As I mentioned a while back, I am considering using cloth nappies with E. I’m waiting a little longer to decide as she is too small for birth to potty nappies. I want to be sure I can keep up with the washing and drying before I commit to the initial outlay. Read on to find out why and how I am using reusable baby wipes.
Before E arrived I purchased a set of 10 bamboo reusable wipes. I chose the bright set of reusable baby wipes from Close which I bought from Bapipur for £9.99 (first time shopping here but very pleased with the fast service). I tend to try to stick to the advice not to use wipes or bath products for the first 6 weeks. Water wipes are suitable from birth but they are expensive and a lot of the reviews say they are too wet. I bought plenty of cotton wool too which is what we used exclusively for the first 2 weeks.
Close bamboo reusable wipes come in bright or pastel colours, in packs of 10 with a drawstring wet bag included. They are made of 100% bamboo which is naturally antibacterial, soft and absorbent.
I started using the wipes a few weeks ago and much prefer them to cotton wool. Obviously, 10 only last me approximately 1 day so I need to invest in more to go full time. I find them easy to use and wash. Even on the biggest soiled nappy, I’ve only needed one wipe. Simply wet the wipe then wring out so it is not dripping wet then use. The majority of poo comes off with the first wipe, then simply fold the wipe in half (dirty side enclosed in the middle), use again and the fold in half for a final wipe if needed.
After use simply put the wipe in a wet bag or nappy bucket (if you are also using cloth nappies) until wash day. At the moment I am only dealing with breast milk poo so I can wash then without worrying about putting poo in the washer as it is so water soluble. At the moment I wash my wipes with towels on an eco 60-degree wash with no fabric conditioner. I purchased a wet bag, also from Close that I am currently using to store my dirty wipes in. I prefer this (to the drawstring one included) as it has a zip closure which I am assuming will be more water and odour proof. The bag goes in the wash at 60 too.
So far I have only used the wipes at home and I am undecided whether I will still use disposable wipes out and about for convenience (plus I use them for so much more than nappy changes).
At the moment I store my clean wipes dry (in the drawstring bag) and wet them under the tap as and when I need them. Something I am considering is making a natural cleanser to wet them. There are lots of different ones but the simplest I’ve seen is chamomile tea. As I am unsure if this is ok before 6 weeks I’ve been holding off (but my guess is it’s probably ok).
Have you used reusable baby wipes?
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Disclosure – I purchased all products myself, I have not been paid to write this post. All thought, opinions and photos are my own.