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doTERRA (the company that distributes the essential oils I use and swear by) recently released a "Diaper Bag Makeover" in their latest edition of doTERRA Living Magazine. I soaked up the advice from the article and will share some of their tricks of the trade as well as my own in this post.
Learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils here, in my post: Essential Oils 101.
If you're anything like me, you are ALL for healthier living and organics, etc. but have no clue where to begin. My essential oils journey began three years ago after a serious food poisoning incident, and I have loved incorporating pure, Certified Therapeutic Grade essential oils into my wellness routine. Now that I'm pregnant, I am really having a blast researching alternative ways to keep my baby healthy and clean. So, I've listed a few of my favorite products above, and I'm jazzed to implement them into my little man's routine once he gets here.
First, let's start with some makeover items you can do at home!
Do diaper rash creams send a big ole question mark through your brain regarding safety? Mineral oil and petroleum on my tiny baby's most delicate parts? For real? Those ingredients themselves can be irritating to the skin. Poor baby. And then there's the price tag. Let's try something else! Here's a homemade recipe for diaper rash cream. It incorporates essential oils that will soothe, heal and prevent diaper rash on your sweetheart. Ready, go.
Homemade Diaper Cream:
1/2 ounce bees wax
3 1/2 ounces doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil
2 drops each: doTERRA's Melaleuca Essential Oil and Lavender Essential Oil
(1) 4 ounce glass jar - (Tip: Use a Baby Food Jar!)
Spoon or stick for stirring
Put the beeswax into the glass jar and place in the top portion of a double boiler. Gently melt it over simmering water, stirring until smooth.
Slowly add the Fractionated Coconut Oil
Remove from heat and add essential oil. Stir, then let cool. Label your cream and done!
Tip: If it's too firm, reheat and add more coconut or olive oil.
If you're wondering where to find beeswax, just google it. I pulled up Murray's 100% Pure Austrailian Beeswax, 4 oz online, available at Walmart for $1.77.
Next up, Talc Free Baby Powder.
Talc Free Baby Powder
1/2 cup Corn Starch
1/2 cup Arrow Root Powder
1 drop doTERRA Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
1-2 drops doTERRA Lavender Essential Oil
1/4 cup finely ground oats
Mix well and put in a shaker style bottle.
Tip: Use an empty spice shaker with sifter lid. Label your powder
So, next.. individual oils for the diaper bag. I'm super excited about these alternatives for the little one and can't wait to try them out. They've been so effective for me and I love that they are safe enough for him, too.
Breathe- the Breathe Essential Oil Blend by doTERRA has always been a favorite of mine. It relieves congestion and the classic pregnancy stuffy nose, but now I'll be so happy to be able to soothe my baby with it and know that it's not only completely safe for his delicate system, but that the essential oils compounds are a thousand times more concentrated and effective than anything I can buy over the counter.
Try this: Apply Fractionated Coconut Oil or a pure Olive oil to the chest, followed by the Breathe blend to open baby's airways. This is especially helpful for newborns who are still working out the mucus in their lungs and throat, as well as croupy babies or babies with a cold. Breathe can also be diffused in a lotus diffuser or added to your cool mist humidifier and diffused through baby's room to open airways as well.
Lemon- the Lemon Essential Oil (and every oil distributed by doTERRA) is harvested where is is most indigenous and then rigorously tested for safety and potency before released and sold. Therefore, I know I'm getting my lemon oil without pesticides or fillers from it's favorite hometown - Italy! Okay, my favorite thing has always been to wake up and add lemon to my hot water and honey for a deliciously aromatic hot tea each morning (releases toxins from the liver), or rubbed on the soles of my feet when I feel any inkling of sickness creeping in. Lemon oil is antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial, amongst other things. So, adding it to the diaper bag is a no-brainer because it is the BEST hand sanitizer around. Wanna hold my baby? Okay, can you drop some lemon in your palms and rub, rub rub? It'll also give me a mood lift aromatically which will help with exhaustion and the sleep-deprived brain. Alcohol free, of course, adds to the many reasons I love to oil up my life.
Lastly, I've added doTERRA's new Peppermint beadlets to my Diaper Bag Makeover. They are so awesome. One drop of Peppermint oil is contained in each beadlet. It's awesome firstly, because who really has time to dig for pieces of gum stuck to the bottom of your brand new (but now ruined) diaper bag while juggling the babe.. and your keys... and your phone? Why is the binky pocket full of gum wrappers? Ah, enter the beadlets. So fabulously easy, no sugar to add cavities to your recovering chomper from Pregnancy hormones. Peppermint is also a mood elevator, energy enhancer and improves focus (the antidote to your new mush-for-brains!). If I need to expound on why these things are worth their weight in GOLD for a new momma, then you are not a new momma. Or you are an alien with superhuman powers.
*To order any of these oils, just leave a comment and I will send you a Paypal invoice. I have loved these oils so much I became an Independent Product Consultant. I'll send you free samples (no strings) of any of these if you'd like.. again, just leave a comment.
Okay, if you've read this blog at all, you'll know that I'm as crazy about fashion and fitness and health as I am about natural ways to heal the bod. So let's talk mommy fashion: The Diaper Bag! I need it to be affordable and reliable, okay? We aren't spending hundreds of dollars on a diaper bag in my world- we just aren't. So, I found the fab Skip Hop Versa Diaper Bag in Bronze at Target and I LOVE it. Pockets galore, a cell phone slot and adjustable stroller and shoulder straps are great selling points, along with the cute changing pad and insulated pockets for milk and sippy cups. Reviews from earlier versions of the bag speak of unreliable zippers, so let's keep an eye out for that. All in all, four stars will sell me! Yay. Such a beauty.
So next up, because BPA is gross, a stainless thermos, glass Dr. Brown's bottles for baby, and BPA-free Avent Soothies are on the list. I found all three at Target. Mommies MUST stay hydrated, so don't forget about yourself while rushing about with the new babe, okay ladies? Fill up the CamelBak BPA Free eddy Stainless Steel thermos and rock on with your "10 glasses a day" -routine. Don't forget that you can add drops of almost any essential oil to your water for a boost of whatever you need (energy - try Wild Orange, Lemon or Peppermint; immune support- OnGuard, Lemon). And for me, personally, I have heard the best reviews from fellow mommies that Dr. Brown's is the bottle to use if you want to prevent gas and bubbles in your baby's tummy. So, the little one will be trying this bottle first, after the initial 2-4 week "no bottles allowed" to promote healthy breastfeeding habits. This is just our plan, choose what you will for you and yours. Another choice for us- The Philips Avent BPA-Free Soothie. It's made from hospital-grade and BPA-free silicone, and was highly recommended by the Lactation Specialist at our hospital's Breastfeeding class. The LS recommended it because of it's shape, saying it encouraged a more perfect latch from the very beginning, and giving it the 2 week rule as well, before any other pacifier should be introduced. So, we will see what little man thinks of the big green honkers. We also have Tommee Tippee's Closer To Nature Pacifier on hand, just in case he rejects the Philip's. They're BPA-Free as well as Phthalate-free, and so tiny and precious.
Lastly, Organic Cloth - Diaper cloths (AKA Burp cloths) and Swaddling/Receiving blankets. Organically delish for my sweetie's sensitive skin, pretty easy on the wallet for the quality. Yes, please. I found the TL Care Quilt Lap and Burp Pad at Target and the Tadpoles Organics Set of 3 Flannel Receiving Blankets on Amazon.
*Click on the thumbnails at the top of the page under the collage for item details and links!
Hooray! There you have it. A Diaper Bag Makeover that is as versatile as you, mommy! Enjoy!