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For many parents, finding wipes that are gentle on baby’s skin is a struggle. Babies often require wipes for sensitive skin, but even the chemicals in those can cause rash and irritation. A bad reaction to “sensitive skin” wipes leads parents to try organic wipes… and anything else to make their child comfortable. And then there is the cost of baby wipes. Of course, the more specialized the wipe is, the more it costs. Most parents spend $20-$40 per month on regular wipes- that’s not too bad, but if you are on a tight budget and/or want to lessen your carbon footprint, reusable wipes may be a nice alternative.
Of all the little things I have worried and thought about during my pregnancy, the option of reusable baby wipes never came to mind. I could have sworn I had thought of everything until I came across this little blurb in Mayo Clinic’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year (so far its a pretty boring read and VERY mainstream, but it does have some good stuff… I will be sure to share my review of it once I’ve finished) that teaches you how to make your own wipes. And I thought… wow! how did I not think of this? I need to share this on the blog. So, here it is.
Homemade baby wipes-
What you’ll need:
• a stack of baby wash cloths (100% cotton is best)
• a rectangular container with a lid
• hypoallergenic baby wash
• olive oil
• mix 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons baby wash and 2 tablespoons olive oil and add to bottom of container; place stack of baby wash cloths in container; cover and let cloths absorb the solution (if top cloths are still dry, try doubling the solution).
• mix 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons baby wash and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a spray bottle; store dry baby cloths in container near your baby changing area; spray a dry cloth with solution at each changing.
Tada! Homemade baby wipes!