Since we talked about diapers last week, I thought it only made sense to discuss the other part of that equation – the baby wipes. I do not know about you, but I used baby wipes for everything when my kids were still in diapers. And even after the diaper phase was over, I kept them on hand.
In addition to cleaning up my baby’s bottom, I would wipe down any messes on the changing station, wipe their messy faces from food or crafts and anything that was sticky. They were life savers.
Even as teenagers, I can still find uses for baby wipes. (They much prefer a baby wipe to my licking my finger to wipe off their faces. Don’t tell me I’m the only one who does that!)
Check the Ingredients
But let’s face it, just like the materials used in the various diapers can be hazardous to your baby’s skin, so can the ingredients in the publicly marketed baby wipes. Especially if you child has any allergies or skin sensitivities.
I high recommend you check the ingredients in your chosen wipe against the European Cosmetics Database for safety and warnings. I prefer the European database but the US industry also has a database as well as organizations like Campaign for Safe Cosmetics that strive to help regulate and protect the public from hazardous chemicals being included in personal care products.
Make Your Own
There is the alternative of making your own baby wipes. And I have found it to be far more economical and super easy to do. There are lots of recipes for them out there. Many include essential oils and all natural ingredients.
Here is a list of some of my favorites:
- Wellness Mama offers some details on the chemicals in popular brands and an all natural recipe for baby wipes.
- DIY Natural encourages making reusable wipes from old flannel shirts or even baby wipes.
- Earth Mama Organics includes a video to make following her directions super easy.