Confession: I love taking baths.
I know they aren’t great for your skin if you take them often and too hot. But I love a hot bath. I’m talking skin-is-red-when-I-get-out-cheeks-super-flushed hot bath. I like to think that I’ve burned off a layer of skin so I can start fresh a new layer post-bath 😛
Now that Elizabeth is able to sit up for a bit on her own, or with less support, I love taking baths with her! I get my bath fix in while getting her stinky, little baby self clean. The only downside is that I can’t have the water as hot as I would if I was solo. Sigh.
Once a week I’ll do a milk bath for us to enjoy together. Most recipes I found call for breast milk that you’re going to toss out due to it expiring, or milk you would otherwise “pump and dump.” I don’t breastfeed, so that really didn’t work for me. I did find one (via Mom Off Track) that doesn’t call for breast milk, and also leaves both our skin soft and smooth! Elizabeth hasn’t really ever had a diaper rash, but sometimes if she is in her car seat for a while due to an outing, her little bum gets a tiny bit red from sweat since it’s been so hot and humid lately in SoCal. I like to bust out this super simple milk bath recipe for those occasions.
*Note: the original recipe calls for some different measurements than the ones I list below
DIY Milk Bath
-1 1/4 cup powdered milk
-1/4 cup baking soda
-4-6 drops essential/aromatherapy oil of your choice (I used the “Serenity” Calming Blend from DoTerra)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl (I use a fork to mix everything together).
Store in a jar with a lid. Wait 24 hours before using the mixture to let the oil soak in. The mixture can be used for around four baths with a 1/2 cup each time. You can easily double or triple the recipe to make more, if desired!