Before my son was born, I made some baby balm and some special soap to use on his skin. I did this with full knowledge that I had a 50% chance, at best, that they would be good for his skin. After all, I had no idea what he would need!
While I was in the hospital, the nurses insisted that I use Vaseline on my son’s bottom. I’m not a big fan of Vaseline whatsoever, but I had no other option
while I was in the hospital. The Vaseline was great at creating a barrier between his dirty diapers and his sensitive skin.
As soon as I got home, I started using my homemade baby balm. It worked exactly the same as the Vaseline. The benefit of the baby balm is that it is made from a few oils and some beeswax, but no petroleum products!
I have continued using the Baby Balm at every diaper change since we got home!
We live in a fairly dry climate, so I wasn’t surprised when my son’s skin was a bit dry. To moisturize his skin, I give him a massage with coconut oil each day. The oil works great on his skin. It is moisturized without being oily.
Soap in the Bath
I received many differing opinions about how often to bath my baby and what kind of soap to use. In the end, I decided to give him a bath each morning, using the mild soap that I made before he was born. It’s a goat’s milk soap with no scent or additives. It is gentle enough on his skin that I don’t mind using it each morning in the bath.
I’m looking forward to concocting some more baby products, using some essential oils, once my son gets a bit older. I’ll be sure to post about those when that time comes!