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Cloth wipes

First let me start by saying that I used disposable wipes until November 2011. We started cloth diapering November 2010. So you see the two do not necessarily go hand and hand.

When I decided to try cloth wipes everything I was reading said you could use them even if you use disposable diapers. They suggested attaching a small bag to your changing table. I remember reading this thinking “really?”, but yes really. You don’t even have to buy a fancy wet bag you could just use a gallon ziplock until you decide you love using cloth wipes. (cause you will)

Why will you love them? Let’s start with the cost. The cloth wipes I purchsed with shipping worked out to be less than $1 each, about 70 cents I think. Buying the largest box at the best price for the non sensitive wipes they are 3 to 4 cents per wipe. So once you’ve used your cloth wipe 140-200 times it’s cheaper. Now your cloth wipe can be and usually is sensitive without paying extra for less. That sounds like a lot of uses? One box of 576 wipes at $12 plus tax lasts appox one month with a newborn. So the $23 spent for reusable wipes pays for itself in two months.

Reason two they are environmentally friendly. Less waste, less trash, less space used in a landfill. Feeling crafty? Those flannel receiving blankets your not using …. They have a future as wipes. (especially the blankets that were to small to ever wrap a baby)

Three … THEY WORK BETTER! Yup, it’s true. There’s a grippy side and a smooth side, try finding that in a disposable wipe.

Four. You can put whatever you like on them. There are tons of recipe’s for wipe solution. You really can use just water too. Disposable wipes are pretty much regular, sensitive, and sometimes aloe.

I am sure there are other reasons, but those are mine.

Previously when doing a diaper change it was a financial transaction for me. If baby pee’d when you weren’t fast enough changing a diaper, meaning clean diaper got wet, I would say “your wasting quarters”. When we needed to use more than one wipe during a change I would think “your throwing away nickles”. Now it’s no big deal. It’s about what’s important, getting baby’s bottom clean.

While you can find several recipe’s online here is my recipe for wipes solution;

This is made in a container roughly the size of a reusable disposable wipes container.

1-2 drops teatree oil This is the ingredient to be careful with. If baby is sensitive use less of this or add more water.
2-3 drops lavendar essential oil
1 tsp (appox) baby wash
1 squirt (very technical I know) baby oil

I put them in the container in this order. Then fill halfway with water. Fill with wipes folded and rolled.

Tada! Use as needed.

I will have you know I started with a recipe that called for something like 1-2 drops teatree, 2-4 drops lavendar essential oil, 1/2 cup baby wash, 1/2 cup baby oil, and 3 cups of water. I was not a fan.

When I tried out cloth wipes and decided to use them we just used water. So I went back to that.

When changing DD’s messy diapers I felt that her butt looked clean, but didn’t smell that way. That was when I added the teatree oil and lavendar essential oil. From there I got adventurous. I have noticed that since adding the baby wash and oil my babies bottoms are not a sensitive if I accidentally put in more teatree than planned.

Washing? If you cloth diaper wash them with your diapers. Otherwise wash them with the rest of your baby’s clothes. Gross you say? What do you do with the outfits your baby has a blow out in? You wash them. Same difference. If your clothes are clean the washer is clean, bottom line. Drying them? Don’t. I mean they are clean and going to go back into a wet wipes solution. Or dry them. Hang them, put them in the dryer, end result, the same.

Thinking about trying it out? Get these from Mama Jo’s diapers. All you basically pay is shipping. If it says sold just send her a message. That’s what I did. Then I bought these.

Do you use cloth wipes? What solution do you use?

This is in no way a sponsered post. I bought these products and posted because I believe in them.

Gwen

Amonia burn?

We have been cloth diapering for over a year and a half. Now, I would not call myself an expert at all. There are lots of things that I do not know about cloth diapers. I do however know all about what I choose to use. Up until three weeks ago, everything was fabulous.
We moved in October. Prior to this we were using a laundry room to wash our clothes. Similar to a laundry mat, except in walking distance. To wash our diapers while we lived there I did two washes. One cold water wash, followed by a hot water wash with detergent. I had to do this because you do not have control over the cycles in this type of setting. For over a year this worked fine.

Then we moved.

Now there is a washer and dryer in our home. That means that if I just want to run a rinse cycle I can. I have been on a crazy “trying to save as much energy as possible and decrease the energy bill” kick. Well I thought that maybe I could decrease some of the washing cycles on the diapers, since right now I am washing every other day. Little did I know that was a big mistake.

The AIO (all in one) diapers have always seemed a little more difficult to clean. More water more washing. We mostly use prefolds, but on the go, AIO’s a nice. Just in case you don’t know, you change them exactly like a disposable diaper. No stuffing, fitting, or folding. So when I decreased the cold water wash to just a cold water rinse the ammonia started building up in the AIO diapers.
I didn’t know such a thing existed. All I had ever heard people say about cloth is that they can get mineral buildup and cause odors. I have never had this problem. Not once. So maybe I thought I was a cloth diapering god genius or something. Nope. Not. So. Much.

Not to be graphic but, my DD woke up with fluid filled blisters. So, so, sad. Before figuring it out we went back to using mostly prefolds, and she got better. (I didn’t realize that was what we did until a few days ago.) I also gave her a lot of free bum time. (Which also helps with potty training anyway) Then came Friday morning.

She was worse.

That is when I decided it wasn’t her.

After searching the Internet I turned up ammonia burn. Yikes! That just sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Saturday my babies wore disposables. I washed every diaper in the house FOUR TIMES. Mostly all cycles with just water. I did all the AIO’s together so they could get extra washes and extra rinses, as I think they are the problem. I believe that they are the culprit as cotton tends not to hold on to the ammonia, which is what prefolds are made of.

Saturday night we were back to our cloth and just did a prefold for night time on DD. Sunday she woke up fine. No new injuries. fingers crossed that it is all worked out.

Have you ever had to deal with ammonia burn? What did you do? What worked what didn’t?

Gwen

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