Call me a sucker. When I first found out I was expecting, perhaps within the same hour of letting the future grandparents know, I was checking out suggestions for baby registries and recommended supply lists. Part of my drive to acquire all things Baby came from that age-old desire for new stuff. (Wasn’t it Thoreau who cautioned, “Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes”? Clearly, he was never pregnant.)
But an even larger measure of my drive was fueled by fear. I wanted to make sure that I had supplies on hand for every possible contingency – from poop to apocalypse – which turned out some days to be the same thing.
To simplify one of the many “must-have” purchasing decisions when it comes to baby needs, consider making your own baby wipes. I can think of four reasons why you should:
- To control what contacts your baby’s skin
- To save money
- To eliminate trips to the store
- To reduce trash with reusable wipes
What this solution costs for ingredients as shown:
$.09 Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap with Organic Oils
$.64 Dr. Bronner’s Organic & Fair Trade Coconut Oil
$.40 Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil.
$.31 Organic Lavender Essential Oil
For the disposable wipes shown (160 wipes on that half roll), add $.67 for each batch.
For the washable wipes shown (a stack of 15), add a one-time cost of $9.45.
These wipes are not just for babies or for bottoms. Keep them on hand to wipe anybody’s sticky hands or messy faces.
Ha! Take that, Baby Marketing Machine!
Special thanks to my niece Alora for her show-stealing cameo!
Wipes Solution Recipe
- 1 ½ c. (360 mL) warm distilled or filtered water
- 1 tsp. (5 mL) Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented Castile Liquid Soap
- 1 ½ Tbsp. (22 mL) Dr. Bronner’s Organic Coconut Oil, warmed to a liquid
- 9 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Add all liquid ingredients to a jar and shake well to combine.
- For Disposable: Place half a paper towel roll in a jar and pour the solution over. After a few minutes, pull the cardboard tube out of the middle. Wipes dispense from the middle.
- For Reusable: Pour solution into a small spray bottle. Spray baby’s bottom, and wipe with a soft cloth. OR Place soft cloths in a container or wipe warmer and pour solution over them.
You may also want to check out my post on Washing Cloth Diapers.