Cloth diapers are just one way to green up your baby care and save money. Another way is using reusable baby wipes vs. disposable baby wipes. When my son Cedar was a baby, I only bought reusable wipes for long road trips – the rest of the time I used reusable cloth wipes. I made my own little baby wipes kit (it was ultra easy) and thus eliminated all those disposable wipes along with their obnoxious packaging plus saved some cash for more important things like organic groceries.
That said, not all parents have the time or inclination to make their own kit and that’s ok because Bottoms Up has a ready made kit for just this situation.
The Bottoms Up Washable Cloth Baby Wipes Kit contains…
- 25 all natural, soft cotton baby wipes
- Clean baby wipes container
- Clean waterproof travel bag
- Lavender + chamomile essential oil blend
- Dirty baby wipes container
- Dirty waterproof travel bag w/insert
- Tea tree + lemon essential oil blend
- Mesh bag insert for dirty wipes
Cost for the kit is $59.95 which is a little more than it would cost to make your own baby wipe kit, but reasonable for the kit and cheap when compared to store-bought baby wipes for two years. For example if you buy traditional wipes (which I do not recommend due to chemicals) you’ll pay about $35.95 for the least expensive kind in bulk (900 wipes). You use at least 25-40 wipes a day, depending on the age of your baby which works out to 18,250 wipes in two years.
NOW that’s the least amount of wipes you’d use and that’s assuming you potty train by two-years (not all babies do). That’s about 20 packs of wipes at a total cost of $720 over two years. If you use an eco-friendly wipe like Elements Naturals (which I do recommend) you’ll pay a lot more. Around $1,349 for two years worth of wipes.
When you compare that to this reusable kit you’ll save a bundle. I’d guess that over two years you’d need one full kit ($60) + two extra sets of cloths ($34) + 4 bottles of Dirty Wipes Essential Oil ($36) and if you want about 4-5 extra bottles of Clean Baby Wipes Essential Oil ($35) which frankly is optional IMO; but let’s pretend you really want it. Total cost for two years = $130 without the clean wipes oil and $165 with it. That’s a savings of $555 over traditional baby wipes and a savings of $1,184 over eco-friendly wipes. WOW. What could you do with that extra money?
HEALTH & GREEN BENEFITS:
- Chemical free! Basic wipes contain stuff like Benzoic acid, butylene glycol, parabens, phenoxyethanol, tartaric acid, propylene glycol and more. Do you really want that rubbed all over your baby?
- No excess packaging.
- Reusable – after my son was out of diapers I used the cloths that were still holding together for cleaning. You can do the same with these.
- Saves time and gas. No more running to the store for wipes.
- And don’t be freaked by the cloth aspect – I swear I used cloth wipes almost exclusively for Cedar and they’re just as easy as disposable once you get the hang of it.
DON’T THEY WASTE WATER?
If I hear the waste o’ water debate one more time I’ll scream. Cloth napkins, cloth cleaning towels, cloth baby wipes; everyone says, “OH but disposables don’t use water to wash! – HA! Take that tree hugger!”
I’m sorry, but it’s a poor argument. Cloths of any kind take up almost no space in the washer. In fact, I used cloth diaper wipes, cloths to clean with and cloth napkins all at the same time and it came out to about one (once in a while two) extra loads of laundry a week. Compared to all the landfill space saved I don’t see how there’s any contest. It takes water to make and recycle all those disposables you buy anyhow, so the water debate is a moot point. You’re using water no matter what, why not make a non-disposable choice?
Save money, save time, save the planet with this one small, but significant choice – Bottoms Up Washable Cloth Baby Wipes Kit.
I think this is a great product for busy green parents. However, coming up we’ll look at how to make your own reusable baby wipes kit; just in case you are so inclined.