Originally Posted by emmaegbert
oh and I like "unpetroleum jelly" when that seems warranted and keep some around. but seriously we mostly just use our cooking oils (coconut or olive) on the kids.
yesterday DD was begging for "a haircut" and I gave her a mini one. then I noticed all the nasty scales on her head and I think someone here said they used olive oil... I forgot about that! I combed her hair through with olive oil, and the DS (who is 6) wanted his hair oiled too. So I had these very slick looking kids for a few hours and then washed it out. The scales are all gone (for now anyway)
I really never have carried wipes. I usually have some paper towels, napkins, or cloth rags in my bag, and like a PP said, if really needed, dampen it (we always have water bottles).
haha, i used coconut oil on my guy's bum once in a while. They smell so nice after!
I use baking soda to get the oil out after doing an olive oil cradle cap wash. and just a tiny bit. (around 1/4 of a tsp.) Rub it in and around, and rinse.
If they're a little older, cider vinegar works, but it really wouldn't be too much fun on the eyes. That, and they end up smelling like a pickle...haha.
Originally Posted by saoirse2007
I could use a good "wipes" spray recipe....the last one I used had lavender and teatree oil-and was way too potent
I have since discovered calendula oil and love it...
def need a spray for diaper bag...for my potty training ooops and extra clean toddler & preschooler bum (ds is not the best wiper...lol)
Essential oils are pretty stong. If you're looking for some scent though, you can use actual tea, rather than the oil.
Tea tree has great antibacterial properties, and is really good for things like dandruff etc. But you really don't need it on your baby's bottom on a regular basis. And you need to have a good carrier oil to distribute it if you're applying it directly. (grapeseed oil, or almond oil etc.) It would probably really sting if you used it on it's own!
I use dr. bronner's baby castile soap in wet wipe spray, but really diluted with some oil (almond or grapeseed), a bit of water (scented with tea if you like) and a touch of glycerine. I've made my own from scratch, from my own soap, but dr bronners goes a really long way and it's almost not even worth my time to make the soap myself, unless i'm making it anyway.
For a TON of wipe solution recipes, try this link. http://www.zany-zebra.com/cloth-wipe-solution.shtml
If you're using any of the recipes that call for baby wash, just make sure that you're using one that you know is safe. (Those would be where i'd use dr. bronners.)
You can also use veggie oil or olive oil in place of almond or grapeseed, they're just thicker and don't mix quite as well. They're fine, you just have to shake a little more;)