I recently received the Prince Lionheart Wipes Warmer to use with my stash of cloth wipes. The warmer included 4 small bamboo wipes, but after reading negative reviews from mothers who have used these, I decided they were not up for the job and opted for my cotton velour wipes (purchased at Little-Lions) instead.
I’ve been diapering children for 8 years now and never had a wipes warmer. Honestly, I considered it to be a real luxury item and took the no-nonsense approach with my babies. In other words “yes, that’s a cold wipe on your bottom, kiddo. It does the job cheaply so just grin and bear with it!”
But when I started to cloth diaper full time I found that my combination of diaper spray plus a dry cloth wipe wasn’t going a good job of cleaning. As my mother always told me “a wet washcloth always wins, hands down.”
My biggest problem was that the nearest sink was four rooms away. So much for the warm, wet washcloth. And I didn’t like the idea of a bowl of cold water sitting on my changing table at all times to wet my wipes with. Did I mention I have four young children and one on the way? Bowl of water = inevitable disaster. It seemed the time had finally come (eight years is a lot of waiting) to try out a wipes warmer.
Now that it’s part of diaper changing regimen I can’t imagine going back! Isn’t that funny? But the Prince Lionheart is very reasonably priced (you’ll spend more on one dinner at Applebee’s with your family) and super simple to use. Here’s my regimen:
1. In a large bowl mix 1 part vinegar to 8 parts distilled water. If you wish, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Vinegar will help inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria (which love warm, moist environments)
2. Grab about 10-12 cloth wipes. Dunk each one in the solution, squeeze out excess water and fold in half. Roll up the wipe and place in warmer. Continue until the warmer is full.
3. Repeat this routine about every 2-3 days.