Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's Potty Time - Reusable Homemade Wet Diaper Wipes

Noah has been doing so well with EC (Elimination Communication). I'm not terrific at reading his signals yet, but he is terrific at screaming until I get it right. Haha, today was really the first day he had to yell to get my attention. I acted totally clueless when he was trying to tell me he wanted to go to the bathroom and I was spacing it. All was well once I put him on the toilet. Zero poopy diapers today! Hooray for Noah.

But after traveling this weekend and missing a couple potty opportunities, we definitely wished we had some reusable wet wipes (and I mean pre-wet wipes, not dry ones that I would have to run under water or spray with a squirt bottle). We ended up buying some disposable ones and used them more than once. I decided after the second poopy diaper, that I had to make my own.

24 reusable wet wipes ended up costing us $.99 + the cost of 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of liquid baby soap! Here's how:

On the way home, we stopped at Good Will and I found a flannel receiving blanket that I liked. Today, I cut it up into 24 pieces. Since it was a nice flanel one, I didn't even have to sew up the sides. I folded the pieces so that they overlapped each other and would pull up out of a reusable huggies diaper wipe box in a continuous string like the disposable ones do.

Reusable Diaper Wipes Solution (for approximately 24 wipes):
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon liquid baby soap (I used baby mild bronners and would recommend reducing to 1 teaspoon since it is concentrated.)

Soak the wipes in the mixture and lightly squeeze out excess. Store in diaper wipe box that has a secure lid.

These are awesome and so much more convenient. Since I don't throw away dirty diapers anymore, the extra step of finding a trash can for disposable diaper wipes is awkward. I never thought that something disposable would actually be inconvenient. After I use one, I just throw it in the dirty diaper bag.

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