Baby Wipes Shortage: a Solution

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If you’ve got a baby, like me, and they tend to poop in their diapers, like mine does, then you need a safe easy effective way to clean that poop off their rear-end (and thighs, and back, and everything else…) But with Covid-19 running rampant and preppers getting ahold of the last package of baby wipes, toilet paper, and paper towels, what are we supposed to clean off our babies with?

Allow a cloth diapering mom of 3+ years share a small piece of crunchy wisdom. You likely already have everything you need in your house, so you won’t have to run out to the store crawling with viruses.

Cloth wipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 of the million receiving blankets you got at the baby shower
  • Water
  • Castile soap (or baby body wash – just something liquid and pretty basic with no extra whatevers added)
  • Any food grade oil – coconut, olive, jojoba, grapeseed, etc…
  • for extra flare some essential oils like: melaleuca/tea tree, frankincense, lavender
  • A jar
  • Scissors
  • Wipe warmer or Tupperware with lid
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Make the wipes:

  1. Cut up the receiving blanket into aprx. 5in x 5in squares (or whatever somewhat straight shape emerges when you’re done)
  2. Lay one “wipe” flat
  3. Lay a second wipe over half of the first one. fold the first one over the second one.
  4. Lay a third wipe over the overlapping area of wipes 1 and 2. fold the second wipe over the overlapping area of the wipes. (see pictures for visual representation)
  5. Continue until you’ve got a good stack of them. place the stack in your wipe warmer or any Tupperware container
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Make the wipe solution:

  1. Fill your jar aprx. 2/3rds with warm to hot water
  2. Spoon or pour in aprx 1/2 cup of oil (if it’s coconut oil, it’ll probably stay solid which is why I recommend warm water and a wipe warmer to help it dissolve)
  3. Fill up the jar with Castile soap – I like Dr. Bronner’s, and you can buy whatever scent you like or just have it plain – or baby friendly gentle liquid soap of your choice
  4. Add about 20 drops of essential oils if that’s your thing
  5. Seal the jar, give it a good shake, pour over your waiting cloth wipes in the container of your choosing.

Enjoy your moisturized, clean, and practically sourced baby buns!

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Karli Haviland
I am a Flagstaff local from toddlerhood. I went to FALA for high school and graduated from NAU with a BA in Secondary English Education. I married my high school sweetheart, and together we’re building our life with our toddler Moira, whom I stay at home with full time. My passion is working with pregnant people during their journey to and through birth and post partum as a birth doula and birth photographer, and I work with another doula in town to provide those services to the Flagstaff community. I dance and perform with a Modern Dance company several times a year, and I teach baby & me music and dance classes around town weekly. I enjoy reading, hiking with friends, and playing Zelda in my spare time.

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