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It’s natural for a new mother to feel a little worried when it comes to her baby’s bath time. Your baby is as delicate as a china doll, and their skin needs special care. So you need some homemade baby bath powder for their delicate skin.When it comes to soaps for babies, the supermarket shelves are stacked with a variety of bath powders, soaps, body washes and shampoos. 

Some talk of being lather free while others are advertised a being able to replenish lipids and hydrate your baby’s skin. Some are known brands, while others are unbranded. However, what none of them will mention is that they’re not the best option available to you.

Most store-bought soaps have a certain percentage of chemicals and preservatives. They may seem convenient but can have long-term ill-effects on your baby’s skin.
The solution- look for a baby bath powder which is made of a natural ingredients and no chemicals. Alternatively, you can make small batches of homemade baby bath powder. You’re mistaken if you think this is a cumbersome process. Most recipes to make bath powder for babies are quick and straightforward.

Buying vs Making Homemade Baby Bath Powder

Before we get into how to make baby bath powders, let’s look at some of the reasons these bath powders are better than store bought soaps.

1.Quality that matches your high standards

Every mother wants the best for her baby. When you make a bath powder at home, you control the quality standards. You can ensure that the ingredients being used are of the highest quality. You are also in charge of manufacturing conditions. Thus, you don’t have to worry about any aspect of quality.

2.Adulterant Free

When you make homemade baby bath powder, you know exactly what goes into it. Unlike a store-bought soap where you can’t be sure whether the milk in the soap is pure milk or an adulterated version of it when you make soaps at home, you can ensure that only pure, unadulterated ingredients are used. 

3.Chemical Free

Making a bath powder for babies involves using simple ingredients you would find in your home like rice, certain types of pulses, dried rose petals and neem leaves, turmeric, etc. There’s no home-made baby bath soap recipe that will call for the use of any type of synthetic chemicals. Thus, any bath powder made at home will be 100% natural and chemical free. These recipes are designed to keep a baby’s delicate skin nourished, healthy and glowing.

4.Budget Friendly

While a mother will spare no expense for her baby, it’s always nice to be able to get the best quality at an affordable price. Like anything else, if you were to compare the costs of making something at home and buying it from the market, the latter will always be more expensive. Even though you will probably use the best quality ingredients for an your home-made baby bath powder, the total cost will be comparatively lower than a store bought soap that claims to use similar ingredients.So now that you have a few reasons to try your hand at making a baby bath powder, let’s look at a few ways to make it.

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Ayurvedic Baby Powders Recipe

Every family in India is sure to have a family recipe for baby bath powders. Many of these old school recipes are based on Ayurvedic principles. They are specially formulated to cleanse your baby’s skin without hampering the natural pH levels and the natural oils that maintain the moisture levels in your baby’s skin. Thus, they keep your baby’s skin soft, supple and fresh. Here are a few baby bath powder recipes you can try at home.

1.Nalangu Maavu

If you are based in south India, this is a bath powder you are sure to have heard about. It’s one of the first names that comes up when you search for Homemade bath powders for babies in Tamil. 

Nalangu Maavu

 This Ayurvedic bath powder has several benefits, including:

  • Controls inflammation
  • Maintains the body’s natural pH levels
  • Minimises pores and acts as a natural toner
  • Controls excessive sweating
  • Reduces body odour

Babies, as well as adults, can use the bath powder. To make this, you will need equal amounts of:

  • Yellow and white Turmeric
  • Rose Petals
  • Champak
  • Indian sarsaparilla
  • Muthakach khus
  • Marikolunthu or sagewort
  • Cinnamon
  • Marjoram
  • Black stone flower
  • Flagroot or sweet cane
  • Chinnoti Red Bay Leaf

These ingredients should be easy to find in any Ayurvedic store.
To make the bath powder, begin by sun drying all the above ingredients for a few hours. They should be crisp and completely dehydrated. Then, put them together in a clean grinder and grind to a fine powder. You can do this in your mixie at home but, before you put the ingredients in, ensure that there is no trace of any other spices in the grinder. Even the slightest bit of masala can irritate the skin if it gets mixed with this baby bath powder.
To use the bath powder, mix a spoonful or two with a little water to make a paste. Apply this over the skin and leave for a few minutes before rinsing off. The bath powder should ideally be used only for babies over the age of 6 months.

2.Rice and Lentils Bath Powder

Rice and lentils aren’t just healthy to eat but can also help cleanse your baby’s skin. This recipe by grandmas is nourishing for the baby’s skin and gives your baby’s skin a natural shine. The turmeric in the bath powder controls inflammation while the Multani mitti keeps your baby’s skin soft and supple. This bath powder also slows down the growth of hair on the body.

Rice Flour

To make it, you will need:

  • Take 1 cup of rice
  • 1 cup green gram
  • 1 cup chana dal
  • 2-3 tablespoons Multani mitti
  • One pinch turmeric powder
  • A few fenugreek leaves
  •   Rose petals
  • A few betel leaves


 3.Lentil Powder Baby Bath Powder

Place all the leaves and the rose petals in the sun for a few hours so that they can dry. Skipping this step can reduce the shelf life of your baby bath powder.
Once dry, grind them to a powder and keep them aside. Grind the rice and lentils till they are a fine powder. Add the ground leaves, turmeric and Multani mitti and mix thoroughly. When ready, store in an airtight container. The powder can be combined with water or milk to form a paste and then used to bathe your baby.
Make Bath Time Fun Time Tip: You and your baby should be comfortable at bath time. A bathtub is a must-have for baby bath time. Ideally, this should be placed on a table so that you do not have to bend too much while bathing your infant. Fill the tub with warm water before putting your baby in. Avoid adding extra water once the baby is in the tub.

Lentil Powder

4.Sunni Pindi Baby Bath Powder

In the state of Andhra Pradesh, Sunni Pindi is one of the most popular bath powders for babies at home recipe. This chemical free bath powder cleanses the skin and simultaneously exfoliates it. It can be used by babies and adults to keep their skin soft, smooth and healthy. Each ingredient in the bath powder plays a special role.

  • The chickpea, green gram, and horse gram flour cleanses the body and maintains the natural oil balance of your baby’s skin.
  • The fenugreek seeds bond the mixture together
  • Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
  • Tulsi and neem have anti-microbial properties that reduce the risk of skin infections
  • The orange peel helps promote an even skin colour and prevents tanning
  • Lastly, the rose powder adds fragrance and makes your baby enjoy bath time a little more.
  • The bath powder also helps boost blood circulation

Sunni Pindi

 Sunni Pindi Recipe

To make Sunni Pindi, you need:
  • Green gram: 250 grams
  • Chickpeas (kabuli chana )  – 250 grams
  • Horsegram – 250 grams
  • Multani mitti powder – 200 grams
  • Wheat flour – 30 grams
  • Rice flour – 30 grams
  • Orange peel powder – 30 grams
  • Rose petal powder – 30 grams
  • Suganda kachuralu also known as Curcuma zedoary, or, Shati in Sanskrit – 30 grams
  • Neem leaf powder – 30 grams
  • Freshly ground Turmeric powder – 25 grams
  • Tulsi powder – 10 grams
  • 1 Tablespoon fenugreek seeds
  • 4-5 almonds

His recipe by housewives starts by sun drying the first three ingredients for 2-3 days. Once dry, grind them in a flour mill to a fine powder. It is better to do this in a flour mill rather than at home as the grains may damage the blades of your kitchen mixie. The fenugreek seeds can be ground in your home mixie.
Once you’re satisfied with the texture of the powder, mix all the ingredients. The bath powder should be stored in an air-tight glass jar to retain the fragrance of the rose petals.
At bath time, mix a spoonful or two of the bath powder with water, milk or yoghurt to form a paste. Massage your baby’s skin with simple coconut oil or olive oil, Then apply the Sunni Pindi paste and lightly scrub your baby’s skin. Allow it to dry for a few minutes before rinsing off with water.
The Sunni Pindi bath powder can be used by an adult as well. In this case, in addition to the above-wet ingredients, you could mix the powder with tomato juice, lemon juice and crushed cucumber juice as well.
Make Bath Time Fun Time Tip: You need to be free of distractions when you bathe your baby. It’s a good idea to put your phone on silent for that period. Also, keep everything you may need at hand. This includes the bath powder paste, washcloth, towel, lotion, fresh nappy and clothes to dress your baby in.

5.Green Gram Baby Bath Powder

This is one of the easiest and simplest homemade bath powder recipe by mom. This recipe uses only three herbal products and can give your baby glowing skin.
The Green Gram helps exfoliate the skin, removes dead cells and acts as a natural scrub. The turmeric acts as an anti-bacterial agent and reduces the chance of infections. Rice flour also acts as an exfoliating agent and protects your baby’s skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays.

To make this bath powder, you will need:

  • 1 cup Whole green gram
  • ¼ cup Rice Flour
  • 1 tsp Turmeric  (Optional)

How to make 

Start the process of making this homemade baby bath powder by grinding the whole green gram. Once you’ve achieved a fine powder, add the other two ingredients and mix well. Store in an air-tight container.
When it’s time to bathe your baby, make a paste by mixing a little powder with water or milk. You may also add a bit of honey or rose water. Let the paste stand for a few minutes and then use it to scrub your baby’s skin.
Make Bath Time Fun Time Tip: One of the difficult parts of bathing a baby is washing your baby’s hair. If the soap falls into their eyes, it can make them cranky and dislike baths. So, before you wet your baby’s head, make him, or she wear baby bath caps for babies. This will protect their eyes from soap.

Gram Flour Baby Bath Powder

Besan or gram flour is one of the most popular ingredients for bath powders. It is readily available in its flour form or may be made at home by grinding chickpeas. Besan cleanses the baby’s skin without interfering with the moisture levels. It also exfoliates the skin and removes any dead cells. Thus, your baby’s skin stays healthy, smooth and blemish free.
Besan can be used on its own as a cleanser for your baby’s skin. If you want, you can add a dash of turmeric powder to this flour as well. Turmeric is best-known for its antiseptic properties.
At bath time, mix the besan with water or diluted milk to form a paste. You may add a few drops of rose water or honey if you like. Use this paste to scrub your baby’s skin and then rinse off with warm water. This cleanser should ideally be used for babies over the age of 2 years.

Make Bath Time Fun Time Tip:

One of the easiest ways to make your baby enjoy his or her bath time is by allowing them to bring one or two toys with them for a bath. This gives your baby something to hold onto and play with while you are bathing them. All you need to ensure is that the toy is waterproof.

What if you don’t have the time to make a homemade baby bath powder?

The recipes to make a bath powder for babies at home are quite simple and don’t take too much effort. But, as any new mother will tell you, the simplest tasks often become harder when you’re caring for a young baby. In the earlier days when the joint family system was prevalent, it was easier for mothers to bathe their babies with homemade bath powders as they had a lot of help looking after their infants. It’s true that it takes a village to raise a child.
In today’s urban cityscape where mothers need to be largely self-reliant, brands like ByGrandma step in to help.ByGrandma’s Skin Brightening Bath Powder for Babies works to protect babies and nourish their skin just like the homemade bath powders above. It is chemical free and is made only with herbal ingredients. This is a pure vegetarian product that cleanses your baby’s skin without producing a lather that can affect the pH levels of your baby’s skin.

Just as you would choose the highest quality ingredients for a bath powder made at home, ByGrandma’s Skin Brightening Bath Powder for Babies uses only the finest ingredients. The sprouted moong beans act as a natural cleanser while the turmeric boosts your baby’s immunity through its anti-bacterial properties. Sweet flag root has several therapeutic properties and also acts as an insect repellent.
At bath time, all you need to do is mix a part of the bath powder with water to make a smooth paste. You can then scrub your baby’s skin lightly with this paste. Rinse off with water and use a towel to pat dry your baby.


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