Thanks to Liz for this Frugal Baby Tip!
For wipes, I use a whole mess of flannel squares that I cut from a receiving blanket and a nightgown that I got at a yard sale for $.50 each. I didn't hem them, surge them or anything. I just cut them.... Yes, they frayed a bit, but who cares? I've been using the same ones for 8 months now, and if they do wear out, maybe I'll splurge and spend another buck and buy a few more receiving blankets...
I keep a little tub of water (like a disposible wipes box?) by the changing table that I dip them in and wring them out as needed....I wet down a little stack of 4 or 5 when it looks like we are in for a big messy change. and just use them as you would disposables, except I toss them right in with the diapers. If we have a really "icky sticky" mess, I pull out my spray bottle that has water and a couple squirts of baby shampoo, and squirt either the wipe or my gal's bottom, and that loosens things up.
I am amazed when I hear people talk about making their own wipes with paper towels, cut in half and individually folded, and with all sorts of natural ingredients. Wow, that seems like so much time, and money, to spend on wipes. It may be more "natural" than disposables, but if you use paper towels, it's the same amount of wasted materials, and probably even more expensive... and who wants a paper towel on their butt... yuck! I figure what can be more organic than water? (BTW no offense to those of you who do make your own--I"m just WAY too busy/lazy!)
I tried washcloths at first too... but I agreed that they were a bit rough, and also so bulky.... I needed the surface area, but not the absorbancy... so I just cut my own squares about the size of a big washcloth. And now I use my washcloths in the kitchen in lieu of paper towels to wipe up spills, faces, etc.
Category: Baby Wipes