Natural Baby Care Tips
Once you have your much-awaited baby in your arms, you’ll feel like no harm can get between you and your baby. All you want is for your baby to be happy and healthy no matter what. Having a baby is easy, but there are some natural baby care tips that will help you continue to protect and nurture your little one.
Cloth diapers are a great natural alternative to piles of dirty diapers causing trash bag after trash bag to pile up. If you’re concerned that cloth diapers aren’t as sanitary as disposable ones, you’ll be delighted to find that they’re just as sanitary and are actually better for your baby.
To keep your cloth diapers clean and smelling fresh, follow these easy steps: Once you remove a soiled diaper, immediately place it in a designated diaper pail. Empty the diaper pail every other day in order to keep the stink at bay. Start with a cold rinse, and then do the actual washing in hot water.
As far as detergent goes, only use a quarter of the amount recommended by the manufacturer so that your baby won’t be affected by any harsh chemicals. Do a second rinse in the warmest water possible. Some parents do an extra rinse just to be safe and then dry on warm. Whatever you do, don’t use harsh chemicals like bleach or stain remover. Fabric softeners (even dryer sheets) can potentially harm your baby.
If you’ve decided to breastfeed as an alternative choice for bottle feeding, good for you! Breastfeeding is all natural and good for the baby and our planet. Not to mention it’s great for you and your body as well. Breastfeeding has very basic but important benefits. While your baby is still only a few days old, breast milk provides your baby’s immune system with important protective antibodies.
It’s been medically noted that breast-fed babies are much more resistant to asthma, diabetes, ear infections, respiratory infections, skin rashes, even diarrhea and later on – obesity.
If you decide breastfeeding just isn’t right for you, that’s okay too! Many women tend to opt out of breastfeeding so that they can go back to work and so their partner will have just as much of an opportunity to feed the baby as they do.
Many companies provide natural brands of organic baby formula, such as soy formula. There are also different recipes for homemade formula. Before you try out the homemade formula on your baby, make sure your doctor says it’s okay.
To make a goat’s milk natural formula, take 12-13 ounces of liquid goat’s milk and mix it with 18-19 ounces of mountain spring water. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and mix. Warm it with hot water from the tap, but make sure the milk is warm – not hot.