Today I just wanted to share on caring for your newborns skin , care for belly button and circumcisions…
Since I am new to blogging and not sure how the legal aspects work..I just want to make sure I give credit to where credit is due.. Which is to www.bulkherbstore.com ..If you want to know anything as far as how to find herbs, how they work and how to make tinctures and salves, you really need to check out her blog, website and You Tube videos .. Her Making Babies Series is amazing.. I love it and am addicted to making all of the things inside the book and on the DVDs that I ordered with it..
So first off… My babies have always had sensitive skin… Washing my babies clothes in “Dreft” is a must for us.. I haven’t yet looked into natural laundry soaps for babies, we use the homemade version laundry soap for our clothes and love it so far, but have not tried washing Trenton’s clothes in it.. Next, I put Trenton into the Huggies brand diapers to start off with until I was up and going enough to mess with cloth diapers that I had bought.. BIG MISTAKE.. He immediately had a horrible reaction.. I switched to Pampers Sensitive and went to my cloth diapers and that fixed it.. Next is wipes.. I use Pampers Sensitive, they have been the best by far if your baby has sensitive skin.. I was going to make my own, but I tried it in the past and wasn’t that impressed, so these work and I don’t have to mess with cutting through paper towels which is worse than scratching a chalk board for me..LOL !!!!
Ok…. so right off in the first 48 hours Trenton had extremely sensitive skin.. Worst case I have ever seen with any of my kids.. I immediately made up some bath water made with the Bulk Herb Store mix of Baby Bath Herbs.. You take a 1/2 cup of the mixture of herbs and pour into 5 cups of hot water not boiling and let sit and strain like a tea.. then pour into the bath water .. It worked amazingly…( a mixture of lavender,rosemary,rose petals, and yarrow.)… then I rubbed him down with the baby cream that I made also from the Making Babies series.. mixture of ( Calendula, rose petals, lavender, coconut oil, aloe, vit E, grapefruit extract)…these are all wonderful healing, soothing and anti-fungal herbs and with the baby cream you are adding great things for the skin like vit e, coconut ect.. this all made a huge, noticeable difference.. it cleared his skin immediately and I haven’t used anything else since.. You might wonder about it not being soap and getting your baby clean, but lavender is a natural bacteria fighter and it acts as antibacterial soap..
On to the belly button care.. I am so amazed at these young moms I talk to that don’t have a clue.. I have always used straight alcohol and a cotton ball , and it works, but I came across a recipe for a tincture, made with rosemary, Calendula, and comfrey, again all good skin healing herbs, you pour alcohol over these herbs and store for up to 7-14 days, I did this months ahead.. then strain and put into a tincture jar( small glass bottle with a dropper) .. I immediately started using this on Trenton, and his cord was gone in 4 days.. much sooner than all my other babies.. it healed up very nicely.. at every diaper changing, I took a cotton ball saturated it in the tincture, and dropped a few drops on to the cord, make sure you get in the crevices.. of course if it is raw or bloody, the alcohol DOES burn.. just blow on it.. baby will be fine in a few seconds.. So again awesome stuff. I had a whole bottle practically left, I have been putting it on the kids bug bites and it works great and poison ivy.. although the Bulk Herb Store just posted a new video on a poison ivy tincture.. Haven’t tried that yet though. but will be soon..
Now to the Circumcision care.. if you decide to circumcise this is a must have.. We had Trenton circumcised, it was a lot later than we planned because of my health, and I won’t go into it, but it did not go so well.. but anyway… they recommended I only put antibiotic cream on although I had the salve made up, I went with their instructions, I went through 2 tubes of antibiotic cream, and when I ran out I switched to the salve I pre made.. I finally realised later that the tip had been over cut on the side and it was really having a hard time healing.. once I started lathering the salve on it started to heal, and he started to become less fussy.. It is great stuff!! I also gave a can of it to each of my boys (the recipe made 5 cans) to keep for the excema on their legs, they were scratching until they bled.. it’s has really helped to heal them up.. the mixture is (lavender, Calendula, rosemary, comfrey, and coconut oil) cooked and made into a slave with beeswax.. Again all of these recipes and the exact directions are in their books or videos, you can watch them all for free on You Tube..
So now we are all healed and from cord, circumcision , raw butts and sensitive skin.. I will continue to use the “bath herbs” for a while and continue making the creams .. I feel much more comfortable putting this on my baby’s skin than anything else… and I enjoy making it and seeing how the things God put on this earth for us to use, works so great.. So that’s my spin on caring for a newborns skin.. they don’t need tons of baths, that will dry out their skin, make sure you clean under their necks and folds and that they dry out completely before you dress and diaper them.. airing out their tushies is the best remedy for diaper rash and change their diapers frequently.. and SUNSHINE… wonderful for newborns especially for keeping jaundice away or helping resolve it.. a few minutes at a time throughout the day.. works wonders.. If your baby is having lots of blistery diaper rashes, switch to a sensitive or hypo allergenic diaper and if that doesn’t help, you need to see what is going into his body, (whether breast or bottle fed) that might be causing the problem.. HAPPY TAKING CARE OF YOUR BABY!!! with every one of them it’s a new learning experience and everyone is different, I learn new things all the time.. and I am sure I will face new challenges everyday..