By Debra, Contributing Writer
With April being DIY month here at Modern Alternative Pregnancy, I thought I would share a recipe for diaper rash cream. I was going to do my research, and develop a wonderful cream. I enjoy making body products, and have done my fair share if them.
Then I got to thinking about it. I would love and use that cream, but when it was gone I probably would not make it again. Why? I already have a diaper rash cream I love. I guess you could call it a DIY diaper cream, except the “do” part is insanely limited. It is more like “it yourself”.
What is it?
That. Is. It. Pure straight coconut oil. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, smells good, feels good, and works. Both of my kids did have a yeast infection at some point, but other than those times I have used nothing else save EVCO and allowing their bottoms to air out.
The fact that it is safe for cloth diapers, and I always have it around for baking, are just two more bonuses.
5 More Uses of Coconut Oil for Baby and Belly
My love for coconut oil does not stop there. I have many things I use it for, but I decided to limit them to my favorite uses for pregnancy and babies. This is, after all, a pregnancy blog.
What does that have to do with pregnancy or babies?
Glad you asked.
I actually decided to switch to a natural deodorant after I had Christopher. I knew it would be better for my health, but the biggest factor was the fact that my baby’s nose was right there many times a day while nursing and snuggling. When I thought about my baby breathing right beside my chemical-filled deodorant, I could not use it anymore!
Coconut oil is just one of the ingredients in an effective homemade deodorant recipe. I originally made this one from Passionate Homemaking, and it does a good job, but I also want to try this one from Keeper of the Home at some point, as it is designed to stay solid.
Just make sure to use Extra Virgin for the antibacterial properties. My sisters learned that out!
Baby Bed Head/Bald Spot
You know how babies get that stiff/frizzy/kinky hair on the back of their head from sitting in the carseat, ect? Often times it even goes bald. I did not think much about it with my son, but my daughter was a different story. She was born with a LOT of hair and the frizzy part stood out a few inches every morning!
I used coconut oil to help get the tangles out, and discovered that it completely unfrizzed the hair and made it healthy and smooth again. I was so happy!
When my daughter was about 9-11 months we had a really rough time with her. She was never calm and bed time was a terrible. Turns out she was intolerant to corn and eggs, but we did not know that at the time.
That is mostly the lavender oil at work, but the coconut oil is a great carrier as it is also a lotion.
Yeast infections tend to happen more during pregnancy, so I figure it is good to go here.
Extra Virgin Coconut oil is naturally anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial. Consuming it helps to kill bad bacteria in your gut, balancing out your gut flora and thus preventing yeast from being able to grow into a problem.
I am actually trying to take coconut oil regularly as part of trying to heal my gut, and get rid of Candida Yeast overgrowth. I will let you know how it goes .
All natural, and could not be easier! I have used it a lot on both of my kids, and have actually never used baby lotion on them. If you want it to be more lotion Little House on the Prairie Living gives instructions for that.
So, my 6 favorite uses of coconut oil for pregnancy and baby are:
- healing diaper rashes (cloth diaper safe!)
- deodorant (with a few more ingredients)
- baby bead head/damaged hair
- calm down baby message (with lavender)
- killing and preventing yeast
- baby lotion