing and won’t irritate. Also look at your laundry powder, if you buy from supermarket it has stuff left in it which irritates kids’ skin. Go for unscented and see if that makes a difference, or make your own using one of my recipes. I’ve had hundreds of parents tell me that makes a big difference.

  4. Hi Wendyl… Can I use liquid Dr Bronners baby Castile soap in place of grating soap. If so would I still need to use glycerine?

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      Hi Robbyn, the glycerine is really important as a moisturiser for the skin. If you have liquid Dr Bronner’s simply squeeze a little bit into your baby’s bath as it is.

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