A better question would be, why not? You’re already using cloth diapers, for a wide variety of reasons – environmental, cost savings, convenience, and keeping chemicals away from your baby’s sweet tush. Cloth wipes take it one step further.
One of the biggest reasons moms choose cloth diapers is to save money. Let’s face it, babies are expensive! Wipes are a small expense compared to some of the bigger items babies need, but every little bit counts.
So how much would using cloth wipes save you?
The average price of a baby wipe is $0.03/wipe*. Assuming a total of 5,340 diaper changes per baby** and 1 wipe/diaper change, that will cost you $160.20 in wipes alone. And those are conservative figures. That doesn’t count the diaper that requires 3-4 wipes, or the time you run out of wipes and have to get the tiny, expensive pack at the closest gas station, or the special trip you make to Target just for wipes where you end up spending $100 on other things.
are a one-time expense, costing between $20-$40, depending on the wipes you choose. You’ll need approximately 1.5 times the number of diapers you have to ensure that you won’t run out of cloth wipes before you do diaper laundry.
Now, $120 in savings may not seem like a lot of money, but that’s a car seat or a swing right there. And don’t forget all the other reasons listed above to use cloth wipes.How do cloth wipes work?
Cloth wipes are ridiculously simple. You can purchase some wipes and wipe solution, or you can make your own wipes. I have also used some thin, inexpensive baby washcloths that worked well.
Once you have your supplies and a baby with a dirty diaper, the process is straightforward.
Spray the cloth wipe with wipe solution
(or plain water, which I discovered works fine when I ran out of wipe solution). Remove the dirty diaper, wipe the baby with the moistened wipes, then toss them both into the diaper pail. When you wash your diapers, the wipes go right in the laundry with them.
On the go, I tuck a travel sized spray bottle of water and a few cloth wipes into the diaper bag and squirt the wipes right before each diaper change. It couldn’t be easier, and it just makes sense.*Price per wipe from Amazon.com.
**Assumptions made when calculating the number of diaper changes:
0-2 months: 10 diapers/day
2-6 months: 8 diapers/day
6-12 months: 6 diapers/day
12-30 months: 5 diapers/day
Potty trained at 30 months (2.5 years)