Sunday, May 9, 2010

Our first Twitter giveaway! And a discussion on what type of baby wipes are best to use with cloth diapers.


We are on Twitter (@wpgclothdiapers) but have never done a giveaway. Late is better than never so we are jumping on the Twitter Giveaway bandwagon and are giving away one $50.00 gift certificate to our store, ClothDiaperMom.com. Use the gift cert for cloth diapers, baby carrriers, or anything on our site.

Our Twitter contest ends Sunday, May 16th at 5pm Central Standard Time.
The winner will be emailed a gift cert code for our store, valid on any in-stock products and valid on shipping.

To enter, RT (retweet) our tweet announcing this contest.
For additional entries, follow us on Twitter, http://twitter.com/wpgclothdiapers, follow our blog, 
or comment on this blog entry giving us your feedback on baby wipes for cloth diapers. (see below)


I'm wondering what type of wipes everyone is using for their baby because I know we are all gradually becoming more eco-friendly and because the options out there for wipes is starting to increase.

Disposable wipes are one commonly used option, but after you have changed your baby you are left with a cloth diaper that goes into the laundry, and a used disposable wipe that needs to go into the... garbage? If that wipe has more than baby pee on it, then what do you do with it? I'm betting that too many people then put that wipe into a plastic bag to contain odors and into the trash..... creating more garbage than most cloth diaperers feel comfortable with.

Then there is the question of how many wipes you use and toss (they add up!) and also the concern of what chemicals are in standard disposable wipes. I'm sure a lot of us go through an 80 wipe package a week and also never stop to read the ingredient list.

I'm starting to see more options for parents now. In addition to cloth wipes, there are now cloth wipe kits, bio-wipes, and bamboo wipes. Every cloth diapering company seems to offer cloth wipes and now more are offering wipe solution as well.

If you use cloth diapers and cloth diaper wipes, both end up going into the wash, simplifying change time. When we switched to cloth diaper wipes, I found it easy to keep the wipes dry and just wet them at the sink before diaper changes. Using a cloth wipe gives you the freedom to use as much water as you want for really dirty diaper changes, so you can wring warm water out on to your baby's bottom, making clean up easy and very gentle on your baby's skin. We also found it convenient to use natural baby bottom sprays at changing time. You could spray the dry cloth or your babies bottom and clean up was easy.  A pump bottle makes it nice and easy to use. Maybe a little too easy though because my husband once mistook our Happy Heinys - Heiny Wash for hair detangler and had sprayed our then 1 and 4 year old daughter's hair with it after bedtime one night.

We recently found one kit (http://www.bottoms-up-baby.com/baby-wipes-kit.html) that has everything you need and I can see how having a wipes 'kit' would appeal to parents making the switch from disposable wipes to cloth wipes. 
The kit includes:
25 - all natural cotton terry cloth baby wipes (5.9" x 5.9")
1 - clean baby wipes container
1 - clean baby wipes essential oil blend – lavender & chamomile
1 - dirty baby wipes container - with mesh bag insert
1 - dirty baby wipes essential oil blend – tea tree & lemon
1 - clean baby wipes waterproof travel bag
1 - dirty baby wipes waterproof travel bag - with mesh bag insert

We don't carry this product yet. Please comment or email if you would like more info. We've been talking with Bottoms Up Baby and did a poll recently to gauge interest in this product and would like to add it to our store shortly. We may add it as a pre-order this week. Updated! We have added this product in - Bottoms Up Baby Washable Baby Wipes Kit in Canada

What about the new bio-wipes and bamboo wipes that are available?

GroVia offers BioWipes. GroVia™ All Natural BioWipes™ are made from renewable material, free of harsh synthetic chemicals and parabens. You can feel comfortable using a wipe that is gentle on baby as well as our environment.
Made from plants, not oil. Fragrance Free, Chlorine Free, Dye Free, 80 Unscented 100% Natural Wipes, 7.1” x 8.9” (20cm x 18cm) Canadian MSRP $7.99
    Another new, eco-friendly option is Bum Boosa™ Bamboo Baby Wipes. 

    The convenience of a disposable baby wipe is now available in a natural, biodegradeable and renewable alternative! Our Bum BoosaBamboo Baby Wipes are made from renewable bamboo, are soft, absorbent and naturally scented with lavender and sweet orange essential oils. Your baby deserves the best!


    This isn't a product that we carry but we would if there was interest. I love that they are natural and biodegradeable, even though I'm not a huge fan of the logo. They would probably retail in Canada for similar price as the GroVia wipes.

    I am curious to know what wipes system moms are using for their babies, and to know what everyone is finding works best for them. Please let us know or ask away if you have any questions about cloth wipes, bio wipes, or bamboo wipes.

    Don't forget to comment, retweet, or follow us (blog or twitter) to gain entries for our $50.00 gift cert Twitter Giveaway!

    33 comments:

    1. I've always used cloth wipes at home and disposable on the go, mainly for lack of a good way to transport them. That first kit looks like a great solution! I would definitely buy something like that =)

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    2. I tweeted the contest! http://twitter.com/Kaylynbuckner/status/13697120424

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    3. I follow you on twitter. Kaylynbuckner

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    4. I follow your blog.
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      How often can we tweet?

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    5. I always use el-cheapo-fantastico baby washcloths for wipes. Simply Basic at W-mart had the best price for a while. I keep them folded in disposable wipes container that I have altered so that the top flips right open. I bring them in the diaper bag in a snap shut wipes container (also designed for disposable wipes). As for storage of dirty wipes, they just go straight into my travel wet bag or my hanging pail wet bag with my diaper inserts and pocket dipes, and everything gets washed together. If we are on the go to somewhere where running water will be scarce, I bring a container of water along in my diaper bag. Works for me!

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    6. As of right now we use miscellaneous cloth wipes. I have made some and won some from giveaways or purchases I made. I don't use a wipe solution just because I never tried one. But I just go to the sink and wet the wipes as needed. The babies room is across from the bathroom so it works out pretty well. I really like the idea of the "natural" disposable wipes for when on the go, I could see myself using them.

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    8. Following your blog!
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    9. Following you on twitter - @basketgal123
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    10. I use either cloth wipes or flusable wipes. It really depends on the mess. On the not-so-messy diapers, I use the cloth wipes. On the super messy ones, I use flushable wipes. Then, when I go to dump and spray the toilet, the wipes fall in and get flushed away. I do not use baby wipes b/c those cannot be flushed and have to be thrown away in the garbage.
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    11. I use cloth wipes that I bought from a mom on diaperswappers. I use a wipes solution concentrate I buy on line.
      chelsealdk at gmail dot com

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    12. I follow on twitter
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    13. I follow your blog!
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    14. Tweeted:

      http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/13727541143

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    15. I was given a lot of disposable wipes , but I used them sparingly and they lasted 16 months lol.

      My favorite cloth wipes are either sherpa or flannel. Terry cloth and baby washcloths are actually my least favorite but I use them too..

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    16. Tweet! http://twitter.com/chelsealdk/status/13729812669
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    17. retweet, http://twitter.com/wpgclothdiapers/status/13691972118
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    18. follow on Twitter
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    19. follow your blog
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    20. I'm a new mom (4 wks), and I rec'd lots of disposable wipes as gifts. I'm just starting to ease into using cloth dipes/wipes. I just have a couple bamboo (?) wipes I rec'd.
      taraz9 at excite dot com

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    21. Thanks everyone. It's nice to see so many people already using cloth wipes or bio-wipes.

      Does anyone have any good 'tried and true and safe' wipe solution recipes they can post here to share?

      I would like to take a leisure guide course on essential oils someday so I could feel like I know how to use them properly.

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    22. following as @dub_tee

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    23. And I figure, cloth diapers go with cloth wipes. I made mine out of two pieces of flannel surged together. LOVE!

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    24. cloth wipe solution that I use:
      Just warm water in a spray bottle, add about a teaspoon of baby wash. Smells yummy too! I've also sometimes added a little bit of baby lotion or shea oil. Just a touch... like a half teaspoon in a couple cups of solution?

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    25. tweet:
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    26. I follow you on twitter (Zommy08)
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    27. I follow your blog
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    28. I did use disposable wipes in the beginning but it was very inconvenient. I would put my cloth diaper in the bag and then have to go to the trash for the wipes. I started using cloth wipes from Swaddlebees and a squirt bottle with water. I keep the dry wipes in a drawer in the changing table and wet them with the squirt bottle. When I'm out I just pack a few wipes and the squirt bottle. The wipes are very heavy duty and they work great on big or small messes!!!

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    31. I love Bum Boosa wipes. The scent is amazing and the essential oils, I believe have had a healing effect on diaper rash. And the logo is adorable!

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