Baby wipes are needed, and arguably essential, for cleaning and freshening up babies and young children. Some brands are well made yet expensive, others cheap but low quality, and almost all contain ingredients that can cause irritation in some babies with sensitive skin. It is hard to truly know what different wipes contain. Oftentimes there are additives like perfumes, chemicals, and alcohol, which have been shown to increase the risk of irritation. Mothers want the best for their children and the only way to know for sure what wipes contain is to make your own.
The key to DIY wipes is to start with a good quality paper towel, if cheap ones are used they will just fall apart and disintegrate. Take a roll and cut it in half with sharp knife (the sharper the better, you want as smooth an edge from the cut as possible). Now you have 2 rolls which should look like 2 rolls of toilette paper. Place one of the halves in a bowl and set it aside. Now it is time to mix up 1 and ½ cups of water with 2 tablespoons of baby wash and 1 tablespoon of baby oil. Pour the liquid over the entire roll, making sure to soak it completely, and let it sit in the bowl for about 10 minutes. Turn the roll over and pour any remaining liquid on top, if there is none left just let it soak for another 10 minutes on that side as well. When that is done you can pull out the middle cardboard part. This should be easy to pull through if your roll is wet enough.
Another way to make these wipes is to cut up the paper towels into pieces. Place them in a nice water-tight container (like a plastic food storage type) and pour the mixture over it. Allow this to soak for 10 minutes before placing the lid on and turning it over to again soak for an additional 20 minutes. That’s it!
These make thoughtful and unique baby shower gifts as well. The woman in the video explains that she is going to tie a pretty ribbon around the container to dress it up a bit. She also plans to include a nice tag with directions on how to make them. The whole project is very easy, inexpensive, and will put any mom’s mind at ease knowing that the wipes don’t contain potential irritants or unknown ingredients.