19 Natural Baby Products That Moms Swear By
You’ve purchased the wooden rattles, the BPA-free bottles and the organic baby food handbook, but now it’s time to think about the things you put on your baby. When it comes to soaps, powders and butt balms, you want to make sure you’re using only the best for your little one. We get it, so we stalked parents around the Internet to round up these 19 tried-and-true all-natural baby products to buy and DIY.
1. Ora’s Amazing Baby Powder ($10): Baby powder is notoriously nasty in natural health circles, so this powder is made with your baby’s lungs in mind. It’s made without talc or corn starch, and instead uses pure Kaolin clay powder, baking soda, arrowroot powder and plantain leaf powder. Best of all, nothing will be masking that wonderful new baby smell. Ora’s Amazing Herbal Baby Powder is formulated with babies’ skin, lungs, and delicious smell in mind.
2. Honest Company Organic Breathe Easy Rub ($10): Oh, sniffles! If your kid is congested, rub this menthol-free, petroleum-less balm on their chest to help them breathe easy. It’s made with certified organic aromatherapy ingredients like rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree to ease the lungs. You can use it too!
3. Citrus Lane ($21-29/month): You love your subscription boxes, but did you know they have ’em for babies too? Many of Citrus Lane’s brand partners are organic, eco-friendly and naturally minded companies, so you can expect some quality hauls every month!
4. Badger Baby Sunscreen ($14): Throw out all your regular sunscreens, now. You’ll soon see that the Badger knows best with this zinc oxide sunblock that’s free from harmful ingredients.
5. Homemade Diaper Balm: As this blogger says, “Happy bottom, happy baby.” This diaper balm is made with plenty of naturally healing ingredients. It’s antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, made with essential oils and beeswax. It’s safe for cloth diapers, and can double as a natural Neosporin for the whole family. (via Oven Love Blog)
6. Homemade Baby Products: If you’re the DIY-ing kind, this lovely mama blogger and chef has shared some super simple recipes for baby powder, baby oil, baby lotion, diaper rash treatment, baby shampoo and baby wipes. You don’t need more than six ingredients to make the entire set! (via The Elliot Homestead)
7. California Baby Overtired + Cranky Everywhere Spritzer ($14): Aromatherapy for the little ones? It works! Soothing chamomile, tangerine and sweet orange lift spirits and sweeten tempers. You can spray it just about anywhere, including blankets before bed, inside cars during long trips and even on yourself to alleviate menstrual irritability.
8. Natural Bath Time DIYs: Soap Blog has shared a few of their favorite recipes for baby baths. From herbal bath milk made with goat’s milk to a ylang-ylang and rose baby powder, these homemade recipes might be even swankier than your store-bought stuff. (via Soap Blog)
9. Jack ‘n’ Jill Natural Toothpaste ($15): The baby might not have teeth… yet. But when those molars start growing in, you best be ready with this Aussie-made natural toothpaste in flavors like blueberry, strawberry, banana, raspberry and black currant.
10. Amber Teething Necklace($20): This calming necklace is meant to be worn close to the skin, not chewed — an it’s one of those old-fashioned teething tricks that’s new again. It might sound like an old wive’s tale, but there is a bit of science to back this up. The amber contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic capabilities due to the mineral’s natural succinic acid.
11. Bluum Subscription Box ($23-29/month): The Bluum box is one of the top baby boxes because they customize each order depending on the age of the child. And they always throw some all-natural products in there, as well as goodies for mom! :)
12. Babyganics All-Purpose Surface Wipes ($14): Baby puts something in his mouth. You take it away and clean it off. Repeat. Using these plant-based wipes without harsh chemicals will assure that even if you’re baby is touching and tasting everything in sight, they won’t be chewing on ammonia or bleach.
13. DIY Natural Baby Bum Cream: Organic shea butter, chamomile-infused coconut oil, arrowroot powder and bentonite clay come together for this homemade balm that smells amazing and works like a charm. (via A Blossoming Life)
14. The Honest Company’s Diapers and Wipes Bundle ($80/month): Subscription-based, natural diaper delivery with Jessica Alba’s stamp of approval? Where do we sign up?
15. Weleda Calendula Diaper Rash Cream ($9): If you don’t have time to DIY, this formula is a favorite. This barrier cream relieves delicate skin and helps heal redness and inflammation. It’s breathable, but protects like nobody’s business.
16. Nellie’s All-Natural Laundry Nuggets ($20): Regular laundry detergent can be harsh on babies’ sensitive skin, and these convenient, hypoallergenic nuggets are perfect for busy parents. The detergent is tough on stains, but gentle enough for those wee ones creating mountains of laundry for you each day.
17. Nature’s Baby Organics Silky Dusting Powder ($7): Tapioca starch in this super absorbent powder works wonders to keep babies dry, and the organic aloe and calendula calm irritation and relieve chaffing.
18. California Baby SPF30 Stick ($15): A must-stock for your diaper bag.
19. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Bubble Bath ($9): Try saying that five times fast! Burt’s tear-free bubble bath is made from coconut and sunflower oil, with comforting vanilla extract that smells so good we’re probably going to have to borrow it from your kid a few times.
Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com