Diapers and Baby Wipes

Knowing some details about cloth diapers helps dispel the notion that they are impossibly inconvenient.

Changing: With chemically enhanced disposables, it's not always easy to tell if baby is wet so they get changed by the clock. With cotton diapers, you change them only when it needs to be done. Each time you pick up the baby, use your finger to check the top of the diaper for dampness or feel the bottom for that heavy, warm sensation. For fastening the diaper, there are various velcro covers available, which are better than the old-fashioned safety pins. If you are breast-feeding your baby, you will find that the diaper doesn't smell quite as bad.

Potty Training. One of the great reasons for using cloth diapers is that it is much easier to potty train your baby and you are able to do so earlier. It's not unusual for cloth diapered kids to be potty trained six months before those using disposable diapers.

Laundry: When you change the dirty diaper, scrape off the solids into the toilet, toss into a diaper pail or plastic bucket with two or three gallons of a chlorine sanitizing solution (as described in the Health and Wellness section). Use hot water and soap (such as Ivory flakes), instead of detergent. Avoid anything with borax or borates. If you use a whitener such as bleach, double rinse. Diapers can be washed in a "bucket washer" (see Health and Wellness).

Drying: Air or sun drying is the preferred method. Sunlight is a natural germ killer and makes everything smell very nice. Sun drying helps reduce diaper rash. When machine drying, clean the lint trap often, especially when diapers are new.

Diaper rash: Avoidance is best. Rinse baby's bottom often. Soaps are not always necessary, as baby poop is water soluble. If you use soap, rinse well. If you travel with baby, keep a little wash cloth wet with water in a baggie in your diaper bag, or make your own baby wipes. Use corn starch for baby powder. Olive oil or cooking oil is as good as baby oil. Your baby's bottom will be healthier for a good dose of occasional sun light and fresh air. Let your baby be without diapers on occasion, but don't leave the baby in the sun where he or she could get sun burned. For certain circumstances, such as traveling, disposable diapers make sense, but for regular use cloth diapers are the best.

One traditional remedy for diaper rash that many mothers swear by is browned flour. Take a heavy skillet, heat it hot, put some flour in and stir it around until it is medium to dark brown. AFTER it cools, sprinkle it on the rash. Reported to be good for other skin conditions.


To prepare a roll of paper towels to become baby wipes, cut it in half so you have two short rolls and remove the cardboard center. Place a short roll in an airtight, water-proof container (like an old baby wipe box or tupperware container), and pour the solution over the towels. Put the lid back on the box and turn it upside down so the solution is absorbed. Blue shop towels have been recommended by mothers for this. The solution could be kept in a jar and cloth towels dipped in it.

Lisa's Baby Wipes

1/8 - 1/4 c oil (mineral or baby oil) 1/8 - 1/4 c baby shampoo

1-1/2 - 2 cups water 8 drops of lavender oil

5 drops of tea tree oil (optional) ½ roll paper towels

Add the baby shampoo last, mix the solution gently.

Another Baby Wipes Recipe

2-1/4 cups water 2 tbsp baby shampoo

1 tbsp baby oil 1 roll paper towels, cut in half

Anti-fungal Baby Wipes

½ c. distilled water 1/4 c. vinegar

1/4 c. aloe vera gel 1 TBS. calendula oil

1 drop lavender essential oil 1 drop tea tree essential oil

Note: If baby has a really red, raw diaper rash omit the vinegar.

Heavenly Baby Massage Oil

4 ounces of oil (olive, almond, apricot, or sunflower)

5 drops lavender essential oil 5 drops orange essential oil

Pour your ingredients right into the bottle you're going to use to dispense the massage oils. Just give a good shake to blend the oils and you're all set. For a different scent, use rose essential oil in place of lavender and orange.

Calendula Baby Oil

8 ounces of oil (olive, almond, apricot, or sunflower)

1 ounce calendula flowers

Place the oil and calendula flowers in a crock pot on low temperature for about 4 hours to extract the beneficial properties of the calendula into the oil. Check very carefully that your oil is not getting too hot! Allow the oil to cool and then strain it using cheese cloth or a gauze diaper. You can add a few drops of essential oils if you like. Try 5-10 drops each of orange and lavender or chamomile. For the ultimate luxury use rose essential oil Calendula is healing and soothing to the skin. It is excellent for massaging your babies! Calendula oil is also good for helping prevent the over-growth of yeast in the diaper area.

Teething ointment

ounce pure vegetable glycerin or vegetable oil

2 drops essential oil of clove

Add one drop of clove to your glycerin and shake it until it is well blended. Test it on yourself to make sure it is not too strong before adding another drop. Glycerin is very sweet so it makes the remedy a bit more appealing.