Reusable Baby Wipes

Even if you don’t have the time or inclination (or laundry facilities) to use cloth diapers, you can still use reusable wipes! A stack of cheap wash clothes is a good way to go, or just cut up a couple of old towels (you could buy them at a thrift store if you don’t have towels to spare).

Here are some clothes and sprayers that would work

Homemade wipes with sprayer

Homemade wipes with sprayer

I inherited a stack of flannel wipes from my sister-in-law. These 6×6 squares are made of two layers sewn together with a double seam. The edges were cut with pinking shears so although they unraveled a bit at first, they stopped after a few washings. I ended up making more so I don’t have to do laundry as often, and it was very easy (if not a bit time consuming). I also have gotten pretty good at using one side and then folding it in half to use the next time (depending on the messiness of the diaper, of course).
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Infant Potty Training–Has Anyone Tried It?

I first encountered diaper-free kids on a trip to China, where I witnessed little ones running around in split pants.  “How do parents know that they have to go?” I asked.  “Oh, they just know,” I kept hearing.  When I returned home I checked out a couple books on the subject.  Here are a few titles I found on Amazon:

Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living by Laurie Boucke

Infant Potty Basics: With or Without Diapers– The Natural Way by Laurie Boucke

The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative by Christine Gross-loh

So how do parents know when their babies have to go?  They observe their children for signals and use cues  to help their babies go on a little potty rather than in a diaper.  After reading one of Laurie Boucke’s books, I vowed that one day I, too, would raise my baby diaper-free.   My main motivation was to avoid diapers altogether and save the planet.  My only problem was that I didn’t have an actual baby at the time.
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