As a parent, you may be trying to find ways to make your everyday life and routine with your little one, more eco-friendly. Luckily, parents now have more choices of reusable, eco-conscious options they can use for their children, like reusable baby wipes. Here is the ultimate guide on how to use reusable baby wipes.
For many, reusing wipes can be a slightly overwhelming transformation. If you way on the benefits you provide to not only the earth but your little one, it’s worth it.
Why are Cloth Reusable Baby Wipes Better?
As mentioned, reusable wipes have the obvious benefits to our ecosystem. It helps reduce the amount of disposable wipes that are still commonly used in households. The benefits don’t stop there either.
Babies have sensitive skin, but especially with little ones who suffer from skin irritations, such as eczema. Using disposable wipes can actually cause further harm and irritation to their skin. They tend to have the harsh plastics in them.
If your baby suffers from skin problems, then changing to reusable alternatives is a great choice. You may even find that changing your wipes can help further improve their skin. Pair them with cloth nappies too. They are complete with materials such as bamboo or soft cottons.
Here at Cheeky Wipes, we also provide essential oils that work alongside the cloth wipes. It can help soothe and soften the skin. An option you can’t choose when using disposable wipes.
Cost is of course a benefitting factor with reusable wipes. They last for a much longer time period, compared to any disposable option.
If you are a beginner, or looking into purchasing cloth nappies then considering a starter kit, or bundle is a fantastic option as they help you to begin the journey of reusable alternatives, and you can see if this is the preferred method you want to pursue.
Use & Storage
You are free to leave your wipes either dry or wet, but many parents do like to keep theirs soaked before use.
If you are looking to keep your wipes wet, then you can simply leave them in water. You may wish to add a couple of drops of essential oils. (But do make sure you are choosing an option that is from expert retailers.)
When looking specifically at storage, you have a range of options.
If you are keeping them stored at home, containers are a great option as they are sealed and contained. You can have one for your clean wipes and one for your mucky wipes until they are ready for the wash. In terms of travel, have a clean mesh bag and a mucky mesh bag. It is a much simpler option to travel around with.
When washing your cloth nappies, you need to make sure they are placed on a more cooler wash, with ours specifically we recommend around 60 degrees, as that will kill any lingering germs or bacteria.
You can either choose to wash your cloth wipes on their own, or you can place them in with any towels or bedding you also need to wash, alongside a detergent that doesn’t contain harsh fragrant, fabric softeners.
Naturally drying your cloth wipes is the best option as UV light helps to break down any remaining organic stains and even helps to preserve and brighten your wipes.
You can place them on an airer, or use the world’s sun rays to dry your cloth wipes. Using these more natural drying methods is preferred. But when looking at tumble drying, look to see if they are tumble dryer safe. Air drying them will always be better for the planet, and your household costs too!
Just think about how many baby wipes you use in a day! Now think about all the cleaning up from the messy baby you use those wipes for too! There are not just for messy hands, faces and bottoms! When it comes time to wean your baby you will be relieve that you use reusable baby wipes.
Cloth wipes are a fantastic alternative, but you may be hesitant on taking the leap of faith. However, the benefits are endless, not only for you, but for your baby too.