Baby Wipes: Make your own wipes recipe

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | 2 comments
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Image: Taken at home of my 3 week old baby as she slept on a new Zealand sheepskin and British biscuit swaddle. Photo by Harry Grout on Unsplash
Thanks to Andira for this Frugal Baby Tip!

I thought 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?

Image: Mustela Baby Cleansing Gel - Natural Hair and Body Wash - with Organic Olive Oil and Aloe Vera - Fragrance Free, Vegan & Biodegradable - 13.52 fl. oz.
Mustela Baby Cleansing Gel
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/reusable baby wipes.

You could 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 Gel, and about 1/4 tsp. of sweet almond 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.

Image: NOW Solutions, Apricot Kernel Oil, Hair Moisturizer, Rejuventaing Skin Oil, Softens Fine Lines, 16-Ounce
Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot 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.

Image: Burt's Bees 100% Natural Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil, 4 Fl Oz
Burt's Bees Body Oil
You can get the oils for the recipe at a health or natural food store or on Amazon.

I am currently using Mama Bee Apricot Baby Oil.

It has sweet almond oil, wheat germ oil,lemon 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 nuts or fragrance.

A nice oil is also great if you do any kind of infant massage.

I use the Mama Bee oil on my daughter Hannah, on her legs and feet after a bath.

Image: Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer (Warmies Wipes Warmer + 12 Reusable Wipes)
Prince Lionheart
Warmies Wipes Warmer

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About Catherine: I have been writing my Frugal Baby Tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three grown up sons, and a grandma - and happily married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and a rescue cat, Bella.

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  1. Anonymous 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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