Diaper Tips Tuesday: Do you use Cloth Wipes?

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Week 2: 
Do you use cloth wipes? If so, what are your favorite brands and fabrics and what do you still want to try?



With Cloth Wipes Week coming up next Monday (12/14-12/22), we will swap tips on cloth wipes for the next couple of weeks! I use cloth wipes, but didn’t for 6-8 months after I started cloth diapering. Why? I was overwhelmed and thought it would be more work. So I had a trash can in the room for disposable wipes and a wetbag for my cloth diapers. Then it started to happen. DD was getting more mobile by the minute and I had to put the trash can in the bathroom with the door closed so she wouldn’t get into the icky mess. That is when I started rethinking my decision and embraced the world of cloth wipes only to find I had been making my life harder by having both cloth diapers and disposable wipes. You wash them and dry them together and you can make your own solution or buy it ready to spray, depending on preference. 


I purchased a wipes warmer which made my life easier (make sure to use a cloth wipes compatible brand like Prince Lionheart), because they were pre-moistened and ready to go, but there are multiple ways you can store them. I love using cloth wipes and it gives me another outlet to shop for fun print and fabrics, although a cut up old T-shirt will do the trick as well. I prefer having both thin and thick wipes for different tasks and prefer larger wipes so I have more surface area to work with. A single layer terry or flannel wipe works great to get in cracks and creases, or for smaller jobs, and a nice thick two-layer wipe is absorbent and great for messy jobs. And whether you purchase them or make them yourself they are affordable and you can save hundreds compared to disposable wipes!


Do you use cloth wipes? Why or why not? What brands and fabrics do you love? Leave a comment to share with the rest of us!

December 2009
Week 1: Share your Thanksgiving travel stories and upcoming holiday travel plans. Cloth, hybrids (i.e. Grobaby or gdiapers) or ‘sposies?
Week 2: Do you use cloth wipes? If so, what are your favorite brands and fabrics and what do you still want to try?
Week 3: What is your favorite Cloth Wipes solution and/or recipe?
Week 4: Mama Cloth Stories: Share why do you, don’t, or can’t decide if you want to be a PT or FT Mama Cloth user
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  1. Shannon (Coupon Mommy Of 2) says:

    we do use cloth wipes because her bum gets so red from anything else. Someone gave me a whole bunch and I also am using Bummas and they are super soft. I received some with an order that are bamboo and like those too!

    http://couponmommyof2.blogspot.com/2009/12/thirsties-new-duo-diaper-review-and.html

    luvinmyfamily at verizon dot net

  2. { Mom of 3 Dolls } says:

    I use cloth wipes but my hubby still prefers the disposable. I was hesitant at first. I think it makes it a lot easier to use cloth. Clean them & put them in the wet bag instead of looking for another place to trash the disposable. I got some with my BG diapers package. I didn't care too much for them. I definitely prefer the softer kind. (Won some samples at CD hunt last yr!)

  3. I use cloth wipes. They are just baby wash rags and I just wet them with water. I would love to have some "real" cloth wipes. Just can't bring myself to buy them when the wash rags work just as well.

  4. Teresha@Marlie and Me says:

    I am transitioning from disposables to cloth because baby girl is teething and her bum sometimes gets rashes from the diarrhea. a warm, moist cloth really helps calm and soothe. the hubby is not as patient though…he wants to do drive-by wiping. I've taken him off diaper duty for now.

  5. HomebirthinMomma says:

    i made my own flannel wipes. easy cheesy and much cheaper.

  6. James, Andrea, and Clara Smith says:

    We use cloth wipes for home (Imse Vimse organic cotton and baby wash cloths) and disposables for on the road (recommend Kirklands for a very non-irritating variety and cheap too!). I was given a hand-me-down wipes warmer and I learned a neat trick for folding wipes so they come up the pop-up top as you use them. I have used Kissaluvs diaper lotion potion for solution (love it!), and I am trying Bum Drops (not so sure yet). I found that 24 wipes weren't enough and I was relying way too much on disposables in the interim, so added a bunch of extra baby wash cloths to the mix and now try to fold as I go and have a bundle ready to go in warm water with a few drops of solution when I run out. I love that I have them ready for all kinds of occasions and am not squeemish to use clean ones on hands and faces when needed. I'd love to have the fancy two sided ones for a more versatile and thorough job, but I don't know if they'd "pop up" quite so easily and they are more expensive too. : )

  7. I do cloth wipes but DH wont. I have a couple of cut up tshirts that are moistened with water and a little baby oil. It cleans the mess and helps with diaper rash as well with us.

  8. Yes, i cut up old receiving blankets and doubled up layers and serged them together. they work out so well, even better than ones I bought. I love being able to throw them in with my diapers, not having to throw the diaper in the pail and the wipe in the trash. It is just easier!

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