Bathtime

bath_children_alternatives When bathing or showering your children no doubt you’ll use some kind of product in the bathwater and on your kids to get them nice and clean (let’s face it kids can get super dirty!). I thought I’d share what we use on our kids as I refuse to buy a “baby shower gel” or any other “special” baby or kids products. Do you want to know why? Apart from the fact I think these products are a TOTAL waste of money the “baby” products from most mainstream companies are full of scary crap that I wouldn’t put on my own skin let alone my delicate baby’s skin!

Check out the ingredients list from this very popular baby shampoo; Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Fragrance, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Quaternium-15, Citric Acid, Yellow 10 and Orange 4. May also contain: Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide.

Or what about this list of ingredients? Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (13%) Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Magnesium Sulfate, Methylparaben, Microcrystalline Wax, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), PEG 30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Petrolatum, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylparaben, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Water

Terrible!! Check out that list of horrible ingredients! And parent’s all over the world are using these products on their delicate baby’s skin. So what do we use?

bath_children_alternativesWe run the bath and throw in a handful of Epsom salts and several drops of essential oils my favourites are tea tree, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, manuka, and chamomile. I often put in 2-3 drops of all these oil. You can use whatever oils you like however I don’t use peppermint as I find it burns my skin.

When we have colds I’ll put in more of the tea tree, eucalyptus and manuka. Plus I’ll add some balm of gilead leaves. John loves it when we have leaves in the bath. He thinks its so funny and the balm of gilead really helps clear the nose and head.

For the first year of Gabriel and John’s life we just washed them with lavender oil and water or in the bath with a mix of the above oils. Babies don’t really get dirty and you are washing their bums several times a day. Now they are a little older and do get more dirty we wash them with a mixture of the epsom salts and oil bathwater and my homemade body wash.

I really hate to think all the those nasty chemicals are being used on little babies all over the world. Please read the labels carefully on the baby products you’re using as many of these are just down right nasty. Try what we’re doing it’s so easy and will save you so much money not to mention keep nasties away from the ones most precious in our lives.

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