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We need to stop using commercial diaper wipes and replace them
with cloth, or paper, and plain soap and water. We'd prefer to
find a disposable alternative to wipes for cleanliness reasons.
Our 23-month-old seems to have developed a sensitivity to the
chemicals in the wipes so we are trying soap and water and paper
towels. But the paper towels seem a bit rough and our daughters
are still yelling when we wipe (there is no rash but they are
uncomfortable). I read the website where many parents used
washcloths, but we would rather use something we can dispose of
in the diaper pail. We are changing two children and so poopy
washcloths for both turned into a mess we fear is hard to keep
sanitary while we store them before laundering.
I'm curious to hear from others who are using paper. We'd like
to find the softest variety of paper or paper towel that is
affordable. Hopefully the options out there are not
fantastically expensive (like fancy dinner napkins for
example?). Any advice or product recommendation is welcome!
We've had great luck with 2 kids (not one incidence of diaper
rash) by using a small plastic pitcher filled with warm water
and Viva paper towels (the softest) ripped in half (for less
waste). We keep the water at a perfect temperature by wrapping
a diaper wipe warmer around the pitcher. to finish off, we use
a hair dryer/blow dryer to make sure they are completely dry.
Works like a charm and we aren't using any chemicals!
This has been recommended before, but I would like to second it:
Quickables. They are the soft paper towel like (but much
thicker and softer) things you get at the hospital (at least at
Alta Bates) when you have your baby. I order them online at
diapersusa.com for about $3 for a package that lasts a month or
two (I cut them each into 4 pieces to save money, 1/4 of a
quickable is, I find, a good size) I order a bunch at once to
save on shipping. My son is 7 months old and has never gotten
any kind of diaper rash. I do use regular pampers wipes for
outings, but you could just wet a few quickables and put them in
a ziploc bag (you'd have to throw them out if you didn't use
them that day, though). Anyways, I've tried both and quickables
are much cheaper and better than wipes, in my opinion. As for
wetting them, I keep a small dish of water by his changing table
which I try to change twice a day or so (only clean quickables
go into it); but my baby doesn't care if the water is cold, if
yours does you might have to get fresh warm water every time.
We have never used conventional wipes, and have found 2
alternatives that both work well. First, we went to the Crate &
Barrel outlet on 4th Street in Berkeley and bought a coffee
dispenser (~$15)- the kind they have in coffee shops where you
press the lever and it pumps out a stream of liquid. We fill
the container with warm water, place it on the changing table,
and put an empty plastic container under it to catch overflow
(this saves you from having to run to the tap to wet your
wipes). Our two alternatives are (1) Bounty paper napkins (no
printing on them, and can be easily found on sale at Target or
Longs), and (2) Blue Shop Towels from Costco (designed for use
in the garage, but amazingly soft and easy to dispense off a
paper towel holder).
Instead of diaper wipes, which weren't so much in use when my
babies were little, I used to take a roll of toilet paper (the
softest you can find) and remove the central tube, then soak it
with baby oil, turning it over so it was really soaked. Just
pull from the middle, and presto, clean bottom, nice smell, very
cheap, inert ingredients vs perfumes and chemicals. Granted, it
doesn't travel. I'd put a small lunch sized paper bag on the
edge of the changing table with tape and dispose into there, or
it can be flushed. I liked it a lot. I think this is a Vicki
Lansky trick. . .
When our son was a newborn, we used a very soft, cloth-like paper
towel that we got from the hospital and wet them with plain
water. I then found the same or a similar product at Baby World
on College ave. They are packaged like napkins and are in the
baby wipe section of the store. They are pretty big, so we just
tore them into the right size. Hope this helps!
A softest paper towel I know of is the one by VIVA.
WHen our babe was little we used Viva papertowels (often on sale
at Target) and hot water that we kept in a pump thermos (I think
they have them at Costco occassionally). I'd fill up the
thermos every morning or so. Viva papertowels are very soft,
almost feel like cloth.
I can't believe I'm posting a response because my child is now 18 years old, but one
of the best pieces of advice I ever received was the following: Get a container that a
roll of toilet paper will fit into. Gently work the center piece of cardboard out of the
middle of the roll of toilet paper and put the roll into the container. Take some nice
mild body oil and drip a bunch onto the roll so that it soaks down in to the toilet
paper. Flip the roll over and put some more oil on. We used an oil with a slight
scent. Use the toilet paper from the inside out. We used this method for all the
diaper days, and I believe we avoided a lot of diaper rash. And when she had a rash,
using the toilet paper with a little oil was gentle and soothing on her skin. We
ended up using commercial wipes only when we left home.
18 years later
We used Viva paper towels, cut in quarters. Our doula
recommended them. We bought a coffee carafe and put warm water
in there 1-2x/day to use with the paper towels. It was a great
system, then when our baby was 6 months old and we thought her
sensitive skin stage had passed, we started using Kirkland
unscented wipes from Costco, which we really like. It's more
expensive, but now we are spoiled. By the way, Viva paper
towels are really expensive, so we used them only as diaper
wipes, and got cheapo ones for all other household purposes. We
still use the Viva quarters to dry her off after we wipe her
with the wipes.
I just wanted to recommend that plain water is often enough and I
think soap can be quite irritating to the baby's skin and would
need to be rinsed off. When our babies had rashes we always
switched from ''natural'' wipes (tushies, etc.)to plain water even
for poops and it worked and cleared the rashes within 2 days.
Some of the cloth diaper services may have a recipe for you of a
homemade solution (something like a drop lavender oil in a half
gallon of water, well I can't remember exactly but there should
also be such recipes on the web) As for the paper cloths Alta
Bates has plain soft ones shaped like large dinner napkins so you
could try medical supply stores or call Alta Bates and beg for a
let the more natural type of wipes (with less chemicals in them)
dry out, (leave the top off the box) then just wet them with
water. it's kind of experimental but I found them less irritating
that way. or a medical supply store.
What you want is Quickables. They're the dry wipes used on
babies at the hospital. They are softer than paper towels and
look kind of like napkins. You can order a case of them online
(or get them at Johnson's (?) health care supplies on Shattuck,
but they cost more there). We have used these, moistened with
water when needed, almost exclusively (rather than packaged wet
wipes) and our son has had very little trouble with diaper rashes.
The quicker picker upper
our first born had a similar problem when he was very little --
his skin couldn't tolerate even the unscented, non-chemical
etc. wipes -- and our pediatrician advised us just to put the
little guy's private area under a faucet and wash him down, and
then pat him dry. it turned out to be a lot less of a hassle
(and a lot less icky) than we anticipated, and his beet-red
bottom returned to its natural color in no time.
Has anyone tried an environmentally friendly alternative to
disposable wipes for infants/toddlers? Any advice is appreciated.
What about the simplest alternative at all -- a damp washcloth? Those
little baby washcloths work very well. We had to do this with my son for
most of his first year, as he has very sensitive skin and would react to the
use of whatever chemicals they put in the wipes. True, you have to get
used to running water over the washcloth before you get to the diaper
table, but it doesn't take long to learn this new habit. The big advantage,
other than no chemicals and no trash, is that you can warm the
washcloth without any extra effort or gadgets! And unlike diapers, you
don't really have to worry about extra laundry, because a few dozen
washcloths can fit in any load without trouble.
Oh, one other thing -- you need to put a couple of clean ones in a ziploc
in the diaper bag, and change them every few days.
We washed our own cloth diapers for 2 years and used those thin,
baby washcloths for wipes (nice for her since we could use warm
water on them). Generally it took one or two wipes at the most
for a messy diaper change. If you aren't washing your own
diapers, you might want to keep a small tub for the washcloths
and wash them pretty often (every few days with lots of water on
hot - with other linens is fine). That way the smell won't
bother you and they won't dominate the laundry load. We kept
between 10 and 20 in our supply.
Baby washcloths with plain water work great. One caveat: when
I stored mine in a warm wipe warmer they gave my son a rash, so
keep them cold or wet them in the sink right before using.
Go to your local fabric store and by a yard or two of cotton
flannel. cut flannel into ''wipe-sized'' squares. Keep
these ''wipes in an old plastic wipes cotainer and add a
solution of water a couple drops of lavender oil and a couple
drops of tea-tree oil. your all set! -OR- go to any cloth-
diapering website (just type in ''cloth diapers'' or ''cotton
wipes'') you should be able to find organic cotton wipes,
sometimes even hemp wipes and solution recipes (probably
cheaper to just make your own!)
I have always used cloth wipes and have been completely happy
with them. I also use cloth diapers and throw everything in the
same pail and then in the wash. However you could very easily
just throw wipes in a separate bucket if you weren't washing
your own diapers.
I use flannel square wipes. You can cut flannel into pieces (old
sheets, fabric from store, etc.) If you don't feel crafty
www.ecobaby.com has cloth wipes. Washclothes work too but are a
tad rough on a newborn.
We've found that warm water and a flannel square work great as a
baby wipe. The soap and chemicals aren't necessary to clean up
a poopy diaper. I made 24 flannel squares (6'') and we wet them
in the sink before we change our daughter's diaper. Some people
fill a thermos with warm water each morning so that it's readily
available. If you don't want to cut up a yard of fabric and hem
it, you could also buy a couple packs of cheap baby
washclothes. We wash the wipes with the rest of our regular
laundry... Our baby is almost two now and we've found this to
work just fine. I do have a ziplock full of pampers wipes in
the diaper bag that I use when we're away from home.
My wipes alternative? Wet cloths! You can buy big bundles of
white wash rags at Costco. Use them whole or cut them in halves
or quarters (depends on the size of the baby . . . and her
poops!). Wet them with warm water before use & dump them right
into the washmachine after use. Bleach them if needed. I even
brought them with when going on excursions, already moistened.
My daughter is now 3 1/2 and out of diapers, and I can proudly proclaim
that I bought maybe 4 packages of wipes her whole little life (used for
changes on the go).
What we did is bought bought several of those small baby washcloths;
you can get them cheaply in a 6-pack or something at Target. We keep
them in a little bin at the changing table. We also have a coffee carafe
(also cheap from Target) filled with warm water (actually our daughter
didn't mind and we were lazy so often we just used room temp water).
For each diaper change, we just dampen a cloth, wipe away, and then
toss the dirty cloth into a separate bin for washing. (I made the mistake
of putting them with dirty baby clothes and things got a little moldy.) Just
throw them in the wash when you do your baby laundry. The trick is to
figure out how often you change diapers and you do laundry to make
sure you buy enough cloths. It pays for itself in just a few weeks, and is
NOT the hassle others might suggest.
You can do it!
We cut up some soft cotton knit into squares and wet them with
warm water from a large coffee-dispensing-type thermos (you know,
it has a button you depress on the top and liquid comes out). We
put the dirty wipes in a container and laundered them regularly.
We got lazy with our second child and used regular wasteful paper
towels and wipes.
Here is what we've used for our 5 month old since he was born:
I take a large water bottle and add (1) a few drops of lavendar
essential oil, (2) a few drops of tea tree oil, (3) a tablespoon
of baby wash, (4) 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, and (5) a
tablespoon of apricot oil. Then I add water until the bottle is
full. I bought a bunch of soft wash cloths and just squirt some
of the solution on them. I bought enough so that I only have to
wash them about once per week.
This worked for us beautifully: we bought about 30-40 cheap baby
washcloths from Babies R US/Target/Walmart and kept them dampened
in an electric wipe warmer. They fit perfectly! The washcloths
run about $2.99 for 8, Baby trend brand I think, and just have a
plain serged edge. We used the Gerber brand washcloth for the
baby's other parts because they had a nice 1/4'' edging on them
which made it very easy to tell which were wipes and which were
real washcloths. I know they sell flannel/hemp/other cotton wipes
but we found that we didn't really need anything highly
absorbant. When we were done using them, we just placed them in
a small open plastic container. Our baby is breastfed, so odor
wasn't really an issue. If they were really messey, we rinsed
them out and for a short while kept a small covered pail with
plain water to soak them in. We washed them every day or two. I
don't have a fancy washer, so I started the cycle on rinse, then
ran a complete cycle when the rinse cycle finished. This worked
great for us, was very economical and evironmentally friendly.
When we took the baby out for short trips, we even packed a few
in a ziplock bag and brought another ziplock labeled dirty for
the used wipes.
For ''environmentally friendly alternative'' to wipes when my
sons were in diapers we only used cloth diapers (5 years worth -
cheaper and environmentally more friendly than ''disposables'')
and stuck their butts in a warm sink of water. It was quick,
cheaper, and less smelly than wipes and no big deal. When
needed we used wash clothes with warm water, sometimes soap.
Never had diaper rashes. Didn't even use baby powder.
I use cloth wipes. You can make them or order them off ebay.
There is a stay at home mom who makes them and sells them on
ebay. I think I paid $16 for 48 wipes. That amount lasts for
about 5 days and then you wash them. I make a diaper wipe
solution using about a cup of water, a 1-2 tablespoons of some
kind of oil (apricot kernal, almond, etc.), a few drops of
lavender oil and a drop of tea tree oil. Then I pour the
solution onto the wipes and keep them in a diaper wipe warmer.
They work even better than the disposable wipes. I just wash
them along with the cloth diapers. Or if you don't use cloth
diapers, you can wash them on their own.
love those wipes
I never used disposable wipes (and neither did any of our
parents!). I just got a couple of dozen cheap, thin
washcloths. I dampened them before using (maybe I kept a
squeeze-bottle of water by the changing area - I can't remember
now), and just tossed it in with the other baby laundry. For a
poopy diaper, I used the diaper itself to start the cleaning,
but if the washcloth got really icky, I rinsed it before
putting it in the hamper. (Of course, if you are washing your
own diapers, just wash the ''wipes'' along with them). I used
jsut plain water - and never had trouble with rashes.
My oldest son had exczema so we really tried to avoid the wipes.
The best solution was to invest in a TON of cotton baby
washclothes and just use water. For trips out, we'd put the used
cloths in a plastic bag and wash them when we got home. This
worked quite well (I usually wiped the worst of the solids with
tissue paper before cleansing with the washcloth - if at home and
it was really a liquidy mess I might rinse him off in the
bathroom sink and just disinfect the sink afterwards). If I
thought he needed moisturizing - I'd use one of the
hypoallergenic ones suggested by my doctor. For a two week trip
back though I did buy the most ''natural'' disposables I could find
and just paid the exhorbitant price.
We use washcloths to wipe our children, instead of wipes.
I keep a caraffe (with a button to press to make the water come
out) and a small bowl next to the changing table. When it is
time to change a diaper, I squirt a little water into the bowl,
dip in the washcloth and wipe...
The wet/soiled washcloth goes into a covered garbage can, lined
with a plastic bag. The load gets washed as often as needed.
As someone who thinks of herself as an environmentally aware
person, this solution makes me feel really good. Not only am I
not adding more trash to the landfills, this method is gentle to
We cut up an old flannel sheet for wipes, and we kept warm water
next to the changing table in a coffee thermos (the kind with
When my daughter was a baby I used to carry moist
washclothes in plastic bags to wipe her, as her skin was
very sensative. It worked very well for the wet diapers, and
was a little gross for poop.
good luck -
Mom of Tender Bottom
a hot water/coffee urn full of warm water near the changing
table, and some small pieces of paper towels is what i've seen
used a lot. a bit less of an impact. or you could use baby wash
cloths or cut up cloth diapers. then you need to treat them as
hazardous waste and would need to store and wash in the same way
you would a cloth diaper.
We keep water in the wipe warmer and use little baby washcloths
as wipes (sometimes we will first use a conventional wipe and
then finish the job with a washcloth if it's a particularly
messy one). I like the idea of using water on his bum instead
of whatever it is they put in the wipes...
When our 2-year-old was a baby, his pediatrician told us to try
with cotton balls and water... As an infant, we used a wet old
towel. When he was able to stand up, we just washed him with
soap and water in the bathtub. It has worked until now, and no
It's easier to deal with non-disposable wipes if you
are also washing non-disposable diapers, but yes, it's very easy
to create an alternative to the commercial wipes. Make a
solution of water, baby oil and gentle soap. You could probably
come up with an exact recipe by Googling for it or checking some
cloth diapering websites, but different people prefer different
proportions. Then just use small washcloths, homemade flannel
squares, or cloth diapers soaked in the water/soap solution to
wipe. (Plain water also works perfectly well for many people.)
Toss the used wipes in the laundry with your cloth diapers, or
if you're using a diaper service, into a separate laundry pail.
If you like the idea of avoiding the commercial wipes but don't
want to wash cloth ones, you can do the same thing with high-
quality paper towels. You can even submerge a whole roll of the
towels -- some people like to saw it in half -- into a tub of
the right size and shape filled with your water/oil/soap mix,
kept at your changing area, and then tear off one towel as
I'm not sure what you're worried about exactly... if it's the
use of paper, then you could try keeping a few moist baby
washcloths in a ziplock baggy, and another one to put the dirty
ones in (I always just use water, no soap-type stuff required).
If it's something in the solution on the wipes that you're
concerned about, you could just use paper towels (the Viva brand
''cloth weave'' type are the only ones that are soft enough, in my
opinion), wetted with water. Of course, these are not recycled
paper, but the recycled paper is not soft enough for baby's
I use a mix of washcloths and paper towels at home, depending on
what's going on down there, and only use the wipes (Tushies
brand) in the diaper bag, which cuts down a lot on wipes.
With my first child, I bought several dozen small cloth wipes
from an on-line company called Barefoot Baby. I loved them --
just kept them dry to use at home, and put moist ones in a ziploc
bag to put in the to-go diaper bag. We still have quite a few
leftwhich my now 4 year old uses in her play kitchen. We have
a new baby, and this time I'm just using non-chlorine-bleached
and unscented wipes that I buy at Whole
Foods. It was certainly less expensive and more ecological to use
the cloth ones -- I may yet get around to ordering some more.
We just use pieces of cloth that we squirt w/ water for pee, and
it works just fine, and it's really no trouble. We keep a
little pail next to the changing table, and just wash them with
the regular wash. We use regular wipes for poop, because it just
seems easier & cleaner, but I'm sure you could also wipe w/ your
own wipes this way for poop too, you'd just need to be a little
more careful about the cleanliness of the pail.
up until our daughter reached one year old, we used cotton baby
washclothes to clean her during diaper changes. we ran warm water
over the washcloth before each use, rinsed it in the sink after each use,
and hung it up to dry on the shower rod. we often re-used it throughout
the day, and then started over again the next day with a clean cloth.
when her poops changed as a result of eating solid food, we switched
over to disposable wipes for the poopy diapers, but continued the wet
washcloth routine for all other diaper changes. obviously, it's a lot of
careful handwashing and sink sterilizing, but it was definitely worth it.
also, since our baby was a winter baby, we believed the warm cloths
must have felt much more comforting than a cold wipe during those first
few chilly months of hers.
We use warm water washclothes. Most gentle on tiny bottoms.
We use bathroom tissues. Before each changing, we collect some
warm water into a small container and bring to the change
table. Then we dip folded tissues into water and wet half of
it. Repeat with new tissues if needed and then use the last one
dry to pat dry. You can flush the used tissues down the
toilets. We only use wipes on trips or to cleanup messier bowel
movement. I fold plenty of tissues in advance and place in
boxes. To fold, I take some bathroom tissues of 5-7 squares
long and fold twice. You do this no more than once a week. We
found Northern bathroom tissues work quite well while wet.
At home, I always used warm baby washclothes. When it was time
to change baby, with the baby in my arms, I would grab a handful
of washclothes, carry them to the sink, run them under warm
water, then change his diaper. I also used cloth diapers(with a
service), so I was regularly washing poopy diaper covers and
these washclothes. I think my babies always appreciated the
warm soft wipes on their bottoms and sensitive genitals. While
out, I mostly used purchased wipes.
I bought some dry wipes at Baby World on Piedmont Avenue and
then I got one of those coffee containers with the button on top
that you press and liquid comes out of the spout. I filled it
with water and put it in her room. It keeps the water warm and
I always have it nearby to dampen the dry wipe.
We just use wet paper towels with a little liquid Cetaphil on
them and then dry the baby off with another paper towel. The
Cetaphil helps condition the skin too, which helped when our
baby had diaper rash.
I was wondering if anyone knows of a more natural brand of baby wipes. My
mom recently told me that some of the chemicals in wipes are bad for skin,
particularly baby skin. She was referring to Propylene Glycol, the second
ingredient in the Kirkland brand I use. I could use washclothes I suppose,
but since I don't own my own W/D, that would be a lot of washing for two
babies. Any suggestions of where I can find more natural wipes? Thank you
Seventh Generation makes all natural baby wipes. I get
mine at the El Ceritto Natural Grocery. I would imagine
that Whole Foods carries them as well.
I think most of the time all you need is water. I
used either a wash cloth, or since you don't have a
washing machine, you can use the "cotton squares or
rounds" they sell for makeup removal. They sell them
at Costco pretty inexpensively, or at Long's, etc...
Make your own! It's cheap, easy and they work well.
Here are some recipes, but you don't need all that
oil. I make mine with out oil, and they work fine.
I've also tried it with massage oil, and olive oil. I
only us about 1.5 teaspoons of oil, a teaspoon of
babysoap and 2 cups of water per box (or 1/4 a roll of
One important note- use Bounty, the extra strong
stuff. Other wise, you'll have a mess on your hands!
There are two brands that the El Cerrito Natural Grocery sell, or if you are
feeling ambitious you could even make your own solution. There is a great
recipe at www.fuzbaby.com. I use the homemade solution with cloth, but you
could also use heavy paper towels. You can add to it essential oil and it
really smells nice, and its a pleasing alternative to the traditional baby
I made my own wipe solution for when my son was an infant, using about 2c
water, 2 T olive oil. a drop of lavendar oil, and a drop of tea tree oil.
Calendula oil is also helpful if your babies have rashes. I kept the solution
in a wipe warmer and dipped clean cloth wipes in it. You can also use paper
towels, although its probably worth buying the softest kind possible. The
Tightwad Gazette suggests cutting the paper towel roll down the middle the
long way removing the tube halves and then placing the stack of towels into
the wipe solution.
Now that my son doesn't poop more than once a day, I just wet a cloth in wam
We use Tushies brand natural baby wipes with aloe vera.
The company claims that they contain only ingredients
that are naturally found in plants and fruits. They
are a bit on the pricey side, but we stock up when they
go on sale at Berkeley Bowl. We are very happy with
the quality of the wipes, and our son almost never gets
diaper rashes (although I have no idea if the wipes
have anything to do with that).
I can tell you what works the best, but I don't know
where to get them! Maybe someone else out there does--
the cloths they provide in the nursery at Alta Bates
and also at Children's hospital are the softest paper
goods I have ever felt! We've been unfortunate enough
to have 3 hospital stays with our toddler, and I've
learned to take all the packages I can get my hands on!
They are plain white squares, folded twice I think and
very thick and soft--they work great with warm water.
They come in clear plastic bags with no labels at all,
so I have no idea who makes them. I even called Alta
Bates to ask where I can get them but they didn't know.
If I ever find out where to get them I will stop using
Huggies Wipes (Natural Care) altogether!
Another great thing to take if you're ever admitted to
Children's are those blue and white plastic changing
pads--they put bags of them in each room and they
really come in handy if your baby ever has diarrhea!
My older daughter had a negative reaction to all of the
wipes. Now with my second baby, I always rinse the wipe
in warm water before using it.
This way, it is warm and chemical free.
When we were in the hospital (Summit in
Oakland) after delivering our son, the
hospital supplied us with warm water and
thick paper towels (very soft) that were
disposable to use as wipes. I think
they said that these could be found in a
medical supply store. They held water
well and did not irritate the baby's
bottom at all. Perhaps you could call
the hospital and find out what they
were. Good luck!
Try "Tushies." Lots of places have them, including
Berkeley Bowl, Health Is in Alameda, and Citikids in
Or, you can go wipe-free. A pediatrician at my son's
practice swears that if you just sit the baby's bottom
in a tub of water or under running water to clean it,
you'll never have problems with rash. Fill a wash tub
with luke warm-water , gather up baby's clothes around
their armpits, and sit them in it. Use your fingers to
splash the water around to clean them, then pat dry.
It's a little less convenient than wipes, so I use
washclothes when I'm in a hurry, and Tushies while out
I have seen moms use paper towels dipped in warm water; I don't know
about the chemicals in the paper towels.
Ruth Yaron's book "Super Baby Food" has a "recipe" for
homemade paper wipes that I've used (and modified)
Here's the modified version that I've been using for
about a year and a half. The wipes pop-out (really!)
and you can reuse the container indefinitely.
(I use name brands where I've found there is a
Cut a roll of Bounty paper towels in half and remove
the paper tube core Lift up the flap that glues the
outside sheet. (You'll be using the paper from the
inside out though.)
1 rubbermaid 10 cup container (2.4 liter size) with
lid (score a "X" in the middle of the lid and cut out
a hole approx. 1/2" diameter)
1 and 3/4 cups of water
6 drops of lavender oil
3 drops of tea tree oil
1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon of dr.bronner's castile soap
Slosh the water, oils and soap around, drop in the half
roll of paper towel (it'll take about 20-30 minutes for
the water to be absorbed)
Pull out the center most towel an inch or so through
the lid, snap in place.
Here's another person in favor of water and a soft cloth.
We cut up a couple of old, very soft flannel sheets and
we use these squares with water from a squeeze bottle
when we need wipes. They are very soft on my son's
bottom, very easy to just throw in the washer, and we
always have plenty on hand. (For what it's worth, we
do our own cloth diapers, too, and the wipes go in with
the dipes, it's *way* easier than most people think.)
A regular wipe rinsed out in warm water cleans just
fine, and has the added benefit of not freezing the
baby's buns off.
We were also impressed with the cloths they had at Alta Bates. Turns out
they're called Quickables. We couldn't find them locally, so we ordered
them from the web (do a web search for "Quickables") and use those, with
warm water, as baby wipes. (The latest box isn't as soft as the first
ones, though.) We keep a pump-top carafe (the kind they serve coffee in)
on the changing table, filled with warm water, so we can easily wet the
We were able to find Quickable's wipes (the really
thick and soft paper wipes used at Alta Bates for
diaper wipes) at the hospital supply place near the
About Quickables, Johnson's medical supply on Shattuck
across from Berkeley Bowl has them. Just buy a whole
bunch and you won't have to go often.
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