What about cloth wipes? And baby friendly disposables for backup?

Rachel - posted on 01/06/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Hi, I use Bum Genius diapers and have been using Seventh Generation wipes. My husband and I want to try cloth wipes and know Bum Genius sell them...but just wanted some input on them before buying. Also, we have some Seventh Gen. disposable on hand in case the wash doesn't get done fast enough and nearly every time we have used them we have a leak! Any suggestions on other disposables that don't have all the chemicals in them? Thanks!

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Kathleen - posted on 01/30/2009

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I bought a flannel bed sheet at a thrift store and cut it into squares. I didn't sew them at all and they stayed okay through a whole baby's worth of diaper changes. I throw them away as they get frayed, but if you snip and rip rather than using scissors all the way across, they don't fray much. We have our second child now and still have probably 1/3 of the wipes we were using with the first child and have cut up a pair of flannel pjs that were getting threadbare. So easy, and no sewing needed!

Emily - posted on 01/13/2009

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I have cloth wipes that I LOVE. They take away the poop much more efficiently than the disposable wipes.  I have these things called Washy Wafers that I dissolve in hot water and then I pour the solution on the wipes.  I highly recommend them.

Layla - posted on 01/13/2009

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I use washcloths at home and throw them in the diaper pail to wash on wash day. I bought 2 dozen at costco. When out we use 7th generation wipes.

I love Tushies diapers for trips or if we're out all day. Never had a leak and they don't have the little, creepy absorbant pellets that 7th generation uses in their diapers. They are also chemical free.

I have a friend that found some biodegradable diapers online at diapers.com - not sure what the brand name is.

Beth - posted on 01/13/2009

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i've cloth diapered my last 3 babies and just recently started using cloth wipes.  Why i didn't start using them when I started CDing is beyond me.  it is so much easier when you're using CD's to use the cloth wipes too.  i just used a flannel material on one side and terry cloth on the other, cut them all the same size and serged the edge.  i usually just use warm water on them, but sometimes use a solution similar to one someone already posted wtih baby wash and baby oil and water.

Melissa - posted on 01/13/2009

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I have tried them all and I like the Nature Babycare ones the best! They havnt leaked yet!

Ainslie - posted on 01/13/2009

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i agree with the g diapers. i throw mine out, not flush, b/c i have old pipes. i found the g covers not so great, so i use a regular bummis cover and it works great! no leaks, no blow outs!

Kelly - posted on 01/13/2009

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I love using cloth wipes. They work better than most disposable brands, save you money, and are really easy when you're already using cloth diapers. I put one under the baby's bottom (on a plastic change mat) and pour a bit of water with baby shampoo from a water bottle onto baby's bottom to run onto the wipe. Then I pick it up and wipe off. It's quick and very effective.



I actually don't like the Bum Genius wipes much but I still use them since I bought them. They're scratchy. Baby washclothes work well but tend to be a bit thin. Jolly Bums brand is really nice and soft and clean well but are a bit on the thick side if you're using them on a newborn. I prefer flannel wipes which are getting harder to find since the cloth wipes are trying to get fancier. You can make them yourself out of old receiving blankets.

Rachel - posted on 01/13/2009

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we have the BG wipes and some terry washcloths. i put the wipes in the dry pail with the dipes, so easy! we've tried earth's best, seventh generation and another brand (i can't remember the name) disposables for traveling/night time/etc and by far our fav is the earth's best

Michelle - posted on 01/12/2009

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imse vimse also makes a cloth wipe that i have used. they are organic cotton and came in a package of about 8 or 10 wipes. i usually use two at a time and just rinse after use. i might use the same pair for a few uses (unless we have particularly dirty poo diaper) and then wash them. if you are washing your diapers every other day, you should be good with 1 package.

Ann - posted on 01/12/2009

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I use G Diapers as my disposable .... You can flush, compost (wet only), or toss. They have no chlorine, perfumes, plastics, inks, dyes, or latex. You can now find them at Babie R Us. Also on line @ gdiapers.com

Eun - posted on 01/12/2009

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I think cloth wipes are actually easier if you are doing cloth diapering.  No additional laundry and also need fewer wipes.  The wips from Emi Beans are great and at good price.

Eun - posted on 01/12/2009

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I think cloth wipes are actually easier if you are doing cloth diapering.  No additional laundry and also need fewer wipes.  The wips from Emi Beans are great and at good price.

Kimberly - posted on 01/12/2009

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I used cut up flannel, doubled and sewed the edges so they wouldn't fray and baby wash clothes. They fit nicely into a disposable plastic tub and I would soak them with a solution of water and a touch of lavender baby wash. Then you just toss wipe and diaper into the pail. I even used cloth wipes with disposable diapers, you just have to be able to get to a sink to wash them right away. Good luck! KEEP WITH CLOTH!

Jamee - posted on 01/12/2009

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I have the BG wipes that are egyptian cotton. I like them. They did felt a bit when I first washed them and shrank a bit too, but have seemed to hold up really well. I have three dozen and I wash about every two days right along with my diapers. They fit really well into a seventh generation wipes box when folded in half. I just mix a squirt of burt's bees baby wash and lotion into water and pour it over the wipes.

Sophie - posted on 01/11/2009

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Using micro fleece for cloth wipes is good as it dries so quickly.  I use a wipes box with water mixed with either with a drop of tea tree or lavender oil.



I keep a packet of either Nature Babycare nappies or Sainsbury's own 'eco baby' nappies on stand by.  (They are for emergencies only - despite them being 'eco' I still HATE using disposables!!)

Kathy - posted on 01/11/2009

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We use terry wipes.  We like them.  We have friends who use washcloths too, which we probably would have done had we known how many extra washcloths we'd end up with :)  For a solution, we mix baby shampoo with baby oil in water and put it in a squirt bottle (for travel) or pump pot (for home).



As for disposables (which we primarily used when our guy had diaper rash), we used so few (2-3 in each size) that we stopped buying them (and now need a new diaper rash solution).  We keep a few prefolds and covers for laundry backup.

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I havae used both Seventh generation and Earths Best disposable diapers. HATED the Seventh generation diapers because we always had leaks too. Earth's best worked great. You may find that they are a little stiff, but i just scrunch them a little to soften them before putting them on my son. No leaks with these ones.

Michelle - posted on 01/10/2009

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I love using cloth wipes for my baby and my favorite are the Organic Cotton Ones that are a little bit thicker.  Everyone likes something a little different, but I'm not a fan of flannel wipes we have or the BG Bamboo wipes.  I think once I started the velour ones, I just got spoiled and that's why, otherwise, they do work well and do the job.  And yes, they are MUCH cheaper than sposie wipes in the long run!  We do also use the 7th Generation when we're out and about though.  But thankfully don't buy them too often.



 



For the sposies - sorry I don't know, but that Earths Best sounds good that someone mentioned.

Suzanne - posted on 01/10/2009

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Earth's Best Baby makes a disposable that is chlorine free, latex free, etc. - I like it better than 7th Gen. As far as cloth wipes, we just use a stash of baby washcloths - a lot cheaper than buying premade wipes. I store them in an old wipes box and keep a travel size squirt bottle of water in there as well. I just squirt water either on the wipe or directly on my child, depending on the mess. Cloth wipes are so much easier - just toss them in the diaper pail. I also just found a great diaper area wash from California baby - all natural and doesn't sting.

Nellie - posted on 01/07/2009

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Here is some information frrom my cloth diaper tutorial:






Using cloth wipes with cloth diapers only makes sense! You can put them in the diaper pail or wetbag after use and wash them with your diapers. Using cloth wipes is another way to save money. Some people like using warm water on their cloth wipes. Others prefer one of these solutions:

Basic Wipe Recipe: 2 Tablespoons baby wash, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 2 drops tea tree oil, 2 cups water.
Mix well and either put into spray bottle or add to wipes container. Tea tree oil has disinfectant properties as well as a lovely, clean smell.

Aloe Vera Wipe Recipe: 1 cup 100% Aloe Vera gel (clear variety), 8 cups hot water, 8 drops tea tree oil.
Shake well. Use in spray bottle or add to wipes container.



 



I only use cloth---so no help on the disposable diapers. Sorry! I have a great package of cloth wipes on my website as well if you want to check it out: www.nellsnaturalbaby.com



 




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I use flannelette receiving blankets cut into 8ths dry and carry 2 small squirt bottles, one with water and one with a mild diluted baby shampoo. Works great. I clean her up with just water unless she's really messy.

Katie - posted on 01/06/2009

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All I did for cloth wipes was use baby washcloths. That way I didn't have to spend any more money on them because I already had them. As far as disposables other than 7th generation, I have used Nature Babycare and Natural Choice. Both work great and are chemical free. :)

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