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Cloth Baby Wipes – Try New Adventures

Posted on: September 22, 2011

We’ve been cloth diapering for the last 3.5 years. We started when Julia was about 6 months old and haven’t looked back. There are so many things I love about cloth diapering, the biggest being my belief that it has helped with smooth potty training transitions.

But one cloth diapering aspect I’ve never tried is cloth wipes. It’s always been in the back of my mind, I just haven’t made the plunge. Until now.

This week I found a yard of fleece for $2 at Hobby Lobby. And while fleece isn’t the number one choice for cloth wipes {flannel or terry cloth are}, I figured I don’t have much to lose. And the fact that it’s an awesome deer print pretty much sold me {I’m a sucker for random, off the wall fabric}.

I measured our wipes box {which is 8″x4″} and then cut my fabric to fit the box accordingly. The best things about fleece is that you don’t have to sew it, since it won’t really fray. However, I found that the wipes seemed a tad too small, so I decided to sew two 8×4 pieces together.

They aren’t the prettiest things in the world, but they are for a baby’s bottom after all. They are super soft and I’m hoping they will do the trick.


Have you ever used cloth baby wipes?


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16 Responses to "Cloth Baby Wipes – Try New Adventures"

I have! Most of mine are made from old flannel receiving blankets…all those tiny ones that are too small to swaddle anything but a newborn. I had received several as gifts that I chopped up. My wipes are about 5 x 7 with two layers. I just did a zig-zag around the raw edges as I don’t have a serger and they have held up for 5+ years.

Back in the old days, I used washcloths. You could buy cheap washcloths from Target or Walmart. The sell them in 9 or more per pack.

I am interested to see if baby boy w wants to be potty trained earlier like his sisters πŸ™‚ someone else just told me “cloth diapering helps babies get potty trained earlier” but I DID NOT have that experience , maybe kade will be different πŸ™‚ here’s hoping πŸ˜‰ we used cloth wipes for lade toll we started solids and I really liked them

I think with the girls, it was not just cloth diapering. For them, especially with Julia, the biggest factor was early training. However, the cloth diapering totally added to making it easier for them to “get” the whole thing. I have heard that boys are harder, so we’ll see if my early method + cloth diapering theory works. πŸ˜‰

I made some flannel wipes from old receiving blankets and I also bought a couple packs of cheap baby washcloths. The flannel ones I couldn’t get the zigzag stitch to work so I sewed two together and turned and topstitched. I prefer the baby washcloths because they are thinner (single layer) and “grippy” so they pick up the poop better and get into the crevices easier. I have a spray bottle to get them wet, but I’ve been meaning to pull out the peri bottle they gave me to use at the hospital (you know the one to squirt on your- ahem- swollen parts as you pee). I’ve read people recommend that because you can squirt the wipe aand soak it easier rather than spraying. So if you think about it, ask for an extra one of those at the hospital!

That’s a great idea! I was just reading about some moms who pour their solution into the diaper container so the wipes soak. I’m going to try out both ways and see which works better for me.

Yeah, let me know what you think. I haven’t tried that, but I feel like for me, it’s just too much maintenance needed. I’d forget to refill it, or they’d end up soaking too long, or whatever. I need it to be easy as possible! A lot of times if I know he’s poopy I just take the cloths to the sink and get a few really wet for those.

If you are cloth diapering, cloth wipes make SO much sense to me. I remember using disposable ones and never having any place to “put” them! It’s easy to just tuck them into the diaper to all be washed at once. πŸ™‚ Yay–go you!

I’ve found that disposable wipes are ok to go in with your cloth diapers and get washed. My little guy goes to daycare part-time, and our daycare provider was willing to use cloth diapers, but disposable wipes were more practical for her. I used to sort them out of the wet bag(ewww), but I accidentally left a few in once and they came out find, didn’t seem to leave behind any residue or fall apart. So I just leave them in there and toss them after they come out of the dryer. We use prefolds, so not sure it would make a difference with pockets or something else with more synthetic materials. Anyway, we still use cloth at home though because I agree it just makes sense!

I remember with Hannah, having some disposable wipes end up in the wash and they were fine {as was the washer}. But, I we use the prefolds also, so I don’t know what it might do to other kinds.

Awesome idea Sarah! Hopefully my sis will let me make some for her, as my diaper time has past, πŸ˜‰ –Adriane

Cloth wipes???? Of course I used them on 4 of the 6 of you!! They were called washcloths and toilet tissue!! πŸ™‚

I’m planning to use cloth wipes! I probably should do what you did and get some material and cut them up myself (but I’ll probably just buy them!). By the way, when I saw the material you use, I though about my hunter dad and how he would be so sad you’re wiping a baby’s butt with such handsome game!

Good luck! I don’t cloth diaper anymore (Adam got wicked diaper rash from cloth – which is odd b/c most kids who get diaper rash from disposable don’t with cloth), but we still use the cloth wipes at home. They also make really good snot rags when no tissues are to be found.

awesome!! I used cloth wipes when we first started cloth diapering, but haven’t used them in a little while. Your’s look awesome!

I always hear about cloth diapers, but never cloth wipes. I could have save some money. =p

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