My favorite essential oils for baby and toddler

My favorite kid-friendly essential oils recipes and tips for babies and toddlers — Yoga Mama Bear blog

I started getting into essential oils while I was pregnant with Memphis. I was interested in them before, but once I started realizing how many chemicals were in my home and that I would soon have a crawling baby who puts everything in his mouth exploring every corner of our home, I knew I wanted to make a change.

I got the Young Living Starter Kit, and started making roller blends, cleaning solutions, soaps and diffuser blends for everything. Thank you, Pinterest.

This isn’t a comprehensive list of everything I’ve used or tried with Memphis, but it’s just the things I use most often and actually like/notice a difference. With the exception of the toothpaste. I haven’t even used it yet but I’m including it on the list because I have a feeling I’m going to love it.

I should also tell you that I’m technically a Young Living rep, though I’m not a very good one because I don’t put effort into selling it as a career. However, if you’re interested in purchasing any Young Living products, you can do so here! It’s amazing quality and when I’m using anything topically with Memphis I want quality. I’m less picky with diffusing. If you want to see some of my favorite oil brands at different price points check out this post.

Cleaning All the Things With Thieves Cleaner

Thieves cleaner - Yoga Mama Bear blog

This Young Living Theives Cleaner is hands-down my favorite Young Living product. It comes in a bottle of concentrate for $30. That seems like a lot for cleaner, but it’s a concentrate. Each bottle makes about 60 bottles of cleaning solution. I make mine a little stronger than recommended, but even if it makes 30 bottles, that’s $1 per bottle of cleaner, making it less expensive than chemical-loaded products. I use this in our kitchen, bathroom, for dusting furniture … I use it EVERYWHERE! I feel good about it because Memphis seems to put his hands and mouth on everything and I’m not worried about him swallowing harmful chemicals. Plus, it smells amazing!

Disinfecting Toys with Thieves Toy Spray

DIY Thieves Toy Spray for Babies and Toddlers - Yoga Mama Bear blog

I clean and disinfect Memphis’s toys after he’s been sick or he’s been playing with a toy outside. I also use this spray regularly on his teethers. I like using a small spray bottle for this so I can keep it in the diaper bag. Because how often do babies drop things on the ground in public?

  • Water

  • Splash of Witch Hazel

  • 15 drops Young Living Thieves EO

Creating a Calming Sleep Environment with Lavender Essential Oil

Where did this little baby go?

Where did this little baby go?

I diffuse lavender oil in Memphis’s room at night while he’s sleeping. I started doing this when he was still sleeping in our room and I got so used to it that I still do it in our room too! I also make a linen spray with water and lavender oil to spray his crib sheet and sleep sack.

More Bedtime Magic with a Sleepy Time Roller Blend

DIY essential oil bedtime roller blend for baby - Yoga Mama Bear blog

We have a pretty specific bedtime routine. According to Taking Cara Babies, having a bedtime routine that’s more extensive and different from your nap time routine helps babies know it’s time for their long sleep. If you remember, Memphis was sleeping through the night by 3 months so it’s worked for us! I roll this blend on his feet and chest before putting his pajamas on.

  • 5 drops Lavender EO

  • 5 drops Cedarwood or Frankincense EO

  • Carrier oil (like FCO)

  • Roller bottle

TummyGize for Upset Tummy

Young Living KidScents TummyGize

When Memphis has a tummy ache I use a combination of gripe water and TummyGize. This is part of Young Living’s KidScents and doesn’t need to be diluted. I just rub a few drops on his stomach in a circular motion clockwise. This little massage can help aid digestion, as well as the oil!

Baby-Safe Bug Spray

DIY baby and kid-safe bug spray with essential oils - Yoga Mama Bear blog

This is also adult-safe! We all used it during the summer months and it WORKS!

  • 1/2 part water

  • 1/2 part witch hazel

  • 1 tsp glycerine (optional)

  • 20 drops lavender EO

  • 15 drops citronella EO

  • 15 drops geranium EO

For adults and older children, you can spray this directly on the skin. For babies, it’s recommended to spray just on their clothes.

Deodorize the Diaper Pail

DIY Diaper Pail deodorizer with essential oils - Yoga Mama Bear blog

The diaper pail is a scary place. It needs to be deep cleaned every so often to prevent mold and get rid of the stench. However, between cleanings I sprinkle a simple concoction of baking soda and essential oils. You could use whatever oils you like. Most often I’ll use a combination of lavender and eucalyptus or the Purification blend from Young Living. I store it in a cheap little Tupperware that is easy to shake up to mix and then sprinkle in the diaper pail when needed.

Brush Those Little Teeth

Kid Safe Toothpaste from Young Living - Yoga Mama Bear blog

“With some on top and some beneath, they brush and brush and brush their teeth.”

If you don’t have “The Going to Bed Book” then that made no sense.

Anyway, I actually haven’t started using this toothpaste yet because I didn’t know it existed. But after hearing great things about it we are going to order some and start using it! There’s no fluoride and it’s safe for little tots who don’t understand you can’t swallow the toothpaste. Plus, it retails for $10 a bottle … which is pretty good! Especially considering babies only use a rice-sized amount of toothpaste each time they brush.

Young Living Kids Toothpaste

Ready to Use Essential Oils?

If you’re just getting started, the Young Living Starter Kit is an excellent place to start. You get a variety of oils, a diffuser and then discounted oils moving forward. Or, if you want a single oil (like lavender which I use sooo much), then you can order retail. For both options, use the link below!