Homemade Baby Powder for Sensitive Skin

My son Roland will be 2 in a couple of weeks.  It’s a little sad for this mama, because I am realizing that this adventurous toddler is no longer a baby.  He makes me laugh, knows exactly how to push my buttons, and most importantly, helps me slow down and enjoy life.  He is my daily dose of delight.

R has always had sensitive skin.  He is very fair with light hair…we blame both aunts for that one, as the husband and I have dark hair and not-so-fair skin. Since he was just a couple of months old, R has battled eczema.  It’s never been severe, but it’s been enough to be annoying…and itchy.  Mostly on his back, upper arms and diaper area, the eczema does effect his cheeks and face sometimes, too.  We tried everything…soaps, lotions, creams, heavy creams, no creams, changing laundry soap, and everything in between.  A combination of free and clear detergent, Aveeno eczema relief cream, Aveeno soothing bath treatments and an Rx cream, we finally have it to the “manageable” point.  It’s still hard to keep that diaper area free of itchiness, though.

With potty training on the horizon, he is still in diapers.  I use powder with each diaper change to keep him dry.  At my baby shower, I received tons of baby powder!  I just recently ran out…another reminder that my baby is growing up.  I thought that now would be a great time to try a homemade recipe.

After many searches online, the ones I’ve found are very similar.  Using cornstarch, arrow-root powder, essential oils, etc…  I wanted something simple, easy, and something that would also help soothe his sensitive skin.  Here is the recipe I came up with:


  • 1 1/2 cups of Cornstarch
  • 1 Packet of Aveeno Baby Soothing Bath Treatment
  • The bath treatment is made of natural colloidal oatmeal, known for its soothing properties to itchy, dry skin.  Plus, it helps soothe diaper rash.  The cornstarch absorbs moisture and is used a base for some baby powders.  With all of the hype about talc now, this is my preferred baby powder.

I combined each of the ingredients in a bowl and whisked them together.

After whisking the cornstarch and the bath treatment together, it was still a little lumpy for my standards.  I then sifted it through a flour sifter into a larger bowl.  This is what it looked like after sifting.

I took a pint-sized mason jar and punched a few holes into the top, and poured my powder into the jar.  I originally filled the jar full.  Not a good idea.  Since the powder is a little thicker than the store-bought version, it needs a little space to move around.  I emptied half of the jar and put the lid back on.  This worked much better!

I took the other half of the powder and put it in a ziplock bag, and am now storing that in the freezer.

A few sprinkles of this and you are good to go.  Enjoy!


EXTRA TIP:  Keep a jar of this mixture by the bathtub and add a scoop of this and 2 T. of baking soda under running water. This will make a great soak for those pesky eczema and diaper rash flare-ups.  Cornstarch and baking soda when run in a bath are very soothing for rashes, eczema, poison ivy, and much more!

Now, all I need is to find a cute label for my jar!!


4 Comments on “Homemade Baby Powder for Sensitive Skin”

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  3. […] Then my son came along, and our laundry story changed drastically.  He has very sensitive skin, and cannot tolerate anything but a free & clear detergent. (Check out my post on baby powder for sensitive skin) […]

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