Baby gear. Diapers or wipes or baby wash, baby’s car seat and jumper. It all adds up. While there are many variables and you can’t put a price tag on it, estimations range from $9,000 – $12,500 in expenses – just for your baby’s first YEAR of life!
One way to cut down on expense: homemade baby wipes. I started making these for our second child after realizing how overpriced they were with our first. If you’re not looking for a coupon deal – and let’s face it, they haven’t been as many lately – these will be your most frugal option. Better yet? These are so customizable!
How To Make Homemade Baby Wipes
First, I’ll tell you how I make mine, and you can tweak it from there if you choose to add any aloe vera, apple cider vinegar (only if no rash present), any soap or essential oils if you like.
I always use regular ol’ tap water. You could do distilled water instead, or just boil it first – this helps to prevent mold or the wipes otherwise turning bad – and is most cost effective.
While you’re boiling your water, and with a very sharp knife, carefully cut your paper towel roll. Cut into halves or into thirds, depending on the size of the container you’re going to store it in. I use an old wipes container, but anything with a lid will be fine – you could even use a large Ziploc bag, this works great for on-the-go!
What you’ll do:
1.) Boil your water. This helps to help prevent mold.
2.) Using a sharp (or serrated) knife, carefully cut the roll of paper towels into halves or thirds.
3.) In large bowl, combine water, baby wash and baby oil.
4.) Put the cut paper towel roll into the liquid, cut edge facing down. Let it soak up about half way, then flip it over and let the other side soak up the rest of the mixture.
5.) Open a wipes container and deposit your new wipes inside, then remove the paper towel cardboard tube – it should slide right out – and pull from the center to start using your wipes.
Tips and Tricks:
The stronger the paper towel the better. The Bounty DuraTowels work the best for me, but the select-a-size are also nice so that wipes are not too large and wasted.
Do not make more than 1 – 2 batches at one time. One batch should last 1.5 – 2 weeks, unless you’re a liberal wipe user. It only takes a few minutes to create more so whip them up as needed!
Considering that each roll of paper towels makes the equivalent of two tubs of wipes, this is a very cost effective – and easy! – way to save for baby.
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