What Everybody Ought to Know About Cloth Wipes

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If you had asked me a year ago when I just found out I was pregnant if I was going to use cloth diapers, I would have given you a quick “no.” It's not that I don't think they're a great idea or better for the environment and all that green-talk. But I can't even keep up on regular laundry, so the idea of cloth diapering my children just was not going to happen. I think cloth diapering is a great idea if you are about to have your first (or even second) child and you're better at the laundry thing than I am. But for us, considering a large expense for our fourth and last child didn't make sense.

While a lot of families have shared and talked about why they have decided to go with the cloth diapers, you don't often hear of families who use cloth wipes. It was another parenting purchase we never considered for the same reasons that we said “no” to the cloth diapers. Washing poop in the washer? Nope. Adding more laundry to our already over-bulging house? Nope.

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Then Silver was born.

It's funny how your preconceived ideas about parenting change up when you meet your baby, even when you swore you would never. As a mom, I would go above and beyond to do anything my baby needs me to do, and when all-natural organic diapers (not cloth) and organic cloth wipes entered the category of “best” for baby, we dug in and started the adventures of cloth wipes. Silver developed a very intense chemical burn when he was only a few weeks old, and while we were already using the traditional disposable diapers and wipes for sensitive newborns, it was clear something was doing this to his skin. Our first swap-out came with the wipes since it was an easy move to cloth, and we eventually switched to all-natural disposable diapers as well.

I never thought we would be the “cloth wipes” family, but I realized that it really wasn't as bad as I perceived. The switch made a huge difference in Silver's skin, and instead of the laundry piling up, surprisingly, I found that the need to do laundry for his diaper changes meant I did laundry more often, and for the first time ever, I had no overfill to deal with. Hello, big bonus!

What I want everyone to know about cloth wipes is that if you give them a try, I bet your myths about them can be dispelled. It's amazing how I quickly preferred this method to the disposable. If you're thinking about doing cloth wipes yourself, here are my picks for products to make the whole process easier. Whether you're making your own or buying, cloth wipes are something you should really consider for your baby!

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If you're going to purchase: The ones we use at home are the Bumkins Cloth Wipes. They're sewn on the edges, so they don't fray apart, and they last a long time. We've been using these since Silver was born (almost five months now), and they get softer with each wash.

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If you'd like to pick these up, you can get them on Amazon.

If you're going to make your own: There's a great how-to tutorial on Prepared Housewives that goes into the specific fabric you should choose from and just how to make them all the perfect size for their intended purpose.

Check out how to make your own cloth wipes at Prepared Housewives.

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If you're going to purchase: I love using the Earth Mama Angel Baby shampoo as wipe solution. The pump makes it simple to put as much on the wipe as you need for the job. And if you want, you can use a pump spray bottle to get the solution a bit wet with water as well. I love that it's gentle for baby's skin. And it smells nice, too.

If you want to try the Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo, you can pick it up for $9.95/160 mL.

If you're going to make your own: The benefit of making up your own wipe solution is that you can cater the mix to what your baby needs. There's a great “recipe” for wipe solution from Wellness Mama.

Want to try out your own wipe solution? Get the info at Wellness Mama.

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If you're going to purchase: If you're using cloth wipes, you need some place to put them when they're dirty and while you're waiting to wash them. Meet the wet bag. It's a product often used to handle cloth diapers when they're dirty, and they work well for the cloth wipes as well. We use Kushies On-the-Go wet bag because they're perfect for the wipes and keep things sanitary.

Want to try the Kushies On-the-Go? You can at Amazon.

If you're going to make your own: If you like to put your own touch on what you use, making your own wet bag is a fun way to use custom fabric in a print you love. There's a great tutorial on Cloth Wipe Guru that breaks down the cost for size and just how to do it yourself.

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Try the DIY wet bag with help from the Cloth Wipe Guru tutorial.

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If you're going to purchase: Having all your baby diapering stuff in one place is a real handy thing. Diaper caddies are not just for those using cloth, but I find them to be a really convenient way to keep all your pieces in one place.

Want to try this diaper caddy out? You can get it from The Honest Company.

If you're going to make your own: We just picked up a plastic container from the local store that was a perfect size for all the things we wanted to put in them. We have our diapers, wipes, wipe solution, changing mat, creams, and wet bag all in once place. A bonus for using this is we have one basket for upstairs and one for downstairs.

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Cloth Wipes

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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  1. Brittany says:

    I love having a cloth wipe warmer that keeps them damp.

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