Cloth Diaper Advice

CLOTH DIAPER ADVICE

Here is a wealth of information on cloth diapers, the benefits, pros and cons of using them, how to get started and more. If you’re still unsure or have any questions get in touch and we’ll do our best to help you. Alternatively, our monthly cloth diaper demos are a great way to learn all there is about cloth diapers and help you get started on your cloth diaper journey.

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing whether to use cloth or disposable diapers. At the end of the day everyone’s circumstances and preferences are different and there is no right or wrong. Some people use cloth to lessen environmental impact, others choose cloth because they prefer the idea of natural materials next to baby’s skin rather than chemicals, and some people just think cloth is cute! What ever your choice, there is a system out there to suit you.
Here is some information to help you make your decision…

  • Disposable diapers contribute to about 4% of the UK’s annual landfill waste, 5% of Australia’s landfill and 2%-4% in USA (estimated at 18 billion diapers a year). As they have only existed for 30 years or so, no one really knows how long they take to biodegrade – the first diapers still haven’t! Estimates range form 50 to 500 years for 1 diaper to break down.
  • Did you know you’re actually NOT supposed to throw away disposable diapers with poop in them as it contaminates landfill? Human excrement has to be appropriately treated. The faeces can get into water supplies and contaminate it, not to mention the viruses and diseases involved too.This extract is taken from the website of a well know disposable diaper company “As the bag recommends, you’ll want to dispose of the bowel movements in the toilet.”
  • Have you ever wondered how much it costs to put 1 child through disposable diapers from birth to potty training? The average premium brand diaper costs around AED 1 each (more for pull-ups or eco disposables). On a very low average you use around 6 diapers a day (more in the early months, less later on), that’s AED42 per week. For 2 and half years thats around AED5,475!! It is possible to buy all the cloth diapers, wraps and accessories you’ll need from birth to potty for as little as AED615 (see pre-folds birth to potty pack) if you go for simple terry squares or prefold systems, up to AED3,000+ plus if you go for all in ones in both newborn and then birth-to-potty size. Of course you have to factor in washing detergent, electricity, water and wear and tear on your washing machine. With reusable diapers you have control over your laundering costs and environmental impact (for more on this see our article “Are cloth diapers more environmentally friendly?”): the more frequent, hotter your washes with more detergent and tumble drying, the more expensive your laundering will be. Less frequent, cool washes with ½ – ¼ detergent (recommended) and line drying will significantly reduce laundry costs. An estimate of AED300-500 per year in laundering costs.
  • Disposable diapers manage to be so slim because they consist mostly of a chemical gel in a plastic outer. This chemical gel soaks up the moisture. Little beads of this gel sometimes escape from the core of the diaper and can be found on baby’s bottom. Of course a certain amount of safety testing has to be carried out before products can be sold to consumers and the gel is claimed to be non-toxic by its very litigation-conscious manufacturers, but we really don’t know very much about it and the long term implications of it being in prolonged contact with skin. In fact it is more often not the chemical gel that babies react to but the fragrances added to disposable diapers to make them smell better.
  • Cloth diapers are more time consuming as you have to wash, dry and re-assemble them after each use. An extra load of washing every 1-3 days (depending on how many diapers you have), 5 minutes to hang them to dry, and 5 minutes to re-assemble them and put away. Depending on the type of fabric your diapers are made of, they can take anywhere from 2 hours of 2 days to dry on a line. Living in the desert, we have the luxury of the heat and sun, which drastically speeds this process up. And then of course there’s tumble driers too (but these have a greater environmental impact)
  • In terms of environmental impact, with disposable diapers it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to reduce this through manufacturing methods and by using materials that biodegrade easily (which they currently don’t!). With cloth diapers the responsibility is in the hands of the user. The environmental cost of using cloth diapers can be greatly reduced through the users decisions whether to soak, washing frequency, whether to tumble dry etc. For more on this see our article “Are cloth diapers more environmentally friendly?”
  • Some pediatricians say that the extra support of cloth diapers, particularly when using terry squares or similar, provides better support for hip development and is particularly suitable for babies with mild hip dysplasia. Also, the extra spinal padding/cushioning in cloth diapers provides a softer landing for children learning to walk!
    There are copious amounts of information on the Internet about disposables vs. cloth diapers. I urge you to research as much as you need in order to make an informed decision. If you still feel confused and overwhelmed please feel free to contact us at [email protected] for some more personal help.

Diapers
You’ll need between 10 – 20+ depending on the age your baby is when you start cloth diapering, your baby’s bowel movements, fabric type of the diaper, washing frequency and drying time. We can advise you based on your circumstances. Its a simple calculation of how many times in 24hrs do you change your baby X frequency of washing. i.e. a newborn is often changed 10 times in 24hrs so for every other day washing you would need a minimum of 20 diapers. A 6 month old is generally changed less often so you could likely manage with 10 diapers for washing every other day. Its best to start with less and build up rather than buying a huge stash you just don’t need.

Covers
This is the waterproof cover used in a 2 part system (see “choosing diapers & wraps“). You only need 1 cover to every 3-4 shaped diaper/prefold/flat diaper. So generally, about 2 – 4 in any one size depending if your using 2 part diapers full time of just at night.

Liners
Either disposable or fleece. Liners allow for easier disposal of poop. Disposable liners come on a giant loo roll of around 100 liners and can generally be flushed down the toilet one at a time once used (we recommend you bin or re-wash wet liners and just flush soiled ones). Some disposable liners, such as Ultra Liners, can actually be washed a couple of times along with your diapers (if only wet, not soiled) and re-used. Fleece acts as a stay dry barrier between baby and diaper, some diapers have a sewn in fleece liner. Poop is tipped into the toilet and liners get washed along with the diaper. If you choose fleece, you’ll need as many fleece liners as diapers.

Boosters
These increase the absorbency of the diaper by adding more fabric. They are often used at night when the diaper is used for a prolonged period. They are available in various fabrics. The number required will vary depending on your childs’ needs, but usually 3-6 is probably enough.

diaper Bucket
To store dirty diapers in. This can be any bucket with a lid, preferably a lockable lid to keep toddlers out! Alternatively you can use a XL/XXL wet bag.

Mesh bag
Goes inside the diaper bucket or giant wet bag to make washing easier – you just take out the mesh bag (with the dirty diapers in it) from the bucket, throw the whole thing in the washing machine and press go. No need to touch dirty diapers! The diapers will fall out the bag as they go round the machine. Its useful to have 2 – one in the bucket, one in the wash.

Wet bag
This is a bag with a waterproof lining and a zip or drawstring to close it. These come in small sizes for putting dirty diapers in when out and about, or bigger sizes can be used instead of a diaper bucket.

Snappi

These are a modern alternative to diaper pins. Sometimes called diaper Nippas. Only needed for terry squares, muslins, prefolds or shaped diapers that don’t have a built in fastening. They allow for the most adjustable fit.

Washable wipes
Much more effective than disposable wipes as the texture of the terry cleans up messes more efficiently that the smooth surface of disposable wipes. They can be stored wet or dry. You can just wet with water or add your own home made soak to soothe babys bottom (See”Cloth Wipes” for ideas). They go in the wash with your diapers. A pack of 20 – 30 should be enough.

When you first start with cloth diapers it may feel unfamiliar, especially if you are use to disposable diapers, but once you know what your doing its just as easy. The hardest part is to get yourself into a laundry routine. If you are generally a disorganized person, (like me!) you may need a few extra “just in case” diapers or you could always have a few disposables for those emergency moments!

Still confused? Send us an email to [email protected] or give us a call and we’ll help you out.

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing your cloth diaper system. Size, style, fit, bulkiness, budget, convenience, fabric, drying time, etc etc. Here’s some information to help you make your decision (or confuse you further!) Also see “which diaper for me?” to assist you further. Or get in touch and we can help you too.

Diaper Types

There are 4 main types of reusable cloth diaper:
• All-in-one diapers – Built in waterproof outer and absorbent inner. They fasten with snaps or hook & loop. Aside from adding an optional liner and/or booster they are essentially a ‘washable disposable’. As they are all-in-one, they generally take longer to dry than a flat diaper, 2 part system, or pocket diaper. Some have a flap out section to speed up drying. All-in-one diapers tend to be the most expensive but are the ‘easiest’ to use.

• Pocket diapers – Waterproof cover with a fleece/suede cloth lining, which forms a pocket. This pocket is then ‘stuffed’ with anything absorbent! Usually a an insert that comes with the diaper, or prefold, terry square, etc but you can use a piece of old towel if you like. The ‘stuffing’ is usually pulled out before washing (or putting in the diaper bucket) so you effectively have a flat diaper and a wrap to dry, making them very quick to dry yet almost as convenient as an all-in-one. Only thing is you have to stuff the inserts back in before they are ready to use. They fasten with snaps or hook & loop.

• Shaped diapers – Looks just like a disposable diaper but is made of an absorbent fabric such as cotton or bamboo terry toweling. Doesn’t have a built-in waterproof outer layer so a separate waterproof cover is required. Some shaped diapers are very sophisticated with integral boosters/liners, others are much simpler. They are available in various fastenings and fabrics. They are generally cheaper than all-in-one’s and pocket diapers. Drying time varies depending on the design and fabric. Because the diaper is in 2 parts, these diapers tend to be more ‘leak-proof’ than all-in-ones and pockets as you have 2 lines of defense – the diaper and the cover. It also means you only need to change the inner absorbent diaper at each diaper change, the wrap can be used 3 or 4 times as long as its not soiled.

• Flat diapers – The most basic diaper system and therefore the cheapest. They usually require some folding but they also dry the fastest when laid out flat. Terry squares, prefolds, tie-on diapers and muslins all come under this category. They tend to leak more than shaped diapers as there is no elastic around the leg of the absorbent part. You may choose to use a fastener, we recommend a snap, to secure them onto baby. This increases their containment as the diaper is fastened around baby rather than being free. These also require a waterproof wrap over the top.

Diaper Sizes

Some diapers come in different sizes (usually 3 – 4 sizes) that you will need to purchase as your child grows, others come in a ‘Birth-To-Potty’ size. These can be expanded at the waist and rise (crotch depth) as your child grows meaning you only need to purchase 1 set of diapers.

Birth-To-Potty will fit your baby through out the majority of their diaper years, however, they tend to be quite bulky on a newborn, particularly low birth weight babies. Because of this, some people choose to use newborn size or flat diapers at birth and change to Birth-to-potty from around 10lbs – 12lbs.

Sized diapers may give you a better fit at each stage and will generally be less bulky, but you’ll have the added expense of purchasing each different size as you child grows. The advantage of this is that each size of diaper is used for a shorter period of time and therefore will be in better condition for subsequent children or to be sold second hand. Birth-to-potty diapers are used throughout the child’s diaper years and so will be more worn, but as long as they are properly cared for, most diapers should be good for 2 children or more.

Diaper Fabrics & Fastenings

The absorbent part of cloth diapers come in various fabric types, textures, and colours. Some are natural, some are organic and some are man-made. They vary in absorbency and drying time. The most common ones are:

  • Cotton – average absorbancy, average drying,
  • Organic Cotton – average absorbancy, average drying,
  • Bamboo – highest absorbance, longest drying,
  • Hemp – higher absorbancy, longer drying,
  • Microfiber – average absorbancy, quick drying.

Cloth diapers usually fasten using one of 3 fastenings:

  • Snaps/Poppers – easy to use after a little practice. Can be challenging for arthritic fingers to use so often not a favourite with grandparents! The fit of the diaper is restricted slightly by the positioning of the poppers although they are still very adjustable. Difficult for toddlers to take off!
  • Hook & Loop – More commonly known as Velcro and Applix. Very easy to use – very similar to disposable therefore favorite with child care. You may want to avoid this diaper fastening if you have a family history of Velcro reactions, or your child has particularly sensitive skin, although it could still be used on an outer wrap.
  • Snappi/Pins – These are only used on shaped and flat diapers. A Snappi is a modern alternative to a diaper pin. It grips the fabric in 3 places securing it on baby. It can take a little bit of practice to use one, but they allow for the most adjustable and snug diaper fit.

Covers

If you’re using any of the shaped or flat diapers you’ll also need a waterproof cover over the top. Most covers nowadays are made from PUL (PolyUrethane Laminate) a very soft waterproof and breathable fabric that allows air to circulate while keeping moisture in the diaper. In addition to the PUL wraps there are also fleece and wool covers available. It’s not usually necessary to wash the cover with every diaper change, unless it has become soiled from a leaky diaper so you should be able to manage with around 4 covers in each size if using 2 part systems all the time, 2 covers if just using them at night. You can also get birth-to-potty covers that are adjustable just like a birth-to-potty diaper and therefore cover a larger weight range. Covers can be washed along with your diapers (but not soaked) and they dry almost instantly on an airer.

Covers are available in several styles, either with gusseted leg-holes or simple elasticated legs. They fasten with hook & loop or snaps, or can be pull-on such as wool or fleece covers. They come in lots of colours and patterns to suit the most fashion savvy Mum, I mean baby!

If you are using pad folded prefold diapers it is important to have gusseted legs on your cover as there is no tension around the leg of the prefold, therefore you’re more likely to get leaks out the side. With a gusseted leg-hold on the cover you have 2 layers of elastic, providing 2 lines of defense.

Liners

The liner is placed between the diaper and baby’s skin in order to catch poop and make for easy disposal – in the toilet. Disposable liners are generally flushable (and compostable and biodegradable) so you simply tip the diaper over the toilet (making sure to hold on to any boosters) so the liner can fall in, and flush. All manufacturers say their liners are flushable, but we would recommend you bin wet liners (or leave them in the diaper and bin them once they’ve come out the wash) and only flush soiled liners, to reduce the chance of getting blockage. Some disposable paper liners can be washed and reused a few times to save money.

Fleece liners are also very popular. They work in the same way as disposable liners except you don’t flush them. You tip them over the toilet so the poop falls into the loo and then put the liner in your diaper bucket to be washed with everything else. Fleece liners have the added bonus of being stay dry so baby’s skin will feel dry even if the diaper is wet. Some diapers have a built in fleece lining so an extra liner is not necessary.

Liners can move out of position whilst your putting the diaper on, especially if you have a particularly wriggly baby, so it’s a good idea to poke around the edges of the diaper once its on to make sure the liner is still in place.

Still confused? Send us an email to [email protected] or give us a call and we’ll help you out.

There are numerous ways to fold flat and prefold diapers. You may even come up with your own unique way! Here are a few of the most popular ways:

How to fold Flats (Terry Squares, Muslins)

The Jo Fold
This is a very simple yet effective fold. It is particularly great for newborns especially when done with a muslin as it makes a very trim, fast drying diaper. Double up with 2 muslins together for extra absorbency.

  1. Fold all corners in to the middle to make a smaller square. If the diaper ends up being too big, you can fold the comers past the centre (as shown in the second row of images below) to make it smaller:
  2. Fold the square into thirds by folding the left side to the right and the right side to the left:
  3. Unfold the back corners:
  4. Place baby on the diaper. Pull the centre through babys legs and the sides around to the front. Secure with a Snappi:

How to fold Prefolds

The Pad Fold
The easiest way for newborns and girls is to fold the prefold into thirds. Lay the diaper with the two parallel stitched lines running horizontally and fold over each other as shown in the diagram. Lay on top of a waterproof cover and fasten securely to the baby.

As the prefold is not secured around baby, but instead held in place but the wrap there is a greater tendency for containment issues. Its important to use a gusseted wrap such as Blueberry coverall/mini coverall when doing the pad fold as this increases containment.

The Boy Fold
If you have a boy, folding the prefold to create extra padding in front, where they wet more can be more effective. Lay on top of a waterproof cover and fasten securely to the baby.

The Angel Wing Fold
A more secure fold allows you to secure the prefold around baby using a Snappi. Fold the prefold in 3 as in the Pad Fold, then at the back of the diaper, open out the flaps to create a Y shape. Put baby on the prefold and bring the narrow front part through baby’s legs. Bring the sides around baby’s waist and secure with a Snappi. Again you will need a separate waterproof wrap. A gusseted wrap is still recommended.

Caring for you diapers properly will ensure they last a long time, perform well, keep your laundry bill to a minimum, and reduce environmental impact. Caring for cloth diapers is simple, but there are a number of factors to consider.

Here is a step by step guide to washing your cloth diapers:

  • Remove dirty diaper from baby (remember to use laundry tabs on hook & loop diapers).
  • Tip any poop down the toilet (along with flushable liner if using one) and flush. Pre-weaned poop doesn’t tend to smell and shouldn’t be an issue if some is on the diaper when it goes in the bucket. Weaned poop however is different! If the liner donesnt catch it all, you hold the diaper over the toilet and use the hose next to your toilet (butt washer!) to remove any extra poop that missed the liner.
  • Put the diaper and washable liner (if using) in the diaper bucket and replace the lid. Un-soiled disposable liners can also go in the bucket and be re-used once clean if not damaged.
  • On wash day, remove the mesh bag from inside your diaper bucket or wet bag and put the whole lot in the washing machine.
  • OPTIONAL: run a “prewash” cycle or “rinse and spin” cycle to remove any excess poop. This will also help all the diapers to fall out the bag and inserts to fall out the diapers prior to the main wash.
  • Add ½ to ¼ recommended amount of your usual detergent, NO FABRIC SOFTNER, and run a 40C – 60C wash. The diapers will fall out the mesh bag and inserts should all fall out the diapers during the wash (if not already done in a pre wash). Some people suggest using vinegar instead of fabric softener as it has been traditionally used as a diaper soak. However many diaper manufacturers now specify that Vinegar, Bicarbonate of Soda, Nappisan, Bleach or harsh stain removers should never be used with cloth diapers as they can corrode the diaper fabric. Bamboo is an especially delicate fabric and is particularly susceptible to harsh chemicals.
  • OPTIONAL: put diapers in the tumble drier for 10 mins. This can help to soften the diapers without drying them fully in the tumble drier. Tumble drying is the single most costly part of washing, both financially and environmentally. Covers should not be tumble dried.
  • Shake diapers out thoroughly and hang diapers on an airer until dry. If possible, put them in the sun but make sure the waterproof layers are not in direct sun as this can cause them to crack and render them useless. This will help to dry them faster and also bleach out any stains in the diapers if any (its magic!).
  • Once dry, re-assemble the diapers so they are ready for use next time. Stuff inserts back in to pocket diapers, put liners in where needed and fold any muslins, terries or prefolds ready for use.

New diapers
New diapers should always be washed at least twice before use. This ensures they are thoroughly clean before use, but more importantly increases their absorbancy. On average it takes 5 washes for diapers to reach their full absorbancy, but 2 washes will ensure they are absorbant enough to use. Simply put the diapers in the washing machine (with hook & loop laundry tabs fastened) and run a 40C – 60C wash with ½ – ¼ usual amount of detergent. At the end of the cycle run another wash, theres no need to dry in between. After the second wash, just hang them out to dry. You need to prewash all absorbant parts of your diaper system, this includes diapers, inserts, boosters, fleece liners.

Soaking
Soaking pre-cleans the diaper and stops stains from setting in. This can be helpful, however the downside is that your diaper bucket will quickly smell when you take the lid off. You also have to dispose of the dirty water and deal with a dripping, soaking bag of diapers on wash day. It is important to never soak coverss as this will ruin their waterproofing. If you choose to soak your diapers, you can use a drop of lavender or tea tree oil in the bucket to lessen the smell. Remember to NEVER use vinegar or Bicarbonate of Soda to soak you diapers as they will cause the fabric to deteriorate quickly. If you don’t soak, as majority of people now-a-days don’t, you can keep dirty wraps in the bucket with the diapers, and its much easier to transfer the diapers to the washing machine on laundry day. You can still use a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil on your mesh bag to reduce any smell, or alternatively you can soak a muslin in warm water with a few drops of essential oil and place in on top of your diapers in the bucket or stick a disposable breast pad or panty liner to the inside of your diaper bucket lid and put a few drops of tea tree on it! If you’re worried about stains, they will usually be bleached out by the sun if you dry your diapers outside or even next to a window.

Biological or Non-biological Detergent
Whether you use biological or non-biological detergent is really your choice. If your from the UK you’ll likely have been told that you should only use non-bio washing powder for all of your babies things. However, the UK is one of the only countries that sells non-bio washing powder! Whichever washing powder you choose to use for washing your babies clothes, bed linen etc can be used for washing you babies diapers. Just make sure it doesn’t contain fabric softener.

Having said that, some biological detergents contain an enzyme called “cellulase” which can have a degrading effect on cellulose fibres like bamboo and cotton. This is particularly severe if combined with high heat such as in a tumble drier. For this reason we would urge caution when using biological detergent, and in the case of bamboo fabrics would recommend the use of non-bio washing powder.

You can use EcoBalls instead of detergent if you wish. After a few washes you will notice you clothes and diapers are much softer but you will not get the bright white you are used to with detergent. If this puts you off you could “mix and match” and do occasional washes with detergent to brighten your whites. Coverss should not be washed using EcoBalls as the ionizing agents in them may reduce the life span of the waterproof laminate interior.

What Temperature?
The Real diaper Association recommends washing diapers at 60C in order to sterilize them thoroughly. This is generally not necessary all the time, washing the diapers regularly at 40C with the occasional 60C wash to sterilize them is more than adequate. However, if your baby is under 3 months old, has repeated rashes or skin sensitivity, is ill, if you use eco balls rather than detergent, or more than one child are wearing the same diapers, you should always wash at 60C.

Covers in particularly should not be washed regularly at high temperatures (above 60C) and should not be tumble dried where possible. This is particularly true of Velcro wraps as the Velcro will get damaged. If you prefer you can put your wraps in with your family washing.

Stains
Stain removing products should not be used on your cloth diapers, particularly on bamboo fabrics as they are very delicate. The best way to get rid of stains on any fabric is to simply put the diaper in the sun, (stain towards the sun). The sun magically bleaches even the most stubborn stains in no time at all. If you don’t have outside space, in front of a sun-facing window is fine. Try it, its genius!

Many parents like the idea of having their newborn in cloth from day 1, but its difficult to know what size/weight your baby will be before he/she is born! If you have a 10lb-er they would barely fit into newborn diapers and could probably go straight into birth-to-potty diapers without them being too bulky. If you have a 6lb-er or less they would be completely swamped by most birth-to-potty diapers and would definitely benefit from newborn diapers for a good few months. Couple that with being a first time mum and a first time cloth diaper user and you could have a whole load of confusion!

Starting to use cloth diapers when you are ready to do so will significantly increase your chance of getting on with them. In principle, it is no more difficult than using disposables but when you are over-tired and over-whelmed in those early days the last thing you need to do is put yourself under extra pressure, especially if you have less than supportive skeptical family and friends in the background. You may prefer to wait until you have recovered from the birth and are feeling a bit more human and settled before starting cloth. Many mums choose to use disposables in hospital and change over once home, or once the merconium poos have stopped, or once the chord has fallen off. You can switch over gradually or in one go. It is entirely up to you.

Newborn babies need their diapers changing a lot! Especially if breastfed and have runny explosive poos. About every 2 hours, and even more frequently if they’ve soiled their diaper in-between changes (or even during changes!). In general, diapers that are fitted around baby (rather than pad folded) offer far more protection against explosive breast-fed poo as they are more secure around the leg, back and tummy. Therefore shaped diapers or folded muslins/terries secured with a snappi are preferable. All of these diapers need a separate outer cover. Newborn all-in-one diapers are also available and are easy to use as they go on just like a disposable. I used a mixture of newborn all-in-one diapers (mostly in the day) and newborn shaped diapers with a cover (mostly at night as I found them easier to boost for longer (hopefully!) sleeps). And a few muslin squares with snappi and cover as back-ups in case I fell short!

If you’ve decided to use newborn cloth diapers you can use the opportunity to try out different brands/styles/fastenings to help you decided what you like best and will suit your baby best for the next stage. You’ll probably find that you have a favorite ‘go to’ brand/style/fastening and others stay at the back of the pile. We recommend you have about 20 diapers for a newborn. Be it 14 all-in-ones and 6 shaped diapers with 2 wraps OR 20 shaped diapers with 4 wraps OR 20 all-in-ones. Muslin squares or prefolds make a great slim, quick drying, cheap newborn diapers. They do require folding though so may not suit everyone for full-time use. I used them as back-ups, and were (are) always in my diaper bag just in case. You could also just get a few cloth diapers to try while you decide what you like and use disposables/muslins in-between until you top-up your stash. Alternatively, we offer newborn hire-kits too which allow you to try all the different types, fastenings and materials before committing to your own diapers.
Decisions, decisions..

Along the same line as cloth diapers, many people choose to use cloth wipes. They are much more effective at cleaning up messes than disposable wipes as the fabric is more textured, and YOU choose what you dampen them. With disposable wipes you get what you’re given, which usually involves a lot of chemicals and perfumes. Ever noticed that after you’ve handled a disposable wipes your hands smell of them for most of the day?! That residue also stays on your babys skin too. It’s quite worrying that disposable baby wipes are also the best thing for removing crayon or ballpoint pen scribbles from your walls, and for making leather shoes shine too, and thats what we’re expected up use on our delicate newborns bum? no thank you!

There are countless ideas of recipes for cloth wipes solutions on the internet. Below are a some of my favourite, however you can just use water, and in the first couple of months, it is recommended you ONLY use water. As for how many wipes you need, thats a personal choice but somewhere between 20-40 is plenty for most people.

Most cloth wipes solutions are made up of 4 main components or less.

  1. Water – the main part of the solution, used to dilute the other ingredients to make them suitable to use on baby’s skin.
  2. Oil – helps to moisturize the skin and keep it soft. Also acts are a barrier to pee and poop.
  3. Essential Oils – an optional way to benefits from essential oils natural properties such as antibacterial, anti fungal, soothing, calming. Always choose they purest essential oils, organic where possible, and only use a few drops. Be sure to check the types of oil you are using is safe to use with babies – EO’s are very potent and can be very harmful if used incorrectly.
  4. Soap – an optional ingredient used to cleanse the skin and remove pee and poop. I recommend the Four Cow Farm Baby wash as it is a natural castile soap.

Almond ‘n’ Chamomile
1 chamomile tea bag brewed in 2 cups hot water
2 teaspoons almond oil
Allow to cool before using on baby

Anti-Fungal
1 cup water
1/4 cup white vinegar (do not use if baby has a raw rash)
1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon calendula oil
3 drops tea tree oil (do not use on young babies)
3 drops lavender oil

Chamomile & Honey
1 chamomile tea bag brewed in 2 cups hot water
1 teaspoon honey
Allow to cool before using on baby

Coconut Oil Solution
2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon Four Cow Farm baby wash (optional)
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Essential Oil Solution
2 cups warm water
2 drops Tea Tree Oil (do not use on young babies)
2 drops Lavender Essential Oi1
1 Tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
1 Tablespoon Calendula Oil
2 Tablespoon Four Cow Farm Baby Wash (optional)

Coconut & Grape Seed
2 cups warm water
1 tablespoons Four Cow Farm baby wash
1 tablespoon coconut oil
15 drops grapefruit seed extract
This is a great natural remedy for Candida, which can cause diaper rash.

Tea Tree and Lavender
2 cups water
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon Four Cow Farm baby wash
3 drops tea tree oil (do not use on young babies)
3 drops lavender oil
Great for preventing and treating diaper rash

Witch Hazel and Lavender
2 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon witch hazel
4 drops lavender essential oil

Vitamin E Solution
2 cups water
2 drops tea tree oil
2 drops lavender oil
2 drops chamomile oil
2 vitamin E capsules emptied into solution.

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