Cloth or disposable?
Many people are avid cloth diaper users, but refuse to use cloth wipes like this mom who claimed to hate cloth wipes and now uses them regularly.
When you first start cloth diapering, it can seem very overwhelming and intimidating. The last thing people want to worry about is their wipe situation.
When I first began cloth diapering my newborn, I used disposable wipes. I had some baby wash cloths that I received from my baby shower that I wanted to use as cloth wipes and I also had a wipe warmer to use. Setting it up was easy, but I felt inundated already from everything else. It took me a couple weeks to get it set up-really the only thing I needed to do was clear a spot off my night stand to put my wipe warmer and plug it in. :) Such a daunting task, I know.
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When I was using the disposable wipes with the cloth, it was such a mess. I had to separate the dirty wipes from the diaper and throw them in two different places. It doesn't sound that difficult, but it's nasty when your dealing with newborn breastfed poo. It's bad enough having to touch the wipes the first time-I don't want to risk getting poo on my hands!
When I finally started my cloth wipes, it was so much easier than I ever imagined. I loved being able to put my wipes in the same place as the diapers and it actually took less wipes than disposables because the cloth has more grip and gets the bum clean faster.
At first, I thought I needed to come up with some wipe formula, but everything I used caused irritation, so I quickly decided to just use water. Saves me money and it works great!
After doing some research, I also learned that disposable wipes have ingredients in them that can feed yeast. As someone who dealt with yeast in diapers, I don't want anything to help it grow!
I've made the chart above to compare the prices of the most popular brand of disposable wipes and basic packs of cloth wipes. Of course, people buy wipes for traveling, wipe warmers, wipe pouches, and if using cloth, wipe bits or solutions if they don't want to use just water.
Obviously, there's a huge difference in cost from disposable to cloth. If you have more than one child or if you're child is in diapers longer than two years, the amount of money you save using cloth is even greater.
In addition to be great for cleaning the bum, I love having cloth wipes available when at the park and out and about for washing hands and easy clean up.
If you haven't taken the plunge to try cloth wipes, what are you waiting for?