Tushy trouble

Baby girl has a diaper rash. We’ve been using a balm I made just after she was born that’s coconut oil based, but in the current temperatures, it’s very soft and not tacky enough to stick to her skin.

There are a million and one DIY recipes for baby balm online, but most are heavy on carrier oils or coconut oil, so I decided to develop my own. Baby girl was helping me because she’s teething and fussy and refusing to be put down. As a result, I don’t have any pictures for this post.

My balm is shea butter based, and does have coconut oil, but also incorporates a bit of beeswax to help make it tacky and more stiff than just the butter and oil would be naturally. Shea butter alone would make a great healing ointment, but I wanted zinc oxide, and it melts well in a oil like coconut.
There are no essential oils because it’s going on a baby and going on broken skin.

Baby Booty Balm

(Makes about 7 oz, so divide into 4 oz containers for home use and diaper bag)

160 g Shea butter
80 g coconut oil
40 g beeswax
45 g  zinc oxide

Melt first three ingredients together in a double boiler. Remove from heat, stir in zinc oxide. Stir often until reaches pudding like consistency. Put into containers. Don’t use until completely cool and set up, about three hours.

To clean pan, scrape out as much balm as you can then wipe it out with paper towels. Rinse under hottest water possible from your faucet. Allow to soak with dish detergent and Borax and very hot or boiling water until you’re able to get your hands in there. It should clean up ok from there. If you make homemade dish soap from Borax, washing soda, and homemade soap, use that. (Works like a charm on DIY projects.)

There’s also a great alternative to baby powder that uses clay and arrowroot powder:

1/4 c kaolin clay
1/4 c bentonite clay (or 1/2 c bentonite clay)
2-4 tbsp arrowroot powder
1 tsp silk (optional, moisture manager)
Put all ingredients in a storage container and shake well. I mean shake til your arm hurts. Then either put them through a sifter if you have one or shake them through a sieve. Place in a shaker container (you can reuse or purchase from Mountain Rose Herbs, or old salt and pepper shakers from thrift stores work well). Baby powder helps the baby ointment stick better and manages moisture.

Stop using both if you suspect yeast and contact your health care provider. Neither of these will help control or cure a yeast infection.

Addendum:

This recipe made about 10 oz, enough for two four oz containers and a dab leftover. I melted it back down with menthol, rose clay, and then added lavender and helichrysum. The resulting balm is awesome on bug bites and scrapes.

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Author: scseery

Soap, bath and beauty, jams and jellies, and unique upcycled gifts. That's what I make and talk about here. A lot.

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