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Local Column

Cheeky Mama: An ode to baby wipes

As a parent, I think certain baby supplies are useless, and then there are supplies that are detrimental.

For instance, a mama can live without a changing table, but she can’t live without a changing pad. A baby doesn’t need fluffy bows, but they are nice to have. Some say the Diaper Genie is a luxury, and I say it is a pail full of smelly waste.

One thing is certain: in the mid-1950s, a magical product was invented. All mamas and papas can agree that baby wipes are essential to raising a child.

Changing diapers is gross. Thank heavens we have baby wipes to make it easier. These magical rectangles come in a variety of sorts. Target seems to have the best selection.

Parents can buy any smell, from cucumber to fresh scent. Their baby wipes can be organic or hypoallergenic. There are options for standard wipes and sensitive skin. 

From brand names to generic, Target is the place to buy wipes. And praise Jesus, they are cheap.

Baby wipes are a necessity for a baby, toddler or child. This magic is bought in bulk. Parents have some on the changing tables and in the diaper bag.

Wipes are strategically placed around the house, too. At my house, these little wet pieces of durable tissue can be found in all of the bathrooms, on the landing of the stairs and in the car.

Diaper wipes even have their own holders. Some parents choose fashionable containers to carrying them around.

Other parents prefer their magical rectangles to be placed in a wooden box that matches the changing table.

And all parents need to have a wiper warmer, so their babies’ bottoms aren’t startled by the cold.

Technically, these magical wipes were invented to wipe the wee wee and the poo away. 

However, parents have gotten clever with their use – or at least this mama has. They have just enough moisture and texture to really make a difference in a parent’s life.

Hannah Jo’s runny noses can be cleaned up with wipes. Her little face can be wiped cleaned with them. I even have used the magic square to clean ink off a shoe before. I have swept up dog hair off the floor with them.

Easily, I have wiped away dust on electronics. With a little elbow grease, drawings with crayons can be erased from walls. And when there is no hand sanitizer or a sink available, hands can be cleaned.

I don’t know what parents did before the mid-1950s. Baby wipes are so versatile that I know I will keep buying them even after Hannah Jo grows up. 

I would be lost without this magic.

• Becca Hirst is a proud DeKalb resident who writes about her life as a working mother. She hopes to bring more enjoyment to and less shaming and judging of herself and other mothers. Contact her at 

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