Monday, May 30, 2016

Baby bottom spray

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I began pinning ALL OF THE THINGS on Pinterest. I knew I wanted to use cloth diapers, and there was tons of pins on using cloth wipes. I remembered a family friend making her own wipe solution, so I reached out to her and got the recipe. After some tweaking to accommodate the ingredients I had on hand, I made a batch and tested it on my inner forearm, an area which tends to be very sensitive to products on me. It was great! It cleaned without drying, and the small amount of oil went a long way in moisturizing my skin. We've been using this on baby (after testing it on a small area of his skin) and it works incredibly well with our cloth wipes.

You will need:
- 2 cups of warm water
- 2 tbsp liquid Dr Bronners (I got the unscented baby variety in bulk at my co-op)
- 1 tbsp oil (sweet almond oil works great, I used the Burts Bees baby oil someone gave me as a gift. Not waste free, but I will be reusing the container)
- spray bottle (learn how to upcycle one here)

Pour all ingredients into the bottle. Shake it up, and spray on your cloth wipes before wiping baby! Another option would be to store wipes in a container, stir up the solution, and pour it over the wipes. Just wring them out before using to avoid a sopping wet baby butt.

A new chapter

On May 13th, we welcomed our son Dexter into the world. After 2.5 days of labor, I was very happy to finally see him! I think he waited so he could be born on Friday the 13th, just like my dad. These few weeks have been so amazing- my husband saved up all of his vacation and took 3 weeks off, so it's just been the two of us trying to figure out this whole parenting thing together. It's so crazy and still a bit surreal that he is here- we are just cherishing every moment as I know how quickly they grow! Stay tuned for zero waste baby tips!