When I first began cloth diapering I went all-in, full-tilt, sink or swim. This included cloth wipes. I purchased enough wipes to get me through 2 days of changes, a concentrated wipes solution and a wipe warmer. I even got a special little bottle for premixing the wipes solution with water. Each day I would add 4-6 wipes to the warmer and pour enough solution over them to saturate. I truly preferred using the nice warm wipes for my daughter’s diaper changes and throwing the wipes right into the laundry with the diapers was simple and convenient. Cloth diapers and cloth wipes seemed like a match made in heaven. Then I ran into some minor snafus that threatened my love of the cloth wipes and made me (temporarily) switch back to disposable wipes.
The messy poop. Blissfully chugging along with my diapers and wipes I didn’t realize the yuck that came with the messy poop and cloth wipes. I’m not talking your everyday typical poop; I mean the once-a-week-oh-boy-this-is-a-big-one diaper! Normally my diaper clean-up is perfect, neat and down to a science. I have mastered the diaper sprayer so well that my hands never get messy or wet. Everything changed with a messy cloth wipe. They can’t be rinsed in the sink and trying to spray them with a diaper sprayer proved very challenging to this self-proclaimed sprayer master. No problem, I decided to compromise and keep a container of disposable wipes for just such occasions. My little changing station was getting a tad crowded, but it was worth the sacrifice.
Repelling. My diapers started to repel and the only culprit that I could come up with was the wipes solution. I was using a cloth diaper approved solution, yet it did contain several different oils and I believe these were the reason I was having build-up and repelling. Even diluted I could see the oils floating around in the bottle. My wipes were soaked in this solution and once laundered with my diapers, released it into the washing water and eventually onto my diapers. Not good.
Other minor annoyances started to add up. My wipes weren’t wearing well and were scratchy and stiff. The changing table was crowded. The leftover water in the wipes container started to create a bit of muck inside so it had to be emptied everyday, which meant unplugging the unit to dump and clean out. After all of this and the repelling, I gave up (quite easily I’ll admit) and went back to disposable wipes again.
However, I really missed my cloth wipes for all of the reasons I love my cloth diapers: reusable, better for my daughter, better for the environment, etc. And with baby number 3 on the way (and thus two in diapers) I decided I had to figure out a way to make this work for us. This is my (so far) plan for round two with my cloth wipes. I have gleaned some tips from other moms on this blog and through Diapershop’s Facebook page and think that I might have a routine that works for me, but I’m still open to helpful hints.
- I bought some Thirsties wipes. They are so soft and luxurious, but they seem a little thick for me. I like the idea of just one layer, so I also bought some cheap baby washcloths, hoping they will stay soft and hold up for a while. Fingers crossed.
- On a whim I bought some California Baby Diaper Area Wash (the only oil ingredient being a very small amount of tea tree oil) at a local store. I diluted it with distilled water to use as a spray. I really want to try Baby Bum Drops or Chubby Cherubs Honey Bun Drops, but I’m a little wary of repelling. Anyone want to sing the praises of either to convince me to try one or both?
- I found that spraying onto a dry wipe doesn’t really get the wipe wet enough and seems like a waste of product so each morning I wet about 4 wipes and put them in an old disposable wipes container. No, they don’t stay warm, but I also don’t have to plug anything in and it’s an easy container to clean out. I then have the option of using them with just plain water, with a little spray of wipe solution on them or (my daughter’s favorite) with a little spray directly on her skin and then use the wipe.
- I have my back-up of disposable wipes for the occasional overwhelmingly messy diaper, but 90% of my diaper changes have been with cloth wipes so far.
I am hopeful that this system might work; it’s been pretty easy and convenient thus far. I would love the option of having warm wipes (just a little luxury for my daughter, especially with winter approaching) but I really don’t want to go back to the wipe warmer and running to the bathroom before every diaper change just isn’t going to work. Otherwise, I think I may have figured it out…until one of you gives me an even better way to go about it!
By Jennifer G.