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Getting warmer: reusable baby wipes

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If you’ve thought about cloth diapering and decided it’s not for you, here’s an interesting alternative. Prince Lionheart has come out with Warmies, a baby wipes system that takes reusable, ultra-soft bamboo washcloths, and keeps them warm and damp. I’m a fan because the wipes are extremely gentle on the baby’s delicate skin, you save money because you aren’t buying as many disposable wipes, and there’s less waste for the landfills. OK, the extra laundry might be a consideration, but I think you’ll still come out ahead.

If you’re already doing cloth diapering to any degree, the Warmies system is a no-brainer. And if you aren’t really on the eco-friendly bandwagon, having warm, wet washcloths always at the ready is always a good idea for sticky toddlers, art projects gone awry and general kid-related messes.

The warmer comes with 4 bamboo wipes, and packs of 8 additional wipes can be purchased separately. You can also use other kinds of cloth wipes in the warmer. The warmer is treated with an EPA-approved anti-microbial additive, and includes a moisture retention pillow that prevents the wipes from drying out. Before putting them into the warmer, simply saturate with a homemade natural cleansing solution – there are several great recipes on the Prince Lionheart website.

The wipes can be machine washed, but do not need to go into the dryer. You can just take them out of the washing machine, soak them in the cleansing solution and put them right back into the warmer. Cool.

2 comments

  1. It’s nice to see that a company like Prince Lionheart is thinking about things like re-usable wipes (perhaps they caught on to the fact that people have been using their “disposable wipes” warmers with cloth wipes for years; I think nearly all wipes warmers work better with cloth as opposed to disposable wipes), but I always find this concept of the cloth-wipes-warmer to be a bit puzzling. Granted, not all families choose to use cloth wipes (or cloth diapers) for environmental reasons (some do it purely for financial or chemical reasons). But how can an electricity-requiring wipes warmer ever fall under the category of “eco-friendly”? I agree that the idea of using already-warm cloth wipes sounds lovely, but is it really necessary? Is it worth having an electrical appliance plugged in and WARM 24 hours a day? I have four children and none of them have ever minded room-temperature cloth wipes in the least (we actually use a spray bottle of wipes solution, spray directly on the baby’s bum, and then clean with a dry cloth wipe). Just my opinion, of course, but I don’t see anything “green” about this new product.

  2. You know, that’s such an interesting perspective. I feel like so many “green” things are a give and take. It’s really hard to find things that win on every level. I guess this is an improvement over using a wipes warmer for disposable wipes, though, isn’t it? 🙂

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