Cloth Wipes. Do you hear about them when you are pregnant? Do you see parents using them on thier baby?
Yep, me neither. After I discovered cloth wipes I was kicking myself for not using them with my first baby. This is why:
#1 The cost savings. If you love not having to buy disposable nappies you are going to get even more of a buzz from not having to buy disposable wipes.
#2 How many disposable wipes do you use in one change? For a poo? 3? 4? More?! Just one cloth wipe will do the job – I promise! They are thicker, stronger and have more…oomph! So that means a quicker change with a wriggly baby.
#3 Less skin irritations with cloth wipes. Babies don’t need anything more than water on their precious behinds.
#4 Warm tingling feelings of switching to another reusable product, reducing your consumption and reducing waste.
#5 You will be completely bin free. No more having to do a trip to the nappy bucket and then another to the bin. And let’s face it the pooey wipes can’t live in the kitchen bin so you’re likely to be traipsing outside.
While we are on the subject let’s talk poo and cloth wipes. The best way to deal with a poo is to wipe most of it off with the nappy (which you will have to later spray, scrub or dunk anyway). Then use your cloth wipe to mop up the rest.
Truth be told, you can use any flannel as a cloth wipe. And if you are clever with a sewing machine/overlocker, you could cut up an old towel and overlock or sew the edges.
I like the cloth wipes offered by cloth nappy brands as they are usually priced well, and often have a smooth side and a rough side for two stages of cleaning. They are smaller size than a flannel, thinner than a flannel which is great a “detailed” clean, and are usually pretty colours! The Close Cloth Wipes come in a wet bag which is great for storing them at your nappy station and out and about.
Personally I don’t have a system set up. I simply grab a wipe from the change table draw , wet it at the kitchen or bathroom tap, and then have it next to me when I start the changing nappy process. Nappy comes off, use the cloth wipe, pop it on top of the used nappy, new nappy on, and off to the laundry to pop both the nappy and the cloth wipe in the nappy bucket.
If you are the organised type, wet a bunch of cloth wipes at the beginning of the day, pop them into a container (an old disposable wipe container is great) and place near your change station. You can even add a couple of drops of skin safe essential oils to the cloth wipes.
How do you wet the wipes when out and about and don’t have easy access to water? Take along a hairdresser spray bottle, or a thermos with warm water if it’s cold out. For an extra clean you can use Bubblebubs Foamy Wipes Wash. Squirt the foam on the cloth wipe or directly onto baby. It’s all natural, made in Australia and smells divine!
Cloth wipes are worth trying, and it’s likely you’ll never go back.