During the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, while sooo many of us are self-isolating and staying home with baby(ies), our local grocery stores are running out of things like hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Now, stores are running out of baby wipes, and some babies are suffering from the use of the wrong wipe.
I've collected some tips from some of our Certified Coaches and trainees and our Instagram and Facebook followers to help you find an alternative to baby wipes today, including reusable baby wipes and other creative options.
Let's not let this "pandemic" take away good baby hygiene! (And see this post for info on alternatives to disposable diapers, in case there is a diaper shortage as well.)
4 alternatives to disposable baby wipes
Let's first take a look at what our GDF Coach Trainee Aysia Platte has to say.
Right now, families are discovering shortages of disposable baby care items like baby wipes, which can feel scary if that is the product that your family is most accustomed to using. We can help with some strategies, using household items you may already have (or even none at all… read on!).
1. Use time at home, practicing social distancing, to attune to your child’s rhythms and offer the potty
Babies have an innate desire to keep bodily waste away from their bodies, so respond to that instinct and avoid the need for wipes altogether.
Spending time at home together allows for ample observation time to begin an elimination communication practice.
Our free Easy Start Guide has all the information you need to get started today.
2. Repurpose clean washcloths
Old washcloths you have around your house have soft enough fibers to protect the baby's delicate bottom, while being durable enough to be used for wiping.
Bonus— if you have a peri bottle left over from your child’s birth, it can be used to spritz water before you wipe.
3. Cut flannel into squares
Flannel withstands washing, however if single-use products fit your family’s lifestyle best, natural fiber-made flannel squares are a fully biodegradable option (unlike most disposable wipes).
4. Order washable cloth wipes
If you are a professional providing vital community aid, like a healthcare professional, and your child is in alternative care during this time, consider supplying your care provider with mama-run companies’ ready-made products like GroVia cloth wipes and a Tiny Undies wet bag to store them in for ease of transport.
We know that you are a resourceful parent who will do whatever they can to promote their child’s wellbeing, so if you need more help establishing a routine that fits your family’s lifestyle while facing diaper insecurity, please consider reaching out to a Go Diaper Free Certified Coach. We are happy to give virtual support.
2 more tips on reusable cloth wipes
Next, let's hear from our Certified Coach Malissa Moench.
Here are a couple tips on cloth wipes:
•In a small spray bottle, put in a tablespoon of soap (I use Dr Bronners) and a drop or two of lavender essential oil. If you have fractionated coconut oil, put in a teaspoon of that. Fill the rest of the way with water. This is a cloth wipes spray. Spray cloth wipes and/or baby's bottom and wipe baby clean.
•Bath washcloths can be used for cloth wipes. Alternately, cut and hem flannel receiving blankets to use as cloth wipes.
Even more ways to get through a baby wipes shortage
Finally, let's hear some tips from our Instagram and Facebook followers...
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Hey you 🤗pls take a moment and share your best alternatives for baby wipes in this thread! Let’s curate something solutions to share with parents who are experiencing a shortage! Me first: with babies, I use the sink followed by a hand towel dab 💁♀️YOU? 👇 I’ll be doing a BONUS PODCAST this week and several blog posts for what to do while you’re home with babies anyway...stay tuned! #babywipes #babywipealternative #eliminationcommunication #pottytraining #covıd19
Now, we'd like to hear what you have to say.
In the comments below, please share:
What disposable baby wipes alternative are you using during the COVID-19 pandemic? Or has this situation caused you to re-think and switch to reusable baby wipes?
PS - here's the video version of this episode in case you prefer to YouTube it. ;)