I’m not one of those moms who keeps the Aveeno oatmeal bath around the house. It’s just not in my price range to keep around when I never know when or if I will need it. If you’re like me and need to use the oatmeal from your pantry follow these steps:
You will need:
An old sock (Not of the sweaty or holey variety!)
Oatmeal (Any brand but flavorless is probably best.)
Pour about a cup of oatmeal in to the sock.
Tie a knot in the sock right above the top of the oatmeal.
Draw your bath water.
Soak the sock in the bath.
Squeeze the sock to extract the “milky” water in to the bath faster.
Repeat step five until you have the desired amount of oatmeal “milk” in the bath. I usually use a cup to run the water over my child. If it won’t further irritate the skin you can use the sock to dab the “milk” directly on the skin. You can also squeeze the sock directly over their skin to allow the highest concentration of oatmeal “milk” on their body.
I don’t recommend washing off the oatmeal. Leaving the residue on their skin will allow it to continue to soothe them once out of the bath.