Baby Wipes

Hi,  My DD had a nasty poo yesterday which resulted in having a sore bottom.  When I used the wipes on her she nearly went thru the roof - poor wee thing.  Its lots better today thank goodness.   Anyway, I have been using some damp muslin cloths to wipe her with and was wondering if anyone makes their own wipes.  What do you use?  Do you soak them in nappy san? If so, for how long?   Any advice appreciated as I've always used bought wipes in the past.  TIA

26/11/2009
Kate's Family

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I started using wipes but my girl is very sensitive, so I use muslin cloths now and will never go back, I just soak them in the babycare napisan.  (make sure that you get the white napisan not the oxyaction as that is bad for bub too).  Also if you haven't tried gaia products they are good for sensitive babies as well.

26/11/2009
babybluebaby

My now 9 yr old had bad bum rashes and excema, I was advised by specialist to use either warm wet cloth with Cetaphil lotion as a cleanser (it's like a body/hand wash but for very sensitive skin you can get from a chemist) wasn't really cheap but it lasted for AGES as would just use a small amount directly on the cloth,  or to use tissues/papertowels with aqueous cream to cleanse, which was a handy disposable option if not at home.  He also said use disposable nappies with a nappy liner inside.  She had two diff kinds of creams too, but just not using wipes made a difference. 

26/11/2009
SaS

I've never used commercial wipes on any of my kids (though I do use those flushable ones now with the boys).  I use those really thin flannelette facecloths from Baby Factory, come in packs of 6.  Useless as facecloths but great as bum wipes!  I don't do anything special to clean them, just chuck them all in a bucket with a lid and when I'm running low I do a hot wash with an extra rinse to ensure all soap powder is gone.

I wouldn't use commercial wipes, fragrance free or not, they are so full of chemicals it's not funny!

J&J's Blue Wipes used to be the way to go for me, but sadly they pulled those due to poor sales, grrr!!

26/11/2009
T.T

I have used home made wipes for 2 years now, at home, as they were too harsh on our newborns bottom.  I had lots of the old style nappies that I worn as a baby.  I cut them up into smaller squares.  I use toilet paper to wipe most of the poo away and then use a wet cloth.  i keep a pump bottle of water beside the clothes and pour on and needed.   We use reuseables most of the time so i wash them with the nappies.  Highly recommend cloth wipes, saves lots of money and nicer on babies bottom.
Happy nappy changing!

26/11/2009
lammylamb

I use little baby washers - like little muslin cloths, fill an old huggies wipes container (or any old container) with a cup of boiling water, a tablespoon of olive oil and a few drops of tea tree oil. Put how ever many you will need for the day in the solution to soak and then just chuck them in the wash with my napies in the evening. The solution usually lasts about 2 days before you will need to change it. If I'm using disposables then i use throw away wipes but with MCN's use home made wipes and they keep her skin much softer and clean up messes much easier!!!!

26/11/2009
ashersmumma

Oops I forgot to say, you have to take the cardboard out of the centre (I do that before soaking the roll), and you pull the wipes out from the centre...

26/11/2009
Home Grown

A friend of mine (Nadine who is on here too) shared her 'recipe' for home made wipes - which uses paper towels.  I find them brilliant... We just had our first episode of ongoing nappy rash following 3 months of teething - kept getting worse and worse until I ditched bought baby wipes and started using these...

Here goes: 
Cut a roll of paper towels in half (handee ultra or viva are the best cos nice and thick).
Immerse the half roll in a bowl of warm water with these things added to it: a wee bit of baby oil (helps get the dirty stuff off); some baby bath lotion; and 2 or 3 drops of lavender, tea tree or eucalyptus oil.
Press out the excess water, then stand upright in a pop wipes container. 

I find that I have to take the lid off the container to get them out otherwise they rip on the way out... but other than that they are just as handy as bought wipes, but not as harsh on sensitive wee cheeks  :-)

26/11/2009
AlexySky

I use CHUX cloths cut in half.  They wash up really well and get softer with more washes.  I mix  t tree oil, olive oil and cooled boiled water on them.  Just make enough up for 2 or 3 days at a time.  I use resuable n a ps every 2nd day so they get put in the wash with them.  The tuff handy towels cut in half are great too if you want a version that goes in the rubbish.

26/11/2009
ashersmumma

I made some wipes from flannel material and overlocked the edges. I just chuck them in with the MCN I use during the day. Cold wash with eco store powder. The sun does a great job of stain removal and sanitising. I soak overnight about once a month in enzime free nappy san and add canistin every 2nd wash particually if I can't hang them out side.
I do use the wipes that foster mummy mentioned at night when DD is in sposies. If the rash is bad I just use cotton wool and water.

26/11/2009
lammylamb

lol Fostermummy - the mind boggles!!!!!!!!

26/11/2009
Tash and Matthew

CHux cloths. But I washed them and reused.

26/11/2009
JoJo

Unscented wipes should be fine (the H ones in particular)...don't ask how i know this LOL

26/11/2009
Spuds Mum
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