Let's talk about baby-safe lotion and conditioner! - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 11 Old 07-18-2012, 02:25 PM - Thread Starter
 
Jaysfamily's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 159
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I have decided to go with a pure, cold processed soap bar for our new baby instead of any baby washes or liquid castille soaps. Now, I'm looking into lotions. I do plan on using some plain organic coconut oil on her sometimes, but sometimes I just like to use lotion! What is real lotion, or is that not as simple as defining real soap? How do I find one without any additives since they're not required to print all ingredients on the labels? 

 

Also, what about natural conditioners for their hair? I don't mind using pure oil occasionally, but sometimes I want to avoid having to wait for it to soak in and worrying about her leaving oil stains wherever I lay her down. 

Jaysfamily is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 of 11 Old 07-18-2012, 10:57 PM
 
1love4ever's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: A state whose Medicaid does not cover circumcision! :)
Posts: 1,126
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

We use Dr Bronners soaps and sometimes lotions, but we usually only use coconut oil or raw shea butter for "lotion".  My DD is 2.5, she has pretty short hair still, but I've never needed a conditioner for it.  Sometimes I have used this if its really tangled after we bathe http://www.azurestandard.com/shop/product/11056/   But, the great thing about letting a 2yr old put on her own coconut oil "lotion", is that it gets all over her body including her hair! :)  It is great for use in hair as well as on the skin :)

1love4ever is offline  
#3 of 11 Old 07-19-2012, 03:30 PM
 
1love4ever's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: A state whose Medicaid does not cover circumcision! :)
Posts: 1,126
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

Forgot to add that breastmilk works well as a body wash and lotion for baby.  We didnt use body wash on our daughter til around 2yrs old.

1love4ever is offline  
#4 of 11 Old 07-20-2012, 07:45 AM
 
glassesgirlnj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 309
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

We use organic olive oil rather than "baby oil" or "baby lotion".  It seems to work pretty well for drool rash / teething rash...

glassesgirlnj is offline  
#5 of 11 Old 07-24-2012, 03:55 PM
 
sunnysandiegan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 4,404
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Lotions include water, which introduce bacteria. Hence the need for preservatives. AFAIK, the only way to avoid this is to make it yourself and use natural preservatives and use up the lotion quickly (even with storing it in the fridge). So much easier to skip the water.

 

Shea butter, cocoa butter, and other butters can be whipped to feel more like a lotion with a lot less work and worry.

 

I just oil coconut oil. It is anti-fungal and a whole host of other great things, which help human skin with most minor ailments all by itself. Super simple and a super long shelf life. It is solid below 76 degrees and liquid above that. If you prefer the solid, keep it in the fridge in the summer. You could probably whip that, too, to give a more lotion-like feel.

 

Personally, I have VERY hard water and very fine, curly hair. Every time I try non-shampoo and non-conditioner tactics, I end up with a mess. And my hair is great normally, so I have worked out some compromises there. DH uses sulfate-free shampoo (not the fancy salon stuff, but the health food store kind purchased at a discount store) that I doctor up with essential oils to address specific issues. DD (age 11) uses 'cone-free conditioner to wash her hair and [a different 'cone-free conditioner] to condition it. I use his shampoo before doctoring it up and her [second] 'cone-free conditioner. DD & I read the Curly Girl book from the library and implemented several techniques from it and I researched more on the long hair community boards. DD actually has straight hair, but the curly girl method works wonders for her hair! Mine not so much, but her hair is much drier than mine is. I'm not particularly brand loyal and the manufacturers are constantly changing formulas, so I check the boards before shopping.


"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." - Mother Teresa

sunnysandiegan is offline  
#6 of 11 Old 08-08-2012, 07:22 PM
 
jes h's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Nevada
Posts: 133
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

We wash our own hair with a baking soda rinse then vinegar rinse.  DH and I had an 'adjustment' phase while our scalps were still in oil-producing overdrive (caused by shampoo) but a NEW scalp would not have this problem.  Now, my hair is the nicest its ever been.  The vinegar has a conditioning and detangling effect (doesn't smell once it dries, which is quick).

Also, just not bathing as much will let the skin produce its own oils, and reduce need for lotions.  We have lots of kids come in and out of our house.  All the ones that were used to bathing everynight had improved skin on our 2 nights a week schedule. (may have had to do with less exposure to harsh bath products, too.  Previous homes were more 'conventional')

Whipped coconut oil is a great lotion; and I feel like it is more lotion-y whipped (maybe because it looks more like lotion?).   I threw a jar full in my kitchen-aide mixer with the whisk;  it worked it into a wonderful froth.  Then I spooned that back into jars.  It is easier to get out that way - you can add scent if you like - which makes it more luxurious (I like lilac E.O)..  Its best used RIGHT after the bath, otherwise it can feel like it sits on top of the skin.
Edited to clarify:  I keep it solid, if that isn't apparent!


Just some thoughts!

 

jes h is offline  
#7 of 11 Old 09-08-2012, 03:04 PM
 
BellaAmore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I make my own body wash/ shampoo with castile soap and usually just wash my hair with baking soda and water.for lotion, i use coconut oil.


These work well for my whole family.
BellaAmore is offline  
#8 of 11 Old 09-22-2012, 12:08 PM
 
guen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 206
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I don't use soap to wash my babies unless really needed.  Generally, just bath in warm water suffices.  I don't bathe my babies more often than once a week unless needed (diaper blow out!). Nor do I wash their hair with soap or use conditioner (though all my babies have had full heads of hair).  In the past, I've used olive oil after a bath as a skin lotion, but I've been using coconut oil on my toddler after her bathes lately and plan on using it for the new baby, too.  I like the way it soaks in and its smell better than olive oil.

jes h, I love your idea of whipping the coconut oil.  I must give that a try!  BTW, it makes a lovely hair conditioner, too.;-)  (So does olive oil whipped with an egg, but that's messier and I can't leave it in my hair all day in a braid or bun!) 


intactlact.gif  Mum to five kids ages 16, 13, 9 and 4 years and baby K born 11/12!  And five angel babies angel1.gif
guen is offline  
#9 of 11 Old 09-30-2012, 10:26 AM
 
starrlamia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 533
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

i swear by Cj's Butter

http://www.cjsuniqueboutique.com/


Aspiring Midwife applying to University for fall 2011!
starrlamia is offline  
#10 of 11 Old 10-31-2012, 07:53 AM
 
miilemons's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Florida
Posts: 24
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

We use extra virgin coconut oil :) 

miilemons is offline  
#11 of 11 Old 11-19-2012, 04:45 PM
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 56
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Jaysfamily, like a PP mentioned, I don't use any products on my baby's or toddler's heads.

They get a bath when visibly dirty (Dr. Bronner's for the toddler, just water for the baby). I've never used shampoo or conditioner on my 2.5 year old. He was born with hair and his hair today looks great and his scalp is in great shape. My 3 month old has had her hair wet with water maybe 3 times. I won't use anything but water for her either.

I definitely think you should try to keep baths to a minimum and try using nothing at all on your babe's head.

ETA both of my kids have had/have cradle cap. I've done olive oil soaks to make the flakes easier to comb out, then washed that out. I'm thinking it will take time to resolve. I have an itchy scalp and flaky hairline so I'll be attempting no poo for the second time. I started a new job last time and it was bad timing to deal with the transition which was brutal for me.

Mama to Chu born July 2010

Excitedly expecting somebody new in August 2012

eh bien is offline  
Reply

Tags
Natural Body Care

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off