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#1 of 26 Old 06-30-2005, 11:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Okay, I am so new to this that I haven't even received my first diapers in the mail yet (but I keep dreaming about them ... :LOL ). I'm trying to satisfy my newfound obsession with cloth wipes for the time being. I saw somewhere that you could use cheap washcloths as wipes. Great! So I trotted off to Wally-World and bought a big pack of cheap washcloths. Then I read a little further and think I misunderstood. Was I supposed to get cheap BABY washcloths? : 'Cause I got the cheap, great big honkin' washcloths and they seem too ... much, somehow. Today was the first time I tried to clean up a poopy mess with one and it did not go well.

I'm looking for suggestions. Do I just keep practicing using my gigantic washcloths as wipes, or do I repurpose them and get some baby washies instead?

And if I repurpose them ... what as? Could I use them as stuffers for the pocket dipes I've ordered? Because that would be cool.

I know that was rambley & full of silly questions ... please humor the new girl. Thanks!!

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not sure how great they would be as stuffers. i guess it would depend on how much your baby pees. if a heavey wetter, probably not. what about just using them as dust rags or other rags around the house? i bought a bunch and use them to wipe down the kitchen counters and such.
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Yes, baby wash cloths work a lot better (it's all we use for wipes).
As for the regular wash cloths that you bought I guess it would matter how absorbant they are.
I'm sure they'll be good for something! Experiment!
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I don't think they'd work so well for wipes, but...I use mine all the time on the bottom of my mop, you know, where you are suppose to put the disposable pad. They work great!

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Keep them as wipes...someday, you'll be glad you did I use "regular" washcloths from time totime when I need to clean up a big "mess". They're great for that. I also use the thin baby washcloths and a huge assortment of wahm wipes. You can never have too many wipes
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They would work just fine. If you want you can cut them in half though, they shouldn't fray much.

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We use baby washclothes and regular washcloths here! The baby ones are for the well...baby! The regular ones are awesome for my mega-pooping toddler. Keep em
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They would work just fine. If you want you can cut them in half though, they shouldn't fray much.

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We've used simple, inexpensive white washcloths from Costco from the beginning. Occasionally, I think about trimming them in half so that they are less bulky for travel. Otherwise, they work great. We just throw them in the pail & wash them with the diapers.
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I don't think they'd work so well for wipes, but...I use mine all the time on the bottom of my mop, you know, where you are suppose to put the disposable pad. They work great!
Now THAT is a cool idea!! I've definitely gotta try that .... I'm pretty sure the ones I have are big enough for that.

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I just ordered real cloth wipes yesterday and can't wait to get them. I've been using the exact washcloths you describe. I think they work well for wiping but they leave behind little fuzzies on ds's skin. I can't pick them all off and they are gross by bathtime. I don't know why you couldn't put them in with your stuffers for pockets. By themselves they may not be absorbant enough. Thanks for the idea. I may use them that way myself!
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Those are the washcloths I use on DS (before I started boycotting Sprawl-mart). Work GREAT, especially with the big messes.
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I use regular wash cloths and some that I cut in half and finished off the edge. I always have sink access when I change my DD and they work fine. I am thinking of making some softer flannel ones, but not because I think these are bad for my daughter's bum.
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Keep them as wipes...someday, you'll be glad you did I use "regular" washcloths from time totime when I need to clean up a big "mess". They're great for that.
ITA! You know, at 15 months, all we've ever used are the thin baby washcloths. Just today we were out of our regular wipes and I grabbed a "grown up" washcloth to use as I wipe and I must say I never knew what I was missing. Those washcloths will come in handy when you introduce solids is my guess. I wish I had know how much better the big stuff is on big messes!
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Baby washcloths are often (for some icky reason) 1/2 polyester which makes for a poor wipe fabric. Non-absorbent and not able to grab a mess.

I HIGHLY recommend Ho-hum-dinger wipes from www.recyclebees.com. They're a good price and they are all you need... unless you get a wipe addiction going.

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i just cut up a big bath towel and used bias binding tape for the edges so they wouldn't fray and they work great for us. i'm guessing that those wash cloths cut in half would be fine as well!
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I use the big washclothes, I found the baby washclothes too small and I always ended up with poo on my hand!
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i just cut up a big bath towel and used bias binding tape for the edges so they wouldn't fray and they work great for us. i'm guessing that those wash cloths cut in half would be fine as well!
I was just laying in bed with dd (trying to get her to go back to sleep .... ) thinking about what I could use bias tape for -- maybe on the edges of a recycled-sweater soaker? I could SO use it on those washcloths cut in half! And ooooh, I could pick out some pretty colors, maybe, too!? Or would the bias tape bleed?

You know what I need most of all? Sleep. Then maybe I could control this incesant, nonsensical rambling.

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I was just laying in bed with dd (trying to get her to go back to sleep .... ) thinking about what I could use bias tape for -- maybe on the edges of a recycled-sweater soaker? I could SO use it on those washcloths cut in half! And ooooh, I could pick out some pretty colors, maybe, too!? Or would the bias tape bleed?

You know what I need most of all? Sleep. Then maybe I could control this incesant, nonsensical rambling.

glad i could help!
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Hi Elizabeth! I started out with big washcloths, but soon realized they were too thick and big to use. Then I bought a bunch of gerber baby washcloths but they are really thin! So I decided to get actual WAHM-made washies and I am so glad I did. They are the perfect weight and size. I got a bunch of seconds from the Kissaluvs outlet store that I really like and they were very inexpensive. And yes, you can definitely re-purpose the washcloths you bought! Pocket diaper stuffins and doublers are the things that come to mind immediately. I also like to put a big washcloth or flat diaper under my baby's bum when I am spraying her with wipes solution so her clothes and my changing pad don't get soaked.
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ooooh, I could pick out some pretty colors, maybe, too!? Or would the bias tape bleed?
i didn't even answer your question... no, the bias tape won't bleed. at least it didn't when i used it! HTH
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Definitely get baby washcloths. Regular size are too huge. Gerber washcloths are so thin but they are so cheap that it's all we use. You can cut up old sheets or t-shirts and top stitch the edges too. We have a ton of those.

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I say keep em! You will use them eventually as wash cloths as your little one gets more creative in their messes or have larger eliminations.

I used them mostly in my earlier diapering days. But once I became more familiar with variety I choose wipes.

Note: If using any type of aplix diapers DO NOT wash terry wash cloths with your diapers. They will attract to much of the linting during the wash & dry cycle and you will be cleaning your aplix and probably develop a hate for it. Washed seperately they all get along well.

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www.preciousdignity.com has GREAT velour/sherpa wipes.

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I HIGHLY recommend Ho-hum-dinger wipes from www.recyclebees.com. They're a good price and they are all you need... unless you get a wipe addiction going.
I second this - these are the wipes we use - they are wonderful !!

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I'm sure you'll have some messes big enough to warrant the big washcloths. I know dd has some big wipes that we save for those *special* times.
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