Alternative Method: Coconut Oil


Finding alternative uses for everyday products is something I am passionate about. I use vinegar to clean the house and am not afraid to make my own detergent. When it comes to my babies skin, the same principle applies.

Like many newborns, Atticus developed a dry and peeling layer of skin. I didn’t want to drench him in chemical laden creams and I wasn’t sure if an organic line of products was good to use either. So instead of going down either of those routes I turned to 100% organic virgin coconut oil.

Within days his skin cleared up and the bonding experience we gained through the application of the oil was priceless.

What you will need is a jar of coconut oil, this can be found at your grocery store in either the baking or organic section. You will want the room to be warm as you will be undressing your little baby. With about 1/4 tbs of coconut oil in your hands rub them together and gently massage baby from the feet up. Gently rubbing your babies toes, legs, torso, back and arms. I will write a post on infant massage in the near future, but until then, I can’t speak more highly of the wonderful tropical magic of coconut oil.

20111227-224719.jpg that’s normally the face I see during our coconut oil massage

About the author

Xza Louise Higgins is the founder of MommyCon, creator of The Mommy Dialogues, and punk rock mom to two year old Atticus in the great city of Chicago, IL. She is incredibly passionate about birth options, human rights, and promoting gentle parenting practices.

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  1. Alyssa -  December 28, 2011 - 9:43 am

    You can also use grape seed oil. The molecules in grapeseed oil are so large that the skin doesn’t absorb them.

  2. Alyssa -  December 28, 2011 - 9:44 am

    You can use grapseed oil as well…the molecules are so big that the skin doesnt absorb it

  3. Jessica Baum -  January 2, 2012 - 7:30 am

    That is the cutest face ever. :)) Maybe a dumb question but does it smell good also?

  4. Xza -  January 2, 2012 - 11:58 am

    @Jessica yes! It smells amazing! I sing “do you like piña coladas and dancing in the rain…” as I massage Atticus’ little feet

  5. Kristyn A. -  January 6, 2012 - 8:06 pm

    I massage my baby with coconut oil too! We also use it as a diaper rash cream because it’s safe to use with our cloth diapers. I love multi-purpose products.

  6. Jessica -  November 22, 2012 - 8:04 pm

    My little one is usually not very tolerant of massages for whatever reason. But I haven’t tried using coconut oil, so she’s getting a massage soon!! I use it as diaper ointment with cloth diapering so I already have some! Can’t wait to try this 🙂

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