milk bath recipe


pretty sure my kids are spoiled when it comes to pampering! I posted this photo on  instagram  the other day and you all loved it and then I got so many messages about what the recipe is. I started answering each individual but decided this would be better platformed.   you can pretty much do a milk bath however you want. I touched before on what we do  here  when I spoke about sensory baths but wanted to clarify more about milk / water rations.  so first, why milk bath? the benefits are amazing and if you try it for yourself, you'll notice how silky smooth you feel when you get out. theres an acid in milk that gently dissolves proteins to exfoliate dead skin cells. this acid ingredient can be found in some expensive exfoliating products so definitely try this before shopping for some of those!  - help soften and smooth rough flaky skin  - calm red and irritated skin  - moisturizes skin - milk contains fat and proteins that work together to help moisturize your skin  some things you can add for extra benefits are honey, oatmeal, lavender- so many options!  and now - ratio's  for just a few inches of water like above - I added a half gallon of milk. this is on the creamy side so you can start with a lot less, try one quart of milk.  for a pretty full bath - think adult laying in it or child sitting up and level going to chest - start with one gallon of milk. one gallon of full fat milk will do great for a full size bath but if you really want even creamier bath and maybe you're doing it for maternity photography or something like that, then go up to 2 gallons. I've never done more than 2 gallons and that was a full size large bath so I can't imagine the need for more.   how do I do it  I fill the tub with desired level of water first. depending on subject going in, I usually do as hot as I can. if you're adding honey, you'll want to run the honey under the hot running water into the bath. once tub level is reached with water, just add the milk and swoosh around with your hand/arm. it's really that simple. if you don't have much milk on hand or cost is an issue, start with a lot less milk and just check it out. a somewhat translucent milk bath still provides those great benefits for the skin!  a note on milks - full fat raw dairy is my first choice (we use goats milk cause thats what we raise here). I understand raw is not what some of you want or maybe you do but can't get your hands on any -  next best thing is just focus on it being full fat and preferably not ultra pasteurized.   I've received a lot of questions about powdered milk so I'll give it a try over the next 2 weeks and report back with my thoughts on powdered milk.   are you going to try a milk bath for your child? or maybe even for yourself? would love to hear how it goes!   

pretty sure my kids are spoiled when it comes to pampering! I posted this photo on instagram the other day and you all loved it and then I got so many messages about what the recipe is. I started answering each individual but decided this would be better platformed. 

you can pretty much do a milk bath however you want. I touched before on what we do here when I spoke about sensory baths but wanted to clarify more about milk / water rations.

so first, why milk bath? the benefits are amazing and if you try it for yourself, you'll notice how silky smooth you feel when you get out. theres an acid in milk that gently dissolves proteins to exfoliate dead skin cells. this acid ingredient can be found in some expensive exfoliating products so definitely try this before shopping for some of those!

- help soften and smooth rough flaky skin

- calm red and irritated skin

- moisturizes skin - milk contains fat and proteins that work together to help moisturize your skin

some things you can add for extra benefits are honey, oatmeal, lavender- so many options!

and now - ratio's

for just a few inches of water like above - I added a half gallon of milk. this is on the creamy side so you can start with a lot less, try one quart of milk.

for a pretty full bath - think adult laying in it or child sitting up and level going to chest - start with one gallon of milk. one gallon of full fat milk will do great for a full size bath but if you really want even creamier bath and maybe you're doing it for maternity photography or something like that, then go up to 2 gallons. I've never done more than 2 gallons and that was a full size large bath so I can't imagine the need for more. 

how do I do it

I fill the tub with desired level of water first. depending on subject going in, I usually do as hot as I can. if you're adding honey, you'll want to run the honey under the hot running water into the bath. once tub level is reached with water, just add the milk and swoosh around with your hand/arm. it's really that simple. if you don't have much milk on hand or cost is an issue, start with a lot less milk and just check it out. a somewhat translucent milk bath still provides those great benefits for the skin!

a note on milks - full fat raw dairy is my first choice (we use goats milk cause thats what we raise here). I understand raw is not what some of you want or maybe you do but can't get your hands on any -  next best thing is just focus on it being full fat and preferably not ultra pasteurized. 

I've received a lot of questions about powdered milk so I'll give it a try over the next 2 weeks and report back with my thoughts on powdered milk. 

are you going to try a milk bath for your child? or maybe even for yourself? would love to hear how it goes!

 

sensory bath idea for toddlers


lets talk about sensory play...   I didn't know much about it (or really anything about it) before having kids. in fact, even after 4 kids, I'm still learning the importance and effect of stimulating sensory for children. basically sensory play is things or activities that stimulate your childs senses. it can be something that gets all the senses working or just one - like touch and feel or smell or even taste! remember back when your child was a baby and would mouth everything they could reach?... that's because from day one of birth, children are wired to learn the world through their senses. sensory play encourages neural pathways and helps grow those systems so essentially, in my words - so very unscientifically stated, it helps the brain develop and assists with continued and future learning for those later years. pretty neat stuff right?

I think it's safe to say every kid loves bath time and bath time is the perfect time to include sensory items. they've already got water for the touch and possibly the water running (and splashes) for the hearing and I like to include non toxic items that aren't plastic and flashy. yes there's some great bath toys out there but the chemicals they put in most those items make it really unsafe for our children. so.... bring forth things like organic (or local farm - pesticide free) flowers, organic (again raised without pesticides!) pumpkins (perfect for those fall months) and even things in nature like leaves and sticks. we've lived on our land for a few years and do not use any chemicals or pesticides so I feel comfortable bringing this nature into our home and bath. please make sure its safe whatever it is you decided to use and do use your imagination. as long as its safe (and you're there watching it all) then you'll know if its something good. 

our big things since my daughter has been born has been the flower baths. of course it makes for some super pretty photos which is a huge bonus for me but also the flowers are great for her to play with and use those senses. she doesn't get bored with them either! I have to be the one to beg her to get out as she'd stay in there until she was a wrinkly raisin if if was up to her, true story.

lastly, we add milk sometimes to the bath. milk is a really great moisturizer for your skin and provides all kinds of great benefits including that it exfoliates, cleans, softens, and hydrates! we use raw goat milk as we raise our own goats and have that available. if you must use store milk, organic and preferably not ultra pasteurized (that way you get all the full benefits). (I've updated with some milk / water ratios HERE).  we've never had a problem with milk baths (and do them pretty often actually) but ease into trying it as I imagine some people could have reactions possibly as with anything in life, you just don't know. 

so here's how we do it.. we use the sink, or the basin like this, or the big bath. kinda depends on the day but I love the basin lately because she can be in the kitchen with me while I'm cooking and I don't have to worry about her climbing out of the sink. I put in the water and milk (if using milk) into the bath. then cut the stems off the flowers (that way the flowers sit up better in the bath plus she's then not trying to poke her eye out with the stems! then enjoy =). I take it one step further in reusing and dump the milk for our farm animals or the garden or the compost. if we used nature items, they usually go out to the compost or sometimes they're reusable (like the pumpkins, we just dry off and put back on table). 

let me know if you give it a try! excite those senses =)