Thursday, October 8, 2009
Cloth Wipes: No More Disposable Conveniences
When I began cloth diapering last year, I continued to use disposable wipes for several months before making the switch to cloth wipes. I did this mainly because I had a huge box of disposable wipes stashed in the basement, and I hadn’t really given reusable cloth wipes much thought. I quickly grew tired of having to separate the disposable wipes from the cloth diapers, especially after changing a messy diaper. In addition, I was keeping that old diaper champ in the nursery solely for the purpose of throwing away wipes…yuck! The more I thought about it, the more cloth wipes seemed to make sense. I figured I was already cleaning the dirty diapers, so why not clean the wipes as well.
My first cloth wipes were nothing more than baby washcloths. They offered both a smooth and rough side, which was great for cleaning up after both wet and messy diapers. I simply folded them up in a “recycled” plastic disposable wipes container, and poured water over them. Tah Dah, I had my own cloth wipes ready to go at changing time. I still use those two dozen baby washcloths, but have also added the FuzziBunz Combo Pack wipes, as well as a few flannel wipes that I made by cutting up an old receiving blanket. (These also work well as a barrier between baby and diaper when you are forced to use a non-cloth friendly rash cream or medicine.) Instead of using plain water to wet the cloth wipes, I now use a wipe solution that I make at home, and then store in an old peri bottle that I was given at the hospital after giving birth! It works great whether I spray the wipe or directly on my son.
Once I made the switch to using cloth wipes, I finally felt like a full-fledged cloth diapering momma. I was no longer tossing out human waste with our garbage, as well as the money that we were spending on all the disposable conveniences.
-- By Katrina