Coffee Talk, Help, Tips & Tricks
Now it’s time for Advanced Wipes 202. Settle down class, My name is Heather and I’ll be your instructor today.
Sometimes cloth diapering feels this way in the beginning… like we should be taking a series of classes and stuffing our heads with ALL available information. Luckily for us, there is plenty of time (despite the urgent urgings of third trimester hormones) to learn all that we need to know and more. If you are still contemplating the overwhelming number and types of diapers, please feel free to skip this blog entry… it’ll still be here later, when you feel you’re ready.
For those of you who are still with me, welcome! Many people who come into the store have questions about how to do wipes with cloth diapers. Some are convinced that they are just going to use disposable wipes, and some just want to know WHAT to do to use cloth wipes. Like diapers, just to go with the option that makes the most sense to you. It may be different than what I do, and that’s ok!
I was one who started with cloth diapers and disposable wipes. We tried to keep a plastic grocery bag hanging from the changing table to catch the disposable wipes while our cloth diapers went into the pail. We often forgot to replace the bag after taking the trash out, so we were left with nothing to do but leave the dirty wipes in a little pile on the changing table. We would have the very best of intentions to come back and get those dirty wipes, but our baby was amazing, entrancing… spectacular! We often forgot. So the little pile would become a big pile until finally someone would take care of it. I decided to try cloth wipes, but I was determined that it would be just as convenient at the changing table as the disposables had been. So I bought a stash of wipes and folded them one into the other so that they would pop up out of our wipes warmer. Then I made a solution out of 2 cups water, 1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel and 1 small drizzle tear free soap. I poured this solution over my stack of folded wipes in the warmer and used them exactly like I had been using disposables, except for the mountain of dirty wipes trash. These wipes went directly into the pail and got washed just like everything else! We were quick converts.
Image credit The Feminist Breeder. Click here to see her step-by-step photo instructions.
There are several ways to use cloth wipes:
- Wipes warmer, wipes, solution – you can fold your wipes or you can just stuff them into the warmer and dig one out when you need one… either way is fine and convenient.
- Dry wipes, wipes solution spray – this is what I do for in the diaper bag, but lots of people just keep the spray at their changing table and use this for all of their diaper changes. I have found that I need a bit more moisture for poopy diaper changes, so I usually try to start with a wipe wet with water before I change the diaper.
- Wipes wet with water in a container at the changing table – you don’t have to use a wipes solution at all… many people just use water, and it works just fine for them! For the diaper bag, you could just keep the dry wipes and wet them in a faucet before changing baby’s diaper.
- Wipes in a container of some sort (plastic with a lid) wet with wipes solution – this is what we have gone to with our son… he likes to play with electrical plugs, so outlets in his room are strictly baby safe!
Last minute advice: anything can be used as a wipe. The ones you buy are going to be the highest quality, longest lasting. For a great out and about/possibly disposable option, cut up a t-shirt. You can wash and reuse if you want or if it’s a particularly gross poop diaper, you have the guilt free option of throwing it away. Whatever method you choose, enjoy your diaper changing time… it’s the perfect bonding moment for parent and child!