We learned quickly that store-bought wipes were not our friend when Hudson was sick as an infant, but after finding this recipe, hourly diaper changes through chemo became a little bit easier.
What’s in the wipes we were using? What’s in the wipes you’re using on your babies?
I was honestly shocked. I cannot believe what’s in some of these, and I’m so thankful I can pass this information to you!
ewg.org rates products from 1 (least toxic) to 10 (most toxic). You can click their link to look up your own wipes, too if you’d like!
^^These were the kind I used before I knew about chemo rash that made Hudson scream. We’d had diaper rash in the house before with Cohen, and though much milder, he was definitely hurting when I wiped him. Could it have been the baby wipe? Pain + toxins? I’m so sorry boys. Momma just didn’t know.
^^They make so many things for nursing; I was really surprised and let down by this one.
Thankfully there are some common in-store options for those trying to go non-toxic.
If you’d rather save some serious cash and try a little DIY, here’s a quick and easy recipe for you to put together.
A storage container. If you choose to add essential oils, use a glass container like the Wide Mouth Pint and Half Jar. Choose wide mouth because no matter how dainty your hand is, there’s no need to make the middle of the night any more difficult than it has to be. 🙂
If you’re nervous about glass, you might consider this cute JarJackets Protector Sleeve option.
If you’re making this without oils, you can use a leftover baby wipe container. I also used our wipe warmer with a tiny bit of added water to keep them from drying out.
Okay, are you ready? It’s so seriously easy. Here it is (drumroll please)…
1 C water
1 TBS baby shampoo like this ewg.org rated-1 Babyganics Baby Shampoo and Body Wash, Fragrance Free
Melt coconut oil and mix with water, baby shampoo, and 6 drops of lavender essential oil (optional).
Pour into jar.
Cut (with a serious serrated knife) a roll of paper towels in half (hint: the better quality paper towel the happier you are during a diaper change).
Remove the center cardboard tube, and push the paper towels into the jar.
Seal and shake then let the wipes absorb the wet ingredients.
That’s it! When you’re out, just take another couple minutes to throw a batch of the wet ingredients into the jar and repeat with the other half of the roll.
We were so thankful for this, and found it is also really nice to take along with us in our washed out plastic wipe containers, even as the kids get older.
I’d much rather have these handy in the Jeep for messy faces or to clean up their hands before eating a snack than this:
I’d say all in all this honestly takes just a couple minutes. Let’s say five whole minutes if you let your kids help you measure. 🙂
Whatever you choose-DIY, safe in-store options, or a mixture of both, at least you can rest assured you’re giving your children something that won’t irritate their skin or damage their little bodies. An added bonus: you don’t have to wander the store aisles any more. 🙂