DIY Natural Skincare for Babies: Simple Recipes for Sensitive Skin

As mothers, we strive to give our babies the best start in life, and that includes what we put on their delicate skin. There has been a significant shift towards natural skincare in recent years, and for good reason. Natural ingredients are gentle, safe, and free from the harsh chemicals often found in commercial products. Today, I’ll share some of my all-time favorite simple recipes for sensitive skin, ideal for babies and the whole family!

Why Choose Natural Skincare for Babies?

Babies have sensitive skin that is more prone to irritation and dryness. Natural skincare products are less likely to cause allergic reactions or irritation compared to synthetic alternatives. They also tend to be more eco-friendly and cost-effective.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, then you will know that I started Petit Jovial when I couldn’t find skincare for my son that was natural and gentle enough for his skin. Although Petit Jovial is on pause, I’ve kept a rule to have skincare that is as pure and simple as possible. The fewer the ingredients, the better.

Fun Fact: Natural Baby Skincare has Always Been Around

Did you know that in ancient Egypt, mothers used olive oil and honey to care for their babies’ skin? These natural ingredients were cherished for their moisturizing and antibacterial properties, much like they are today.

Basic Ingredients for DIY Baby Skincare

Before diving into recipes, it’s essential to understand the ingredients commonly used in natural baby skincare. Here are a few staples:

Coconut Oil: Moisturizes and soothes dry skin.

Shea Butter: Rich in vitamins A and E, it helps to nourish and protect the skin.

Oatmeal: Has anti-inflammatory properties that are excellent for soothing irritated skin.

Calendula: Known for its healing properties, it’s perfect for diaper rashes and minor skin irritations.

Aloe Vera: Provides hydration and has healing properties.

DIY Skincare: Simple Recipes for Sensitive Skin

1. Gentle Baby Lotion

This simple lotion keeps your baby’s skin soft and moisturized.


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 drops of chamomile essential oil (optional)


  1. Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the olive oil.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then add the chamomile essential oil.
  4. Pour into a glass jar and let it solidify. Store in a cool, dry place.

Application: Use a small amount to massage into your baby’s skin after bath time.

 2. Soothing Oatmeal Bath

Oatmeal baths are perfect for calming irritated skin and treating conditions like eczema.


  • 1 cup of finely ground oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup baking soda


  1. Mix the oatmeal and baking soda in a bowl.
  2. Run a warm bath and sprinkle the mixture into the water.
  3. Stir the water to ensure the ingredients are well-dissolved.

Application: Let your baby soak in the bath for 10-15 minutes, then gently pat their skin dry.

 3. Diaper Rash Cream

This homemade diaper rash cream is both effective and gentle on your baby’s skin.


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets
  • 1 tablespoon zinc oxide powder
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)


  1. Melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the zinc oxide powder and lavender essential oil.
  3. Pour into a small jar and let it cool.

Application: Apply a thin layer to your baby’s clean, dry bottom at each diaper change.

Tips for Success

To ensure you make great simple recipes for sensitive skin without wasting any product here are three important tips:

1. Patch Test: Always do a patch test on a small area of your baby’s skin before using any new product.

2. Freshness: Use fresh ingredients and store your homemade products properly to prevent spoilage.

3. Simplicity: Keep your recipes simple to minimize the risk of reactions.

Creating your own natural skincare products for your baby is a fulfilling way to ensure their skin stays healthy and protected. With these simple recipes, you can provide gentle care with ingredients you trust.

Until next time, Tania xx

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