I cloth diaper. I’ll share more on that soon, but because so many people have asked how I make baby wipes I wanted to make sure I shared my recipe, if you can call it that.
I didn’t switch to cloth diapering until Nate was 8 months old. It was constantly in the back of my mind because I knew it was so much better for his sensitive baby skin. But Nate still wasn’t sleeping through the night and I was purely exhausted. I didn’t think I could handle one more thing, and most certainly didn’t want to add more laundry to my to-do list.
And then Nate got an awful case of diarrhea. Specifically rotovirus without the vomiting. Within two days he had the worst diaper rash I’d ever seen – and he’d never had diaper rash before. And, it only got worse over the seven days he was sick.
I immediately ordered cloth diapers, wipes and started researching how to make homemade baby wipes. It completely stressed me out because there were so many different ideas. Some had essential oils, some people soaked paper towels, and others even sprayed down their wipes with a solution as they used them.
My biggest fear was that I’d put something on his skin that would cause a rash. Looking back, I can’t understand why I thought anything homemade would be more harsh than the wipes I was buying at the store. I guess it was just a case of new mom jitters. He hasn’t had any problems with diaper rash at all since I started cloth diapering and using homemade wipes.
One of the things my pediatrician recommended to help with Nate’s diaper rash was coconut oil, so I knew that had to go in the mix. A girlfriend of mine cloth diapers and she loves Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Baby Soap, so that went in the mix too. I also learned from Green Mountain Diapers that you need to use distilled water or boil the water and let it cool. I opted for boiling because dragging one more thing home from the grocery store just didn’t work for me. And, for a while I added a drop of tea tree oil to keep the wipes from molding.
About a month into the cloth diapering, the water I used to make my wipes was still warm. Up until then, I’d always let it cool completely. I mixed up the wipes, went to change Nate’s diaper, and realized that the warm wipes were just as great at the warm towels you get to clean your hands when you fly first class. I sent Joe out immediately to buy a wipes warmer and we absolutely love it!
I bought all my wipes from Turtles R Us on Etsy. They are so soft, hold up beautifully wash after wash, and work for everything from cleaning little hand to diaper changes. I bought around 60 wipes. I’ve read that people get by with just 20 or 30 but I can’t see that happening at all. One messy diaper and you’d be in big trouble. I was spending about $15 a month on store-bought baby wipes. Now, I’m saving money with my homemade wipes.
Now for the ugly part – I make up wipes every other day. That means they get washed every other day too. It takes time. Not a lot of time, but it’s one more thing I have to do. I’ve recently started mixing the wipes, soaking them, and then giving them to Joe to roll while he’s watching tv at night. I love delegating!
I won’t tell you that it’s as effortless as buying wipes from the store. But I can honestly say that I feel good about what I’m putting on Nate’s skin. It’s worth the extra effort. He’s my sweet little guy and deserves nothing but the best.
Quick Update: After reading some comments here on on Facebook, I decided that I should share that I read a lot about cloth diapering and making homemade wipes before I started doing it myself. The general consensus was that it didn’t take much time at all. I am not sure what the day-to-day life looks like for the people who wrote the articles I read but that hasn’t been my experience. It’s not a daunting task. It’s just one more to-do on the list. I felt it was important to be honest about my experience. More importantly, I felt it necessary to stress that I’d much rather commit the time to my diapering system and have a sweet little boy with healthy skin than take the short cut and end up with rashes. It’s a no-brainer for me.
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A homemade recipe for baby wipes using all-natural ingredients, including virgin coconut oil, castille soap, water, and tea tree oil.
- 2 cups water; either use distilled water or boiled water that has been cooled
- 1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil
- 1 squirt Dr. Bronner's Pure Castille Baby Soap
- 1 drop of tea tree oil (not necessary if using a wipes warmer)
- cloth wipes; about 25 - 30
- Combine the water, coconut oil, and squirt of soap in a glass measuring cup. If you water is cold the coconut oil will not melt, so you'll either need to warm the water before adding the coconut oil or melt the coconut oil before adding it to the water.
- Stir to combine.
- Put the wipes in a container large enough to hold them and the water. (I use a Gladware Deep Dish Container.) Pour the water over the wipes. Press the wipes down into the water and then squeeze any excess out. If the wipes in the center of the stack aren't saturated, flip them down into the water and repeat the process until all wipes are saturated.
- Roll the wipes if desired and store in an appropriate container. I love my Prince Lionheart Wipes Warmer.
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