Well, our little sweetie is almost 6 weeks old and I’m finally sharing this blog post that I have had planned since my last little sweetie was still in diapers…er…many moons ago.
You see, I have this deep-seated belief that so many natural-living mamas make their lives much harder than they need to be. I see so many tutorials for all kinds of fancy baby wipes that try to mimic exactly what you get at the store, except they always seem to create more work for the already tired mama.
My goals in life are to love God, live joyfully, save money, reduce toxins, promote healthy living, and still have time to enjoy motherhood. That means if I can cut corners without sacrificing what is important to me then you bet I will.
Take those cute little baby bums, for example. I cloth diaper because it saves us a lot of money and keeps a lot of chemicals off my children. I have been cloth diapering on and off (mostly on) for the last 5 years and I have found it’s actually easier to use cloth wipes than disposable wipes when doing cloth diapers. During that time, I have developed a system that creates the least amount of work on me so I can spend more time snuggling and smooching and loving on these little guys. Aren’t they cute?! (Someday I will get a picture with everyone smiling AND looking at the camera. It may not be until they are all adults, but it will happen!)
The Easiest, Homemade Cloth Baby Wipes
This is embarrassingly simple, but I know a lot of people are on the fence about using cloth diapers or cloth wipes because it looks so hard or complicated. I want to bust that myth!
To make these easy homemade cloth baby wipes, just grab some old shirts, receiving blankets, or really anything that is soft and cut it into large squares. I made mine 9 inches by 9 inches out of some old receiving blankets. I didn’t even care if my cuts were crooked. There is no need to sew these unless you picked a material that unravels easily. If you do have a material that will unravel in the wash, just do a simple zig-zag stitch around the edges.
I store these wipes in a cute basket by the changing pad. I don’t fold them or pre-moisten them. I just toss them from the dryer into the basket. I also keep a spray bottle in the basket with water and a small squirt of castille soap. The soap is optional. Seriously! Water is plenty sufficient.
When I need to wipe a cute little baby bum, I grab a wipe, squirt it a couple of times, wipe, and then toss it into the diaper pail with the cloth diapers. Then they get washed with the diapers, dried, and thrown back into the basket on the changing table. It’s the circle of wipes, my friends, the circle of wipes.
And there you have it. Simple and frugal.
If you want more natural wipes, but aren’t wild about the idea of cloth wipes, look at this cool product that my friends at Sister Power Essential oils came up with.
Those are paper towels in the glass jar that you can discard after use. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about purchasing this DIY Natural Wipes starter kit.