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Wash cloths make great reusable wipes
There's no getting around the fact that your baby's bottom needs to be cleaned several times a day. And as many a new mom finds out, baby wipes can really put a dent in your wallet. But that doesn't have to be the case. There are some easy things you can do to save your money—and put it toward more vital baby essentials.
1. Use a wet washcloth. This is the best way to save on wipes and it does the trick just as well. To cut down on laundry you can give it a quick hand wash and rinse after each use, but you'll probably want to use a fresh one for a poopie diaper.
2. Make your own. It's not very hard at all (see recipes below) and it will save you some serious cash.
3. Tear store-bought wipes in half, if you have a favorite brand that you can't bear to part with. They're so big to begin with, you'll be generating less waste. Plus they're easier to use on smaller babies.
4. Re-think your brand. Juju_Mommy, a blogger at The Dollar Stretcher, says to check out the toiletry section in Walmart. You'll find cheap wipes there that aren't sold in the baby section. She reviewed them all and found that the best cheap brand is White Cloud Cotton Soft Cloths, which cost about $1.25 for a pack of 80.
5. Check out thrifty mommy blogs like Deal Seeking Mom. This week she gives links to coupons for Huggies Wipes (46 cents after coupon) and Seventh Generation Wipes (should be free after coupon!). There are deals there for lots of other baby products as well.
MAKE YOUR OWN BABY WIPES
"I use an old wipes box and put about a cup of warm water in it, then add 2 to 3 ounces of coconut oil (it's gentle on sensitive skin and effective against rashes), an ounce of vegetable glycerin (natural skin protector and preservative), about five drops of vitamin E oil (a skin-soothing natural preservative), and a few drops each of rosemary and tea tree essential oils. I just use cloth wipes with this solution." — KayMMIV
"Put 1.5 cups of water, 4 to 6 drops of tea tree oil, and 2 to 3 drops of apricot oil (optional) in a spray bottle. I also just poured it into a wipes warmer for the first few weeks after my son was born, it keeps the solution nice and warm. The tea tree oil is a natural anti-microbial, but I would replace it once a week if you don't run out. Take two layers of flannel and sew them together to make wipes, they are about 4"x6". For solid food poops,you can make wipes with fleece on one side and flannel on the other (it falls off the fleece). Throw them in the laundry—no problem." — AlaskaMommy47
"I make this recipe and my baby has never had a rash or dry skin. You'll need 2 cups of boiled (filtered or distilled) water; 1 Tbsp castile soap; 3 Tbsp soybean oil; 4 to 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Add castile soap to slightly cooled boiled water. Whisk for a few seconds; then whisk in 1 Tbsp of soybean oil at a time. Let cool for a few minutes: Add 4-5 drops of lavender essential oil. Saturate paper towels (about half a roll; double the recipe for an entire roll) with this solution. Keep wipes fresh in fridge." — ellieT
How do you save money on baby wipes? Do you have a recipe you'd like to share?