- Family and Parenting
How to save money on baby wipes
When you have a baby (or two) in the house you spend a lot of money on diapers and wipes. Wipes are convenient because they are handy and wet especially when you have no access to water. You can use them when you change a babies diaper, to wipe milk spit ups, to wipe a toddlers hand and face, to disinfect surfaces your baby comes in contact with like toys, the shopping cart etc. At the end of it, you realise that you are going through several packets of wipes per week and the cost adds up. Here are some things you can do to reduce the use and cost of wipes.
- Use soap - Diaper changes need not involve wipes. Although when you are out and about wipes may be more convenient, when you are home you can easily use soap. I have a sponge which I keep on the sink right next to the baby changer and I wipe the baby using warm water and baby soap. Not only do I save on wipes, I am using a less toxic product (many wipes contain bleach to make them white) and I feel the baby is cleaner.
- Make your own wipes - Take an empty clean tub. Put 50ml of water, a few drops of baby oil and a few squirts of baby soap. Close the tub and shake. When you need a wipe, dip a disposable kitchen towel in the mixture and use it like you would use a wipe.
- Reuse wipes - This sounds crazy right? I know someone who keeps the unsoiled used wipes apart from the ones that have been used to wipe off poop. The unsoiled ones are placed in a large tub of water and washed. When they have been cleaned, they are not let to dry out completely and stored in a regular wipe container to be reused.
- Use cloth - Way before wipes were invented, people made use of a wet cloth for most of the situations we now use wipes for. By going back to cloth, we are reducing our carbon footprint and exposing ourselves to way less chemicals (along with their unresearched side effects). You can make your own cloth wipes out of pieces of flannel or buying them ready made.
- Bulk buy - If you still can't make do without regular wipes, try to bulk buy. Check out your local stores for special offers and stock up. Alternatively check out Amazon. They usually have some very good deals.