Coconut oil is not only good for our hair, skin, diet etc. its also perfect for our little ones. We are surrounded by terrible baby products riddled with chemicals touted as being kind to our child’s skin when really you only have to read the label to know that its not kind at all. Replacing all your store bought baby products with a chemical-free alternative such as coconut oil will not only save you money but offer your child a lot more protection from life’s little nasty’s and we all know there’s quite a few of them floating around! Coconut oil has become hugely popular amongst mothers as more and more reach for a more natural solution for baby.

1. Nappy Rash Cream

Coconut oil is an excellent way to treat nappy rash. All you need to do, is apply the coconut oil to the affected area. Coconut oil will nourish and treat the irritated skin and act as a barrier preventing further irritation. Because coconut oil is anti-fungal it can also be used to treat yeast infections.

2. Baby Massage Oil

Gently massaging your baby is a natural way to strengthen the bond between you. It makes sense to use a natural moisturiser as opposed to some of the baby massage oils which are actually made from petroleum!! Not really ideal for new born baby’s skin!
Try mixing a few drops of a natural essential oil such as lavender with some coconut oil and gently massage into your baby’s skin.

3. Cradle Cap Treatment

Coconut oil can be used as a natural treatment for cradle cap. All you need to do is massage the oil into your baby’s scalp and leave in for about 15 minutes. The coconut oil will act as a moisturiser and will loosen the cradle cap flakes while nourishing the scalp. After 15 minutes, rinse the coconut oil off and use a soft brush to gently comb the hair and remove any loose flakes.

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4. Body Lotion

Smothering your baby in lotions and creams is not necessary all the time as your baby’s skin is naturally soft but if your baby needs a little help, Organic virgin coconut oil is the perfect natural moisturiser. For example, some babies suffer dry patches in the creases of their neck, a quick dab of coconut oil will help to keep the area moisturised while protecting the skin from further irritation.

5. Nutrition

If you’re a breastfeeding mother there are many coconut oil benefits in the kitchen, mixing coconut oil into your food and smoothies or coffee is all extremely beneficial to baby as well. After all what you eat baby eats too. Coconut oil is rich in Lauric acid as is breast milk so baby gets a double boost of goodness!
When using coconut oil for consumption always use 100% pure virgin coconut oil preferably certified and organic coconut oil and avoid (RBD) refined, bleached, deodorised coconut oils.
Always read the label.

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