We use cloth nappies but still use disposable wipes. I said to OH a few weeks ago about cloth wipes but he wasnt keen and thinks they will be too much hassle. So a few questions.
Do you just wash them with your nappies? Often the wipes get left in the nappy which is a pain as it means i have to check them all before washing.
What are they made out of?
Do you have to keep them in a wet box?
If not how do you wet them for use?
I started using cloth wipes about a month ago when we started with the cloth nappies and I love them. Mine are from fill your pants http://www.fill-your-pants.com/cloth...-mini-kit.html and are made from bamboo. I keep mine in the box provided with a bit of water and a few drops of the essential oil mix they provide and they are simply washed with the nappies-don't even need to be dried afterwards. You could just as easily use small washcloths and water, or make your own wipes out of whatever fabric you prefer - some I've seen are double sided like fleece and bamboo, and you could even make your own wash solution with water, baby oil and a bit of essential oil. I've heard using it in a spray bottle is convenient
I use microfibre clothes from poundland, in plastic box also from poundland. I wash them with my nappies and when they are all clean I fit them into the box and add boiling water, a little bit of baby oil and essential oils (usually a combination of lavender, camomile, maybe something else). Once its cool I have lovely smelling wipes for my babies butts.
Cloth will be much easier if you use cloth nappies already - no separate bagging up!
You just wash them with the nappies. As with the nappies, if they have a lot of poo on them you might want to rinse them first but I tend to wipe excess poo off LO's bum with the nappy so the wipes don't need rinsing and I just rinse the nappy as you would anyway.
Cloth wipes come in a lot of different fabrics! I find absorbent fabrics are the best, polyester fleece doesn't absorb much at all so lots of people don't like wipes made purely of fleece, but one side fleece and one of something else is a popular combination. Some of the fabrics I've used are: Bamboo (all variants, terry, OBV etc), cotton (all variants), Polyester velour (as well as cotton and bamboo) and fleece on one side. You can just use cheap face cloths if you like. The one fabric I would not use is microfibre as it can irritate some babies (and parents!) and it is quite 'catchy' so I'd want to use something different if LO had a rash or dry skin or anything. Other than that, anything goes really. I've even used cloths cut out of old baby PJs!
You don't have to keep them in a wet box but you can if you like. I've done it all ways - prewetted, used a sports bottle to wet them before use, used a spray bottle to wet LO not the wipes, and now I just run them under a warm tap before use. I like this way the best as the wipes are always fresh and warm. If I ever need anything stronger I use a tiny blob of our normal babywash.
Yesterday just 3 wipes dealt with a poonami that escaped down his legs. It would probably have taken half a pack of disposable wipes as they smear it everywhere before you are finally poo-free, whereas our cheeky wipes grip and wipe it away nicely.
I use cheeky wipes for in the house and disposables for outside.
Cloth wipes are so easy when you finally convert, because you don't have to pick out the grotty wipes from the nappies before washing. I even converted to fleece liners recently makes everything so much easier when your indoors.
When I'm out and about though i use disposable liners and wipes just because i can throw them away and not have any yucky stuff lingering in my bag
I made my own wopes - flannelete on one side and bamboo terry or obv on the other side, and some with terry towelling for really big jobs! I keep mine dry til use and then just spray with plain water as needed. When going out I put some in a travel wipes container (empty Huggies one) with water in case i'm not near water when she needs a change, as is often the case. And yep I just wash with nappies :-)
Cloth wipes are great for so many purposes, we probably use ours for at least as many purposes as disposable ones get used for.
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