• Stacy

    posted on May 29, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    How has Nate reacted to them physically? Any adverse affects or rashes? These sound absolutely wonderful, and a much better and healthier alternative. Thanks for sharing!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Stacy, I guess I didn’t mention it in the post – and maybe I should – but I thought it was implied that I wouldn’t use anything that caused a rash. He hasn’t had any diaper rash at all since that horrible bout of diarrhea. They’re fabulous wipes – you can feel that they actually moisturize as they clean.

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  • Michelle

    posted on May 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I have to say this does sound like a lot of work. I too make my own wipes but they’re a disposable homemade wipe. Viva papertowels, baby oil, baby soap and water is all we use and i boil and “can” the liquid so all i have to do is throw in half a roll of papertowels and pour in a jar and the wipes are done within 5 minutes of running out.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Michelle, I thought about paper towels but I really prefer not to create more waste….I LOVE the wipes we have. It doesn’t take longer than 5 or 8 minutes. It’s just one more thing to do. And, really, when adding things to my to-do list they have to be priorities.

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    Cindy Reply:

    @Amy, how do you can the wipe solution, a water bath for xx minutes. Approximate shelf life of canned solution?

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    Amy Reply:

    @Cindy, I don’t can the wipe solution….is there something in the post that makes you think I do? If so, let me know so I can change it.

    Thanks!

    Michelle Reply:

    @Cindy,
    Cindy I don’t process them at all. I don’t think this is a safety issue though since it’s not ingested and basically it’s just water, soap and oil. I put the lids and rings on and put them in the cupboard. I do about 12 at a time. They have lasted several months but i’m really bad at keeping track of how long it takes us to use something up. AND now we’re diaper free!!

    Sorry for the confusion!

  • Tess

    posted on May 30, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Wow, you do it very fancy! I’m impressed!
    I use disposable diapers and cloth wipes, but very simple. I use the wipes to hold a little water, then got a few bunches of wash clothes from Walmart (16 for $4), I used to keep the water warm, but I don’t worry now. I dip part of the wash cloth in the water, then use another end to dry bottoms. I have a Home Depot bucket with lid for dirty ones I keep with a solution in it and wash them every few days.

    I sometimes put backing soda or a little vinegar in the water, a d wash the water out regularly, but it’s simple and works well with my boys.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Tess, I think the most important part of a system is that it works for you! Everyone has to find their own groove.

    My husband happily participates in my cloth diapering system because it’s easy for him to use. If it required more steps when changing diapers, he might not be so willing. And, honestly, I have a boy who doesn’t hold still when you change his diaper. It’s a race against the clock!! I have to be fully prepared or else things can get messy. :)

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    Tess Reply:

    @Amy,
    Glad Joe changes diapers! Hubby was great with baby one until he got busy at work, then he changed one when we were on vacation at 9 months and folded the front down like a newborn!!!

    When baby 1 was really wiggly, we had a “magic tin”, is put a little car or something (from his toy box) in it, he was excited to see what surprise was in it that time, or we gave him pics or a mirror to look at ha ha.

    Anyway, glad you’ve got a great system happening. It won’t be much harder with 2, you’re already putting in the work! I’m thinking of potty training both together at 3 and 18 months…

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    Amy Reply:

    @Tess, I can get Nate to hold still with something like your ‘magic tin’ for a little but I haven’t found anything that makes him hold still for the entire time it takes to change a messy diaper. He’s ready to roll off the table. :)

    Let me know how your potty training goes. My two will be 17 months apart. Nate isn’t anywhere near ready for potty training at 15 months, but it would be nice by 2 1/2.

    Tess Reply:

    @Amy,
    Hi Amy, it will get easier again! I remember at that age my son was a shocker, his good most of the time now. The 8 month is usually harder now. I used to change him in the floor but now I put him on baby bro’s changing table and he likes it again! I have been meaning to email you some things which really worked for me with you toddler and very pregnant/with young baby. The first few months are hard but loads if fun!

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  • Casandra

    posted on May 30, 2013 at 9:44 am

    He probably would have gotten a rash regardless of what you use with rotovirus. It is just that nasty!! I have had to deal with 2 rounds of it and it is horrible!! This last round my husband managed to get it too and it knocked him off his feet for a week. :(. Hope he is all better.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Casandra, I hear you!! It was awful!! We’ve had diarrhea since then with no rash but it wasn’t near as bad as rotovirus. I know you can vaccinate for it but I don’t see the need right now. It’s treatable and I think all of the vaccines can be more dangerous.

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    Casandra Reply:

    @Amy,
    My oldest got it despite the vaccine, which, it is my understanding, has been taken off the market for causing intussuseption. It is no guarantee. :(

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  • Cara

    posted on May 30, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I’m an “old lady” ( 70 ) and am always amazed at the money young parents
    spend on really unnecessary baby gear. When my babies were little, 50 years ago we had nothing but cloth diapers. A young mother then just washed a load of diapers every day – or every other day. We’d rinse the dirty ones in the toilet, then put them in a pail with a borax solution to soak until we washed them. And baby wipes weren’t in existence either, a warm wet washcloth that got the same treatment as the diapers worked for a wipe. I can see where that would be difficult for a working mom now, but back then our expenses were so much lower most mom’s could stay home with their babies. And a working mom could afford a diaper service – a laundry service that picked up your pail of dirty diapers and brought you clean ones. Which I know must sound strange to you young mothers. But the system worked and the only expense was a stack of cloth diapers and washcloths and laundry detergent. Oh and plastic pants and diaper pins of course.
    So I think it’s great that you are using a method that has worked for many years and is better for your babies. And better for your budgets too.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Cara, Thanks, Cara! I agree – this is much more budget friendly. I do use disposables when we’re out and about. I don’t mind a wet cloth diaper at the store but if I don’t like a messy cloth diaper at the store. Ugh. But we go through so few disposable diapers. So much better for the budget and the earth!

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  • Gail

    posted on May 30, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Amy, I am like Cara–I am way past the diaper stage, but enjoy ready whatever you have to post, and I wanted to say that if I was to do it all over again as I like to create less waste on a daily basis, I would definitely seek out something of the sort that you are presently doing for a diapering system. To Joe I say, “What a great thing you are doing to help your wife”. Joe is multitasking while he watches TV. Every little bit of help we mothers can get is a great help, but alot of guys don’t realize how much it actually means to us. I had the biggest “lol” when I read your comment on how you love to delegate, and said out loud, “way to go Amy.”

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    Amy Reply:

    @Gail, Thanks, Gail! I am lucky to have Joe. He is a huge help. He works a lot but when he’s home he really participates in our family life. I wash laundry during the day and at night he folds it. I put it away the next day (or a day later…) and just knowing that I can take folding laundry off my list is a huge relief.

    You’re right – when husbands help with just one tiny thing it makes all the difference. And, where would we be without delegating? I’d never leave the house.

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  • Lana

    posted on May 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Just a message you can get Dr. Bonners products at Vitacost.com and it so much cheaper. I love that soap. You get 32 oz. for around $15.00. :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Lana, Thanks for sharing that! What a great price.

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  • Laura

    posted on May 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Amy,

    Great post! We use cloth diapers and cloth wipes for our little guy (14 months), AND also love the wipes warmer! I actually hate when I’m out and end up having to use disposable wipes, I find cloth much easier! Thanks for being honest too about your experience. I’d say the same. After a long day, stuffing and sorting diapers is another thing that has to get done, but like you, I’m much happier with my boy in cloth, as is he! Best of luck with baby number two :)

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  • Tina

    posted on June 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I didn’t read through all the comments but I’m wondering, how do you launder these? Do you soak them after the messy diapers to keep them from staining? I use disposable diapers and only now started making my own wipes. I’ve only just used paper towel or shop towels.

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  • Ryn

    posted on June 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks for your honesty and for the recipe. I wanted to use our wipes warmer for our cloth wipes, but was afraid that it would catch fire. I am also a new Mom so maybe its more my lack of sleep that makes me think this rather than it being reality. Are you using a wipes warmer that is meant for regular wipes or is that one designed especially for cloth wipes? I am switching to cloth diapers since my six week old has a rash :(

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ryn, There is a link to the wipes warmer I use in the post and you can find it here as well. You can use either cloth or disposable wipes with it. It has worked fabulously for me.

    I sympathize with the lack of sleep. Nate didn’t sleep through the night until he was about 10 months old and even now he will still get up once in a while. It’s just him. It gets better. And, you get used to less sleep.

    Sorry your little one has a rash. Check out Green Mountain Diapers – I love her prices and her products. We use prefolds. Did you see my post about that? You can find it here.

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  • Shelly Villa

    posted on October 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    How do you take wipes with you when you’re on the go?

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    Cathy Reply:

    I’ve bought several diaper wipes cases for about $2 each. They hold 10-12 Medline paper wipes or maybe 5-6 baby washcloths. The used washcloths go right into the diaper pail at home.

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  • Lisa

    posted on May 1, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Amy,

    Thanks for sharing your baby wipes recipe. Its difficult sometimes to choose the step which requires additional time and effort on our part, but in the long run may serve tremendous benefit as it helps avoid the many allergens found in baby wipes. Taking addtl steps require time but ultimately you feel better about your actions and who it affects, esp the little ones and mother earth :)

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