Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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Wipe on, Wipe Off

We started cloth diapering when our son was 1 month old, which is when he started fitting into the bumGenius 3.0 One Size diapers we had. At the time, we used commercial disposable wipes we had confirmed were safe (ingredient wise) on cosmeticsdatabase.com. Even though they were considered "safe" they gave him an awful diaper rash that made him absolutely miserable. Therefore we decided to switch to cloth wipes and plain water; we've been using this method for about 2 months at it works great for us. Although we tried the storing the wipes in a wipe container method we much prefer the "spray and wipe" method best. After trying three different brands of wipes - here's a rundown of my experience and thoughts:

bumGenius Bamboo Wipes
These are very similar to baby washcloths; a relatively thin terrycloth-type material. They hold up well wash after wash. They work well for getting in all the nooks and crannies. Although they are thin they absorb water really well. These wipes performed equally whether spraying and wiping or stored in a wipe solution. These are only available in the natural color. These cost $12.95 for a package of 8 at Kelly's Closet - or $1.62 each. The bumGenius Bamboo Wipes are my favorite; they're just the right thickness, the price isn't too bad, and they absorb really well (almost as well as the Thirsties).

Thirsties Fab Cloth Wipes
Thirsties Fab Cloth Wipes are the largest of the three brands I've tried. They are double sided; very soft fleece on one side, and a cotton velour on the other. The fleece side does pill up a bit in the wash (doesn't affect the use of the wipe only a cosmetic issue), otherwise they hold up well in the wash. If you're looking for a super absorbent wipe then these are for you; they're absorbency champs! Both the spray method and the wipes solution, these wipes did the best job at absorbing liquid and wiping up messes. My only complaint is that they are a little on the thick side. They come in a choice of "boy" colors and "girl" colors. The boy pack came with orange, blue, white, and yellow. It was nice to have an assortment of color in my stack of wipes. However, at 6 for $10.50 or $1.75 each, these were the most expensive. These are my second favorite wipe; they absorb fantastically, just too thick for my preference.

FuzziBunz(R) Organic Cotton Wonder Wipes
Simple, square piece of organic cotton, the FuzziBunz Wonder Wipes are the thinnest wipes, which is great for getting in all the little crevices. They have held up well through repeated washings. Out of the three, these absorbed the least when using the spray method. The water beads up more so than on the others, probably due to them being woven, and not a terry-type texture. However, when using them stored in a wipe solution they did great. The price is right for these wipes; a package of 10 wipes is $13 or $1.30 each - making these one of the more economical wipe options. The wipes were just a little to thin for my preference and I wanted something more absorbent.

The verdict? bumGenius Bamboo wipes are the best option for performance and price (Thirsties come in a close second).

Now I only have to wait to see how the wipes perform when my little one starts solid food!

-- by Evelyn G.

18 comments:

Attila & Tamara said...

I've been using my own homemade wipes but would love to try some of these!

Nikki said...

Have you tried making your own wipes? I sewed some squares on flannel to terry baby washcloths, turned and topstitched, and wa-la, absorbant, soft, and economical wipes! I love cloth wipes.

Jut and Chris said...

Thanks for the review! I've been wanting to try cloth wipes when my newest lo arrives. We did cloth diapers with #1 but didn't venture into the world of cloth wipes. I'm thinking that we will bridge that gap this time around.

Montana Mama said...

I haven't liked flannel wipes, they pilled up terribly and got pretty abrasive.

I also have some Bumgenius Bamboo wipes, and although they work well at getting poop off, they too have pilled up pretty bad on the "smooth" side, which is not so smooth anymore.

Of the 3 types you mentioned, I must say that I prefer Thirsties.

Jmom said...

Thanks for the review. I was considering buying some cloth wipes or making my own from unused receiving blankets.

Liketohike said...

Great wipes reviews! I might try these when my LO starts solid food (months away still). I use squares of flannel serged around the edge and a spray made with Kissaluvs Diaper Lotion Potion. I turned 2 of my 16(!) receiving blankets received from showers into wipes. They are holding up well so far (about 3 weeks in).

pam said...

i've also been curious with cloth wipes since I just started cloth diapering. How many cloth wipes would you need each day?

Anonymous said...

We also like the spray and wipe method, though homemade wipes are just fine by me.

Laura C

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Mama Campbell said...

i am ready to use cloth wipes! I've just been avoiding it because I wasn't sure if you should swish off poop like you do with regular diapers or what the heck you do with poopy wipes. I hope to make some of my own soon and get started! :)

Megan said...

I made my own wipes using flannel on one side and terry cloth on the other. They work great and were super easy to make....and cheap too! When I'm home, I using wet them with warm water under the faucet. When out, we use the spray method. Mama Campbell- I spray the poopy wipes off when I spray the diaper. If you don't have a sprayer...I don't know....how do you live without one??

Kristin said...

I love cloth wipes - I made my own out of two layers of flannel and serged the edges. They are so much better than disposable wipes at actually getting the baby clean!

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Andrea said...

I make my own too-- two pieces of flannel work just fine for us, and it costs about $3 to make 15 wipes. They've held up really well; I found that it works better to turn them rather than serge them.

AC said...

Man...I am using terry baby washcloths, which ended up costing me about $0.50 each. I wanted to try them before "investing" in more pricey wipes. I must say, I am totally happy with these and Baby Bum Drops or Baby Bits wipe solution. I store the solution in a container with a lid and dip the wipes in it when needed. To go out I just dip a couple of wipes, wring them out, and store them in a travel wipe container. It works great for us! Maybe I'll make the jump to "real" cloth wipes but for now our system is great.

thejepps said...

Love seeing an honest review of the different wipe options. I love using cloth wipes, although I will admit that for the poops I do use disposable wipes for the first messy swipe or two!

Evelyn said...

We have 28 wipes total and that is plenty to last from wash day to wash day. And I do like having a variety of wipes - each one has its strengths. I admit we do use disposables when he has a blow-out poo - but I make sure to wipe afterward with a cloth wipe.

Rocketgurl said...

Hmm... I would love to try these.. Now, I've heard many say they make their own wipes?? Out of what?? Old tshirts? baby blankets? Or go to a fabric store?

kaitobin said...

I've used cloth wipes from the beginning (almost 2 years now) and love using them in a wipe warmer! We have about 36 wipes (mostly single layer flannel) and I like not having to sort out wipes from dipes. I fold them pop-up style and use with plain water (sometimes a couple drops of diaper lotion potion and/or baby soap). I do agree, though, the Thirsties are too thick, serve better as wash clothes than wipes.

Lacy said...

I use cotton terry baby wash cloths for baby wipes. When brand new, they needed the same treatment as cloth diapers (a few washes) before they reached maximum absorbency. I wet them with cold water and wipe. If I have a big mess, I use two. I then throw them in the laundry basket with the diaper. Currently, we only have to deal with exclusively breastfed poo, though I don't think wipes would ever need more special treatment. If there were large chunks sticking, I would use toilet paper first.