Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wipe it Off: using cloth wipes

It was more than 2 years ago that I happened upon a friend's blog post where she talked about the possibility of switching to family cloth. At this point, I'd never even heard of using cloth wipes. It sounded weird, to say the least. But then, the longer I used cloth diapers, the more ridiculous disposable wipes seemed. A total and complete wasted of money and resources. It seemed like everyone using cloth just cut up flannel receiving blankets and voila!

So...



I followed this tutorial on Dirty Diaper Laundry for the "pop-up effect." My husband was fully impressed. With the pop-up, not the wipes. He was still fully weirded out by the idea of cloth wipes. At this point, I realized it was a mute point, though, because he wasn't changing any of the cloth diapers (even though our original deal was just that he didn't have to change any of the poopy diapers).

Alas, Miss N has a more sensitive bottom than we'd realized. Whether the wipes were dry or fully saturated with solution, they were still too rough for her. I gave up my homemade solution and switched to something a little nicer. LuSa Organics Baby Wipe Juice has a nice lavender smell, and I feel like it gets N's bum clean while also moisturizing her sensitive skin a little. 

I also decided to opt for some more luxurious wipes. From all my insane research, I decide velour would be our best bet. Everyone knows Thirsties Fab Wipes are insanely soft, but I decided I liked the sound of the cotton sherpa the Swaddlebees Cloth Wipes have to offer. I bought two packs and haven't looked back. Cloth Diapers, Inc. carries packs of 6 for only $10.95 with free shipping, but their color selection is a little limited at times.

I discovered the shop Sproutling Love while participating in The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt this year. I forgot my whole box of wipes at my parents' house recently (over 3 hours North from here), so I figured I'd give their wipes a try. I often thought it would be nice if the Swaddlebees wipes were a smidge wider, and this seemed like a good alternative. For $10.50 plus shipping, I ordered a pack in girl colors. Let me tell you - the pictures do not even come close to showing the cuteness of these wipes... If mine weren't all in the laundry as I type, I'd take a picture to share with you. They're a great size, super soft, and work great. I have to be honest, though, the baby terry loop does not compare to the cotton sherpa when it comes to cleaning up big messes. I love my Swaddlebees wipes.

Click here to visit Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique and check out their huge selection of wipes and other cloth diapering accessories.

*edited to add this picture of a few of my Sproutling Love wipes:

UPDATE: Have you heard of Geffen Baby? I was surprised to find how well I like the single layer hemp wipes, but they are my new favorite now! Check out my full review.