Before we had Pippin we were lucky enough to be gifted absolutely tons of cloth nappies, and for a good while we used them with disposable baby wipes. I think a few people, even if they can get their head around using cloth nappies, find the idea of cloth baby wipes slightly off putting. I can tell you through experience, if you’re using cloth nappies already it is infinitely more disgusting to have to carry a poo-covered wipe to the bin bare handed, than it is to rinse the whole lot and stick it in the nappy bin.
Why choose cloth wipes?OIO
Aside from the above, there are a number of good reasons to go cloth.
- It saves you money. This one is obvious really. A pack of baby wipes can set you back anything from 55p to £2 plus. A newborn needs around twelve nappy changes per day, even if you only use two baby wipes per nappy change that’s twenty four wipes a day. That means a pack of sixty four will last you around two and a half days. So lets say you get through two packs of sixty four in a week, even at 55p per pack that’s £1.10 a week. £1.10 x 52 = £57.20. That’s a very conservative estimate too, because that’s not including all the face wipes, poo explosions and general wipe downs that are done with baby wipes. Not to mention that your cotton ones can be used with any subsequent children.
- In the two and a half years (on average) your baby is in nappies you will use a hell of a lot of wipes. A hell of a tot of non-biodegradable wipes that will happily sit in landfill for a hell of a lot longer than two and a half years. Just think of all the poo covered wipes sat in our landfills. Nice…
- You know what is on your wipes. You can use just water, or Essential Oils, but that is it. I’m looking at the ingredients for a packet of disposable baby wipes right now. Any idea what Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate is? Carbomer? Me neither.
Aren’t they expensive?
They can have a bit of a pricey initial outlay. If you buy a kit. But you don’t have to, there are plenty of tutorials to make your own, just look on Pinterest. Even if you do spend £30 up front for a kit, that’s less than the cost for a years worth of cheap disposables.
Aren’t they a plain to wash?
No. We use cloth already so any bum wipes get a quick rinse and go straight in our nappy bin. Then we put a nappy wash on every night or every other night.
Along with our cloth nappies we put them on a 40C wash with a pre-wash (full rinse and spin) and no fabric conditioners. We use Cheeky Wipes and you don’t even have to dry them before putting them back in your Fresh Wipes container, although they do advise you to dry them every so often to keep them in optimum condition.
Aren’t they, well, gross?
Not particularly, but then it depends how squeamish you are about poo! But it is no more so than emptying out a potty, or putting a post-poonami outfit in the wash. If you can deal with those scenarios then you can deal with cloth wipes! (and cloth nappies).