Whatever your stance on cloth wipes, Bummas are a product that can work for you. They can take the leading role as your go-to cloth wipe, they can be used just some of the time, or they can be used alongside the regular commercial wet wipes that you may find your family prefers. In fact, when Bummas sent me this gorgeous pack of wipes to try, printed somewhere on the packaging was the phrase "a kiss of cloth after the wipe". I love this. Basically, cloth is versatile, and that's the point. Here are a few suggestions for how to make Bummas work for your family's diaper change routine:
- Use Bummas with plain water to wipe baby clean
- Use Bummas with a homemade wipe solution to clean the diaper area
- Use Bummas with a purchased wipe solution to clean the diaper area
- Use one thick, absorbant Bumma over a little boy's privates to help block an entire pee while his diaper is off
- Use one dry Bumma to pat the skin dry (after using a wipe) before reapplying the diaper (this will help prevent moisture and rash)
- Use Bummas, wet or dry, on sticky hands, faces, and other rolly polly baby bits!
Up until the time I received my pack of trial Bummas, DH and I had been exclusively using commercial wipes. At first I didn't give much though to the wipes I was using. I figured they were alcohol based, or some such thing, and all our friends have been using commercial wipes for the past many years, so I never even thought twice about them. However, when Baby A was about two months old and I was well into the swing of things with my cloth dipes, I started wondering just what was in these uber-wet wet wipes I was buying from the local discount store. I flipped to the ingredients on the package and found I had no idea what most of that stuff was. I'm not saying it's all bad (I don't always like the advice that things you can't pronounce are ALWAYS bad for you, because--let's face it, that's simply a blanket statement, too). However, I was certain that there were chemicals and fragrances in there, which I know can be warning signs of horrid things.
Now, don't get me wrong--we never had a single problem using these wipes. Baby's bum was clean and rash-free, with no sensitivities to the ingredients at all. They were convenient, to be sure! They were easy to throw, already packaged, into a diaper bag, simply replacing them when they ran out. But that convenience did come at a price--the litter factor. I could burn through handfuls of those little guys in a day, and I'd be swapping out my nursery trash can bag every couple of days because it was crammed full of discarded wipes. As someone who's began composting and using as many reusable items as possible, I scolded myself and decided I was done with those wipes.
|I simply make my own solution in an old BBQ sauce bottle|
The way I would manage these wipes was that I would keep 5 out--dry--and put 5 wipes into the old wipes container, pouring a bit of the wipes solution over top. It's good not to mix up too many wipes at once, because they can go a bit mildewy if they just sit out at room temperature for a few days. So, basically, I never make more than a batch of 5. Once I'm done with the 5, I'll add five more to the box, and add some more solution. Now, oftentimes 10 wipes don't quite take me 'til laundry time, so I've been adding a few newborn terry prefolds from time to time (especially for the big, messy diapers!) to carry me through 'til the laundry is fresh out of the dryer. Every time I do laundry, I also go and wash out the wipes bin, just to prevent any murkiness from festering in there. I did find that Baby's bum is getting a few little bumps on it here and there, and I think that the wipes solution I was originally making was a little too "rich" for her sensitive skin. So, I've pretty much switched over to using nearly a full glass bottle of water with just one or two squirts (as opposed to the 8 in a full tablespoon) of shampoo and a dash of baby oil. I've found this helps, as does just alternating with plain water from time to time.
Come laundry time, these just dump straight in with the diapers and pail liner, rinse, wash, and tumble dry with my inserts. They are so, so, so easy.
So, overall, with Bummas (or any cloth wipes, for that matter), here are the benefits:
1. So easy--no sorting, launder well, etc.
2. Durable--no tears, and one wipe does the whole job
3. Natural--you know what's in whatever solution you're using
4. Environmentally friendly--they eliminate litter
4. Cheap--you pay your one start-up cost only
5. Cute!--who doesn't love those cheery colors??
6. Versatile--these are as useful dry as they are wet; can also be used on hands, faces, etc.
And--here is the best part--one of you lucky people is going to win a set of 10 Bummas (in your choice of color) for yourself!
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