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    My babe is due to arrive in 2 months and I want to make sure I have baby care products ready by the time he arrives. I want to avoid commercial baby products as they contain parabens, fragrances and waht not. Are there any natural, chemical-free baby products - soaps, shampoos, detergents, lotions etc. - that you would recommend? Any 'recipes' for home-made alternatives to these products? I plan on using coconut oil for moisturizing.

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    • #3
      Have you looked at Dr. Bronner's baby and sensitive skin care line? Here's the ingredient list from his mild baby soap:
      Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol

      * CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS
      ** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin

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      • #4
        I would *not* use Dr. Bronners on a baby. It's *so* drying.



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        • #5
          Valid point cillakat. Dr. Bronner's also makes a body soap for babies with shikakai powder. I've never tried it, but it's supposedly more moisturizing. We will be having our second child in about 6 weeks, so I'm interested in any ideas myself.

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          • #6
            Coconut oil would be great for nappy (diaper) rash and cradle cap.

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            • #7
              California Baby - very mild and unscented.

              I would check any products on costmeticsdatabase.com, which is an awesome resource.
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              • #8
                We use the scented California Baby on our toddler, it's great!

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                • #9
                  *Shrug* I make my own soap from lard, olive oil & coconut oil so when I have a baby I'll probably use that when necessary.
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                  • #10
                    I love Vermont Soap Organics. http://www.vermontsoap.com/barsoaps.shtml They have an aloe baby soap. I've never tried that (no reason to...), but all of their other soaps are wonderful! I have really sensitive skin and I never find it drying.
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                    • #11
                      I would also avoid that bronners cream or whatever it is. Just because of the citric acid, which is drying. all those other awesome ingredients....*sigh*

                      Do you have a farmers market close? Go see if there is a soaper there that can suggest something for you. I carry products to the market that I don't list online do to...er...red tape.

                      You can also make an awesome butt cream if needed (one for rash, and one as a protectant), soap of course, shampoo is the same damn thing as soap. Just let me know if you want a recipe for the cream and I can inbox you one.
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                      • #12
                        We use coconut oil for most ailments - my daughter had really bad eczema/cradle cap for the first few months and coconut oil cleared it right up! We actually used coconut oil as a skincare product before we started eating it!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by elorajade View Post
                          Do you have a farmers market close? Go see if there is a soaper there that can suggest something for you. I carry products to the market that I don't list online do to...er...red tape.
                          Agreed - I get an oatmeal soap from a person at our farmers market and it is so soothing and softening. My 'baby' is almost six, but it works wonders on him...and myself - I no longer need lotion!

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                          • #14
                            Thank you all for the suggestions! Elorajade, I'd love to have the recipe.

                            In India, we traditionally use a paste made with mung bean/chick pea flour and water to clean babies. When I had some skin allergy as a toddler, that's what my mom used and the allergy got better after that.

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                            • #15
                              @willow_NyteEyes - does the lard have a smell? Do you add fragrance to the soap at all?

                              We used California Baby and one of my kids had a bad allergic rxn to it. Have no idea what it was in the California Baby product, but I now use Aveeno with them which is not Primal friendly, but they don't break out.

                              Maba, I think it is going to have to be trial and error to see what works for your baby. For diaper rash, the best thing I ever used was Calendula Nappy Cream by Weleda. You can get it in any whole foods store. Best of luck.

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