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.