Hi Everyone, I'm a mum of 2 beautiful girls and live in Australia. I am coming to all of you wonderful parents because I need some advise/opinions as I have a baby product idea. I have just posted my first discussion on an Australian parenting website and didn't get to much of a response. I am not surprised as I think this product will appeal to colder climate countries.
As a mum, I have changed many nappies and when at home (mostly in winter), I would change the girls using a warm flannel, because I'm sure it would be more comfortable then a cold wipe. Not think to much about it at the time i would always say, 'I wish someone would invent warm wipes'. It isn't until recently that I even knew that there was such a thing as a wipe warmer as here in Australia they are not advertised. However after doing some research and speaking with some friends who had their baby in New York and are now back here that I realised they are a 'Big Thing' for some families in the US.
So I have decided to explore the realm of 'Warm Wipes'. I have found many pros and cons, and realise the product may not be a necessity here in Australia, but it may be a help when it comes to change time, especially with new borns.
Please tell me your thoughts, or if you have been using one that is already on the market what did you think?
(My idea is basic, without using electricity I would create a Thermos like canister, which would enclose the wipes. I will explore a few ways of keeping them warm through water and a possible other substance.)
Thanks in advance for taking the time to tell me what you think, I am super excited about my new venture.
Re: Wipe Warmers, what do you think about them?
I tried using the wipe warmer I was gifted a total of 2 times and realized it was more trouble than it was worth. The wipes are never cold enough that it's a problem for my babies.
I honestly wouldn't spend any extra money on something to keep wipes warm.
With my second, I just kept a thermos with a pump on my changing station, next to a pile of baby washcloths.
I would be one to go for your idea if it could keep the wipes warm longer than my thermos could. I like the approach you seem to be going for, using pure water and not chemicals or unnecessary electricity.
By the way, I live in Southern California, where it's pretty temperate, and a couple friends and I still preferred warm wipes for our newborns, up to about three months.
Best of luck on your pursuit!
EDD: 03/01/13; DD: 10/26/13
Mourning the loss of Amarine Stella, born at 21 weeks, 6 days.
We will always love you, our little angel.
I'm no expert on what you are suggesting- to create your own wipe warmer- but I would caution you to be very careful about creating the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. It is already a concern in regular, non-heated premoistened wipes but add heat and especially water and you are basically conducting a science experiment.
What if you kept warm water in a thermos and used a dry washcloth to moisten it on the spot? Would that solve your issue? Room temperature wipes are working fine here though.
I wonder if just a thermal cover for wipe packs would work? To stop them from dropping their temp when out?! Or in cold houses. Then you wouldn't get the issues that PP have mentioned.