When I was pregnant with Olive I became obsessed with creating a clean, healthy environment for my unborn babe. I did all of the research that I could on the healthiest and most natural ingredients and products that would touch or come near my baby. During this research one thing became pretty clear – most baby wipes have a lot of gross ingredients in them!
The idea of making my own baby wipes came to me as I delved into the world of cloth diapering. It is incredibly simple, and I swear has saved my baby’s bum from the horrible diaper rashes that you always hear about.
What you will need/ what I use:
- Wipes warmer (I understand this isn’t for everyone, but it keeps the wipes fresh and protects them from developing an odour) – I use this one designed for cloth wipes from Price Lionheart
- Small cloth wipes – I use these ones from the awesome Canadian brand Bamboobino and have about 40 on rotation
- Bottle of olive oil
- Bottle of liquid castile soap – I use this one by Dr. Bronner
- Bottle of tea tree essential oil
- Bottle to mix everything in
- Diaper pail for reusable wipes. I use this one by Ubbi (it even has a bag designed for cloth diapering/ wipes!)
- Fill mixing bottle with warm water, leaving enough room to add soap and olive oil.
- Add a few generous glugs of olive oil, one glug of castile soap, and 4 drops of the tea tree oil. Gently mix and set aside.
- Fold wipes in half and then roll into sausages to fit into the wipes warmer.
- Place wipes in a sink and pour mixture over them to generously soak.
- Wring the excess water out of the wipes and place in wipes warmer.
- Place wipes warmer within arms reach of change table, and you are good to go!
Most baby wipes have a laundry list of unpronouncable ingredients in them – definitely not things that I want to touch my baby’s delicate skin! Cloth wipes are a healthy, easy solution for something that you are going to need to wipe on your baby multiple times a day. Castile soap is a gentle, baby safe soap and olive oil will moisturize your baby’s bottom. Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial and smells delicious!
That being said I realize that cloth wipes aren’t for everyone, or some people are looking for an alternative to use while they are out of the house. I know that reading labels and understanding which ingredients are bad and which are okay can be really confusing. My favourite green baby review website Safe Mama, breaks down the good and the bad of the “green” baby products out there (some of which aren’t so “green” at all!)