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Anyone considering cloth wipes and/ or diapers?

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Zahrah5 Sun 18-Jan-15 22:25:47

I think Im already sold on the idea of reusable washable baby wipes.
There are 3 main reasons:
1) i am conscious about chemicals in common wipes and cosmetic.
2) looks like they clean much better than disposables
3) financial, of course

The Cheeky Wipes set looks really neat.

Not sure about cloth diapers yet, looks like overkill but it would make sense to run one wash together for diapers and wipes.

I would probably combine with disposables when conveniet- out of the house?

Anyone else considering and pondering over this?

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Sun 18-Jan-15 22:28:18

We have used them for all three.

Happy to answer any questions on our experience. smile

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Sun 18-Jan-15 22:28:42

All three CHILDREN that should say.grin

blackwidow74 Sun 18-Jan-15 22:34:27

I'm planning on a mix of disposable while out and about and cloth indoors smile

AliceInHinterland Sun 18-Jan-15 22:35:29

I recommend the Cheeky Wipes kit, it really does clean better. I would order extra wipes if you can, they come in handy for all kinds of things (stuffing in bra at night, now baby led weaning mess). I wasn't great at using reuseable nappies, but we were out and about a lot so I got lazy. When I did use them, I used disposables at night. I do wish I had made more effort with them though, I dread to think what horrible chemicals are in disposables. Good luck!!

SaucyMare Sun 18-Jan-15 22:41:03

I was really considering cloth nappies, right until i thought about cloth sanitary towels, realised i would never voluntarily wear them, so couldn't use them on my baby.

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Sun 18-Jan-15 22:43:45

Erm, I don't get that.confused I don't think any baby has a disposable preference.

BlueChampagne Sun 18-Jan-15 22:47:25

Used them on both of my boys. Standard 'disposable' wipes wash well too - hmm, how disposable are they then?

SaucyMare washable nappies and sanitary towels have been used for hundreds of years ... Do disposables coincide with a rise in the rate of allergies?

callamia Sun 18-Jan-15 22:47:56

That's some strange logic about reusable nappies and sanitary towels right there. We use reusable nappies and they're excellent. We tried a few different types, and I think they've been such good value for money. We've been using them for about a year, and have already saved more than we would have spent on disposables.

I use water wipes and shove them in the wash with the nappies - they last ages. You can see why they clog up sewers so badly!

AliceInHinterland Sun 18-Jan-15 23:05:02

Not totally relevant, but my babe looked so much cuter in reuseables too! Absolutely gorgeous, and worth buying some stretchy leggings etc to go over them.

ChickenMe Sun 18-Jan-15 23:11:57

I'm interested. OH isn't. So I'm not sure how to manage that.
I've read the Cheeky Wipes site. OH can't cope with the idea of poo floating around. But I loathe baby wipes and they are shit at wiping bottoms anyway! (who throws them down the loo?! Rank).
I recycle all old clothing into dusters. Can you use that sort of thing for cleaning the baby too?
What about biodegradable nappies?

Zahrah5 Sun 18-Jan-15 23:14:19

Thanks everyoneone for your replies.

With the wipes, is wipe warmer neccesary? Do the wipes soaked in plastic container get too cold at room temperature?

Anyone has used nappy library or know exactly how they work. Looks like I have local nappy and sling library, but Im not very social and dont have experience with parenting groups.

AliceInHinterland Sun 18-Jan-15 23:38:16

I didn't use a warmer, apparently they can get too used to it! When they are newborn they tend to hate nappy changes regardless - I had to swaddle my DS's arms to calm him down! I'm not very social either but it's different when you have a baby... You run out of things to do with them and need to go out, all small talk can be baby-based so it's easier. By definition most users of the nappy/sling library won't have a clue, I'm sure they'll be very helpful.

avocadotoast Sun 18-Jan-15 23:43:21

Yes! I want to use them. I haven't convinced DH yet though.

Have you heard of The Nappy Lady? There's a questionnaire on her site that you can fill in to get advice. I'm just waiting to hear back now.

Jaffakake Mon 19-Jan-15 08:25:44

I used Cheeky Wipes last time & will be again. They're so much more effective at getting poo off, you're so much less likely to get it on your hands! - maybe that'll convince your oh. Once the poo is in the box, you don't touch it again. I must have saved a fortune too.

Later, when weaning I bought a box for hands and faces. It worked a treat.

I did try nappies, bought a trial pack from someone, it might've been the nappy lady. It didn't work for us - I wasn't well afterwards & ds pees for England! I sold that trial pack on eBay & got almost the full amount back.

Try it & see what works for you.

InfantHercules Mon 19-Jan-15 08:36:06

Planning on using both reusable wipes and nappies. Due in April however, so no real experience to date! Can't bear the thought of 4,000 nappies in landfill with my name on them. Each to their own. We will try our best to make them work. Luckily DH is fully on board too. Good luck with whatever you decide! Bound to be days when the poonami gets the better of you either way! smile

ruth1104 Mon 19-Jan-15 08:40:31

I just started using cheeky wipes and washable nappies, i think the nappies will take a few goes to get to grips with but the wipes are great! Much better and quicker than cotton wool or wipes, and less gross than i thought they would be (probably wouldn't have bought them myself, a friend gave them to me and I'm very grateful)

VikingLady Mon 19-Jan-15 08:55:09

We used disposables with DD but will be using reusable a with the new baby. I had to use wipes on myself once when we ran out if loo roll and they stung! So if they are uncomfortable for me, no wonder DDfought nappy changes - especially when she had nappy rash!

Minithemoocher Mon 19-Jan-15 08:58:43

We use gnappies with our dd. They do biodegradable inserts if you don't want to wash. We find it no bother at all though, we just rinse them before going in a normal wash.

Teeste Mon 19-Jan-15 10:34:20

Wow! Gnappies look brilliant - if they work!

Is it just me or are Cheeky Wipes just flannels in tupperware?

jeee Mon 19-Jan-15 10:43:33

I used cloth nappies for all my four children....

Don't buy anything until after your baby's born. For several reasons:

(1) Newborns poo frequently. One of my DC got through 27 nappies in one 24 hour period.
(2) You will be tired... and the extra work that reusables make could be the final straw.
(3) A pile of unused reusable nappies will make you feel guilty.

Once your baby has stopped pooing every five minutes, then make any decision about cloth nappies. Without guilt or pressure.

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Mon 19-Jan-15 10:43:53

They are. You can make your own. But they are hemmed and fit the box etc so for me they were worth not having to bother with assembly!

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Mon 19-Jan-15 10:45:03

I don't really understand gnappies. No inserts are fully biodegradable in landfill and you still have washing. Am I missing something confused

CilkieWallins Mon 19-Jan-15 10:50:44

Agree that Cheeky Wipes are essentially flannels in Tupperware, but we've used them for our 2 year old from about 1 month in - they are way more effective than disposable baby wipes for cleaning poo, although we use disposable wipes when out and about. He has mild eczema but has never reacted to the wipe solution, and we never warmed them. We'll use them again with our daughter once she's out of the cotton wool and water stage! Didn't use cloth nappies though.

Teeste Mon 19-Jan-15 10:53:54

Thanks Penguin. It's just I already have tupperware and essential oils (plus a sewing machine), and flannels are dirt cheap so I might just make my own smile

I like the look of gnappies (preg with my first so no real experience) because they seem to be a compromise between disposables and cloth nappies. I know my own skin is incredibly sensitive and would prefer as much cotton next to it as possible, and that's something I'd like to do for my baby. But having heard horror stories from when my mum used proper old-fashioned folding cloth ones ('I had to scrape the poo off!'), the disposable liner seems like a really good idea!

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