One Year Old with Sensitve skin--How to Make Your Own Wipes!?

Updated on October 14, 2008
J.W. asks from Wichita, KS
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My One year old boy is having a tough time with eczema. This is something he has inherited from me. He's getting in his one year molars and having some diarrhea and rash along with it. The doc has me putting triple-paste on, which is working, but I'm wanting to make my own wipes for him. We have to be very careful with what goes on his skin and what his clothes are washed in. Does anyone know how to make homemade wipes? Please send me the "recipe"! I'm going to need to make quite a few, so that the childcare room he's in at church uses those only on his tushie! Thank you!!!!

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A.B.

answers from Kansas City on

One option is to just use baby sized wash cloths and water (or a mix of water and a few drops of soap, so it's a very low soapy concentration). If you need to travel with them, zip-loc baggies work great. You can even pre-wet them in the baggies, then just wash them and re-use after they've been used.

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A.B.

answers from St. Louis on

J.,

I have gone through the same thing with my daughters. I have directions on how to make wipes using the baby products from Arbonne. They are very easy to make plus you could use the same products for bathtime. Let me know and I can get you the information.

A.

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D.N.

answers from Kansas City on

My little ones are a little older now (8 & 9) but, here is what I did because my oldest had sensitive skin too. I used either a wetted down wash cloth or paper towel with water. Then applied aquaphor everytime! It does cost a little more, but is really does work and you should see improvement after the first use. I like this product and believe in it so much that I include it in every baby gift! I hope this helps.

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W.W.

answers from Kansas City on

Hello I'm a SAHM of 2 girls.(Age's 3 and 1) We also have problems w/ sensative skin. Baby Wipe Recipe:

1/2 roll Bounty paper towels
1 1/2 Cups Boiling water
3 Tbsp. Baby bath (We use J&J Head to Toe)
1 Tbsp. Baby Oil

Cut 1 roll paper towels in half. Remove cardboard center. Place upright in an airtight container and pour mixture over towels. Cover tightly and it's ready to use in 30 minutes. The wipes can be pulled up from center and torn off at any length. I hope this helps.

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K.R.

answers from Kansas City on

If you want a cheaper way for at home or possibly going out of the house you can buy cloth wipes that you just throw into the wash...I use cloth diapers and they sell wipes too. I can let you know where to buy them if you like. happybottomus is downtown lees summit and she sells all sorts of natural baby stuff. She will ship it too you also.

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G.R.

answers from Wichita on

I dont know if you heard this or not. My friends son has the exact same problem with her sons eczema. She learned he is very sensitive to certain diapers too! I believe the only kind that he can wear is Pampers. good luck!

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M.T.

answers from Springfield on

I bought these http://naturalbaby.stores.yahoo.net/allcotterclo.html
for my daughter when she was a baby. I would put baby oil and warm water in the box with the wipes. I also only used cloth diapers. The only diaper rash she ever had was once when I used store bought wipes. I would carry gallon sized zip lock bags to keep the used wipes and diapers in while I was out. Good luck.

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C.C.

answers from Kansas City on

What kind of store bought wipes have you tried? I use cloth like ones and LOVE them! They are Parents Choice Real cloth wipes, sensitive. I get them at Wal-Mart. They are really soft and gentle compared to others I've used. Hope you can find something that works for your son!

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V.A.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi J.,
Arbonne has awesome baby products that are great for ezcema. My daughter suffered from ezcema and the products totally cured her of her ezcema. I used the diaper rash cream on her rough patches and the lotion and oil everywhere else and use the baby wash. There is also a recipe for wipes using the procucts. I think someone else, Katie responded about Arbonne. I would give it a try.
V.

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J.O.

answers from Kansas City on

I have a little squirt bottle that I fill with water and I add about a Tbsp of Cetaphil cleanser (you can find it at Walmart, and the generic brand of it works just as well). I shake up the squirt bottle and keep it on the changing table next to a roll of paper towels. We just tear off a paper towel (or half of one), and squirt it (then crumple it up in your hand to wet the rest of the towel). I had a cousin who has terrible skin and allergy problems, and Cetaphil was the only soap/cleanser that she had come across that works for her, so it is super gentle.

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E.K.

answers from Lawrence on

J.,
I don't know how to make your own wipes, but you might consider reusable wipes. They are gentle cloths that you just use with water. Any place that sells cloth diapers should have them.

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K.M.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi J.,
I have my own Arbonne business and our baby care line is fantastic! We have a recipe for baby wipes that is wonderful. I am pregnant with my first and will be using it on my own plus I have a step daughter and when she was younger we used the baby line on her. She has very sensitive skin as well. Let me know if you want more info.
All my best,
K. Modglin
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S.H.

answers from St. Louis on

rinse your purchased wipes in warm water, just prior to using. This truly does help!

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H.H.

answers from Kansas City on

I used bounty select a size paper towels and water. If you don't have a sink near your changing area take a bowl of water to the changing area when you are going to change his diaper. It works great and is really cheap. I would tear off a good sized pile and fold them in half so they would be ready when I wanted to change the kids diapers. You could also put the folded ones in a gallon size baggy and put in the diaper bag and carry a thermos of water so you have water available at all times without it spilling in the bag.

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G.C.

answers from Springfield on

I don't have a homemade wipe option, but have you tried Johnson's & Johnson's wipes? I didn't even know they made them until I saw them by chance.

For 3 years now, I have only found them at Toys-R-Us. I really feel like they are as gentle as you could get! Just a thought.

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J.H.

answers from Wichita on

Hi J.,

Here is what I used on my little guy!

2 cups distilled water
2 Tbs. Calendula-n-Honey Baby Wash
1 Tbs. Calendula-n-Honey Baby Oil
2 drops Australian Tea Tree Oil

Cut a roll of paper towels in half and remove the cardboard tube. Mix ingredients in a container (tall enough to close over the 1/2 paper towel). Add the towels and close tightly. Turn upside down to soak all the towels. When using, pull towels from the middle and cover tightly between uses.

Easy and quick to make along with working great!! I bought the ingredients from Daisy Blue Naturals. No chemicals to cause further problems! I can send you a catalog that has the above recipe in it. Let me know.

Also try the Shea Butter Healing Balm for diaper rashes. AWESOME!!

Best Wishes,

J. Hobbs
Daisy Blue Naturals
www.3743.daisybluenaturals.com
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L.P.

answers from Kansas City on

I use Arbonne products on my babies. Here is the recipe for the Arbonne baby wipes... (And I can give you a sample of the products or order for you if you want to try them).

Arbonne baby wipes:
#9 Rubbermaid container (or any container approx. 6 in. tall & will hold 1/2 roll of paper towels)
1/2 roll paper towels - recommend select a size
2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp Arbonne baby lotion
1 Tbsp Arbonne baby wash
1 Tbsp Arbonne baby oil

Combine water, lotion, wash & oil in a bowl. Place roll in container. Pour mixture over roll. Wait 5 min. Remove inside cardboard tube. Start by pulling the wipes from the center, and make sure the lid stays tightly sealed so the wipes don't dry out.

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V.P.

answers from St. Louis on

I also made my own wipes, with bounty. My daughter had very sensitive skin, and this did the trick.
Plus, it's so much cheaper.
V.

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M.R.

answers from St. Joseph on

J.:

Hi there, my daughter was diagnosed with eczema when she was about 1 month old (she's 4 years old now). We made our own wipes for the first year of her life and I just got a bowl from my kitchen, filled it with warm water, put in some Aveeno baby wash, and put in some pre-cut paper towels (I used Viva because they held up the best) and and put the wet towels in a sealable plastic container so they wouldn't dry out and used those. I used the Aveeno baby wash because that was the only baby wash that I could use on my daughter without her breaking out. We even had to wash her clothes seperatly and in dye/perfume free laundry detergent and fabric softner. She has fewer outbreaks then she did when she was younger but we're still careful. Good luck and Best wishes to you. Let me know how it works out for you.

M.

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R.C.

answers from Wichita on

what Katie C said. I looked at dozens of recipes and tried one with natural organic baby soap and chammomile tea and she got worse rash than before. Then I went to plain washcloths. I wet them at the sink on the way to the changing table. Works better than wipes, no irritation. Makes you wonder how we got so addicted to wipes in the first place.

Some people suggested cutting up receiving blankets and finishing the edges to make wipes, but we operate a lodging so we were able to get good quality washcloths from a hotel supplier for practically nothing.

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G.N.

answers from St. Louis on

Home Made Baby Wipes

1/2 Roll of Bounty paper towels
1 Cup water
1 tbs baby oil
2 tbs baby shampoo or baby bath of your choice
Rubbermaid cylinder type container or old baby wipe container

Mix all liquid ingredients in cylinder container. Remove outside plastic and inner cardboard tube from paper towels and place them in the container and put the lid on tight. Flip container over and wait until towels are thoroughly saturated. Pull wipes from middle. Happy Wiping!

If you go to a second hand store you can pick up an electric knife for about $3 and use it to cut your paper towels in half the short way. If you use cheaper paper towels other than the bounty they would fall apart and mold if left in the container, so stick with the Bounty for best results

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S.B.

answers from Kansas City on

We use cloth wipes, but you could do the same thing with paper towels. I just fill a spray bottle with water, a little olive oil and some castille soap (try dr. bronners baby - it is completely natural and made from plants). When he needs wiped I just spray the solution on his parts and wipe with a washcloth or other cloth wipes.

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K.C.

answers from Kansas City on

I've tried a few things, but honestly, wash cloths and water are the best. No worries about leaving ANY soap on him. You can use a wipe warmer and keep them wet in there or just wet them each time you use them. Get some cheap cotton wash cloths and you'll be set. They work so much better than disposable wipes! At church, send a wet bag and washcloths. Poor guy, it's good he's got a mama who's figuring out how to make him feel better.

K.

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J.Q.

answers from Kansas City on

This is my recipe for homemade baby wipes:

1/2 roll Bounty paper towels
2 cups distilled water
2 tbsp grapeseed oil (or other natural oil)
2 tbsp California Baby Wash (is specifically for sensitive skin and those with allergies--can be found at Whole Foods or Super Target)
15 drops grapefruit seed extract (acts as a natural preservative)

Stir all the ingredients together in a rubbermaid container and put your 1/2 roll of paper towels in until liquid is soaked up. Then tear apart at the seams and store in the rubbermaid container for use.

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G.S.

answers from Wichita on

Hello J.. When my now 24 year old was very small she had very sensitive skin. Her doc had me use wet paper towels. Just plain old water. Now they have paper towels that are extra soft. Something simple. Hope you get your answer here.

A.S.

answers from Kansas City on

We're going through the same thing, right now actually. My daughter has inflammation in her vagina due to wipes and soap. So, I've cut down the soap... only washing her hair lightly with soap every other day or so, the other days we just get it wet in the bathtub and rinse it well.

Our pediatrician recommended stopping the use of wipes all together. He said to either use a damp washcloth/rag or damp paper towels. We're going the paper towel route. In just 2 days, I've noticed a difference. He said he actually recommends this for all babies, since the wipes can be really harsh on their skin.

Since your son has sensitive skin, I would stay away from adding anything like oils, soaps, etc. Just use water. Your pediatrician might be able to recommend something too.

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B.S.

answers from Joplin on

Hi J.,
I have the recipe somewhere, and can look for it if you really want, but I have to tell you that the stuff it uses is going to irritate him as much as store bought wipes.
Try this instead;

soft cloth or gauze
plain baby oil

Simply put a little baby oil on the cloth and wipe gently.

It gets off even the stickiest poopy easily, with no irritation, little or no effort, and will leave his skin soft and moisturized.

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C.S.

answers from Lawrence on

Hey J.! I have several recipes to make your own wipes! I shop from a store that doesn't use chemicals in any of their products and we have come up with some different things to make your own wipes using their products. It is much cheaper than buying wipes too! I would love to share more about the store I shop from so just reply back and we can get together over the phone so I can share with you. Our website is www.2liveabetterlife.com sister site of www.2abetterlife.com

I have been shopping from this store for almost 3 years now so many different alternatives and our store even has some lotion to help with eczema too which will heal it right up within a couple of days and you will be amazed!!!

Cindy

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E.W.

answers from St. Louis on

It's easy. I used 2 kinds of fabric for mine. A very soft fine terry cloth on one side and flannel on the other. They are eight inch squares where the corners have been rounded out. I then zig-zag stitched around them with the machine and trimmed the edges. We've tried all kinds of solutions for wet wipes and the best we've found is to have a spray bottle and add a drop of his bath soap, fill the rest of the way with water and shake it up. Then spray the cloth (or the kid depending on whether or not they like it) and wipe them down.

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