When I was pregnant with Maddox, I was extremely set on cloth diapering. I thought, "what's better than reusable diapers that create very little waste and are much more comfortable for my little?" I researched all different brands, all different types, learned about prefolds, fitteds, etc, how to clean, how many I may need, looked at all the cute prints, and so forth. Sadly, it was a short-lived dream.
I knew it would be difficult for me. On top of having to clean the house, feed myself and my partner, feed my cluster-feeding little one, do the laundry, hang out with my little while he napped on my shoulder because he'd wake up otherwise, and find time to not lose my mind and feel human - I knew cloth diapering would be too much for me (don't let this dictate what you do, I am simply easily disorganized and overwhelmed). At the apartment we were living in at the time, the laundry room was two flights of stairs down into the basement and a slight trek . Add that to all the other laundry I had to do and I decided against it.
So, I went for disposable diapers. I don't have any regrets. My son has never had any issues with rashes although the guilt still lingers of how many diapers we've thrown out within the last year and a half. However, I knew it was a much better choice for my family. If I were to have another child, I would definitely cloth diaper. I'd be much more comfortable in my mama skin next time around to navigate everything.
Anyway, a year and a half later I decided to switch to cloth baby wipes from disposables and my gosh you guys, why didn't I do this sooner? It's so simple, much softer on his butt, helpful to the environment, saves us money, and I'm slightly tempted to grab a couple cloth diapers as well. I have a friend who has switched over a few months ago and never has any issues.
The recipe is extremely simple and honestly, I eyeball it every time I make it so you can modify it as you see fit and depending on how many wipes you want to make at a time.
Homemade Cloth Baby Wipes
- baby washcloths OR cut-up flannels
- tupperware container or old wipes container
- about 2 cups boiled or distilled water
- 1 teaspoon liquid Castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner's Lavender but they also have unscented)
- 1 teaspoon of oil (coconut, jojoba, olive, or almond are great options)
- 3 drops of essential oil (if you are using unscented and if your baby's skin isn't sensitive)
- optional: 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- Combine all ingredients together in a bowl, starting with (warm) water first.
- Add essential oils and/or vitamin E if desired.
- Grab your washcloths and soak them in the mixture, one at a time.
- Ring them out.
- Fold them neatly and place in container.
- Voila! Use as needed and enjoy.
A couple other tips: if you don't want them to be reusable but still homemade, cut half a roll of paper towels, take out the cardboard center, place them in your container, and pour the mixture over until soaked. You can also carry the mixture in a spray bottle and wet your cloths as needed. When you're out and about remember to carry a wet bag with you so you have a place to carry the used wipes. I used one of my Ipsy make-up bags but you can get a wet bag here.
Do you already make your own? Tell me about it in the comments!