In this second installment, I'll be talking about wipes. Back in February of 2011 I wrote about The Great Wipe Debate. It's amazing for me to look back at this post & see how much I have learned since then! For those of you who read the initial blog, my methods & opinions have since changed on cloth wipes. For those of you who didn't read the old post - don't bother. I'll start fresh here.
|BumGenius Flannel Wipes|
So how do these things work? What do you do with them? Is it worth it?
Overall I'd say that yes, if you are using cloth diapers cloth wipes are worth it. If you're using cloth diapers & disposable wipes, that means possibly digging through mess to dispose of the wipes or putting a mess to the side. With cloth wipes, you just toss it all in the pail together and its done. No digging, no separating, no wondering what to do with a poopy wipe while you get another one because your child's bum isn't clean! There are many different ways you can make cloth wipes work but the most important thing here is to find what works best for you.
|California Baby Diaper Area Wash|
|Huggies travel case with cloth wipes|
A little tip here...I have found that if I have wet wipes sitting in a case for more than 2 days they get a funky mildew smell to them. So at the beginning of each day I take out the number of wipes I think I will use for the day, wet them in my sink, wring them out and put them in a travel case. If I need more I can always wet more. If I don't use all the ones I wet, they are OK for the next day. After a week or so you should be able to guesstimate the number of wipes your baby will need for a day.
But what do I do with my poopy wipes?
Easy. After the diaper change is over, just toss the used wipe into the diaper pail or wetbag and wash with your diapers. That's it. I know it might seem impossible that all of that yuckiness will wash off of the wipe but it will, I assure you. When I am out & about I keep the dirty wipes wrapped in the dirty diaper in the wetbag so that when I deal with everything at home I'm not reaching into a bag filled with poop and it's easily tossed into the diaper pail.
That's about it for wipes! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.