Monday, August 9, 2010

Make it Yourself Monday - Baby Wipes

Yay hooray! Today is "Make it Yourself Monday"!! I have been waiting all week to share this one with you! Several of my friends are having babies or have recently had babies. So this is a perfect thing to tell you about today!

When I was pregnant with my first little one, a friend gave us a gift at one of our showers that was quite unusual to us. We were presented with homemade baby wipes, a container to keep them in, and all the supplies and the recipe to make more. We sort of wondered about them for a little while. But let me tell you, those baby wipes work better than any store bought wipes you can find, and they are far cheaper! So we have made these baby wipes ever since for each of our 4 babies. They are so good, in fact, that Brient has made them for himself to keep in his work truck to wash his hands before he eats when he's out in the middle of nowhere with no running water. They are great! Here's how to make them.

First, you start with a 10 cup round Rubbermaid container. I wrote the recipe on the side of my container, because I kept forgetting the amounts of each of the ingredients. You need:
2 3/4 cups of hot water
1 Tbsp. baby oil
2 Tbsp. baby bath

Generally, I use baby oil, but since I am out right now, I substituted olive oil. It is a very good oil for your skin. 

I also added a few drops of tea tree essential oil. Tea tree oil is antibacterial. Germs and infection can't survive when washed with tea tree oil. So this makes a perfect addition to help ward off diaper rash. It's not necessary to add this, though. You could also add any other essential oil for a nice scent. 

You need a roll of Bounty Select-A-Size paper towels and a good, sharp knife.

Cut the roll in half.

Pull the core out of the center.

Add the ingredients to your round container, and put the paper towel half in on top. 

Make sure the lid is on good and tight, and flip it upside down. This helps all the liquid to soak into all of the paper towel roll more quickly.

Once all the liquid is absorbed into the paper towels, you are ready to begin using them. You pull the wipes from the center of the roll. 

These wipes last for a very long time - much longer than a package of commercial wipes - and they are a fraction of the cost! These are so gentle on baby's bottom, mine have rarely ever had a diaper rash. I have always kept packaged wipes on hand for travel, as this container is rather big and bulky. But when I use the packaged wipes, my little ones nearly always end up with a rash. 

These are fantastic. I hope you'll give them a try. And if you don't have a baby, think about giving them as a gift to someone! This was one of the best baby gifts I ever received!


  1. Sure wish I would have known about this when my kids were little!!

  2. I used to make these for baby shower gifts ALL the time! Rubber Maid discontinued the #9 10 cup round container - have you found a good alternative???


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