Do you use Eco-friendly Baby Wipes?

I didn’t with my first child.  They seemed so much more expensive than the standard brand that I couldn’t bring myself to make the switch.  Then, with my second baby, Rebecca inspired me to make the leap to cloth wipes.  They’re easy, incredibly inexpensive, and much more eco-friendly than green disposable wipes.  (I just picked up a few packs of baby washcloths at the dollar store and that three-dollar investment is holding strong almost two years later.  We simply spray them with water before using them.) What wipes do you use?

 

 

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  1. When I was pregnant, I wanted something to do while I impatiently waited for this little one to arrive. I made flannel wipes to pass the time. I bought fun prints that I thought would make me smile at those late night diaper changes and sewed them together in 4×8″ rectangles. 6 months later they’re still working out great! It was so easy because if you’re already washing cloth diapers, the wipes don’t really add any more work. And they fit in regular plastic wipes containers. You can even stack them to come out of the top one at a time. I use my peri squirt bottle filled with water and a little bit of baby shampoo to squirt my wipes as I use them.

  2. If you are already cloth diapering, it is totally worth it to use cloth wipes. We use the bumGenius flannel wipes. I got 24 wipes on diapers.com for about $1 a piece. I just place them in the wipe dispenser and pour water over them. They stay wet, ready for each use in the wipe box. Because I do a diaper load every 2-3 days, 24 is plenty enough wipes. When we are out and about I keep disposable Seventh Generation wipes in the diaper bag for the convenience. That way I don’t have to worry about keeping wipes and water in the diaper bag or running out of a wipe when I really need one.

    We had to invest $300 to get set up with cloth diaper prefolds, diaper covers, inserts, wipes, wool covers etc, but in the long run we are saving over $1000 for each year our child is in diapers by not buying paper diapers, disposable wipes, and diaper disposing methods. I’ve always said that what drives someone to change their habits to eco friendly choices is not because it helps the earth, but because it helps their pocketbook.

  3. I also use cloth wipes. I bought some inexpensive cotton baby washcloths and I have a wipe warmer that I received as a gift. I simply roll the washcloths into little rolls and stack them like firewood in the warmer, then I pour a small amount of a homemade solution over the top of them. my solution consists of 1 qt. distilled water, 2 Tbs of olive oil and 2 Tbs of organic baby wash with a few drops of lavender oil. They come out warm, smelling nice, and do a much better job of clean-up than the disposables. After use, I toss them into the dry pail with the diaper and wash everything at one time.

  4. I have used cloth wipes with great success, but when out and about I do use the Seventh Generation wipes. I started using those with #1 because of his super sensitive skin, and never looked back. 🙂

  5. Loved cloth wipes so much that I realized it wasn’t that much of a stretch to use wipes instead of toilet paper. We already rinse off using a bidet attachment, so its more of a drying off – we just wash them with the diapers. So amazing never to be out of toilet paper… and lets be honest, “green” toilet paper from recycled materials are hard and scratchy. I went to the thrift store and bought a jersey sheet and flannel sheet to make a double sided wipe. Cost me $2 for the whole family.

  6. We got a bunch (25?) of wipes with our newborn diapering pack from Green Mountain Diaper. We cut up one baby towel to add to this. I’m lazy and didn’t hem or seam the edges, so they’re fraying, but these are to clean up poop so I don’t really care. 🙂 Anyway, these have lasted us about a year now, even the fraying pieces of towel.

    We wash them with our diapers then fold them in half. We have a little lidded tub (basically an old grown-up wipe tub) that we fill about half way with water and a few drops of tea tree oil. Then we put in a stack of wipes to fill. We have to refill the wipes every few days, but that is good to keep things fresh (even with the tea tree oil I wouldn’t want them to be damp for more than a day or two). We also have a spray bottle that is full of witch hazel with a few drops each of jojoba and tea tree oil. We spray the wipes with this before using them. Her bum is rarely red and we’ve never had an issue with diaper rash.

    Easy. Cheap. Functional. Healthy. What could be better?

  7. I also use cloth wipes – just old flannel receiving blankets that were handed down to us, cut into squares. I didn’t hem the edges so they fray, too, but like Kristin, I don’t care. I started folding mine together like the disposables are so that when I pull one out of the wipe warmer, the next one pops up. It sounds like extra work but it’s just a few extra seconds of folding. I think they clean up poopy bums way better than the disposables do. It saves us a crazy amount of money, too!

  8. We absolutely love our Kissaluvs awesome wipes. I also have baby washcloths and these work much better. They are definitely pricier (about $1 each), but I usually only have to use one or two, even with a massive blowout. I love that one side is textured and one side is smooth, which is wonderful for cleaning up poopy bottoms. My husband is in love with them too. Probably his favorite aspect of cloth diapering, since disposable wipes are so lame, and we always had to use like 20 after a blowout.

    My sister used to use cheapy wipes. I converted her to Kissaluvs too.

  9. I made 20 flannel wipes when I was preggos. They are still going strong 20 months later. I too use my Peri bottle (from his birth) that I fill with water and a couple drops of tea tree oil.

    When out and about I use Seventh Generation or Earths Best wipes. I buy the huge multipack box at Babies R Us with the 20% off coupon and a coupon printed off EB website or 7G website for an extra $1 off. It makes them really affordable then! Unfortunatly, BRU just changed their coupon and you can’t use it on wipes or diapers or reallly anything….so I will just watch for the mulitpack to go on sale and get it then (with the website coupon too!)

  10. I never even thought about using the baby washcloths! What an awesome idea (I was going to make my own but this is so much easier).

  11. YES I just made the switch a week ago. found your blog via search for wipes. Cool beans~ it’s the best and I wish I had done it with my first rather than starting with my 2nd. Still love the savings and they totally clean up much better!

  12. I have used Bum Boosa baby wipes. Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes are a unique, 100% bio-friendly product that was developed with both the planet and infants’ sensitive skin in mind. Their mission is to provide a new option for a widespread consumer product that, through its use, trees and water are saved. They are able to do this by drawing on the benefits of a bountiful, regenerative and sustainable plant for our alternative nonwoven fiber: bamboo.
    Bum Boosa aims to consciously care for consumers and the planet by making eco-friendly baby wipes with the promise of high quality natural ingredients, honesty and integrity. To that end, for each package sold, Bum Boosa plants a tree with Trees for the Future.
    This is the Bum Boosa website: http://www.bumboosa.com
    Hope to help you ~

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