If you are going to use cloth diapers, then it simply makes sense that you would want your baby wipes to be cloth as well. There are many reasons to buy cloth baby wipes, including saving money, keeping your baby’s skin healthy and caring for the environment. I’m going to focus here on the environmental reasons for choosing cloth over conventional disposable baby wipes.
My wife and I use cloth wipes for our baby, and I cannot imagine it any other way. It feels good to know that I don’t have to run to the store because we ran out of wipes. It feels even better to know that I am not adding to the tons of waste that fill our landfills!
How Many Disposables are Used?
Think of how disposable many wipes get used over a 2 1/2 year period (the average amount of time a baby is in diapers). If you assume two wipes per diaper change, 6-10 changes a day, that’s around 15,000 disposable baby wipes. And keep in mind that nowadays, some kids are not fully potty trained by 2 1/2 years old. That’s even more wipes to pile up in landfills.
Simply put: when you buy disposables, you are also buying the packaging. This gets repeated every time you re-up on wipes. When you buy cloth baby wipes, you make the purchase once, thus eliminating all of that packaging waste.
Like using cloth diapers, If you follow the care instructions your cloth wipes will last a long time. First of all, buy quality, as they are more likely to last (this goes for any product purchases). Your wipes, properly cared for, should last the entire 2 1/2 or so year period that your child is in diapers. You are likely to hold onto those wipes for your next child.
This water waste, as a result of more laundry loads, is an ongoing debate in the cloth vs. disposable battle. The disposable camp argues that you will waste water and energy doing all of those extra loads of wash for your cloth diapers and cloth baby wipes. Let’s face it though, these wipes take up very little room in the washer, and are small and thin enough that drying times are very short. The other pitfall of the water waste argument is that when you have an infant or toddler, you are likely to be doing frequent loads of laundry whether you are using cloth diapers and wipes or not.
Choose cloth diaper wipes and the Earth will thank you. I will too.