When I was pregnant I knew I’d exclusively cloth diaper, but cloth wipes just seemed a little too…gross for me. But I knew they go hand in hand so I ordered a few of the cheapest ones I could find online, knowing that I’d be buying disposable wipes regularly. After my daughter was born, I’d use the cloth wipes occasionally with some plain water but come laundry day, I was always out of cloth diapers and not cloth wipes.
Fast forward several months down the road, and I bought a bunch of perfect size FuzziBunz as my daughter got bigger. One had a slight defect, so when I contacted the company about it they not only resolved the problem quickly, but sent me some super soft and luxurious FuzziBunz cloth wipes for the inconvenience! I guess it was a sign that I needed to give cloth wipes a fair shot, now that I knew I didn’t need to use the cheap scratchy ones on my daughter.
It was love at first use. They’re such a perfect size and thickness that one or two is usually all I need. Now, I’m not going to lie and say that I use them exclusively on my toddler, because poop can still be gross and if it’s a big mess I do keep a pack of disposable wipes nearby. But knowing that my trips to the store to buy disposable wipes are few and far between, and that I’ve kept hundreds of wipes out of the landfill is good enough for me. Plus, a diaper sprayer makes clean-up so easy.
Once I got comfortable with using cloth wipes with water, I began experimenting with what to use for a solution. Now I keep a spray bottle of two parts water to one part baby wash and one part baby oil next to the changing table. I already had the ingredients on hand, but a friend of mine swears by Baby Bum Drops and can’t believe how far one drop goes!
If you’re on the fence about cloth wipes, get some nice ones and an open mind – your baby will thank you for it!
Ann J. is a cloth diaper fanatic and mom to a 21-month-old girl with the cutest cloth diaper butt on the block!