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Thursday, July 16, 2015

DIY: Diaper Spray made with Canadian Love

So we're in baby mode at our house (read about our baby-love here), and of course with all that baby-love comes that dirty business of diapers.  




My baby is currently three weeks old, and we're back to using cloth diapers. (See why we cloth diaper here).  And if you already cloth diaper and are laundering diapers anyway, you may as well use cloth wipes which work best with a diaper spray solution.  So this morning I concocted a diaper spray that I am so excited to share.

This diaper spray is easy to make!

By the way, even if you don't cloth diaper, you can still use this spray with cloth wipes. Start with what is manageable for you. Not to mention, that using cloth wipes is so much more effective in clean-up than using disposable wipes which often just don't have the pick-me up of cloth fibre. . .and simply wipe the "mess" around.



Ingredients:

  • 2 cups tea--chamomile or lavender and/or both:
    • 1 cup chamomile tea--I used Manitoba-grown Blue Lagoon organic chamomile tea
    • 1 cup lavender tea--I used Quebec-grown Bleu Lavande tea
      • read about why I use lavender tea instead of lavender essential oil here
  • 1 Tb. raw honey--I used Manitoba-made John Russell honey
  • 2 Tb. Canadian-grown oil--I used Manitoba Harvest hemp oil
  • 2 Tb. castile soap--I used Canadian-made Green Beaver castile soap that is made with locally harvest organic sunflower oil instead of imported olive oil
  • 4-8 drops of naturally antiseptic essential oil--I used Quebec-grown & distilled Aliksir Poplar Balsam essential oil.
    • read about my journey with discovering true Canadian-made essential oils here

 


Directions:

1. Make the two cups of tea. Steep for desired strength. I used one TB of loose tea, or 1 tea bag per cup.

2. Allow the tea to cool slightly. While still warm (but not hot) add the honey.  You don't want heat to destroy the raw enzymes of the honey & the beneficial components of the essential oil.

3. Once the honey is dissolved you can add the remainder of the ingredients. Stir. Pour in a spray bottle (preferably glass).

4. Use this spray with resuable cloth wipes.  Shake well before each use.


Makes 2 cups. Store in dark glass bottle away from the sun.

 


What makes this Diaper Spray so Canadian-esque & Special:

  • Healthy bums make happy babies!
    • This diaper spray is free of  harmful ingredients & preservatives found in diaper wipes. Have you ever read the ingredients used in disposable wipes? Crazy!  Note: if you can't pronounce the words you probably shouldn't be putting on your baby.
    • Beneficial ingredients to promote healing--ingredients that are read-able & familiar! Feel good everytime you spray your baby's bottom. Not only does this diaper spray clean that bottom, but it also encourages healing:
      • Hemp oil--contains fatty acids that nourish & moisterize the skin
      • Lavender--naturally antiseptic with antifungal properties; speeds up healing
      • Chamomile--effective in soothing skin and is an anti-oxidant. Both lavender & chamomile are used to treat eczema
      • Honey--naturally antiseptic and loaded with enzymes and nutrients
  • It's a sustainable approach for living.  Instead of buying box after box of diaper wipes which end up in the landfill, simply use this spray with cloth wipes.
  • Saves $$$. Yup, that's important when living with a tight budget.
  • It boasts only local/Canadian ingredients--one component of our proposal for Wholly Canadian living.  Supporting Canadian farmers & Canadian business is possible even in the nursery {grin}.

 

 

 

For an all-purpose Canadian household disinfectant spray check out this recipe. Very handy for cleaning those nursery "spills" & "sprays."


If you missed our previous posts about what we packed in our baby bag to get ready for the baby, and how we prepared our nursery--make sure to check it out!



And our course if you know of a baby on the way or have a baby in your life, make sure to check out "Canada's BEST Baby Registry"--for gifts filled with true love that are either made locally or fair-trade.

 


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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Wholly Canadian Baby Arrived

We are delighted to share that our baby arrived!

Hudson James

 

Pictured a few hours post birth


June 20th

9 lbs and 9 ounces

 


Here is why we picked the name:

Hudson—a derivative of a Germanic/ Saxon origin: “ of hood”— protector; heart
James—New Testament form of Jacob (a family name); also one of the disciples of Christ

 

Men of Note:
Hudson Taylor—influential missionary to China in the 19th C
Henry Hudson—explorer credited with discovering Hudson’s Bay in the 17th C


Big Brother pictured wearing Mabel Retro's navy shortalls


So now we're in full blue mode with our two little guys. {grin} My husband and I feel so blessed to be able to raise these boys to be men of character & integrity. Our prayer is that they will be men of valour.


If you missed our previous posts about what we packed in our baby bag to get ready for the baby, and how we prepared our nursery--make sure to check it out!



And our course if you know of a baby on the way or have a baby in your life, make sure to check out "Canada's BEST Baby Registry"--for gifts filled with true love that are either made locally or fair-trade.


What is your favourite Canadian-made baby item? Share with us:)




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