Cloth wipes are a natural next step after you begin your cloth diaper journey.
Why? Because you’re already washing your cloth diapers and cloth wipes can simplify your diaper changing routine. Not to mention, they work far more effectively than disposable wipes when it comes to getting the job done. The money savings are an added benefit, just like cloth diapers. They can come made from any material- some are cotton, bamboo, other natural fibers. Others are a velour or topped with fleece. Simple baby wash cloths also work as cloth wipes or you can DIY your own. Make sure you catch my tutorial for making wipes “pop” up from an old wipes container– this makes it even easier!
This video discusses cloth wipes and why they are a good choice. Plus I discuss some of the options for cloth diaper solutions. One option I didn’t show in the video was just buying a ready to spray solution like the AppleCheeks Cleansing Spray or Booty Luster from Thirsties– I didn’t have any on hand so I forgot about that! Concentrated solutions and wipe cubes are more cost effective. You can DIY your own, or simply use water. I prefer using a spray bottle to moisten my wipes before each diaper change but if you are careful about how long you keep them wet (to avoid mildew) you can use a wipes warmer. Emi from The Cloth Diaper Report mentioned this was her favorite diaper accessory so this method does work!As for diaper creams- you want to use something that is safe for cloth diapers.
Using ointments like Desitin and A&D can cause repelling. This happens because the effective ingredients in the creams to create a barrier on your baby will rub onto the diapers creating the very same moisture barrier on your diapers!!!
Look for diaper safe creams that don’t have any fish oils or rashes. Petroleum based anything is a no-no. Zinc oxide is not necessarily an ingredient that will cause repelling, but if you need or use an ointment with that ingredient use a liner because it will stain the diapers. In general- using liners with any creams is a good idea to be on the safe side.
How can you tell if a cream is safe? Your best bet is to look at what cloth diaper stores carry. If you can’t buy online there are a few cloth safe creams sold in big box stores, like California Baby at Target. And then you could always head to the grocery store and buy Coconut Oil, which has been getting good reviews lately as a cloth safe diaper cream. Breastmilk is cloth diaper safe too, if you are breastfeeding! Check out the Pin Stripes and Polka Dot resource if you want to check that a cream is cloth safe.
I mentioned using liners in the video as a way to keep creams off of the diapers. This can help- but often when you use liners there is a small chance the creams can get on the diapers. This is why I think using a cloth diaper safe cream is so important! If you are prescribed a cream and have to use it then try your best to use liners. Worst case scenario is that you wind up in disposables during the healing time while using your cream (which is not a crime…).
Items shown in video include- Geffen Baby Wipes, Bummis Wipes, The BALM liquid wipe concentrate, Blissful Booty Liquid concentrate, NC Green Apples Wipe Cubes and fleece liners, Dimpleskins Bum Bum Balm, and The BALM Diaper Balm. Some items were sent free of charge to be used in the video, some are personal items in my own collection. No other compensation was received. This is not a review.Look for giveaways tomorrow for cloth wipes for the Everything but Cloth Diapers event. Missed any posts? Go back and see them all here.