This morning, Cassidy woke up with a terrible, snotty cold. Poor baby. I was having to wipe her nose a lot and was afraid using too many tissues would make her raw and irritated. So I quickly grabbed a baby wipe. Stupid mommy. Baby wipes have alcohol, so I wasn’t doing myself or Cassidy’s nose any favors. Then I remembered *redacted* (baby nose wipes)- you know, those cute little grape-scented wipes for kids’ snotty noses? I didn’t have time to run out to get some, so I googled and found that I already had everything I needed to make them at home! Score!
This couldn’t be simpler- here’s what you need:
a soft, thin receiving blanket you won’t miss (I have about 800 of these lying around, but you could also grab a pack at Wal-Mart or Target for cheap)
2 teaspoons witch hazel
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil or capsules punctured and squeezed out
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot water
*You can also add a drop or two of scented essential oil like peppermint or lavender, but I didn’t have any on hand. Plus, I prefer unscented anyway.
Cut your blanket into rectangles- I made mine about 4×6 inches. I was in a hurry, so I only cut up half of mine and got 12 pieces. Depending on how big you cut them, you could get up to probably 30 pieces out of one blanket.
Whisk your hot water, witch hazel, aloe, vitamin E, and salt in a bowl. Soak the pieces of cloth in the mixture until completely saturated, then wring them out to get rid of excess liquid. Store in an airtight container and use as needed.
These are great because, not only are they more environmentally friendly, they didn’t cost me a cent to make. The aloe, vitamin E oil, and salt help sooth and moisturize red, dry little noses and the witch hazel helps to heal any irritation. These have been lifesavers for us- they’re as soft and as gentle as can be on Cassidy’s poor little nose, which helps ease my mind just a little bit. Like any mom can really feel “at ease” when her baby has a cold, right?
“recipe” from One Good Thing by Jillee