Low or No Wipes: Another urbanMamas Green Thing
I am diapering my third little person. It took me a while to figure out how to cloth, but I eventually caught on an exclusively clothed my second and, now, my third. Even before I converted to cloth diapers, though, I was very low wipe. I grew up with my mum washing my bum, with almost every diaper change with soap and water at the sink. It's just the way she did it. Even into childhood, we had a system of washing our bottoms with soap and water. My parents may still do it this way, even to this day, to wash their own bums. Who doesn't love a bottom cleaned with lovely warm water?
With my little ones, I was never fond of the wipe. Mostly because the wipes seems more scenting and less cleansing. Even the unscented wipes didn't convince me that there was a cleansing going on. In addition, the idea that I was adding one less wipe to the landfill was appealing. To this day, I don't mind the hand-washing of the bum. There is some ritual to the washing; I really quite like it. Except... when they start the solids. Ewww! My boy is eating up a storm now - sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, squash, and all the rest - and it shows (literally) in his dipe.
So, I am rethinking my wiping ways. Should I resume wipe usage to help tidy up that solid muck, stick to the handwashing ways, or perhaps implement another no-waste wipe method? I have heard some mamas use resuable wipes: what is your system?