First, lets talk about the wipes.
- There are a number of sources for cloth wipes. My rule of thumb is that I don't pay more than 70 to 80 cents per wipe. I have bought wipes here and here. The exception to my rule are the Thirsties wipes - they are sososososososososososo soft. And pricey, too.
- Of course you can make your own. Put two pieces of material together and sew them up, it's that simple.
- What material? Minkee and velours (cotton or bamboo) are very soft, but more pricey. Terry is textured and can "grab" the poo best. Fleece isn't so good for wipes since it isn't very absorbent. Flannel is a great sturdy, absorbent, soft material for wipes. Most wipes are flannel on one side for a cute print, and terry or another absorbent material on the other side for texture.
- Go to the dollar store and buy cheap washcloths. Those make great wipes too. Although they end up being only one layer, so if you want two layers, you have to sew them together. Old towels cut up work well too. One mama cut up a flannel sheet to make wipes.
- It helps if they are two-ply, since you can then wipe with one side, fold them over, and wipe with the other side.