Welcome to the next instalment of the Cloth Nappy Series!
Today we are talking about cloth baby wipes. Take a look at the video, which looks at cloth baby wipes and how they can be used along side cloth nappies, but are also great for wiping up sticky hands and faces.
Personally, I find cloth wipes far more effective at clean ups at both change time and meal times than disposable wipes. Each wipe is like a mini bed bath, plus they are for more gentle on sensitive skin, and kinder to your bank balance too.
I use the cloth wipes from Cheeky Wipes and wouldn’t be without them.
As I mentioned in the video, I have 2 types of wipes from Cheeky Wipes, the bamboo velour (a natural fabric) and the bamboo velour and minkee wipes (part natural part synthetic). The bamboo wipes are more absorbent than the minkee wipes, but I find that the minkee wipes stay softer for longer after being constantly washed.
This part is totally optional, but I would recommend either buying coloured wipes, or doing what I did and dying them with Dylon machine dye.
Dying your wipes means that they stay a nice vibrant colour even after constant washing. Keep in mind that the dye will only “take” to the natural fabrics, like bamboo. The synthetic minkee will not change colour.
Using Your Wipes At Home
In the house, we store our wipes in a Cheeky Wipes box.
Quite simply, you fill the box with water up to the internal line, add a few drops of essential oil (lavender works well), then leave the wipes in the box to soak. Alternatively, the wipes can be stored dry and wet as you need them.
Using Your Wipes Out And About
You can take a few pre soaked wipes out with you in a small wet bag (which can be purchased here). This is the easiest option for change time, but damp wipes will go a little musty if left in your bag for a number of days.
The other option is to take out some dry wipes and damp them as you need them. This can be done by either finding a sink where ever you go, or, the option I favour, you can take some “wipe solution” (water and a few drops of you’re selected scent) in a small spray bottle. This system is the best way to store wipes for any length of time in your changing bag or car, but it is a little more fiddly at change times.
Storing & Washing Your Wipes
If you are also using cloth nappies, you can store and wash your dirty wipes along with your nappies. If you are just using cloth wipes for meal times, they can be stored in a wet bag (which can be purchased from the Cheeky Wipes website), then washed along with your household laundry.
So that’s how to use cloth baby wipes! They are simple, yet effective, better for your purse and the environment, plus gentle on baby’s sensitive skin. They are a fantastic investment and can be used for things like makeup removal long after you baby is out of nappies.
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Do you have any questions about reusable wipes or nappies? Please comment below and I will try to answer them in subsequent posts.