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10 Mom And Baby-Friendly Uses For Coconut Oil
Call me a crunchy mom but I just love me some natural remedies! One of my favorites: coconut oil. I can’t get enough of this stuff, I use it on and for EVERYTHING! From cooking to first aid, it is my go-to baby, mommy, and even household item (Hint: wood polish). I could write a book just by listing all the things I have used coconut oil for. But to save you from hours in front of the computer screen, I have listed the top 10 ways we use coconut oil in our home.
I love our bedtime routine. The gentle bath, the warm snuggles, the bright story books: it’s my favorite part of the day! And along with all that is a massage for my little guy using coconut oil. It is a perfect natural moisturizer. Even in the middle of winter, coconut oil helped keep the flaky skin away.
It’s not as cute as it sounds but, thankfully, it’s pretty easy to get rid of. All you need to do is massage coconut oil onto your little one’s scalp and leave in for 20 minutes. Rinse the oil off with warm water and use a soft bristle brush to comb away any loose flakes. You can repeat a few days later if needed.
Diaper rashes are no fun for a baby. Once they have one, the most important thing to do is keep the area dry and clean which sounds impossible considering what goes on inside those diapers. But coconut oil can help since it acts as a barrier, has antimicrobial properties, and contains lauric acid which helps treat bacterial and fungal problems.
He got baby acne, I got hormonal acne. But both cleared up in a matter of days by using coconut oil. Why so effective? Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. This stuff is magic!
Eczema made its appearance during the winter months but replacing the baby lotion for coconut oil did the trick for us. Coconut oil has lots of wonderful vitamins and nutrients that combat the itchiness of eczema.
I’d get dandruff pretty regularly after delivery. Not cute. Especially when you have dark hair like mine, there is no hiding it. I figured that if coconut oil worked on cradle cap, it must work for dandruff and it did. To start, massage the oil into the scalp. Let it sit for an hour and then shampoo your hair as you regularly would (no need to condition since the oil will leave your hair super soft after). Repeat every few days until the dandruff clears up.
Especially in the early months, when you are feeding on demand at all hours of the day, you are going to want to protect your nipples using something that is all natural (because it gets really old, really quick having to wipe off lanolin cream before each feeding). And if you get the almost inevitable dry or chapped nipple, you are going to want to remedy ASAP. Your solution? Coconut oil, of course!
Meconium is another name for your newborns first poop. It’s odorless, sterile, dark, and sticky. It reminded me tar, especially in how stubbornly it clings to baby’s butt! Removing meconium can take some elbow grease. The trick to an easy cleanup it to use a cotton swab dipped in coconut oil to wipe away the tarry mess. Easy as 1-2-3.
Boost your immune system while pregnant
Give your immune system a bit of a boost during and even after pregnancy by consuming 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil a day. Want to learn more on why coconut oil is a pregnancy superfood or ideas on how to sneak it into your diet? Click here!
I am lucky to report that I did not get a single stretch mark from my pregnancy. I’m sure a lot of factors came into play here but massaging coconut butter onto my tummy every night sure didn’t hurt. Why do I think it helped? Coconut oil is loaded with Vitamin E (heals scars) and Vitamin K (encourages new cell production).
What else do you use coconut oil for? Share with us in the comments section!