A lot of Mamas who choose reusable cloth wipes (whether purchased, or homemade) wonder how to moisten them during diaper changes. If you’re lucky enough to have a long counter and a change station in your bathroom, you probably just use water. When Wolf Cub was newborn, I kept a thermos of warm water on his bedroom change table and poured water into a dish to moisten my wipe. This was great: you need a really wet wipe to clean up those newborn poops!
Nowadays, I use a homemade bum spray to keep his tushie clean. I spritz it on (which makes him giggle) and pat dry with a wipe or a prefold. I also have a little travel-sized bottle of spray so I don’t even need to use packaged wet wipes when we’re on the go. I also use the spray to clean his hands if we’re nowhere near a tap.
So, what’s in my spray? Well, if you’re looking for a super precise recipe, I ain’t your gal; I make my spray like I make soup: a drop of this, a dollop of that, mix it all up! There are some more precise recipes here, and you’ll notice the ingredients are all fairly similar and can be found at my favourite online retailer, Well.ca. (affiliate link)
- Tea Tree Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Witch Hazel
- Aloe Vera
- Baby Wash (optional)
So, I basically add a couple drops of each of these ingredients directly into my spray bottle. Note that essential oils can degrade when exposed to sunlight so it is best to store them in dark-coloured glass or plastic bottles, like in my picture above. I top up the mixture with water, shake it up, and spray.
The ingredients might cost you around $30-$50, but you will likely never have to buy more of them, plus, they serve lots of other purposes!