My poor sweet Holland seems to have sensitive skin and is prone to diaper rash. It pains me to see her little tushy red and irritated. Last month I was dealing with yet another horrible diaper rash of hers that was so bad it sent us to the Pediatricians office. He prescribed some prescription ointment that swore it would clear up the flaming red broken-skin rash that covered 90% of her diaper region. Poor baby, it was awful. I started using the ointment immediately and was wiping away with your standard “gentle” baby wipes. I swear the rash continued to get worse with the ointment and the wipes probably stung every time I had to clean her up. It was just horrible.
I finally threw in the towel – and the standard baby wipes – and decided to make my own. I tossed the prescription ointment and all other diaper-rash creams right along with it. This girls booty was just too sensitive for all of that stuff.
The wipes that I started making helped to relieve the red irritated skin and calm the rash within 24-hours. And with each diaper change I let her hang out for as long as possible in the fresh air; anywhere from 5-20 minutes. She was able to air dry and get some fresh air to the skin which I think helped, also. Additionally, I started applying Coconut Oil and/or Aquaphor on the irritated skin, also, and that made a major difference, too!
My recipe for the wonder wipes:
1 Roll of Viva paper towel (the “Tough When Wet” ones)
2 Cups boiling water
2 Tablespoons Cetaphil body cleanser
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1/2 Teaspoon (or about 4-6 drops) of Lavender Oil
1 Container to store them in – I used a tall OXO pop-lid container
I used a non-serrated kitchen knife to cut about 1/3 of the roll of paper towel off so that it fit into the size container I have. The Viva “Tough When Wet” brand is the best because it is thick, absorbs the water/soap mixture well, and stands up to the duty (of, dooty!). The container that I have is the OXO brand pop-lid style container in the square 1.5qt size.This size container does require that you cut about 1/3 off of the paper towel off, but the size of the wipes are perfect and you really only need one or two per diaper-change when they’re this big. Other size or style containers could work, too. And the extra can be used as toilet paper because it fits on the roll and is super soft =) Shove the 2/3 roll of paper towel into the container and be sure to push it all the way down so that the lid can close securely to keep air out so it doesn’t dry out or attract mold.
Mix the ingredients together into the boiling water and stir well. The lavender oil is my favorite because it smells nice and is calming but you could do without or sub your preference. For the soap I wanted to use Cetaphil because it is very mild and for sensitive skin and I know it won’t leave a soap film on her tushy which is part of the problem with standard wipes. The Coconut Oil is the magic ingredient. Not only is it a moisturizer for the skin but because of the triglycerides in it, it works as a natural antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agent. It’s amazing, I tell ya. Your baby smelling like a pina colada might get a little old, but its worth it!
Pour the boiling water over the roll of paper towel in the container. Put the lid on and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Open the container up and pour out the excess liquid and then pour it back on top of the paper towel so that it all gets absorbed and none of it is wasted. After all of the water has been absorbed by the paper towel I put the lid back on for about 15 minutes to make sure that it keeps the moisture in and everything gets soaked through to all of the layers. Once it has cooled off a bit, pull the brown cardboard roll out of the center of the paper towel. It should come out in one spiral piece. Once you do that, you can start the roll from the center so each time you pull a piece, it will come from the middle. Just pull and tear as needed.
Tip: If you wanted to make a batch for a travel case, I’d suggest making them as suggested or in a big bowl and cover it with plastic wrap to ensure all of the paper towel gets soaked thoroughly as part of the process. You can either tear off the sheets individually and stack in a to-go case or you can unroll it into a pile versus a roll and put it in a case that way. If you do the second way, it will be easier to pull a few sheets at once should you have a big mess to clean up. Again, make sure the case closes securely so that the wipes don’t dry out, leak, or get moldy. Additionally, this would be the same method if you wanted to use one of the big disposable baby wipe containers in the nursery.
Hope this helps all of your little ones tushies!