When I decided to take up cloth diapering, it only made sense to switch to cloth wipes as well. Disposables cost money and the cheaper ones are usually filled with chemicals that can irritate a baby’s precious bum. But I’m a mom who loves convenience, so I wanted the cloth wipes to be as easy as disposables. I loved how disposables were pre-moistened, and easy to yank from a container.
At first I bought the expensive special cloth wipes, which were a total waste of money in my opinion. Then I asked my mommy friends what they use and they pointed me toward the plain old baby washcloths ($3.00/5 pack) from Target. Absolutely perfect. I sat down to fold them into the container, and I felt like I struck a bit of genius by realizing I could fold them so they worked in the pop-up container – popping up one-at-a-time – just like disposables… only better!
So here are my instructions for “Pop-Up Cloth Wipes.” Enjoy!
Step 1: Lay out the first cloth, then place the second cloth halfway over it
Step 2: Fold one cloth over the other
Step 4: Fold the opposite side over the cloth you just laid down (here we’ll fold the whales over)
Step 5: Keep laying and folding until you have a high enough stack
Step 6: Place the wipes in an old disposable “Pop Up” style container, or a wipes warmer. This old container is my favorite.
Step 7: Pour in your favorite cloth wipe solution, or make your own solution with this idea from Earth Mama Angel Baby.
Step 8: Voila! Close the container and pull the first wipe through.
You’ll enjoy the convenience of a one-at-a-time pop up wipe system just like disposables – except with cloth instead!
FINAL TIP: This works best for babies who are still going through diapers quite frequently and using many wipes in a day. If your baby isn’t using as many, you may want to make less, or skip the step where we pre-moisten them. Wet cloths get stinky after a couple days in a container, so only make as many as you can use in that time, or leave them dry and wet them as you need them.