Thursday, January 23, 2014

10 Natural Baby Gifts for the New "GREEN" Mom

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Oh Baby! I have a lot of baby showers to attend in the near future. If I knew way back when what I know now, I would have done things so differently with my babies. Knowing what I do now, I can't stand the thought of giving traditional "baby" products to new moms. So, I have come up with some other great ideas of items that will be safe and wonderful for baby inside and out. Some, I have made. Some I have discovered. Here are eight ideas, along with recipes and resources. Pull out the lavender, cuz baby's skin loves lavender. I recommend dōTERRA, the only one I trust to be pure enough for baby.

1. Talc Free Baby Powder:

1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup Arrowroot Powder
1 drop myrrh or roman chamomile essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
1/4 cup finely ground oats

(Other oils that would be great: frankincense, sandalwood, helichrysum, or geranium)

Combine ingredients and gift them in these awesome Stainless Steel Shakers ! Awesome, classy gift!

2. Baby lotion:

Johnson & Johnson baby lotion that is so popular and smells so much like baby is rated a 6 out of 10 on the EWG site. Way too toxic for my skin, let alone a new baby. Why not make this simple blend.
Take 1/2 cup hard coconut oil and whip it up in a food processor or with an immersion blender.
Add 15 drops lavender oil. Spread liberally on baby.

3. Baby Bum Balm:

Desitin diaper rash cream that I slathered all over my babies is rated 5 at EWG. That in my mind is like a 50% which is the grade of F. Making your own is easy and inexpensive. No need to reserve this just for baby, it has saved our dry, cracked hands this winter. Don't think I would try that with Desitin. EWWW.

Bum Balm
2/3 cup Coconut oil
1/3p olive oil
2 oz  Beeswax
4 Cocoa Butter Wafers
30 drops lavender
15 drops myrrh
(Other oils that would be great: Roman Chamomile, frankincense, rose, sandalwood, helichrysum, or geranium.)
Or try this:
2 oz fractionated coconut oil
15 drops lavender
5 drops myrrh
Spray on irritated bottom so as to avoid touching an already sore spot.

4. Baby bath/shampoo:

1/4 cup Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap (I used lavender)
1/3-1/2 cup distilled water
1/2 tsp almond or olive oil
10 drops lavender
5 drops wild orange (optional)

5. Calming bath salts:

1 cup Epson salts
4-5 drops lavender oil
Put in a container and shake it up!
With instructions: Add one TBS to baby's bath before bed.

6. Monster Spray:

1 spray bottle
1 t Epson salts
5 drops lavender oil
5 drops Serenity or Roman Chamomile

Mix all together in spray bottle.

7. Baby cloths from Norwex:

There really is no need to use soap on baby. Some of us just can not fathom that, however. But for those who are ready to get rid of the suds all together, this baby cloth is a great idea. I have three and love them for my kids. With silver woven into the already plush microfiber, it grabs proteins off the skin and leaves skin smelling...clean.

8. Breathe Essential Oil from dōTERRA:

Put a bit of the oil on your own neck or collar and snuggle baby. Alternately, put in a diffuser. If you feel comfortable,  rub into baby's feet, but be sure to dilute with a tsp of carrier oil. Can repeat every 15 min as needed for stuffy nose.

9.  Myrrh Essential Oil from dōTERRA:

This oil helps bond a baby to his mother. It helps the soul feel the presence of mother. It promotes feelings of trust and peace on the new earthly home. What a gift to rub it on baby's tiny feet right after birth and continue each day to aid in bonding and bring peace after such a difficult entry.

10. Frankincense Essential Oil from dōTERRA:

This oil promotes healthy attachment between baby and father. It reminds a child that they are loved and protected. How wonderful and poignant that it was among the first gifts to the Christ Child. It brings one closer to divinity. Rub it on baby's feet after birth, along with myrrh to connect him to family and support a healthy immune system.

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Lavender, 15ml

Breathe, 15ml


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Serenity 15 ml



  1. Great post, many times we just think of food as GMO junk, but when you start looking at the garbage they put into other every household items, you realize it is just not the food we need to change.

  2. Great ideas on green natural safe gifts. Our world is filled with some many toxic products that people use everyday without any awareness of the many health dangers. The average person gets more toxins from the products they use & use on their skin what we eat. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. I absolutely agree! I started with food for sure, but have become even more conscious of products to clean with and wash with.

  3. I love your natural recipes, but I was wondering... what is "EWG?"

  4. Oh, sorry, I added a link that will take you there. It is the Environmental Working group that rates products we use on a scale of 0 to 10 on toxicity. Kinda wish I didn' t know! :)

  5. Cool homemade ideas! The one thing that takes getting used to about coconut oil moisturizer is how greasy it can feel... but it does work well! A friend gave me some for Christmas. I think I want to make some this year. Going to pin this list of homemade goodies!

    1. yes, it sure does go on differently than lotion. But a little goes a long way!

  6. Great ideas! I use a similar recipe for bum cream since most commercial ones are not CD safe and leave your baby smelling like old fish. If you're interested in sharing some more natural alternatives, I run a Blog Hop on Fridays. You can enter this hop up until next Thursday at noon.

  7. What a wonderful selection of baby items. Thanks for sharing this with us at The Four Seasons Blog Hop. I am pinning this to my Babies and Children Pinterest board.

  8. Thanks for sharing these great green ideas on Tuesday Greens!

  9. Hi! :)

    This week's edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday is all about personal care and cleaning and getting rid of the toxic and disposable items we use every day on our bodies and in our homes. This would be a great addition and I hope you'll share it with us this week on Wildcrafting Wednesday.

    Thanks! :)


  10. Nice Collections,
    I just love your posts. You are always so informative.
    Thanks for sharing such a nice post on gifts for babies.


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