Super Simple DIY Diaper Spray

As you might have guessed, we are a cloth diapering family.

From day one, our baby has had a fluffy bottom and she’s still going strong at 13 weeks.

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Calming and Cleansing Baby Bath Herbs

The soft, sensitive skin of our babies deserves extra special care.  So many body products contain chemicals that aren’t as safe as we’d hope.  You can see how your products rank on the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Database.  More than 74,000 common products are evaluated for their safety including their risk to contributing to cancer or development of allergies.  It’s a pretty impressive resource!

The site also provides tips for specific chemicals to look out for and avoid in each age group.  For example, in babies, be sure to avoid diaper creams that contain BHA, Boric Acid, or fragrances.  Better yet, make your own diaper cream by making plantain salve!

Similarly, it is quite possible to make some of your own products for baby’s bath time.  Today I’d like to share a simple recipe for calming and cleansing baby bath herbs. Continue reading

Two Months in to Our New Adventure

The Light Footsteps Family has been busy enjoying the transition to a family of three.  I’m not sure how so many other women bloggers manage to keep cranking out posts once they have a new baby.  Guest bloggers, perhaps?  Anyone interested in doing some here? I’d take ’em!

Hopefully sometime in the new year I’ll be able to start posting more regularly again.  Recently, I thought I’d have a lot of new content soon as we were planning to close on a new 23-acre homestead tomorrow, but unfortunately, it has fallen through yet again.  I’m not sure if we’ll keep waiting around or start looking at new properties again.  This certainly has been a long search.

In other news, today is Baby Light Footstep’s 2-month birthday!  I wrote her a letter today that I thought might be fun to share here.  I hope you enjoy reading the highlights of our first two months, too.

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Super Easy DIY Moby-type Wrap for Baby

For me, the effort to live more simply will also come through in the way I try to raise baby Light Footsteps.  So for example, that will mean cloth diapers, an attempt to avoid excessive scheduling, breastfeeding, baby-led weaning, and baby wearing (amongst other things, of course!).

In addition to being the method of transporting babies for many millennium before strollers, baby wearing advocates cite numerous potential benefits including:

  • reduced infant crying
  • better ability for parents to learn and respond to baby’s cues
  • ease of breastfeeding
  • increase in parental confidence
  • increased ability to do chores, walk, etc. while keeping baby near Continue reading