Is Cotton Terry Too Rough For Baby Wipes
If you are prepping for cloth diapering your baby, or even if you don’t and are still considering using reusable cloth wipes, as opposed to disposable baby wipes, you may be asking yourself about the materials used in baby wipes and wondering if you can use some of the things you already have around the house, or even if you can buy washcloths for cheap and use those for baby wipes.
As a cloth diapering mommy, I’ve definitely tried different materials for wiping my baby. He has never had a disposable wipe which has given me lots of experience with cloth.
Gentle is key. It helps too if the material has a bit of grab or a nap that helps with a soiled bum. Also the material should be natural so that it’s absorbent and anti-allergenic. Also natural fabrics are safer, more effective and easier to clean.
So to recap, there are 4 main properties a reusable cloth wipe should have to be most effective.
- Some Grab
- Natural Material
In addition the wipes should have a little thickness just to help with more absorbency and not flap around when you are wiping. Two-ply is usually just right.
Making Cloth Baby Wipes and Pros and Cons of Each Fabric
The fabrics most commonly chosen to make homemade baby wipes or buy cloth wipes are:
- cotton terry cloth
- bamboo terry cloth
- velour (brushed terry)
- cotton/bamboo fleece
- cotton sherpa
These are the pros and cons of each:
Cotton flannel is a soft woven fabric most commonly found in fabric stores and most inexpensive of all the wipe fabrics used.
Cotton Terry Cloth (Towel Fabric)
Terry cloth can either be woven towel terry cloth, which you know well as the material used for your regular bath towels, and french terry, which is a flatter loop and knitted. The french terry is not really commonly used for wipes as much as towel terry. In my opinion, cotton terry cloth that is commonly found in towels and regular wash cloths you can buy at any store are a little too rough for baby’s skin, especially a newborn. I prefer bamboo washcloths for this purpose.
Bamboo Terry Cloth (Towel Fabric)
Bamboo fabric is the most eco-friendly fabric you can get. Bamboo terry (toweling fabric) has become more popular because it is just as effective as cotton, but much softer and more absorbent and lighter too.
Velour (brushed french terry) – either Bamboo or Cotton or blended with Polyester
Think of a plush toy – stuff animal – this is the type of material that is called velour. Polyester varieties are called minky. Velour is a luxuriously soft friendly material for babies and kids, and the natural kinds are helpful in making baby wipes.
Think of the material on the inside of a sweatshirt. This is the same material as cotton or bamboo fleece. Bamboo fleece is even softer than cotton.
Cotton sherpa looks like sheep’s wool – but made with cotton. It is the most underused – but very effective and awesome fabrics to use for cloth diapers or wipes due to their softness, grab, and high absorbency.
Knitted exactly like cotton fleece but made with hemp fabric. Sometimes these come in blends with cotton or even bamboo. Hard to find but definitely more useful in cloth diapers themselves as inserts.
A tutorial that tells you exactly how to make cloth baby wipes
In case you missed it above, this is the best tutorial I found on making cloth baby wipes.
Where To Buy Baby Cloth Wipes
Extra Tips and Resources for Cloth Wipes
- Use a cloth wipe solution to wet your wipes
- To be extra comfortable to baby, get a wipe warmer and fold your wipes in half and keep a few at a time in the wipe warmer after spraying or dipping in solution.
- Keep a dry wipe as your ‘daily’ dry wipe on your changing table to pat the bum dry after using the wet wipe – change out once a day.
- When you go out, use a small wet bag and keep a few pre-moistened cloth wipes inside to keep handy. Also have another wet bag to use to put the dirty ones (and your cloth diapers if you have them).
We hope you found this article on “Is Cotton Terry Too Rough For Baby Wipes” useful and welcome your experiences with various materials used for cloth wipes!