I think for the first time since Jack was born, we actually ran out of one of our staples–baby wipes. Well, ones I wanted to use, anyway. In addition to the stash Jeff sometimes brings home from work, I try as much as possible to stock up on supplies while they’re on sale. For a week or so, we were using a store brand since I got them super-cheap on sale, but as they say, you get what you pay for. Our price was an annoying and painful diaper rash. Since his diet hasn’t changed, nor has anything else in our normal routine, only the wipes, I pinpointed this as the culprit.
We had more wipes on hand, but only had flowery-smelling wipes, so since Jack’s stubborn diaper rash was lingering for a few days, instead of using more chemicals on his super sensitive skin, I thought this weekend was the perfect chance to try out a Do It Yourself project I’d been meaning to do. Since it was so cold over the weekend and we didn’t leave the house much, this weekend was the perfect opportunity. Glamorous weekend activities, indeed.
Including those for sensitive skin, many of the conventional wipes, contain alcohol, parabens or other agents that can be major irritants. Safemama did a great write up on wipes and even has a glossary of ingredients and list of favorite brands. It looks like our favorite brand, Seventh Generation made it to the top of the list. My favorite brand, hands-down for baby wipes, in addition to other baby-related and household products, is Seventh Generation.
First, I checked out the various recipes online for a solution that was suitable for Jack’s diaper rash. I know there many families that go the totally all natural route, so homemade wipes are nothing new. I try, as much as possible, to use natural products, including the diaper ointment of choice–Burt’s Bees.
I found that the basic recipes for homemade wipes solution could contain many different ingredients. These are all products I had at home, so I went for a simple solution. Since I was looking for something to detoxify our current option and soothe this ongoing rash, I chose to go with aloe vera for the soothing properties, California Baby as a cleanser and tea tree oil for its anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, analgesic and anti-bacterial properties. There are many, many recipes for homemade wipes solution, so try and find one that works for your babe’s bum.
Supplies and ingredients:
Clean used wipes container–any sort of container of convenience can be used. I read that some people used Tupperware or similar containers.
paper towels to fill container–I used Viva brand paper towels because of its cloth-like texture
2 cups of hot water
1/2 cup of aloe vera
a few drops of natural baby wash, Dr. Bronner’s and California Baby
2 drops of tea tree oil
Heat the water and add to the container. Add the rest of the ingredients to the container and mix thoroughly. I unrolled about half of the paper towel roll and kept it in tact, so that it could be fed through the container. I cut the paper towels width-wise to fit, but added the remnants to the container to be used as well. Once you have all the paper towels together, add to the solution and soak. I turned over the paper towels so that all the sheets could be saturated thoroughly. Let cool and use!
This recipe can be adapted to your liking. Some people add or substitute oils such as vitamin E, lavender or chamomile. As a greener alternative, cloth wipes can also be used instead of paper towels. This solution can also be prepared and put into a spray bottle and be used with dry wipes–whatever works for you.
To boot, the homemade route is more cost effective, especially if you already have these products onhand. In this day of frugality, who isn’t trying to get back to basics and save a buck or 5! With all the complexities and irritants that exist today, we sometimes forget that products as simple and super-convenient as baby wipes didn’t exist generations ago…that is, until something like a diaper rash makes you reevaluate your choices of convenience and reignite the DIY resourcefulness.
And for what it’s worth, two days later, the kid’s stubborn diaper rash is no more.