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Before having J, I never used cloth wipes. So why use them now? Well, since I'm using cloth diapers, might as well use cloth wipes too, right? I'm not discrediting store bought wipes, though. I have several packs at home. We use them when we go out. I'm sure there is going to be one day when I will really need them for something. They are stored under my changing area for those just in case moments. 

I'm happy to say that I've even got my husband using them! Woot woot! 

On Etsy there are some REALLY CUTE wipes. But, I just chose to make my own. Here's how:

  1. I found a big flannel nightgown from Thrift Town for $2. Super super soft! 
  2. I took a regular disposable wipe and measured it. 
  3. I made squares that approximately fit those measurements. They were not perfect, I don't care if they are not perfect- they are going to be used for wiping pee and poo. 
  4. I cut out the pieces of flannel.
  5. I zigzag stitched along the edges so it wouldn't fray in the future. 

That's it! That's how I made the bulk of my wipes. Since making those I've received a lot of those thin washcloths from my baby showers and they have worked WONDERFULLY too! I've also cut up my "unpaper towels" (unfortunately, they did not become a hit in our house) into wipes size and use those as well. When I change J's diaper, I just put the dirty wipe in the diaper and toss the whole mess in the dirty diaper laundry pail. I can't say how many I have, but it's enough that I don't run out before it's time to do a load of diaper laundry (every 2-3 days). 

So when J came home from the NICU, I would fill a thermos with warm water and every time I needed a wipe I would pour some into the top/cup of the thermos and dip a clean wipe in. The sink in our bathroom spews cold water for ages before getting any warm water. Well, as ideal as this set up was, it got tiring real fast. It got frustrating when, during a 4am diaper change, I went to pour the thermos and there wasn't any warm water left. 

Then I started using just water from the tap (changing area is set up on the bathroom sink counter), which was great, and I still do that now for most of the diaper changes. J doesn't like it very much because it's not warm, but hey, oh well. I considered using a wipes warmer, but I didn't like the idea of the possibility of the wipes getting moldy from the moisture and heat. 

For really messy messes, I make a mixture of water and a little bit of baby shampoo. I mix it and store it in the peri-bottle I received at the hospital. I just squirt the mixture onto a wipe when I need it. 

The great thing I love about using cloth is that I can use a dry one to pat my baby dry after cleaning her up. A completely dry bottom is a happy bottom!

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