Saturday, October 11, 2014

31 Days of Baby Saving Tips: Day 4 - Stock-up on Wipes

Joe and I decided that for convenience we were going to cloth diaper at home, but use disposables while we were out and about.  Since we were using disposable diapers out, I knew I'd need wipes too.  We've already discussed stock-piling diapers, but don't forget about the wipes too!  I've been able to get name brand Pampers and Huggies wipes for $0.99 a tub/pkg (or less) at Giant.  When they go on sale, I buy as many as I have coupons for, and bring them home and stack them up until we need them.  Don't worry about them going dry, you will go through them a LOT faster than you think you will.  Most poopy diapers are not a 1 wipe job, some take 2 or 3, and blow-outs take even more.  Plus wipes are handy to clean hands and faces, especially when you start baby food.  So, do yourself a favor, and stock-pile wipes when they are on sale, and you have coupons.  Not only will you get the best price, but you'll have them on hand when you need them!

31 Days of Baby Saving Tips: Day 3 - Use Baby Wash Rags as Cloth Wipes

We were given two baby showers before Howard was born, and both yielded a large quantity of baby wash cloths.  Now, I will say that since we have started rice cereal we use a lot more than we had for the past 5 1/2 months, but still no where near the amount that we have.  We have also been cloth diapering, so it made sense to use cloth wipes as well.  I could wash them with the diapers, since they take up almost no room at all in the machine.  I had saved my Peri bottle from the hospital, and filled it with water and a little baby soap, gave it a shake.  I store it next to our diapers and changing pad, along with a basket full of baby wash rags.  When it comes time to change a diaper, I just wet a wash rag with the soap/water mixture, and I'm ready to go.  You can also use receiving blankets cut into squares, or purchase some really cute ones online, but I highly suggest you give it a try.  Not only is this saving me money, but I have noticed a decrease in diaper rash as well.