Making your own cloth baby wipes and healing wipes solution is a simple process that can save money and be profound for the health of your baby’s skin.
Protecting sensitive skin
The skin on a baby’s bottom is very sensitive and you want to be careful about what you use to clean it. Disposable wipes that you buy in the store tend to be filled with fragrances and preservatives that are harsh on the skin and contribute to irritation and rashes.
Even the “natural” brands still have a significant amount of preservatives in them (understandably so since a wet wipe does not have a very long shelf life and can easily grow bacteria or mold).
When you make wipes at home you can use healing oils that protect and heal the diaper area. You can also eliminate the need for chemical preservatives by making small batches.
Babies are so sensitive in the first three months, especially to fragrances, chemicals and even natural essential oils so it is best to keep it simple. After a poopy diaper, rinse the cloth under warm water and wipe. Remember that urine is sterile, so there is no need to wipe a baby after a wet diaper. Just let them air dry a bit before putting on a fresh diaper. When my babies reached 3 months of age, I began making my homemade healing wipes solution for a more thorough cleaning.
Using cloth wipes can save you a ton of money. I made my own cloth wipes using organic flannel that I bought at the fabric store. Simply cut the cloth into squares and hem the edges. You can also purchase ready-made cloth wipes.
When my kids were first born, I actually just used a wet cloth wipe to clean their bottoms.
Aloe vera is soothing, cooling and healing to the skin. It provides relief from itchy skin and rashes. It is also a nice anti-fungal which is helpful for the prevention and treatment of diaper rash. Make sure to get a liquid aloe vera for this recipe, rather than a gel (the gel is just the liquid aloe with a thickening agent added to it).
Witch Hazel Extract:
Witch Hazel Extract is soothing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and provides a nice preservative quality to the formula
Apricot Kernal Oil:
Apricot oil is a great moisturizer for sensitive skin.
Lavender or Tea Tree Essential Oil:
These oils are cleansing, antibacterial and are also natural preservatives. Lavender is specific for soothing red, irritated or inflamed skin. Tea tree is anti-fungal and can provide healing to skin that is prone to diaper rash. You can choose either oil, or use a combination of the two.
Store the solution in a spray bottle. It is nice to have a larger size for home use and a small travel size for the diaper bag. Simply spray the solution directly onto the bottom or onto the wipe and wipe baby clean.
About our guest…
Faith Rodgers is a certified herbalist. She studied herbalism and nutrition and the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder, CO. She is a mother of 3. She writes a blog about caring for your family naturally with herbal remedies, aromatherapy and homemade body care products. To learn more, visit her at thelittleherbal.com