• I love cloth wipes. Now, that seems like a silly thing to say, no?  But it’s true.  There are so many reasons they are better than disposable wipes.  Really.  Like: They are softer They are more absorbent and can clean bigger messes (a 4+ disposable wipe mess is usually 1 wipe mess for cloth) They… [Continue Reading]

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