Baby Wipes_: Make your own wipes recipe

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, January 21, 2008 | 2 comments
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Thanks to Andira for this Frugal Baby Tip!

I thouught I'd like to pass this to you moms. It's a wipe recipe, maybe it'll be useful


QUESTION: My baby has really sensitive skin, so the commercial diaper wipes seem too strong for her (plus costly!). Are there any alternatives?

ANSWER: I was tired of spending tons of money on commercial baby wipes that I was just throwing away, and that irritated my baby's skin, so I decided to buy some washable terrycloth wipes from a catalog called Natural Baby. You can also make your own by using regular washcloths either full size or cut in half and hemmed.

To wet the wipes, I fill a commercial wipe container (left over from the old wipes) about 1/4 full of water, add about 1 Tbs. or so of Mustela Cleansing Lotion, and about 1/4 tsp. of apricot oil. You don't have to make your solution just the same, but the idea is to have something as a gentle cleanser and something oil-based to condition the skin. Sweet almond oil is another good choice for babies.

Once I've got the cleanser, oil, and water all mixed together in the container, I wrap a wipe warmer around the container (you can also put everything into a small crockpot) to keep the water warm. My baby always has a panicked look on her face if the wipe is cold!

When I need a fresh wipe, I just dip the cloth into the water, gently squeeze out the excess, and it's ready to go. I used to keep the wipes in the container with the water, but I found it harbors bacteria really easily and starts to smell like mildew after only a day or two. Yuck!

When you've used the wipe, just throw it in the baby hamper to wash with the rest of the baby clothes.

You can get the oils for the "recipe" at a health or natural food store. I am currently using Baby Bee Apricot Baby Oil from Burt's Bees (1-800-849-7112). I has apricot kernel oil, wheat germ oil, vitamin E, rosemary extract, and fragrance. If your baby is really sensitive, you might want to go with a straight oil and not something with fragrance. A nice oil is also great if you do any kind of infant massage. I use the Baby Bee oil on my daughter Hannah on her legs and feet after a bath.

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  1. Heather says:

    I have a step by step baby wipes recipe tutorial on my blog right now, complete with pics. I have used this recipe with great success.

  2. Excellent picture tutorial Heather, thanks so much for sharing!

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