DIY 100% organic, vegan, all-purpose Mama’s Balm

I’ve been a mom for almost 2 years now, and I guess my very first steps into the search for more natural and organic cosmetics started during my first pregnancy. It was organic belly oil I was after, and then more and more after the birth of Miss Jyve.

I could not get my hands on anything that was pure or natural enough for my baby, so much so that I did not use any product on her at the beginning except for diaper cream, which for the clueless first-time new mom was from the pharmacy. Only water and cotton wool for washing at the start, and she turned out just fine! I’m of the belief that babies should be exposed to as few chemicals and cosmetics as possible, as their little bodies adjust to the outside world. Even water(!) which can be harsh on the skin, so not too frequent baths either. We didn’t have too many throw-up episodes to deal with probably because Miss Jyve was exclusively breastfed, and babies don’t get too grimy in any case so it suited us fine. And I just looovvveee that new baby smell. Also quite frankly as busy moms, we don’t always take the time to understand what ingredients are in all the products we are using. I wasn’t one to load on the products for Miss Jyve – just an occasional light massage with 100% pure organic sweet almond oil, and her grandmother actually commented on how she has the nicest and softest skin!

The breastfeeding cream I first came across was 100% pure lanolin, sold to me by the breast pump company, which I was told by the lactation consultant is ‘good’, so I continued with it till I read about what lanolin actually was, and how it was extracted and produced. It wasn’t even that effective in healing, nor was it easy to apply. I hated how sticky and goopy it was, which pulled on already-tender skin. I was slightly horrified and uncomfortable that lanolin cream was one of the top recommendations to moms all over the world as a breastfeeding aid.

I wasn’t happy that my baby was ingesting lanolin with her breast milk, as the cream does not need to be washed or wiped off with each feed. And quite frankly, your nipples are so sore at that point that you hardly want to touch them.

So I started looking around, and never actually found one organic enough for my use. Even certified organic products can contain as little as 15% certified organic ingredients to attain a certification. I can’t really recall what I got my hands on, but I think breast milk seemed to have been the answer at that point, though I never felt it was too effective or protective.

Fast-forward to this pregnancy where I’m better equipped with the expectations that full-time breastfeeding demands, so I’m thinking ahead.

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Organic Tropical Fruit Oat Bars for Baby Led Weaning

These have no added sugar, no honey and no dairy – perfect for babies just starting on baby-led weaning!

Serves: 8 – 16
PREP TIME
10 mins
COOK TIME
20 mins
TOTAL TIME
30 mins
INGREDIENTS
  • 150g organic oat bran
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 50g organic coconut butter
  • 2 organic bananas
  • 3 dates (chopped into large chunks)
  • 4 tbsp pineapple coconut juice
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 170c and line a baking dish with some parchment.
  2. Soak chopped dates in fruit juice.
  3. Mix oat bran and desiccated coconut in a medium bowl.
  4. Blend the coconut butter, bananas, dates and fruit juice until it forms a sticky paste. Combine with the oat mixture until well mixed and creamy.
  5. Spread and smooth mixture evenly onto baking tray with a spatula.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until the edges of the mixture are beginning to brown.
  7. Lift the parchment paper out of the dish and leave to cool before cutting into 8 large or 16 small pieces
NOTES

The bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. However they are best eaten within 24 hours before they start to dry out.

They can also be frozen. Simply wrap them individually in parchment or in individual freezer boxes. They will defrost at room temperature in about 30 minutes.