Apr
13
2015
7 Natural Ingredients X 7 Combinations = 7 DIY Homemade Baby Products

Posted at 1:00 PM on Apr 13, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Beth Klongpayabal

Apr 13th, 2015

Are you wanting to make your own  homemade baby products? Here are 7 recipes that use 7 natural ingredients. You just have to try them!

Feel confident that you are taking care of your baby naturally with these DIY baby products.  Gather these 5 natural ingredients and 2 multi-purpose essential oils, and make these homemade baby products.  These DIY baby product recipes will show you how to mix and create 7 simple baby care products naturally at home.

I’ll also share with you some easy steps on how you can buy quality essential oils at wholesale prices including the two that are featured in these recipes.

Essential Oils

Natural Ingredients

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DIY Baby Laundry Detergent

(safe for cloth diapers)

  • ⅓ cup Baby Mild Pure Castile Soap – Unscented
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
  • 10 drops Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Essential Oil
  1. Mix the soap, glycerin, and essential oil in a cup before adding to your washing machine.
  2. Wash on normal cycle.

For cloth diaper laundry:  Wash on your normal cycle adding an extra rinse if you desire.  This recipe will thoroughly clean your cloth diapers without leaving a residue.  The essential oil will kill odor causing bacteria and leave your diapers extra clean.

Cloth Diaper Sanitizer and Brightener

  • 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
  1. If you’re using prefolds, you can add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to your wash.

This will have natural sanitizing action that will kill bacteria and also remove stains.  Your prefolds will be brighter and whiter without bleach.

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Baby Wipes Solution

  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
  • 1 teaspoon Baby Mild Pure Castile Soap – Unscented
  • 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1 cup water
  1. Mix all ingredients.   Store mixture in a dark or colored container.  This solution will keep for a few weeks.

You can use this directly from a spray bottle on baby’s bottom and then wipe away with a clean cloth.  I prefer to store the cloths in the solution in a recycled wipes box.  This way they’re always ready and the diaper change is faster.

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DIY Baby Wash and Baby Shampoo

  • 1 teaspoon Baby Mild Pure Castile Soap – Unscented (about a dime sized amount in your palm)
  • 1 drop Vegetable Glycerin
  • 1 drop Lavender Essential Oil
  1. In your hand, combine the soap, glycerin, and lavender essential oil and swirl with your finger to combine.  Apply as a shampoo and body wash.
  2. Make sure to rinse thoroughly from hair and body.

The soap is very gentle on the skin, but it does not have the “tear free” chemicals found in many commercial baby shampoos.  So use extra caution taking great care not to get in baby’s eyes or mouth.

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DIY Cradle Cap Treatment

  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba Oil
  • 1 drop Lavender Essential Oil

Cradle Cap is very common but can be frustrating for parents.  Use this protocol to help clear away the buildup.

  1. Combine the jojoba and lavender in the palm of your hand and mix together with your fingertip.
  2. Apply the mixture directly to the scaly/crusty area of the scalp.  Careful not to get near the baby’s face.
  3. Gently massage the oil into the affected areas for 5 minutes to encourage absorption and softening of the scales and flakes.
  4. Let this sit during baby’s nap or about 2 hours if you can manage.
  5. Using a soft bristle baby brush, make small, gentle, circular motions all over the treated area. (NEVER scrape or peel the flakes.  This can damage your baby’s skin.)
  6. Use a baby comb to gently and patiently remove the loosened flakes.  If baby gets frustrated or anxious, cease this step and move to the next step where more loose flakes will be removed.
  7. Use the Soothing Baby Wash and Shampoo to wash out the jojoba oil residue and flakes.  You might want to rinse several times.

Don’t worry if some oil is left behind.  Jojoba oil is well absorbed by the hair and skin and acts as a non-greasy conditioner and softener.

The scales won’t all come off the first time, but this gentle treatment can be repeated daily until the area is clear of buildup.

The lavender oil will soothe the baby and help keep her calm while you treat her hair and scalp.  It can also help in healing any skin irritation that might arise on baby’s delicate skin.

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DIY Baby Safe Toy Cleaner

  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  1. Add peroxide to a spray bottle.  Do not dilute.  The 3% solution is strong enough to do the clean thoroughly and still be safe for children.
  2. Spray directly on toys, high chairs, play seats, and any other plastic or wood baby items.

This will kill germs and still be completely safe.  No need to rinse.  Allow to dry completely before putting in baby’s reach.

If you’re interested in getting started using quality essential oils, you can sign up here to get wholesale pricing and a personal welcome package from me.

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DIY Diaper Cream

Soothing for rashes and safe for cloth diapers

  • ½ cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  1. Mix the ingredients and store in a tightly sealed glass jar in a cool, dark place.  This diaper cream will become liquid if stored above 76 degrees F.  You can place it in the refrigerator in between uses.
  2. Apply at every diaper change to protect baby’s delicate skin.

The coconut oil is amazingly nourishing for baby’s bottom.  It moisturizes the skin and even has antimicrobial properties which can help prevent growth of bacteria in the warm, dampness between diaper changes.

The lavender essential oil can help the baby heal from a diaper rash or minor skin irritation.  It is also soothing and aromatherapeutic, calming baby and bringing a sense of peace and wellness.

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*BONUS recipe variation*

DIY Diaper Cream (when yeast is suspected)

Moisturizing and antifungal (kills yeast, yes!).   This cream is gentle on baby and safe for cloth diapers.

  • 1/2 tablespoon Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 drops Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Essential Oil
  1. Mix the ingredients.
  2. Apply liberally to the entire diaper area.

This is enough for a single use.  I like to mix up only as much as I need so as not to contaminate the storage container with any microbes.

Coconut oil and melaleuca alternifolia essential oil are both proven to be antifungal.  This will help alleviate the yeast.

You should change the baby’s diaper often if yeast is suspected so as not to give the yeast time to reproduce in a warm, dark, and moist environment.

You want the best for your sweet baby.  If you’ve read the ingredient list on your baby supplies then you might have wondered if there was a more natural approach.  These 7 ingredients X 7 combinations = 7 DIY baby products use proven gentle essential oils and natural ingredients to care for your little one naturally.

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Here are the easy steps to buy quality essential oils at wholesale prices.

 1. Click on this link and fill in your information.  Please use your laptop or desktop to sign-up, instead of your smartphone or tablet

 2. Be sure the “Wholesale Member” option is checked so that you don’t end up paying retail prices (which are 24% more than wholesale).

3. Be sure the “sponsor ID” and “enroller id” say 2599082 (This will confirm your order so I can send you your free book!)

4. If you do not feel comfortable putting in your social security number then you can get an EIN from the IRS and use that number instead (the IRS just needs to be able to connect some number with you for tax purposes – It’s super fast and easy to do!).   Young Living needs a Social Security Number or an EIN because if you make $600 or more per year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail (which is required by law).

Keep in mind that if you use an EIN, you will need to talk to your accountant about filing quarterly taxes.

Here’s the link for an EIN: https://sa1.www4.irs.gov/modiein/individual/index.jsp

Or, if you feel more comfortable, you can visit irs.gov and search for “Employer Identification Number (EIN).”

  1. Select which starter kit you want to get. My recommendation would be the Premium Starter Kit (and that’s the one that qualifies you for the free reference book that I’ll send out!)   All of the oils mentioned in this post are currently available in the Everyday Oils Essential Oils Collection which comes in your Premium Starter Kit.  You can get one of the kits that are $150, or you can get a kit for $160 with the bamboo essential oil diffuser.
  2. Step 3 is a completely OPTIONAL part of the sign-up process. If you’re going to be purchasing products monthly then it’s a great program that will give you credit back with each order and save you on shipping costs.
  3. Go through the checkout process.
  4.  After you sign up, send me (Beth) an email to vabethk@gmail.com letting me know that you signed up through me so that I will know to send you your book.  Feel free to ask any questions in the email and I will also help you find the information that you need.

 

Feb
16
2015
3 Must have things in your medicine cabinet – How to take care of a baby with the flu

Posted at 7:45 AM on Feb 16, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Feb 16th, 2015

Have a baby with the flu is one of the worst feelings in the world.  As a mom of four small children, I have had to deal with many of my kids with the flu.  In order to survive, you need to know how to take care of your baby  - here are the must have things to take care of your baby with the flu.

A couple of weeks ago the Flu hit our house HARD!  It was a two week long sickness that affected four of us – thankfully two of my kids got away without catching it.

The worst part of the flu, was when my baby girl got it. She is 18 months old now, and she was so very sick. It broke my heart!

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I think that for four days straight I laid on the couch with her laying on my chest. She was too sick to move, with a fever too high, and without an appetite.

I finally took her to the dr. after she was sick for 5 days, and the diagnosis was the officially FLU! Deep down I knew she had it, but didn’t want to take her for fear of infecting the other kids in the doctor’s office.

Here are the 3 must have things to take care of your baby with the flu:

1.) Medicine on hand

When Abby woke up with a fever I had no medicine in my cupboard. I had to send Mark out of the house very early in the morning to go grab some at the store!

When FeverAll reached out to me about their Acetaminophen Suppositories and I had no idea they even existed, and was so happy to find something that would help Abby with her fever.

The hardest part of the flu was trying to keep her hydrated and keep her fever down. We did a lot of warm baths, cool compresses, and snuggles.  At first, she would not take fever medication, so Mark and I had to hold her down on the floor and give it to her against her will.  It was heartbreaking for me to have to do that, but I also knew how terrible she felt with a high fever.

I so wish I had had some of this in my cupboard when she first came down with the flu, but I am thankful that I have it in my pantry now for when she gets a fever again.

Fever All

FeverAll Acetaminophen Suppositories is the only acetaminophen brand with dosing instructions for children as young as six months of age.  It is scary when your young child gets a high fever, and then you are told that there is nothing much you can do for them.

Thankfully we did not have the pukes with our flu, only a high fever and coughs.  There are many times when my kids do get a stomach bug and can’t keep medicine down, I can see FeverAll suppositories being a huge help in that instance too.

Make sure that you LIKE FeverAll on Facebook and print off a coupon to save $1.50 off here.

2.) A good thermometer

Okay – not to be gross or anything BUT…Does anyone have two thermometer in your house? One for ‘kids purposes’ and one for mouthes?  Has anyone looked at a thermometer and had the thought….”I hope this is the right one?”.  Then proceeded to chuck it in the garbage and go to the dollar store to buy a new one?

I hope I am not alone and emberass myself horribly!

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This Safety First Thermometer is AMAZING and you will never have to ask yourself that question again.

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It also comes with a handy fever chart on the back of the packaging that you can cut out and save for later.  This was helpful for me to know what a fever is, when measured on certain parts of the body.  I just wish this fever chart was somewhere on the actual thermometer, but I can tell you I will lose that chart in .2 seconds! (Safety 1st – if you are listening, can you make that happen for me, PLEEEAASE!)

3.) Your doctors phone number 

Call your Dr. if are concerned (I have mine on speed dial!). They are used to hearing all types of questions about babies.  Call your dr. if you have any questions about the flu or how to take care of your child – you are NOT pestering them and I can guarantee they have had more annoying patients that you anyways!

To see a video about these three things – you can watch the YouTube video below (or follow this link)

Having all three of these things on hand at any time will help you feel at ease when your baby comes down with the flu. Hopefully that doesn’t happen to you – but it is always good to be prepared!

Want to win a prize pack from FeverAll? You can head on over and enter to win here.

  • One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a $250 gift card to a FeverAll® U.S. retailer of his or her choice (CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens or Walmart; store selected on entry form) and a FeverAll® Fever Ready Prize Pack
  • Seventy five (75) additional winners will receive a FeverAll® Fever Ready Prize Pack that includes:
    • FeverAll® Infants’ Strength Acetaminophen Suppositories
    • Safety 1st® Gentle Read Rectal Thermometer
    • Real Simple® Dry-Erase Emergency Contact Decal

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Use FeverAll® only as directed. If you have specific questions about fever, acetaminophen or using FeverAll®, speak with your child’s pediatrician. FeverAll® is available at major retailers and drugstores across the U.S, such as Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreens. For more information and to print the current coupon offer, visit www.FeverAll.com.

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of FeverAll® Acetaminophen Suppositories. The opinions and text are all mine.

Oct
01
2014
5 Ways to Dress a Baby on a Budget

Posted at 8:00 PM on Oct 01, 2014 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Oct 1st, 2014

Are you having a new baby but are worried about how much money it will cost? Here are 5 ways to dress your baby on a budget.

I am a mommy of four beautiful children, and shopping for kids is SO expensive. My kids outgrow clothes before they wear out, so it is essential for me to purchase quality pieces for less money. When I had my first child I wanted everything new and perfect, but what I found is that there are so many cute outfits and they grow too fast to wear them all.

After my baby shower I washed all of his clothes, and folded them neatly in his drawer waiting for his arrival. When he was three months old, I realized that he had never worn even half of his clothes. I had washed them and taken their tags off, so I couldn’t return them. That made me wish that I had spent less money on clothing and learned how to dress him on a budget.

Learning the hard way, I thought I would share with you some of my tips and came up with 5 Ways to Dress a baby on a budget:

1.) Baby Shower Gifts

At your baby shower, have the person throwing it put something on the invitation asking your friends to gift clothing 6 months and larger. Most of my babies stayed in either onesies or sleepers until they were 6 months old. For me, I found getting them dressed in anything else was a big hassle. With my first child, this would have helped me to not have to go out and buy those 6+ month clothes right away, but rather wait for a sale to find their clothing.

2.) Hand Me Downs

Accept any and all hand me downs that you are offered. You can never have too many clothes with a baby, and what you don’t need you can always donate to someone else. Accept larger sized hand me downs as well. Larger clothing can neatly be tucked inside a bin and set aside for a few months or even years, then you don’t have to pay for it later.

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3.) Birthday Parties

Skip the toys for the first birthday, and tell everyone to buy clothing instead. We usually buy our child 1 toy for their first birthday, then the rest of the family buys your baby clothing in sizes 12 – 2 T.

4.) Shop end of the season clearance.

By shopping the end of the year clearance on big ticket items, you can save a lot of money. I normally purchase snow pants, coats, hats, mittens, boots, and bathing suits during the end of the season, and save a lot of money.

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5.) Don’t forget about Walmart.

Walmart has their own kids line of clothing newborn – 5T called Garanimals.  Garanimals clothing is carefully designed to provide babies and kids with affordable fashion and comfort while guaranteeing quality, value, and ease of shopping to parents.  They have some SUPER cute clothing at very reasonable prices.  They are actually the very first place I turn to because I can get a t-shirt and pants for around $7.00, plus the satisfaction of knowing that I didn’t blow my budget!

By following these 5 tips, you should be able to save a lot of money on your baby clothes and stick to a budget.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Garanimals. The opinions and text are all mine.

May
21
2014
*HOT* FREE Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad AND Free Jar of baby food at Price Chopper!

Posted at 1:31 PM on May 21, 2014 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

May 21st, 2014

FREE Price Chopper

 

There are two FREE coupons over at Price Chopper.com.

Get a coupon for a FREE Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad 

AND

A coupon for a FREE Jar of Beech-Nut Baby Food!

These coupons are downloadable coupons found under the Store Tab.

 

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There are two FREE coupons over at Price Chopper.com

 

May
12
2014
How to Make your Own Baby Food

Posted at 8:00 PM on May 12, 2014 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

May 12th, 2014
Making your own baby food is something that can save you SO much money! Here is a short video to show you how I make my daughter's baby food in two minutes or less:

There are two products that I highly recommend for making your own baby food.
Mar
28
2014
My poor baby has food allergies :(

Posted at 8:00 PM on Mar 28, 2014 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Mar 28th, 2014

Abby was born just like any other baby, but had issues nursing from the beginning.  She didn't have issues with the actual nursing part, it just seems like she was in pain whenever she ate. When she was three months old, I finally made the decision
Feb
15
2014
7 Must have baby products!

Posted at 9:11 PM on Feb 15, 2014 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Feb 15th, 2014

Abby is now 6 months old so I thought I would put together a list of my favorite must-have baby products to help many of you new moms out.  She is our 4th and last child and she has also been our most difficult so far.  We just started doing some s