I’ve got another unique DIY for you today! One of those things new parents sometimes forget about when caring for their tiny newborn is to properly care for the umbilical cord as it’s healing. Not going to lie, it can get pretty gross in those first few weeks before it falls off! But, taking care of and promoting the proper healing (and eventual “fall off”) of that sweet belly button is SUPER important!
I wanted to come up with something that’s a little more gentle than the traditional “rubbing alcohol” approach! I found another recipe in my Chemical Free Home 3 book and adapted it a little bit for my baby and this is what I came up with!
New parents – I hope you give this a try! It would also make a GREAT gift for a “Welcome Baby” gift basket for a new parent!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
In your empty glass dropper bottle, fill it with the organic extra virgin olive oil. Olive oil is the best carrier oil for this (in my opinion) because it’s PACKED with antioxidants, it’s great for the skin, has a low comedogenic rating (the level at which it clogs pores / skin), and can really help to get rid of any dryness. …which is especially important as the umbilical cord / belly button on your sweet new baby is healing!
Once you’ve filled the glass dropper bottle, add in the drops of essential oil. Myrrh, Frankincense, and Lavender are all extremely supportive of the skin and will help to support and promote proper healing of the umbilical cord on your new baby!
Close the bottle, give it a good shake, and you’re good to go.
This serum should be used a couple times a day (maybe at every other diaper change?). Just apply to the umbilical cord until it falls off and as the belly button is healing. You really don’t need to use a lot of the serum… a drop or two at a time is a gracious plenty. That’s why the glass dropper bottle is the best “holder” for it… because that way you don’t have to “guess” how much you’re using each application.