Why I Stayed Away from Baby Wipes & Chose CLOTH Instead!
I never felt good about the idea of using commercial disposable baby wipes on my son- the fragrances, the suspicious ingredients, the excess packaging, the pharmaceutical companies behind the brands- and yet I had no idea about the alternative of using cloth wipes!
At the time, I was spending a fortune on various brands of Eco-Organic Bamboo disposable wipes from my local health food store, trying to stock up whenever there was a sale, and yet knew the amount of money I was spending on them was not sustainable long term, and still the idea of them irked me as I knew how sensitive our skin is- being the body's largest organ.
When I ventured the world of cloth nappies, I came across the concept of cloth baby wipes, and I was hooked! I couldn't believe I had not thought of it earlier, but was so excited to start quitting disposable wipes and start reusing cloth.
I started by making my own DIY Cloth wipes using old towels- cut them up into wipe-size squares, and away I went! However over time, they frayed- badly, and I am by no means handy with sewing, so after a wash the frays would all tangle, and I would have to cut the squares apart! Talk about nightmare. Not to mention they weren't the softest fabric to wipe my son's bottom with.
So I knew I wanted to incorporate a gorgeously soft and well-made cloth wipe to my business collection to make cloth wipes accessible to other mums. Our cloth wipes are the perfect addition to your nappy routine and beyond as they make great bottom wipes, face wipes, body washers and handkerchiefs. They are made with super soft bamboo, and can be reused and washed over and over, saving you so much money over the course of your little one's life.
SO WHY CHOOSE CLOTH WIPES?!
- The most cost-effective option
- Create less waste in the landfill
- Help you avoid use irritating soaps and chemicals on your baby's delicate bottom.
- Cloth does a MUCH better job cleaning poopy bottoms than disposables, as the fabric grabs the mess and makes cleanups easier!
- They're better at keeping your hands mess-free, as opposed to disposable wipes which are so thin and don't offer as much protection.
TYPICAL INGREDIENTS IN DISPOSABLE WIPES:
Most baby wipes, whether they are so called “natural” or not, contain 5 types of ingredients:
- Synthetic cleansers
- Product enhancers (which are used for smooth application, skin absorption, lumpiness prevention, ph-adjusting, etc)
- Synthetic preservatives (which prevent bacteria growth)
- Skin conditioners
-In each ingredient category, ingredients vary on the scale of toxicity.
-All baby wipes use synthetic cleansers and most of them (even plant-based ones) use toxic chemicals in their manufacture.
-Product enhancing ingredients are relatively ok, although some of them may be quite toxic.
-As for preservatives (and they have to be used in baby wipes because a moist environment is a breeding ground for bacteria), they are the most problematic group in baby wipes.
-There are no synthetic preservatives that are absolutely free of any concerns. Again, it is a matter of toxicity degree. (Info source from www.ireadlabelsforyou.com)
CHECK YOUR LABELS:
While various toxic chemicals have been banned in recent years from body and baby care items due to understanding more of the dangers from use of them such as cancer, allergic rections, endocrine malfunction etc (Scary stuff isn't it!), there are still many that are included that are cause for much concern, and honestly NOT worth the risk to our child's undeveloped immune system, lack of blood-brain barrier and super thin ultra absorbent skin.
Body care products are classified as "medical devices" and hence their long term effects from use on the body are often untested or accurately tested, and unknown, and companies are able to use loopholes to include chemicals in their products that may not be optimal for health.
So, I encourage us all to do more research into every single product used on or around our little ones and ourselves, as I can assure you, there are many products we should be concerned about using.
The safest option for Body & Baby Cleaning Products and one that I follow:
-cut out what you can
-DIY using plant-food grade materials where possible
-research ethical organic plant based brands that are grass-roots and hands-on in the production of their products
-choose vegan-friendly not-tested-on-animals products
-reevaluate the lifestyle you wish to live and raise your little one within.
So, let's chat more about CLOTH WIPES! Because, there is NO greater alternative that these!
Cleaning is so simple, easy and cheap! Just add water and wipe! Though you may want to use a homemade DIY solution too.
Another option, is to keep a roll of toilet paper next to your changing station to use for grabbing the worst of the waste and flush that, and then finishing off with the wet cloth wipe to give a good clean. This is the easiest for once baby starts solids.
There are so many ways to make cloth work for you. You can either store them dry, and keep a bottle handy to spray baby's bottom with water before wiping. Or you can store them wet, so they are ready to go with each change! I personally would keep them dry under the sink, and on my way to changing my son, would grab and few and wet them under the sink.
Taking cloth wipes on the go is also so easy! Using a wetbag, add some wet or dry wipes so that they are all stashed together with your nappy change items. Taking a spritzer bottle or one of our gorgeous bamboo spray bottles, when out and about just give your baby's bottom a spray or spray the wipes directly before use. Then store the dirty wipes in the dirty storage section of your wetbag and add to your laundry when you return home.
Just throw your dirtied cloth wipe into your dry nappy bucket/laundry sink until ready to wash your items (dirty inserts/nappies/baby clothes etc). They can be washed with your cloth nappies and line or tumble dried on low.
So there you have it! Cloth Wipes are SUPER easy, cheaper, better for the environment and better for your little one.