I’ve been off and on using cloth diapers for a while now — about a year? Just recently I made a few more purchases and managed to up my cloth diaper stash to about 3o diapers or so.
This seems to be enough so that we only really have to wash once a week — about every 4 days or so. It’s working out really well for us right now. I still use disposable diapers at night, I have yet to find anything that I can even put on him for an extended NAP that will keep him dry, so overnight? It’s disposables all the way. But with only 1 or 2 diapers (depending on the need for a night change) each night, that’s less than one box of diapers a month. And i’m pretty proud that my entire cloth diaper stash only cost a little over $100. So between my cheap stash, saving a ton of money on the few disposables we do use, and only washing ONE time a week — it’s a TOTAL money saver!
Now, moving on to my NEWEST project!
I’ve ventured into the world of reusable baby wipes. You can get wipes like these or these on Amazon, for anywhere from $10 to $20 a pack — with an average of 10 to 12 per pack. And if you search on Etsy, you can find that lots of people make and sell reusable wipes, too. I took it a step further and decided to very SIMPLY make my own.
I picked up microfiber “dish” towels at the dollar store for $6/pack — 5 towels in each pack. Out of EACH towel, i was able to make 6 wipes. So for $6, I got 30 wipes. I cut them with scissors, and then just used the sewing machine to put an seam on the edge to prevent from fraying.
I searched all over the internet for the best way to “wet” the wipes. Lots of people soak them in a solution — but this seems both messy, and lots of comments revealed that this caused “moldy wipes.” So i followed something i saw in quite a few other places — i made my own solution to keep in a spray bottle. There are lots of “solution” recipes online, but the one i ultimately ended up following i got from Emily on JoyfulAbode.com. It consisted of just a simple mix of water and a few drops of lavender essential oil. I love this spray SO MUCH, that i’m tempted to use it on MY OWN skin, because yes — it’s that amazing!
With my cloth diapers, and my new cloth wipes and solution — i needed a cloth diaper friendly cream/diaper rash cream. There are a few i’ve found online and in stores, and i may ultimately end up buying one, but for now, I’m going with my newest obsession — coconut oil. It’s cloth diaper friendly, and can be used all over the body, too (along with 100’s of other things it can be used for!). So now i use it at EVERY diaper change, and all over at night before bed. (I even used it on myself last night — all over my legs, and growing tummy — and not only is my skin soft & smooth, it’s completely cleared a few “eczema” spots, and has started fade my bruises!).
Here’s a picture of our new diaper changing station:
This is in our bedroom on our dresser. I intend on keeping baby with us in our bedroom with us for atleast a year, so this will be the best place for it.
I recycled an old wipe container, and put the newly sewed reusable wipes inside. Each spray bottle cost about $1, plus about $10 for the bottle of lavender essential oil — which you only use a few drops in each spray bottle. The coconut oil cost about $12, you can do cheaper, but i bought the unrefined, organic virgin coconut oil. And of course there’s a container of powder, an all natural lotion, and a few newborn diapers in there, too.