Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Are Cloth Wipe Solutions really worth the money? We challenged one mom to find out!

Remember Elizabeth?  She contributed a post recently about how to use cloth wipes!  She also shared her own cloth wipe solution recipe.  Well we decided to challenge this super frugal mommy and sent her a box of our Baby Bum Drops to try.  Below is her review.  Enjoy!

I had the opportunity to try out Knickernappies’ Baby Bum Drops after I wrote a little article on how to start using cloth wipes. I’m always up for trying something new so I figured, what did I have to lose? I hadn’t really looked into using another form of solution for my cloth wipes because the homemade solution I made wasn’t difficult and was very cost effective. My mentality typically is if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! I was up for the challenge though and really wanted to be able to give my honest opinion to you all.

My package arrived in the mail about five days ago and I quickly ripped into it to see what these Baby Bum Drops looked like. The packaging was small but very appealing to look at. It was simple and classic looking – something this Mama really likes. I don’t know about you but I feel out of control and chaotic in a mess so packaging that is too busy or cluttered stresses me out.

I opened the package and pulled out a little bag of what appeared to be little yellow wax squares. So these are the Baby Bum Drops, I thought to myself.  I opened the bag and took in the smell. Mmm…relaxing, I like it. I read the directions on the back and was surprised by how simple they were – simply add one drop into one cup of hot water, let it dissolve and then add it either to your spritzer bottle or wipes case. I did just that – although I didn’t have a measuring cup and I wanted to do it right then and there so I just added the hot water and Baby Bum Drop to my spritzer bottle.

Instantly I was impressed by how easy it was. Why shouldn’t it be? It takes the measuring and washing out of making the solution! It was quick and easy and as a busy pregnant mom with a two and a half year old I need quick and easy.  I also loved the way the solution smelled. I could get used to this, I thought to myself.

The next test was a poopy diaper and a yeast rash that Brennan had developed over the past few days. I thought that maybe the scent would affect his little sensitive and rash prone skin. I was prepared for the let down…here we are about five days later and not only has his rash cleared up (with the help of skin creams) but the scent has not bothered his skin at all.

I think it’s safe to say that I would definitely recommend this to anyone out there who is making their own wipes solution. The fact that the Drops are organic is very appealing to me. (I’m fully ready to jump on the organic bandwagon; mydear financially minded hubby is a different story though!) I thoroughly love having the piece of mind that what I’m putting on my son’s skin will not cause any harm to his little developing body.

I just had to make another batch of solution so I would say that the drops last approximately about four to five days and I’m sure that depends on how many diapers you are changing. From the online research I’ve done, most retailers sell the drops for about $13.95. For that amount of money you can make 50 - eight ounce spritzer bottles (3.5 cents per ounce) using Baby Bum Drops. The solution I make costs about 2.1 cents per ounce to make. To make 50 - eight ounce spritzer bottles with the solution I make would cost $8.40. 50 spritzer bottles last me about a year so it is roughly a price difference of $6 per year. For the added convenience of the Baby Bum Drops along with the organic quality of them, the price difference is, in my opinion, insignificant. (And I have to give credit where it’s due…my brilliant accountant hubby did the numbers!)

This mom gives these little drops an “A” for ease, effectiveness and appeal! Go out and try Baby Bum Drops for yourself, I don’t think that you’ll regret it – even my son likes them!

About Elizabeth:  She's the mama behind the blog FTM, First Time Mom.  Married since 2005 to her college sweetheart and mama to 2yr old Brennan. Elizabeth is  expecting her second child, Kendall, soon.

Elizabeth says, "I really feel that even though I'm into my second pregnancy I will always be a first time mom - FTM.  Brennan will always be my "experiment" and my first everything.  Thanks for reading and joining me in on this little thing we call "motherhood.""


Kansas Mom said...

So interesting to see someone do the math! I've often wondered. I like my own solution but always keep Baby Bum Drops on hand, too.

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