Cloth Baby Wipes 101

This post is part of the Focus on Fluff cloth diaper series.

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Although, you can use disposable wet wipes with cloth diapers, why not go all the way and use cloth wipes as well? It’s much more cost effective and better for the environment. Not only that, but it’s better on your baby’s little bum. My daughter has very sensitive skin and cloth wipes are the only thing that don’t bother her.

Buy or Make?

You can buy cloth wipes, but making your own is almost just as easy.  I don’t consider myself much of a sewer and I made several for my daughter. I cut old receiving blankets (found at garage sales and thrift stores) into squares and surged the edges.  My mom made some with flannel on one side and terry cloth on the other.

If you don’t like to sew without instructions, check out this handy tutorial at Joyful Abode.

Storing & Using

I store my wipes in a drawer and keep a spray bottle of water on the changing table to moisten the wipes (or just wet them down under a running faucet). Many parents like to use a baby wipe solution, but I found that it dried out my daughter’s skin too much. Plain water seems to work fine for us.

You can also store your cloths in a wet wipe container or warmer with water or solution. If you do this, be sure to change the water often and clean out the container to avoid bacteria or mold from growing.

How many?

As with diapers, this depends on how often you will be doing laundry. I have found about two dozen to be a good number to have available.


Share your questions, tips, or advice about cloth wipes in a comment below!


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3 Responses to “Cloth Baby Wipes 101”

  1. Jenna@CallHerHappy April 9, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    24 wipes? Wow! You are much more efficient than I am! I think I might have around 150!

  2. Audra April 12, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    My biggest question has been about toddler poop. Would I still need to plop/rinse the wipe before washing? It seems that many times I’d end up a mess dunking and swishing both diaper and wipe.

    • Jenni April 13, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      Audra, I’ve never swished the wipe so I don’t know what to tell you! I’m not super concerned about getting every little bit off my diapers/wipes since I wash every other day and the first rinse takes care of anything that may have been left on the diapers before washing them…

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