When I had my baby I started researching baby products and was shocked to find that many of them contained questionable ingredients and things I didn’t want on my children. At first I was so worried and overwhelmed, I didn’t know what to do. That’s when I decided the only way to control what goes on my baby’s body is by making it myself.
I started researching ingredients and recipes. I was determined to come up with a recipe that would be safe for my babies. I was already making body butter for myself and that’s how this baby lotion came to life.
I love this lotion! It makes my baby’s skin feel so soft and smooth. We use it a lot during winter time since our skin gets so dry but also in the summertime since we get so much sun exposure.
One batch of this baby lotion lasts me about 4-6 months. A little bit goes a long way when it comes to this recipe so you only need very little each time you use it. You can use it daily but babies don’t really need baby lotion every day. I personally use it once or twice a week, sometimes more often during winter.
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You can use this lotion on your older kids too and even yourself. I like to carry a small jar with this lotion in my diaper bag in case I need to use some when we’re out. You can also use it as a diaper rash ointment if you haven’t prepared our DIY diaper rash cream.
I love using this lotion right after a bath, when the kids are all clean. You can also add a few drops of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil if you’re dealing with a rash or Lavender essential oil to help your baby relax at the end of the day – it’s supposed to help them sleep better! Keep in mind that essential oils shouldn’t be used on babies under 3 months.
This recipe will take you about 5 minutes to make. All the ingredients for this recipe can be used in other DIY recipes so make sure you check out our DIY natural body products section.
If you have a friend that’s expecting, make this for them. I promise they will love it and use it a lot!
DIY Organic Baby Lotion Recipe
- 1/4 cup organic cocoa butter (you can also use shea or mango butter)
- 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon organic beeswax pastilles (if you’re home is really warm in the summer and you’re making this with shea butter use 2 tablespoons of beeswax pastilles)
- 2 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
- Optional: 5 drops of a baby safe essential oil, like Lavender essential oil (on Amazon) or Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (on Amazon). Do not use essential oils if this lotion is for a baby under 3 months.
- Glass jar to store lotion
To make this baby lotion you will need to use the double boiler method. Add water to a pot and set it to medium heat. While the water is heating up put in a glass jar the cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax.
Place the glass jar with the ingredients inside the pot of water. Stir occasionally while you wait for all the ingredients to melt.
Once they’ve melted, add the Vitamin E oil and essential oil. If you’re making this lotion for a baby under 3 months, do not add any essential oils.
Mix all the ingredients and transfer to a glass container where you plan to store this lotion. Wait for it to harden and it’s ready to use. It’s really that simple!
Whipping up the lotion:
I like whipping the lotion because it gives it a nice fluffy texture. This is optional so I don’t do it every time, only when I have time since it involves an extra step.
Once all the ingredients have melted, transfer them to a glass or stainless steal bowl. Wait for the mixture to harden and once it’s hard use the mixer. Mix it for a couple of minutes, until it’s all fluffy.
Once done, transfer to an air tight glass jar. I like this glass jar to store the baby lotion.
Apply to baby when needed. This is safe to use on a daily basis but I have found we use it just a few times a week. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Use a pea size amount and rub it in your baby’s skin. Use more as needed.
Now you don’t have to worry about what you’re using on your baby’s skin. This recipe is made with non-toxic ingredients and actually works. We just love it!
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