Sometimes, newborn babies can have dry skin.
It helps if they don’t wipe all the vernix off (rub it into their skin!) and don’t get a bath right away. That vernix is also anti-microbial and has immune system benefits! (It’s also swallowed as part of the amniotic fluid during pregnancy, and it helps to colonize the newborn’s gut before birth — it’s pretty amazing stuff.) So if at all possible, don’t bathe that baby! Keep the vernix on and rub it right in. I definitely noticed that my babies that kept their vernix had less dry skin than my baby who got a bath right away.
Still, dry skin happens sometimes. Maybe the baby didn’t get to keep their vernix for some reason. Maybe it’s winter and the air is dry. Maybe baby was post-dates and born with rather dry skin anyway. Who knows! But for whatever reason, you need some baby lotion.
The lotions currently on the market aren’t always so healthy for baby. They can contain a lot of scary chemicals. I once slathered a lavender-scented baby lotion on my oldest and immediately watched her skin turn bright red! Never again.
A safer option is needed.
It is entirely possible to use a pure oil, like olive, avocado, sweet almond, etc. Many people opt to do this. I just thought it would be fun to combine a couple different ingredients to come up with a real “lotion.” And of course, this lotion is safe and beneficial for all ages, too.
Nourishing Baby Lotion
- 4 tbsp. apricot oil
- 1 tbsp. beeswax
- 3 tbsp . cocoa butter
- 1/2 c. filtered water
- 1 tbsp. dried lavender
In a small saucepan, combine lavender and water.
Turn to high heat and allow it to boil for 2 – 3 minutes. It will form a dark “tea.” Strain it into a blender.
In a small saucepan, melt the cocoa butter and beeswax.
Add the apricot oil. (Yes, you could choose olive, sweet almond, jojoba, or any other liquid oil.)
Pour this into a blender too.
Blend it on low-medium speed until it emulsifies.
Pour it into a jar. Allow it to cool completely. It will thicken as it cools. It’s a pretty creamy/thick lotion in general, though.
That’s it! Lotion is so easy to make.
Do you use baby lotion?