What a Difference a Little Cloth Can Make

Beautiful fabrics make all of the grossness that drips and spews out of babies a little less offensive. I fell head over heels in love with some flannel prints a while back and decided to make some cloth wipes. Some rockets, some dinosaurs… The softness of the flannel is so sweet against my baby’s skin when there’s spit up dripping down into his shirt and lodged under his neck. When I’ve been hit… like that time the spit up fired directly into the hood of my freshly washed sweatshirt, the soft flannel rockets were the way to clean up my little guy’s face. And the more textured terry on the reverse helped me scoop the rest out of my hood.

There’s nothing like being out and about with your adorable baby all by yourself, and having an unexpected wave of grossness hit. To me, it feels like hundreds of eyes are on me and they’re all waiting to find out, “is she prepared?” But, after whipping a rocket ship cloth wipe out of my shirt (yes, tucked under my bra strap like a grandma) in the line at the market the other day, I wondered if cloth might always distract onlookers from their investigating. While I collected the mountain of drool, the only thing the customers around me seemed to notice was the adorable cloth wipe. “We didn’t have things like that when my kids were small” and “what a beautiful burp cloth!” Meanwhile, my worries that the drool soaking all the way through my Boba wrap and onto my skin would leave me somewhat exposed (think scary wet t-shirt contest) were abated.  

Our Cloth Friendly Peg Board

Fewer diapers are changed here in my son’s bedroom than in our dining room. This pegboard is functional, but doesn’t store many diapers. I’ll share our diaper storage solution and the downstairs changing table(who doesn’t want to deal with poop in their dining room?) in another post. This pegboard was a fun project to do while I was nesting… which at my house looked like a craft store exploded. This project was much tamer than any of the wreaths or crib mobiles I crafted! I bought the frame at a Salvation Army for $4 and there just happened to be a pegboard behind the picture. The letters are cardboard and came from Hobby Lobby along with the buttons and other fun accents. I think I found the 8×8 frame at Hobby Lobby too. I found the wire baskets at Home Depot. My spray bottle addiction is fueled by IKEA… and I actually am planning to go back for more… After painting the pegboard white, I hot glued the letters and black frame to the pegboard. I made the “You are My Sunshine” decoration in Google Presentation (like Power Point) and you are welcome to print it out if you’d like to use it!

Wiping Up Baby Poop, With a Little Help From My Dog

When I started this cloth journey, I promised not to stress myself out. I’d give it a whirl, but there would always be disposable diapers and wipes in my house… guilt free! I wanted to take it slow and ease in. I knew I could use disposable wipes with my cloth diapers, and evaluate the wipe situation later. Why add any undue stress, right? Wrong.

Imagine this: You’re changing a disposable diaper, using some regular old disposable wipes, straight out of one of those facial tissue style pop up boxes. You wipe up what ever stinky mess your little one has created, putting each wipe into the soiled diaper, only to roll up the diaper (full of the used wipes and mess), fasten it closed with the hook and loops, and toss it into the trash.

Now rewind. If you stuff those same disposable wipes into a cloth diaper, they’ll end up in the washing machine with the diaper. Does that sound good? Of course not! But if you don’t… where will you put them? That’s what I wondered, as I held a poop covered wipe in one hand and my baby’s (still messy) legs in the other. I gazed over at the trash can… but that didn’t feel right either. So, after awkwardly dropping each soiled wipe into a plastic shopping bag my husband held… we made the switch to cloth wipes. And, I kept that habit of putting messy wipes into the messy diaper and rolling the whole mess up. I just toss it into a wet bag instead of a trash bag. And, on the subject of moistened wipes. Again, Pinterest and blogs and FB groups had so many different suggestions, that I felt overwhelmed. I was scared that if I used the wrong essential oil, my baby might have a reaction, or if I pre-moistened them and stored them, they’d grow mold. So, after days of hemming and hawing, I decided this was too big of a decision to make, while sleep deprived and delirious. In the meantime, I grabbed the spray bottle we used to quiet our dog when the UPS truck came, and sprayed each wipe as I needed it.

 How could a pooch this cute possibly have a behavior problem?!?
How could a pooch this cute possibly have a behavior problem?!?

That spray bottle became a staple on my changing table. And for 99 cents each at IKEA, I later bought a sea foam green TOMAT spray bottle for my diaper bag, another for the changing table downstairs, and a handful more just in case. And eventually, Chloe the Wonderdog came to fear, or quiet down, both when faced with her original pink spray bottle as well as each of the sea foam green IKEA spray bottles.