Cloth Wipes 101

Cloth wipes and cloth diapers go together like peas and carrots.  It follows naturally if you are already washing your diapers to wash your wipes along with your diapers!  Here is everything you need to know:

  • Cloth wipes are basically just like washcloths.  They are generally made of a terry cloth material so that the texture of the cloth can easily clean the skin
  • It is best to have on hand at least 1 cloth wipe per pee and 2 per poop.  For a newborn, we'd recommend at least 48 wipes.  For an older baby 24 wipes is a good number.  You can buy Glow Bug Bamboo Wipes in 12 packs here.
  • Sarah's favorite way to use cloth wipes on her babies was with a small spray bottle of water.  Simply spray a bit of water on each wipe before you use it to moisten the cloth.  Pick up a 2 pack at the dollar store so you will have one in your diaper bag and one at your change table.
  • Here is a great recipe for wipes solution if you want a little more than just water in your spray bottle: 1 cup witch hazel, 1/2 cup aloe vera juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • We do not recommend using essential oils in wipe solution as it should be avoided for use on the skin for children under 2 years old
  • Once a wipe is used, throw it in the diaper pail or wet bag with your diapers if it was for a pee, a breastfed poop or just a tiny amount of formula fed or solid poop
  • If it is a very poopy wipe and the baby is not exclusively breastfed, same rules apply as with your diapers. You will need to rinse the wipe along with your diaper the remove the poop and then put everything in your diaper pail or wet bag
  • One trick Neta loved when her babies were in diapers was after wiping to pat the baby dry with a fresh cloth wipe and then leave it for the next wipe to use at the next diaper change
  • If you want to make your cloth wipes "pop up" just like disposable wipes, here is a great tutorial from Dirty Diaper Laundry
  • Cloth wipes are ok to go in wipes warmers.  Please follow manufacturer's recommendations.