How to Make Homemade Disposable Baby Wipes and Natural Wipe Solution
Last month I was driven to find a natural alternative to regular store-bought baby wipes mainly because my daughter didnt seem to like the wipes I was using (the Target brand). She constantly grabbed at herself down there while I tried to wipe her (trying to stop me, I believe), cried pitifully, and generally gave me a hard time about it. At first I thought she was just being difficult (shes always been restless and doesnt like being still), but it didnt take me long to figure out that they were irritating her. There was no rash, but something was bothering her.
This is probably TMI, but my ultimate test was using them on myself to see if they bothered me. And they did! I couldnt help but feel bad maybe I should be trying these products on myself before using them on my babys sensitive skin. But at least now I know.
So I did an internet search for natural baby wipes. My one problem was that I didnt want to spend a ton of money on natural wipes that were disposable. And they do get expensive. So I decided that making my own wipes was the way to go. Ive been wanting to go more green and organic, anyway.
In my research, Ive come across some great resources that I will share at the end of this post but right now Im going to show you how to make your own simple baby wipes and wipes solution!
Now, this is only one option. There are many different ways to do this, but Im going to show you what works best for me.
Collect the following:
100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oil (I use Young Livings Gentle Baby Blend, a gift from a good friend)
Olive oil or Baby oil (so that the wipes will gently glide over babys skin)
Water (shouldnt be hard to find 😉
A spray bottle (or a squirt bottle)
Soft paper towels
Fill the bottle with water, and add a small amount of olive/baby oil and one or two drops of essential oil.
You can cut the paper towels in half using a serrated knife so that they will be a convenient size for using as baby wipes. I did this myself the first time and it is hard! Thankfully, my hubby did it (without my even asking!) the second time. It didnt take him near as long, either. lol
I pre-tear the paper towels and put them into my reusable baby wipe container so that theyre all ready to grab and spray. You can also keep the paper towel roll in the container and tear as you go if you wish.
Now when youre ready to use them, just grab a paper towel wipe, spray a bit of wipe solution onto the paper towel, and wipe!
You can also soak your paper towels in the solution so that all you have to do is grab and wipe, but that didnt work so well for me. Maybe with heavy-duty paper towels, it would work better. But I feel that my method works well for me and I dont waste any solution or paper towels.
Oh, and you can also use gentle baby wash in the mix, even in place of the essential oil (that would be sad, though). There really are a lot of different ideas out there. Just google How to make your own baby wipes and see what you come up with!
This ended up being a wonderful alternative for us, one Im really happy with. Emma calmed down and doesnt cry anymore when I wipe her. Shes totally relaxed now. And, its great not to have to buy wipes! The only thing you do have to buy is a bottle of essential oil, though thats not entirely necessary, either. I just love the scent, and its also formulated to calm baby. I believe it works. 🙂 And a little goes a LONG way. Its pretty potent, I only use one or two drops in my solution. You can also use it in babys bath and put it on their favorite toy at bedtime to help relax them.
Note: Make sure that if you buy essential oil, buy the stuff that is PURE this is something youre putting on your babys bottom. It needs to be the real stuff, 100% pure. Not all oils are safe enough to be put directly onto the skin!
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