Nappy Change time
Lavender & chamomile nappy balm
40g NZ hazelnut oil
20g shea butter, wildcrafted
20g calendula infused oil
10g coconut oil, organic virgin
10g NZ beeswax
few drops lavender and chamomile essential oils
Melt everything (except the essential oils) together gently in a pot.
Take off the heat and add the essential oils. Stir.
Pour into a container and leave to set.
This is a simple body-dusting powder without talc and neurotoxic fragrances that can be found in commercial body powders. Sprinkle and smooth onto your skin to enjoy the sweet and spicy winter fragrance. Body powder can also be used to freshen sheets and shoes.SUPPLIES NEEDED:
Homemade Teething Oil
UPDATE: Though there is historical precedent for using clove for teething and there is a company that sells it commercially, newer guidelines provided by Essential Oil Safety do not recommend using clove as an analgesic with babies. Instead I recommend investing in an amber teething necklace. This recipe can be helpful for toothaches, though.Ingredients
Combine ingredients and test a little on yourself to make sure it’s not too strong. Once you’re comfortable with the ratio’s pour your mixture into a clean container. Light oxidizes oil, so a dark amber or cobalt is best if you plan to leave it on the counter. Another option is a clear glass container that is kept in a cool, dark cabinet.TO USE
Shake well, then apply sparingly to gums with your finger tip. Reapply every 1-2 hours as needed. Test the mixture on yourself before applying to make sure it is not too strong.
Warning: According to aromatherapists, clove oil absolutely must be diluted before application in order to be used safely. As with any remedy, please observe your baby for any potential reactions. There are people in the world that are allergic to water, so just because something is natural does not mean it is beneficial for every individual.
FROZEN FRUITTHE FROZEN BANANA
Simply take a nice ripe banana and cut it in half (do not peel it first. leave the peel intact). Insert a popsicle stick into the end. Or what I used most of the time was a baby fork. Place the banana in a zip lock freezer bag and into the freezer until frozen.
To serve the banana to your baby you will need to remove the peel. This can be a bit of a pain in the butt, but worth it. Just take a very sharp knife and slice the peel off sections. I know it sounds like it makes more sense to freeze it without the peel, but trust me, not a good idea. This completely dries it out. It's just not appetizing at all.
When you’re shopping around keep in mind that some say amber which is light in color contains the most succinic acid. Also, necklaces are not “supposed” to be worn at night, but obviously that’s when babies are usually most uncomfortable when teething. Most moms DO leave them on all the time (except bathtime) and just make sure that the necklace fits snugly so that it’s not likely to get caught on anything. It would be irresponsible for me to tell you what to do, but I’m sure you know what’s best for your little one.
MUNCHKIN FRESH FOOD FEEDER
We put ice in ours and let our kids slurp happily at the dinner table, in the car . . . just about anywhere, really! I guess it really is the little things. You can get these at most supermarkests these days.
HOMEMADE TEETHING TABLETS
This is an alternative to the above recipe yet to turn the recipe into a teething tablet sort of like a Highlands tablet, yet better because it is frozen and melt in your mouth. The active ingredient is still clove oil, but mixed into coconut oil. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature. So this tablet will keep as a small drop that will go onto the gums cold (since it will be stored in the freezer) and then will melt on the area as soon as it encounters the warm gums. Mmmmm sounds so very soothing to me!
Teething Tablets Recipe
* 2 tbsp coconut oil
* 6 drops clove essential oil
* 4 drops liquid stevia
First you'll need to melt your coconut oil, but not actually heat it. Basically you just need it slightly above room temperature to bring it to it's liquid state. I just put it in a small glass bowl and placed it in some heated water for just a minute, stirring until it was all melted. I added my drops and then left the mixture to cool, making sure to stir it again every couple of minutes.
When the oil begins to solidify again use a spoon to transfer drops spaced apart onto pieces of wax paper. They won't be perfectly shaped tablets. Just drop little bits at whatever size seems like it will work well for you. Place the wax paper into the freezer for a few minutes and then transfer each tablet to a small container like a mason jelly jar or something similar. Keep these in the freezer and use when needed for soothing little one's gums.
Celery is said to have an analgesic effect and both can be frozen to boost their soothing powers. Note: Many moms use this on babies that don’t have any teeth visible because they think it’s unlikely the baby will be able to bite off any pieces and possibly choke. Others use them with babies that have teeth and supervise carefully. Please exercise caution.
Natural remedies for teething babies
Babies have been teething since the dawn of time, so there are a lot of tried and true natural remedies already in use out there! We avoid using remedies like baby Tylenol, Baby Advil, Oragel, and more! Even many pediatricians caution against using these options on teething babies. These options are not only more dangerous but also contain artificial ingredients that we try to avoid in our household, to begin with. My favorite natural teething remedies to use instead, are: