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    sparkeze Guest

    Default How many cloth wipes do you keep ready?

    I feel like whenever I prepare a batch of cloth wipes DS doesn't poop. And whenever I decide that I'll just use plain water on them and prepare them as needed he goes on a pooping frenzy!

    So how many wipes do you keep ready if you use plain water or some kind of wipes solution? How long can they sit before you should prepare a new set?

    And - how frequently do your babies poop? Some days DS doesn't poop, other days he poops like 5 times! Thus, the inconsistency with using up prepared wipes I suppose.

    Thanks! :)

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    gravymommy3 Guest

    Default RE: How many cloth wipes do you keep ready?

    I wish I could answer this for you but I have not yet made the transition to cloth wipes yet. Sorry!

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    Calmegja Guest

    Default RE: How many cloth wipes do you keep ready?

    I keep 20 upstairs, and 20 downstairs, each with a squirt bottle of solution ready to squirt on the wipe as needed. I have something lke 60 wipes all together. That's too many....but I overbought....

    I tried keeping them premade (making the solution, pouringit over the wipes, and keeping it by the changing stations), but he's in a flailing stage, and it kept getting kicked over. So we're in a minimal liquids available setup right now.....

    But anyways, that works for us, quite well....

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    egoldber is offline Black Diamond level (25,000+ posts)
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    Default RE: How many cloth wipes do you keep ready?

    I prepare a whole wipes container worth at a time. Since I use mainly thin terrycloth wash cloths, it's probably like 12-18 at a time? I put 5 drops of tea tree oil in the bottom of the empty container, fill the container about 1/3 full with tap water and add the wipes. Sometimes I need to add a bit more water to get all the wipes wet. It takes about 10 seconds to do and I probably do this every other day. I never run out of wipes and the wipes never smell bad since I use them up within a couple days.

    I have 2 empty wipes containers that I use, one that I keep the current wet batch in and one that I store the clean ones in after they come out of the dryer. I just rotate between the two containers. Now, I am a flargrant over wipes user. I have been known to use 5 wipes on a poop! (That's one reason I feel better using cloth wipes.) I have 4 dozen wipes (got most of them on the $1 clearance table at Baby Depot in packages 5/$1 ) and that works really well for me.

    Beth, mom to older DD (8/01) and younger DD (10/06) and always missing Leah (4/22 - 5/1/05)

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    C99 is offline Diamond level (5000+ posts)
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    Default RE: How many cloth wipes do you keep ready?

    I usually keep about 20 wipes in the wipes warmer next to the changing table. It is sometimes more or sometimes less, depending on how I am doing on diaper laundry, although I actually just bought more wipes b/c I sometimes run out of wipes before I run out of diapers. Anyway, I put a bit of apricot or lavender oil, 2 shots of eucalyptus/lemon liquid soap and water in a peri bottle and use that to fill the wipes warmer box. Then I try to add another peri bottle full of water -- sometimes right then or sometimes as I go. I do dipes and wipes every 3 days or so.
    Caroline, mama to DS 01/03, DD 05/05, DS 04/07
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    bnme is offline Sapphire level (2000+ posts)
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    Default RE: How many cloth wipes do you keep ready?

    The wipes don't get funny or cold sitting out? I keep mine dry and have to remember to fill up a little basin in the bathroom and carry to nursery before the diaper change. A mild inconvienience. Prepared ones would be easier, but I am worried about mildew or something. But based on what you ladies said, I think I will try!

    Mom to JT 1/03 and TJ 8/04

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    parkersmama Guest

    Default RE: How many cloth wipes do you keep ready?

    So you like using the oil? I love the way the apricot oil from Burt's Bees smells but I wasn't sure about using it with the wipes. What sort of liquid soap do you it just a standard variety or something you bought special? I'm still figuring out how I'm going to handle the wipes thing. Like Beth, I am a flagrant over-wiper! Dh can clean up a poop with one or two but it takes me 3 or 4 even for a "clean" poop! LOL!

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    Default RE: How many cloth wipes do you keep ready?

    I was having the same problem (I also have an inconsistent pooper), so now I just use a squirt bottle filled with water. I squirt some on the wipe (I bought a big batch of washcloths at Sams) and am good to go. I may try adding some apricot oil for the hell of it, but this system couldn't be easier.
    mom of Charlie born 11/02

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    Default RE: How many cloth wipes do you keep ready?

    I like using the oil for the awesome smell. For my cloth wipe solution I added a squirt of Aveeno Baby wash, a couple of drops of apircot oil and hot water and change it every day. It leaves DS's bottom clean and sweet smelling. I also leave my cloth wipes dry until use. I have 24 cloth wipes now but am finding that I need more!

    Have fun experimenting,
    Cheryl :)

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    mama2be Guest

    Default Great thread!!!

    I need to make the leap...I bought 24 velour wipes pre Tristan and just can't imagine it yet but need to take the plunge. I too use a lot of wipes and so love the Costco ones. Tristan is 2 months today and I am just now coming to the end of my first bought box at $12.

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