Thankfully this time around, I had the brilliant realization that cloth wipes were a much more reasonable solution. You have to wash the diapers anyways, and instinctively, you put the dirty wipes in the diapers, so why not cloth wipes? They go in with the regular diaper loads of laundry, and don't require any special treatment. There are several options for when you use them - the easiest is to run them under the tap when you need them. For the upcoming winter, I have opted to dampen them in advance and store in a wipes warmer. Others use a wipes solution in a spray bottle and spray it on baby or wipe at change time. The wipes I have been using are basic handmade squares of double layered flannel serged together. I made them from a stack of old receiving blankets I had kicking around in the baby-stuff-I-saved-for-our-second bin.
The wipes have held up very well, going through my usual diaper laundry routine of soak/wash/rinse/rinse and line dry (or occasionally in the dryer) without any ill effects. They have not shrunk or frayed AT ALL, which I'm impressed with because I am ALWAYS re-edging my homemade wipes because the corner where the serged edges meet is always fraying on those. Bummas wipes are also great to use as facecloths, cleaning up after mealtime, or wiping a runny nose. They also say on their packaging that they could be used as burp cloths, but I don't think that would work well for my little one because when she spits up, it tends to be an epic affair that goes from my shoulder to my elbow (and often ends up splatting on my hips, thighs, or calves, depending on how I'm standing or sitting). So for now, I'll stick to burping with a receiving blanket. If your little one doesn't spit up much though, using a Bummas for a burp cloth would definitely cut down on the bulk of cloth you would need to carry around with you in your diaper bag.
Bummas wipes come in 4 adorable colour combinations - the fabric is white cotton-woven terry velour, and the serged edges are done using bright beautiful colours. They used to have different colour fabrics and different coloured edges but it seems they are phasing this out on their site. They now have a "The Boys" set which is edged in shades of blue and green, a "The Girls" set that is edged in shades of pink and purple, a "The Calm Ones" set edged in shades of orange, brown, and green, and finally the "The Wild Ones" edged in ten different random shades of every colour under the rainbow. They are sold in sets of 10, and each set sells for $16.99. They ship worldwide, and accept paypal, so if you're reading this, you can buy them! Check out www.bummas.com for more pictures and information on their wipes.
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