New parents have a lot to consider these days. Aside from the usual dangers they have to protect their children from, we’re becoming increasingly aware of the chemicals and toxins used in some of the most common products. From baby diapers to plastic bottles to diapers themselves, it seems like nothing is truly safe. Your best defense is to be informed and choose natural solutions wherever possible. Here are some natural remedies for new moms.
1. Homemade Baby Wipes
Recently there has been concern over the ingredients used in commercial baby wipes. If you have ever looked on the label of your baby wipes, you’ll know it’s full of chemicals you’ve never heard of before. This recipe uses natural ingredients, like Aloe Vera, olive oil, and the powerful and organic Liquid Castille Soap.
2. Natural Teething Solution
There’s no secret to dealing with teething pain. Your baby will just have to bear it while the teeth cut through the gums. The best you can do it help them relieve the pain. You can do this using one (or several) of these remedies.
- Cold – Coldness numbs the pain the same way it numbs a sprained ankle. Stick a wet wash cloth in the freezer for a few minutes, then let your baby munch on it. You can soak it in Chamomile tea, too, which has shown to calm and soothe babies. If your pacifier or teether is safe for the freezer, try that as well.
- Pressure – Pressure overstimulates the nerve endings in a particular area, which blocks the brain from recognizing the pain. (It’s the same reason you rush to rub your elbow after banging it on a wall.) Offer a teether or rub your baby’s gums until you hear a squeaky sound.
3. Honey and Lemon Juice for a Sore Throat
Every child experiences that wet, chest-wracking cough at some point, but you don’t have to immediately turn to your medicine cabinet. Lemon is excellent at drying up mucus in the throat and carrying it down into the stomach where it’s dealt with and passed out. Honey is used to coat the mouth and throat, soothing the rough patches that have been coughed raw. Mix a spoonful of each, microwave for 20 seconds have your baby swallow a tiny bit of it at a time (no more than a teaspoon at once).
Caution: Honey is NOT suitable for children under a year old.
4. Homemade Diaper Rash Cream
Our skin is exposed to a dazzlingly number of chemicals on a daily basis. This is a real problem when you consider the delicate nature of children’s developing skin. You can buy natural diaper creams, but the best solution is made in your home. This recipe uses natural ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, zinc oxide powder, bentonite clay.
5. Chamomile Tea for Colic
Colic is an unfortunate conditions that plagues a lot of babies. It’s suspected that the crying is a result of painful, trapped gas that your baby can’t expel. Chamomile tea has an interesting property that helps a person calm down and relax their muscles. After steeping the tea, let it cool to room temperature and put a couple ounces in your baby’s bottle. (Don’t offer more than two ounces or baby will be too full to eat.)
Mom Christine Barlow is the inventor of 5 Phases eco-friendly and non-toxic baby bottles, the safest and healthiest way to bottle feed your baby. Her inspiration in creating an alternative to traditional feeding bottles came after the birth of her 1lb 7oz micro-preemie baby. Having a compromised child, she became aware how environmental factors were affecting our children. With all the concerns of plastics and infants being the most vulnerable, she felt there was a need for more options for parents who wanted to use glass. She knew she had to act – and the 5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottles were born.
5 Phases is dedicated to helping families achieve a healthier and organic lifestyle. Starting with baby, they develop products keeping both the environment and health of your family in mind. And when it comes to your baby nothing else will do – Christine knows, she’s a mom too!
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