How do you make a baby bath wash or soak with natural ingredients? Our guide gives you easy recipes and explains why this is better than bought chemical ones.
Not all bath products for babies are free from irritating ingredients. You should therefore use homemade additives for any baby bath wash or soak.
You have to be extra careful when it comes to bath products for babies. Because the sensitive baby skin does not tolerate aggressive additives and also has some very special needs. For this reason, it is important to choose the ingredients for baby-friendly care products very carefully.
Why you should make your own baby bath wash
Baby skin cannot be compared to adult skin. It is more sensitive and also has serious differences in terms of composition. For example, the pH of the skin in newborns is 6.5 and only drops to the later constant pH of 5.5 in the course of the following weeks. The increased skin pH contributes to better protection against germs that prefer acidic values.
The skin of babies is also much more permeable than that of toddlers and adults. In addition, it shows an increased sebum production in the first weeks of life, which represents a natural skin protection. Artificial bath additives can quickly destroy this protective film, which is why babies are best cleaned with water only in the first two months after birth.
Then you need to think about baby-friendly bath products. It is important to use a pH-neutral bath additive that is free of artificial colors and preservatives. Plasticisers and perfume additives are also sometimes very aggressive to baby skin, weaken the cells or irritate the skin.
Homemade bath products are a wonderful alternative in view of the many ingredients that can always be found in purchased care products. Here you decide yourself what goes into the care products for the baby and thus prevents harmful chemicals in the bath additives for the baby. Mild herbs such as chamomile and skin-friendly vegetable oils are highly recommended.
Baby-friendly oil bath
If you want to give your baby an oil bath, you should only use high-quality vegetable oils such as safflower oil or olive oil . If sunflower oil is used, it must have a low proportion of oleic acid, which does not change the pH of the baby’s skin and thus protects it from drying out. In addition, nutrient oils (e.g. with a high vitamin E content) are a good choice. The oils have an antioxidant and moisturizing effect on the baby’s skin. They also support cell regeneration and strengthen the dermal cell walls.
Ingredients for the oil bath:
- in the baby bath: 1 teaspoon of cooking oil
- in the bathtub: 3 tablespoons of cooking oil
Milk bath for the baby skin
A nice addition to many baby-friendly bath additives is natural bath milk, which gives baby skin important proteins, minerals and vitamins. Thanks to the added milk, the skin also becomes nice and soft and is better protected against itching. Many mothers use their own breast milk in this context. But ordinary whole milk, buttermilk or whey and even cream are also suitable milk additives for the baby bath. Buttermilk and whey are said to have a particularly good effect against skin diseases such as neurodermatitis, psoriasis and acne. But you have to be careful when dosing the dairy products in the bath water.
Ingredients for a milk bath in the baby bath:
- 20 ml breast milk, butter milk, whey or fresh whole milk
- alternatively 10 ml cream
Ingredients for the milk bath in the bathtub:
- 500 ml breast milk, buttermilk, whey or fresh whole milk
- alternatively 250 ml cream
Chamomile bath for the baby
Chamomile is one of the most important skin-friendly medicinal herbs that are suitable even for babies. Their gentle and calming effect helps with sore spots on the baby’s buttocks as well as with inflammation, pain or itching. Chamomile is therefore made for a cozy bath.
Ingredients for the carrycot:
- 2 tsp chamomile flowers
- 10 ml breast milk or fresh whole milk
Ingredients for conventional bathtubs:
- 1 handful of chamomile flowers
- 250 ml breast milk or fresh whole milk
Tip: The chamomile flowers are best placed in bulk beforehand or as a tea bag in a cup of hot water. After a brewing time of 5 to 10 minutes you can then filter the herbs and add the tea to the bath water. You can then reuse the tea bag .
Skin-friendly cereal baths for the baby
Similar to milk, cereals are rich in nutrients that are good for baby’s skin. In addition to proteins, magnesium, zinc and vitamin E should be mentioned here. Oat and bran are recommended bath additives for the baby, with one of the two cereals being used separately.
Ingredients for the bran bath:
- 50 g wheat bran in the baby bath
- 100 g wheat bran for the bathtub
- additional 10 ml milk (baby bath) or 250 ml milk (bath tub)
Ingredients for the oat bath:
- in the carrycot: 3 tablespoons of oatmeal
- in the bath: 1 handful of oatmeal
The use of soap or cotton bags is ideal for a cereal bath. Fill this up with the grain and hang the bag on a cord in the bath water. It works wonderfully with herbs such as chamomile. However, cereals should soak a little longer in advance, so that the healing essences can be more easily removed from the cereal grains. For this purpose, you can press the sachet from time to time while bathing.
Author: Genevieve Dumas is a food, fashion, health and beauty writer from New York, who has worked for a range of major magazines.