Stuff: Cloths and wipes

You’ll need to wipe up an awful lot of ming as a parent; be prepared.

What is it?

Pieces of fabric (or disposable wipes) that you can use to catch vomit, clean faces, and wipe off poo.

Do I need one?

Oh yeah. Babies make mess. That’s one of the things you need to come to terms with at an early stage to really chill out and pursue lazy parenting.

  • They’ll throw up on their clothes, your clothes, the bed, your hair.
  • You need to properly clean and dry your baby’s bum when you change their nappy.
  • Their fingers are perpetually sticky from weaning to the age of 25.

How do I get one?

You can buy baby wipes from most shops. But to me the problems with baby wipes are that:

  •  they work out pretty pricey
  • like all disposables, they’re bad for the planet
  • they’re a bit minging. They’re chock full of various substances and smell funny, and are not something I want having contact with my baby’s skin. Or mine, for that matter.

Fortunately, old bits of cloth are softer, and easy to get for free – then just chuck them into the huge amounts of laundry you’ll be doing anyway. We did buy a length of terry towelling from a fabric shop, but got best use out of a cut up old bed sheet. Just cut into squares of varying sizes.

Much like we’ve mixed and matched with nappies, we’ve bought baby wipes from time to time, and we try and get the good ones when we do. Beaming Baby do organic/earth friendly wipes, and you can also buy Water Wipes from many supermarkets – baby wipes that are saturated almost entirely just with water.

How much are they?

Old bits of cloth come free – even if you’ve nothing you can cut up yourself, you should be able to get something from Freegle. Water wipes are about £3 a packet.

What are the alternatives?

There isn’t one really. You’re going to have to do a lot of cleaning and wiping, and you’ll need something to do it with.

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