My Favourite Natural Products for Kids and Babies

About four or five years ago I went to a friend’s house. At the time she was trying to conceive and was showing me how (on a recommendation from her doctor) she had changed all her cleaning products and toiletries to natural products in a bid to help rebalance her hormones. I remember being in awe of her citrus scented vinegar jars and the beautiful branding on her all natural hand soaps.

I’ll admit it was the minimal aesthetic and fancy bottles that won me over initially. But knowing that Gavin and I were going to start a family soon, I had already started to grow suspicious of the growing number of chemicals in my house and after seeing my friend’s success, I decided to start making the transition toward more natural options for us as a family. After many years of trial and error, (and unfortunately, I’ve found that with natural products there seems to be quite a lot of error) I thought I’d list some of my favourites for kiddos and babies alike.

Whilst nappy rash was never a frequently recurring thing in our household, there were few things that brought a tear to my eye like my boy screaming and clenching his little bum while I wiped. Weleda nappy cream was my saviour in these situations. It was gentle and seemed to provide him with instant relief when applied.

I used nappy bags only on occasion when there was a very bad stink to be dealt with, but honestly, I found them useful mainly for putting wet or soiled clothes in when out and about. Naty by Nature Babycare Eco Disposal Nappy Bags are great because they’re just like plastic bags but 100% compostable and biodegradable.

In the beginning, I used a few different brands for wipes as whilst they all seemed much the same I was always a bit put off by the ones with strong fragrances. WaterWipes Sensitive Baby Wipes were excellent for this reason and I would highly recommend especially for those with teeny tiny newborns. My Mum always told me that newborns only need to be wiped with warm water and cotton wool in the beginning. Waterwipes are a more convenient version of that. If you’re wanting to score eco points with biodegradable wipes, Jackson Reece Herbal Baby Wipes are a great option too.

For cradle cap (which Ethan had a rather persistent case of) I used a combination of MooGoo Scalp Cream which was fantastic. If I had none of that, I would sometimes just use olive oil, I would leave that to soak and then comb off the loose flakes with a super soft brush. Worked a treat!

Now that Ethan’s a bit more grown up, I’m still experimenting with kids bathroom products. The current favourites are Professor Scrubbingtons Cotton Soft Bubble Bath and Professor Scrubbingtons Magically Foaming Hair and Body Wash. I really like this brand. I find some natural products have very herbal scents or none at all. With these two I can’t stop sniffing Ethan’s hair when he’s out of the bath. Plus the foam squirter on the Hair and Body Wash dispenser is pretty cool. I also find this lasts for ages as you don’t need much for a good scrub.

I’m not strict that everything I use is 100% natural like some folks I know. But like most things in life, I figure if I can get 80% there, then I’m happy with that. Life’s for living too, and quite frankly, as a parent, I find that sometimes urgency and/or convenience trumps everything else.

I would love to hear if there are any natural products you use and love.
I’m currently on the lookout for a good natural toothpaste for Ethan and natural deodorant that actually works for me. Any and all suggestions very welcome!

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We use Kingfisher kids toothpaste for the little teeth in our house and I use Pitrox deodorant on myself. I have tried a few and so far it’s the best (Faith in Nature was awful!).
I really like waterwipes but at home we just use cheeky wipes and chuck them in the wash every few days.

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Oooohhh what are these cheeky wipes you speak of? Must give Kingfisher toothpaste a go.

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http://www.cheekywipes.com/

I recommend them to everyone with a new baby, they really don’t take a lot of effort.

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The Weleda nappy cream is my absolute favourite and I now buy one for any pregnant lady I know. It works so quickly and we even used it on dribble rash and it helped get rid of that too.
And also another vote for water wipes here, our boy had really sensitive skin as a baby but I knew I wanted to use these anyway and I’m glad I did as the one time we used a pack of normal wipes he got a terrible reaction. They are more expensive but I used to get them on subscription from amazon which made them a little cheaper

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Never thought of using it on dribble rash too! Ethan used to get a terrible case of that. There are some things I don’t mind spending money on and wipes was one of them. It seemed worth it to me.

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We use cloth wipes, soooo much more effective at cleaning up mucky bums than disposable. Also a die hard fan of Pai skincare, their petit pai cream is the only thing that has worked on my daughters eczema.

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I’ve never heard of Pai. Off to look them up! As for using cloth wipes, do you just chuck them in the washing machine on their own or with other clothes?

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We use cloth nappies too so they all go in together but if we were just using the wipes then I’d probably chuck them in with towels so its not running a machine with just a few wipes in.

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Neals yard deod works okay, smells nice too. Worth a go! Also love their baby wash

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Neals Yard everything smells lush!

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Definitely Cheeky Wipes – my daughter was super sensitive (nappy rash to the extreme), even reacting to the chemicals in Water Wipes if we didn’t then follow with cotton wool and water. Cheeky wipes have been marvellous (face and bottom – obviously not the same ones, we have 2 different colour coded sets!!)

Related but not quite the theme of this post – what house cleaning products do people recommend? We use the Method bathroom cleaner but I’m keen to move our other household cleaners to natural versions where possible. Any particularly good ones I should investigate? Thank you!

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I use method in the kitchen and really like it.

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Annie I was thinking of doing a natural household cleaners post in the new year, good to know at least one person would be interested! We use natural everything for cleaning. A mix of shop bought and bulk homemade.

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Please do this post on cleaning products!! I want to switch but don’t have the time or money for trial and error!!

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I definitely second interest in a post about natural cleaning products!

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I would love to switch to all natural products but I can’t see past the ridiculous prices and I also sometimes feel things are not as clean!? I’m probably completely wrong.

I used water wipes on my tiny newborn last year and hated them. They were so wet (And cold) that they actually contributed to the terrible nappy rash my son had. My HV told me at the time that sometimes the expensive brands are actually not as good. I switched to Huggies which are actually also 99% water based and worked much better for us (not to mention less than half the price)

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I agree with you about water wipes, never liked them.

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I think that’s why I’ve tried and tested things, for me some things are worth the extra cost and some are not.

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My sister makes all her own baby wipes and her own cleaning products. I think Castille Soap / fractionated coconut oil etc are the base for most of them which you can buy on Amazon. She is an essential oil fan so adds oils for scent, antibacterial properities etc. She totally swears by it! She also reckons air fresheners are just about the worst thing you can have if you are interested in reducing your toxic load. The base ingredient seems expensive when you buy up front but she says it saves her a fortune in the long run. Heaps of vids on You Tube for this.
I’m totally crap and not as motivated as her so I used Method cleaners but all my other products are chemicalled up to the max……must improve for 2018!

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I’m pretty similar to your sister Nikki, I love making household cleaners. It’s like fun chemistry or making witchy spells. So fun. I’m also a big big no-no for air fresheners and much prefer a diffuser with essential oils 🙂

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I also love the weleda nappy cream and use the shampoo and body wash from the same range. It worked wonders on my son’s cradle cap and we still use it now he’s 4. We had a brief period of trying Johnson’s shampoo but he very quickly developed a nasty flaky scalp so we returned to weleda. He had bad eczema as a baby and still has really sensitive skin so the calendula range seems to suit him. In my house I use method bathroom and kitchen cleaners and have been so impressed that I’m switching everything over as I run out of products. After a day of cleaning I’d notice myself getting quite chesty and coughing which I thought nothing of until switching to method for environmental reasons. No more coughing, has made me really wonder about the chemicals in all these products. I don’t find the price that bad, it seems to be on offer in Tesco quite a lot.

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Now that Tesco sell Method it has definitely come down in price! It used to be even more of a fortune. Bright side of the big supermarkets I suppose. I love their products.

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We like the Childs Farm products and I also rated the Naty by Nature Babycare Disposable Bibs when I started weaning Lyra.

Like Sarah said above, water wipes made Jenson’s nappy rash worse, which was such a shame as I loved the idea behind them x

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Oh i didn’t know they did disposable bibs as well! Its funny how much one thing works a treat for some kids and doesn’t agree at all with others 🙂

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Another vote for Cheeky wipes here, you use them with essential oils so they smell amazing! My wee boy loves smelling them when I wipe his face! 😂 http://www.cheekywipes.com/
Love the Child’s Farm shampoo and body wash sweet orange, I can’t stop sniffing his hair and it doesn’t sting his eyes.

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Meant to say, we just wash the cheeky wipes in with a normal wash and they come out fine.

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My daughter is 18 months old now and we’ve just started using cheeky wipes instead of baby wipes for hand and face washing after meals – I do still use the normal wipes for nappies but at least we are cutting down on how many we get through.
I’m pregnant again so a bit anti chemicals at the moment – I’ve Jutland started mixing a vinegar/water solution to clean the bathroom with instead of my trusty old Viakal and it does a pretty good job!
I’d also love a post on other house hold cleaners you can make at home!

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Naomi I’d also like a natural household cleaner post please!
We love Childs Farm products, they smell so good but are so gentle. Also a huge fan of cheeky wipes for hands and faces, we must have saved a fortune on wipes with my two grubby little ones. Also great used dry for snotty noses! x

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