As a first time mum-to-be, I found the lists of things I was going to need to buy bewildering, Yes, I knew I needed to get a supply of nappies, vests and sleep suits, and that I’d need a moses basket, pram, car seat etc, but no-one told me about the brilliant Cheeky Wipes!
We’d already decided quite early on that we wanted to use cloth nappies, partly due to cost but also to try and reduce the amount of waste – mums and dads will know that babies go through an awful lot of nappies, and that is a hell of a lot in landfill. But reusable baby wipes? I wasn’t so sure.
I can’t remember how, but I somehow stumbled across cheeky wipes. I’ll admit that the concept of Cheeky Wipes does sound a bit yucky… re-usable baby wipes doesn’t sound the most appealing! However, after reading the Q&A section on the website and having a couple of twitter conversations, I decided to order the all in one kit for the price of £39.99 plus an extra set of wipes (so I had 50 in total – I figured I’d use one set whilst the other set were being washed).
The kit includes a fresh and mucky wipes box, a set of 25 wipes, fresh and mucky travel bags and two essential oils (one for fresh wipes and one for the mucky box).
We started using the wipes when The Boy was around four weeks old, he seemed to have a terrible nappy rash (in part caused by awful diarrhoea following his stint in hospital and a dose of antibiotics). I was concerned about all the chemicals going onto my newly born boys fresh lovely skin, and the effect this was having on his bum.
So, out came the kit and a quick read of the instructions and I was ready to go.. the first time I set them up it took probably ten mins or so, whilst I was checking what I was supposed to do. (I can now do it in about three mins). Within three days The Boys nappy rash had cleared up and he had a perfectly clear skinned bum – perfect!
I haven’t touched a baby wipe since!
Baby Wipes are expensive – even if you paid just 50p per pack you’d still be going through a couple of packs a week (or at least I would be the way The Boy produces nappies!). The beauty of Cheeky Wipes is that the only ongoing cost is the cost of the oils to keep them smelling lovely, and they’re not much at all.
When I told my husband I’d ordered the reusable baby wipes he was a bit unsure… however since he’s used them he thinks they’re brilliant. Being a parent means that, like it or not, you’re going to get a bit of the mucky stuff on you from time to time…especially when you have a nappy that somehow travels all up the back and all down the legs (and even into the socks – how do they manage that?!?!) but with Cheeky Wipes you soon have baby and yourself cleaned up!
If you want to make your wipes bag a little funkier, then you can order a cool My Little Patch Wet bag – I’ve not got one of these yet but hoping to get one soon!
Not only are you doing your bit for the environment by keeping baby wipes out of the sewers and landfill, but you’re also ensuring that your little one isn’t having harsh chemicals rubbed against their super soft skin and you’re also supporting a British business – what could be better?