Cheeky Wipes Mini Kit: A Review

I’ve written before about using cloth wipes. There are a number of companies out there that make and sell cloth baby wipes, technically there’s no reason why you need to buy any of them. There are plenty of tutorials out there to make your own. However I liked the convenience and functionality of the kits, I liked the wet bags and I liked the fact that I didn’t have to think about what I needed, it was all there for me.

Why Cheeky Wipes?

My sister-in-law recommended them initially, she used Cheeky Wipes with my nephew. There’s a lot of choice on the website and it was easy to use. There’s plenty of information on the website about the different kits and the different wipe options under the “Help me Choose” tab.

Cheeky Wipes do a few different kits: All-in-One Kit, Mini Kit, Hands and Faces Kit and Weaning Kit.

The All-in-One kit comes with everything you need to use cloth wipes from the start, you get 25 wipes in the fabric of your choice, a Fresh Baby Wipes Container, a Mucky Baby Wipes Container, a Fresh Baby Wipes travel bag, a Mucky Baby Wipes Travel Bag, a 10ml bottle of Fresh Wipes Essential Oil Blend and a 10ml bottle of Mucky Baby Wipes Essential Oil Blend.

The Mini Kit is for people who are already using cloth nappies and therefore have the nappy bin and wet bag. It contains the 25 wipes, Fresh Baby Wipes Container, Fresh Baby Wipes Travel Bah and a 10ml bottle of Fresh Baby Wipes Essential Oil.

The Hand and Faces Kit is very similar to the All-in-One Kit, but for hands and faces. As there’s no poo involved the wipes can just go in with your normal washing. The kit contains 25 micro-fibre baby wipes, a Fresh Baby Wipes container, a Fresh Wipes Bag, a Mucky Wipes Bag and a 10 ml bottle of Fresh Baby Wipes Essential Oil Blend.

The Weaning Kit is designed for people already using Cheeky Wipes for bums. It comes with 25 wipes of your choice and a Fresh Baby Wipes Container.

You can also buy all the components of the kits separately.

We have the mini kit as we are cloth nappy users.

Ordering from the site is really easy, you just select your options – I went for the original white terry cloth wipes (and added an extra ten for good measure) and Lavender Essential Oil. Cheeky Wipes also sent me some Bamboo Wipes free of charge.

How do they work?

The premise behind the All-in-One kit is simple, you have a Fresh Wipes tub and a Mucky Wipes tub. Both containers have their own Essential Oils. You soak your clean wipes in a water and essential oil combination, before squeezing out the excess. These are then ready to use.

After use the wipe goes into the mesh bag in the Mucky Wipes tub, the mesh bag can then be lifted into the washing machine.

The Travel Bags follow pretty much the same concept. You take a handful of wipes from your Fresh Box and put them in the Fresh Bag. After use the dirty wipe goes in the Mucky Bag. Again you take the mesh bag and put it straight in the washing machine.

You don’t even have to dry the wipes, they can be re-soaked straight after washing and are ready for then next use (although they do recommend you dry them every once in a while).

The Mini Kit is slightly different. It doesn’t have either the Mucky Box or Bag, as it is meant for cloth nappy users who are likely to have these already, but in everything else it works the same.

Hand and Face wipes work in a similar way, however they can go straight in with your other washing – even simpler!

Cheeky Wipes in Use

At home they are fantastically simple to use. The instructions are simple and clear to follow and if you do get stuck they have helpful videos on the website. You just fill the tub up to the set line, add your essential oil and wipes, squish them about a bit to make sure they’re all soaked, squeeze out the excess and you’re good to go.

When you’ve used a wipe you just add it to your nappy bin and stick it in the wash with your nappies at the end of the day. As we wash our wipes with our nappies we put them in on a 40C cycle with a pre-wash and no softener.

We’ve had no issue using them when out and about either. The Fresh Bah kept any moisture from the wipes contained. They remained damp enough to do a good post-poo clean up and still smelt lovely from the essential oils. Then the dirty wipes went straight into the wet bag ready to be washed.

Is it worth it?

I think so. They’re not the cheapest things on the planet in upfront outlay, but they’re not particularly expensive either and considering the overall saving to your pocket and the planet is well worth it.

Cheeky Wipes not only offer a 10% discount on your first order, but they also have a different offer running every month. When I bought my Mini Kit I also received a set of Bamboo Wipes free of charge, these have been brilliant for using on Pippin’s face and hands.

What we did for Pippin’s Birthday

It has only taken me three weeks to write about what we did for Pip’s birthday.

As you’re only one once she actually had a four day long birthday spectacular, and I am pretty sure she loved it. I am also equally sure she had absolutely no idea what was going on at all.

I had been hoping to have a little party for Pippin and her friends, but the weather and the house renovation had other ideas. So we all got together at my friends and destroyed her house with cake and paint. Which was lovely, and they enjoyed themselves. Pippin’s particular trick is to stroke her friends faces whilst saying “awh”. This is what we taught her to do to the dogs. I’m not yet sure if she thinks her friends are dogs or the dogs are her friends…

 

On her actual birthday we took a trip to the zoo. It was absolutely boiling and very busy. But we had a really nice day, and Pip loved seeing all the ‘Ack Acks’ (Ducks), Dogs and ‘Oooow’ (Cats). Currently anything with wings is a duck, and cat and dog are used interchangeably for anything with four legs. She really liked the big dogs with a horn.

We then went to Zizzi’s for tea. We love eating there, it is one of the few places you can get a dairy free, gluten free pizza. They also do a children’s menu which can be adapted for allergies, and they even do a pasta and garlic bread for really tiny tummys. Of course she never wants her own meal and always wants mine, but the option is there at least. Allergy mummies, if you haven’t been already then I urge you to check it out.

On the bank holiday Monday we went out with family for a birthday tea and Pip had her second birthday cake. She put her toes in it, which is clearly what chocolate cake is for.

Then for her final birthday day she saw the family that couldn’t make it to her birthday meal and had her third birthday cake, and got more presents.

Best Pregnancy Products So Far

Right now I’m entering the ‘too uncomfortable, just please let the next few weeks pass quickly’ stage of pregnancy. I can’t sleep, I can’t sit down and I certainly can’t walk more than fifteen paces without either stopping to catch my breath or being clawed in the cervix.

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So these are the products that are making life just a bit more bearable for a 33 week, diabetic, gluten free pregnancy lady with hip pain and sore feet. You’re welcome.

  1. Bio Oil: I started using this at about week 25 or so. No, it’s not stopped the strech marks, but it does help with the terrible itch and I think its making them less red? Wishful thinking?
  2. Pregnancy Pillow: This thing has been a sleep-saver from the first trimester. Its long enough that it can go under your hip, between your knees, between your ankles. I’ve even used it behind my back to stop me rolling over and getting stuck. Pregnancy is very elegant. Bonus, it can also be used for breast feeding.
  3. Lip Balm: I have hayfever, and being pregnant there’s not much I can do about it. Lip Balm means that my lips don’t get too dry as I snore and snuffle my way through the night. (See previous comment about being elegant)
  4. Tena Lights: Yeah, that’s self explanatory. Moving swiftly on (which I hope this will do after baby arrives).
  5. Water Bottle/Cup/Glass: You need to stay hydrated during pregnancy, and it will save you a lot of money going to the vending machine. Do not let yourself get dehydrated, it will make any and all symptoms worse. You have been warned.
  6. Maternity Jeans: If you are pregnant and haven’t already got yourself a pair then what are you thinking? If you aren’t pregnant just get yourself a pair, you will never want to go back. The elasticated waist of stretchy comfiness. Don’t go squeezing yourself into those normal jeans, just buy some maternity ones and get on with your day.
  7. E45: My skin has been awful throughout the pregnancy. If your skin is dry just buy a big tub of this and slather it on, good for keeping the skin on your tummy stretchy too, probably.
  8. Sun Cream: You burn more easily in pregnancy, so you need to make sure you’re working sun cream and probably a hat. I burnt after standing talking to my neighbour for half an hour, on a cloudy day.
  9. Bubble Bath: It doesn’t really matter what it is, you will just want a bubble bath. It really helps with the pain. We’re doing this thing where I’m using baby products to get the cats used to the smell, then they don’t think baby is weird and new. It isn’t working.
  10. Birthing Ball: For obvious reasons, but also if you’re having any sort of hip and pelvic pain most of the exercises they give you will require a ball. So its worth it.

And the bonus. For the love of God get yourself a comfy chair, get someone to set it in front of the tv and rest. You’re growing a tiny human, you deserve it.

31 weeks pregnancy update

I disappeared, again! There’s been so much going on that before I know where I am I am at 31 weeks pregnant with only another 7-8 to go. We aren’t ready for that kind of reality yet!

What has happened?

Well, I finished work on the 1st July, so am now officially unemployed with a baby on the way. But the rest is nice and I feel like I can get the house sorted for the new arrival. Bad and good points I guess.

Pippin’s room has plaster, and nearly paint. So that only leaves flooring, radiator and furniture before we can actually start to put all baby’s stuff in there. Which is amazing because it means I can get the rest of my house back, and have an office space again, and generally not live in a building site!

I am diabetic. Not the biggest surprise ever, since I was considered high risk anyway with a family history and being overweight and all. But it is a pain, and means we’re having to reconsider birth options, for example baby might have to make its arrival at around 39 weeks rather than allowing for it to choose its own time. At the moment my bloods are keeping stable via diet management, and there’s no reason for me to be on medication, plus Pippin is measuring right along the line, so no worries there either. For the moment I’m having growth scans every two weeks, just to keep an eye on things. Although, being a gluten free, vegetarian diabetic is no mean feat and this little kit has become my constant companion.

I can’t complain about the care I’m getting through, the midwives are doing their absolute best to get me the birth I want, and I do believe that if they can manage it I won’t have the medicalised birth I am more than a little scared of. Can’t say fairer than that really.

My iron levels are still low, even though I’ve been taking one tablet a day from around 20 weeks and two from 28 weeks, so they are a little bit concerned about that. But I’ll be having blood tests to monitor my levels, and hopefully they will pick up. Now, where’s that bag of spinach?

Also, we had the labour and birth class yesterday.

Baby is:

Getting quite big now, by the feeling of things anyway! According to the growth scan Pip is in the 90th percentile. The wriggling is getting far more pronounced now, my whole tummy ends up being thrown around by it, and one of the midwives got kicked in the head four times when trying to listen to the heartbeat! (Sorry, about that!). I like to think that means Pippin will be far less lazy than me and it’s daddy. Baby is also head down, but at this stage that’s probably temporary, but I’ll take the switch. Baby had been breech for weeks, so hopefully it doesn’t turn round again!

Mummy is:

Flipping tired by now. I’m getting sleep in, maybe, two hour chunks if that. What with discomfort, needing to pee and getting too hot, sleeping has gone out the window. For me and the poor husband. Hips are getting more painful, especially at night or if I’ve been sitting or walking too long. So, constantly. Plus baby’s kicks are getting strong enough to hurt now.

I’m having loads of tightening across my bump. Assuming this is Braxton Hicks or something? Generally I’m just feeling quite big and uncomfortable. I’m 31 weeks pregnant, what do I expect really? I have to be honest, this stage is uncomfortable, and I feel it will probably get worse, but it still beats the vomiting nightmare that was the first trimester, hands down.