With two active (ie. super dirty) boys in the house we tend to take a lot of baths and go through a lot of baby shampoo & body wash. Like all mothers, I only want the best for my little ones and I do my best to make sure that the products I am putting on my children are free of harmful chemicals. When I was pregnant with Declan a few years ago, a report came out regarding Johnson&Johnson and their use of formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals in their baby products. Chemicals that have been traced back to cancer – on a baby? come on! Though Johnson&Johnson are continuing to make changes to their products and have come out with a Natural Baby Shampoo since then, I did not want to give this Fortune 500 company my business and looked into switching to a safer product.
I decided on Aveeno Baby Shampoo & Wash. It boasted a "Natural Oat Formula", pediatrician recommended among other things and Aveeno produces amazing "natural" products for adults so I really didn't think I had to think twice about it. At least not until I got pregnant with Cullen and started looking closer into the products that we put on our children and ourselves. It was then that I discovered that Aveeno is a subsidiary of non other than the pharmaceutical company Johnson&Johnson and also uses harmful chemicals. Whoops! I wasn't happy that they pulled one over on me and was disappointed in myself for not doing the appropriate research the first time around ... :) but I'm not perfect and life goes on. So, once again I looked into changing products ...
There are several organic options out there nowadays, Burt's Bees, California Baby, BabyGanics, etc. And while these products are wonderful and I would be happy to support them, the price-tag on these organic washes are often times staggering. There had to be a way that I could have clean babies for low cost and still be keeping them safe. So, next best thing ... make your own Baby Shampoo! Dr Bronner's Organic Soaps are baby mild and is primarily created using natural plant/animal ingredients, pure essential oils and gentle preservatives. By diluting this soap and adding additional oils it becomes the perfect mix of cleanse and re-hydration on my little one's sensitive skin.
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Homemade Baby Shampoo & Body Wash
• 1/4c Dr Bronners Unscented Baby Mild Soap
• 1/4c Coconut Oil (or vitamin E oil, avocado oil, etc)
• 1/4c Water, warm/hot
• Essential Oils (preferably lavender)
~ In a mason jar or other lidded container ... mix together the first three ingredients. Add a couple of drops of scented Essential Oils (lavender is perfect for a calming bath experience) and shake it up! Your Soap is ready to use, be sure to shake before each use. For added convenience, place the shampoo into an old soap dispenser.
PLEASE NOTE :: Castile Soap is not "tear-free" so be sure to use caution when washing your little one. Goggles are a fun touch for toddlers!
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