Friday, February 18, 2011

Cloth Wipes & Cloth Wipe Solution

Once you get into cloth diapers, most (if not all) parents tend to start using cloth wipes as well. Cloth wipes make sense – you’re washing diapers, so why not wash wipes at the same time? Plus, reusable wipes are one less thing to throw away and one less thing you have to buy all the time. You buy or make a couple dozen and you are good to go forever.

When I first started shopping for cloth diapers, it never occurred to me to use cloth wipes, until I came across a blog post somewhere talking about cloth wipes. I read it, read it to my husband, and we did the whole “why didn’t we think of that – it’s so obvious” discussion. So off I went looking for cloth wipes to buy.

Now if you can sew, you can make your own wipes. Some will make them out of old flannel receiving blankets, others will use old t shirts, or pick up some fabric at the local fabric store. I am not a sewer, so I bought mine. We have a few different types of cloth wipes available for you non-sewers out there :)

Once you get the “what to use for wipes” all sorted out, you need to think about what type of solution you are going to use on your wipes. There are quite a few sites that have a variety of recipes listed for making your own wipe solution. Basically, all wipe solutions are made of three (four) basic things:

  1. oil: helps the wipe glide across the bum and helps give some extra moisturizing at the same time.
  2. soap: to clean
  3. water: to help clean and dilute the other ingredients.
  4. essential oil: completely optional, but nice to add scent or for anti-bacterial properties.

We always kept our solution pretty basic. The great thing about making your own solution is that you know exactly what you’re putting on your baby’s skin. The skin is the largest organ in the human body and you really don’t want to put anything on an infant’s skin that you wouldn’t eat.

Here’s our recipe:

Little Monkey Cloth Wipe Solution

2 tbsp oil (we like grapeseed oil, it’s nice and light)
2 tbsp baby soap
2 cups water

And a few others to try out if you want:

Aloe Vera Wipe Solution

2 cups of hot water
1/4 cup of aloe vera gel (available at your local health food store)
2 drops of tea tree oil (great natural antibacterial essential oil)

Lavender Wipe Solution

2 cups of water
2 tbsp of baby soap
2 – 3 drops of lavender essential oil

Here’s some of our Facebook fan recipes:

Lee’s Wipe Solution

2 cups of water
2 drops of tea tree oil
2 drops of lavender oil

Zuri’s Wipe Solution

2 cups of water
2 tbsp of baby wash (she recommends Aveeno Calming Comfort)
2 tbsp baby oil (or olive oil)

Mix together in a medium ziploc container, then fill with a bunch of baby washcloths)


And for those of you who would rather not make their own, or make your own but you’re going to be travelling and it’s just not convenient to haul around wipe solution, we have Monkey Doodlez wipe cubes available. They are super easy to use, drop one cube in two cups of hot water, wait for the water to cool off, and they are ready to use.

We store our wipes, pre-moistened in a wipe warmer. I like the idea of warm wipes, and they are very nice for those middle of the night changes. You can also store solution in the peri-bottle you received from your midwife or at the hospital and moisten each wipe as you need it. Or, wipe solution kept in a spray bottle is handy too.

Let us know what your recipe is and we’ll add it to our list!





Another take on the 3G

Meet Ayden, Moms and Bums Family of Shops newest tester and his mom Katie! Katie won our 3G Pocket tester contest. Here is her first impressions on the 3G:

I was like a kid on Christmas morning waiting for my fluffy mail to arrive after I heard I was selected as a tester for the 3G Pocket diaper by Babykicks.
I started to cloth diaper my son as soon as we brought him home from the hospital. At first it was only during the day, as I tested the cloth diapering waters, but I soon grew more confident in my abilities and my diapers and switched to cloth full time and have been hooked ever since!
The majority of our stash is made up of one size pockets, so when I had the opportunity to try 3G Pocket diaper I jumped at the chance.
When my 3G Pocket diaper arrived my first thoughts were:
  • I LOVE the colour – the Meadow (green) is beautiful and vibrant
  • This diaper is so soft – the inner layer of Bamboo/Fleece is amazingly soft and will feel so nice against my baby’s bottom
  • That is it?!? It is SO thin – The hemp/cotton insert is the thinnest insert I have seen in a pocket diaper so far.
    This insert is also contoured so it will be less bulky
  • Hmmmm I have never had a diaper with fleece air gussets before, they look neat and will be very soft around the baby’s legs, but will they leak?
After a quick wash I was eager to try my new diaper on my son.
The 3G Pocket Diaper has the most sizing options out of any pocket diaper I have seen.
With 4 snap down sizes (3 snaps and unsnapped) PLUS a newborn snap closure gives you ultimate adjustability. This diaper really is a newborn to potty training one size diaper. I wish we had this diaper when we were brought my son home from the hospital, at just over 6 lbs he did not fit into other one size diapers right away, but I believe he would have fit into the 3G pocket diaper.
After a first use here is what I LOVED about the 3G diaper:
  • The inner lining was still so soft after washing
  • Finding the right fit was easy as there were so many snap options to choose from
  • This diaper is SUPER trim – no bulky bottom with this cloth diaper and no need to size up pants!!!
  • No leaks, I don’t know how they do it with the air gussets, but we had no problems at all
  • The hemp/cotton insert is very absorbent – I felt like it drew more moisture into it and away from baby’s bottom, leaving the lining feeling dry
Here is my son, at almost 18lbs, in the 3g Pocket diaper.

A great fit around the legs and waist.

A close up of the leg gussets – so soft and no leaks!
And underneath clothes – no puffy bottom!
I liked that this was a front stuffing diaper that way it is very easy to see if any insert is sticking out (especially for daddy), however this is the one downfall to the diaper as well. Given that it is so trim it is a bit harder to stuff then other pocket diapers. I am excited to test this diaper to see how it performs overnight.
Overall I was very impressed 3G Pocket by Babykicks on our first use, it is a great one size diaper and we will be adding more to our collection very soon.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Newborn Dipes

Hi! It's Bayla from Soft and Cozy Baby in Baltimore, MD. We had our second son 4 weeks ago and I am LOVING cloth diapering a newborn. I have a lot of my first son's diapers saved but we started with a diaper service so the diapers I had are still too big on my newbie! Plus there are so many fun diapers out there that I needed to try! I consider him a business expense - to try out all my new products!

So Netanel was born Jan 17 weighing in at 7 lb 4 oz - perfect size! But he was also too small for some of the diapers that should fit a newborn. Plus we had the umbilical cord issue - what would fold down and not rub on it. So I'll share my faves!

Lil Joeys are awesome for newborns! They're a bit pricey, I agree. But they really fit perfectly. They're designed for 5-12 lb. We used them from the beginning, as they have a fold down for the umbilical cord. Plus they still fit great a month later, and I except to get at least another month or so use out of them. To top it all off, my 2 year old's favorite diaper is Rumparooz Ladder 6 - so now he has matching diapers with his little brother!

Tini Fits are also designed to fit 5-12 lb. They don't have the umbilical cut out and they were a bit big initially, but we love them now, at 4 weeks. Plus they're stuffable like a pocket!

FuzziBunz Perfect Size in XSmall is another great fit. I love pocket diapers in general as you can stuff them with extra absorbancy, which I've needed to do. Plus if you snap them all the way to the center, at the smallest setting, it pulls down the middle to clear the umbilical cord.

Kissaluvs fitteds in a Size 0 are a well-known favorite for newborns. They fit great, snap down in front and are trim. To go over it I used a Thirsties XSmall cover which fits great. I started with a Bummis Newborn Super Brite but he's basically outgrown that by now - except for very trim diapers. But it doesn't work over prefolds anymore.

Prefolds are also a great newborn option. They're economical, absorbant, and you can customize the fit. They are a bit bulky but fit fine under a onesie or stretchie. Babies look cute with a bubble butt! For overnight diaper changes I like Bummis Whisper Pants - you dont have to deal with pinching and tucking the prefold into a cover. They're not cute, but when you're bleary-eyed in the middle of the night, you just pull it up and you're done!

bumGenius XS All-In-One are also a great, easy newborn diaper option.

And coming soon are GroVia's newborn organic All-In-Ones! Can't wait to try it!

What's your favorite newborn diaper??
Check out our Newborn Diaper page!

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