Among the laundry list of diaper bag essentials you’ll absolutely need to have on hand at all times, a package of baby wipes are a contender for the top spot. Through the messiest of diaper duties, germ-y hands that desperately need disinfecting and did-that-really-just-happen spills, baby wipes are going to be your saving grace. The only question is, which are the best baby wipes on the market and, most importantly, which formula is best for your baby?
It might take some trial and error before you decide which brand of baby wipes is right for your family, but we promise it’s worth doing your research, especially when you start to realize you’re reaching for baby wipes more frequently than you do your own phone these days. That being said, there are a few key details to keep in mind when browsing the shelves for baby wipes, such as the ingredient list (are you OK with some chemicals, or are you looking for a 100 percent clean label?). If you’re looking for a product that’s environmentally friendly, scope out packs that are biodegradable or reusable. Remember, this is going to be your go-to hygiene product for your little one from the newborn stage to toddlerhood (and probably throughout preschool too, if we’re being frank), so we encourage you to be picky.
It’s also worth noting that aside from their baby duties, baby wipes can be an extremely versatile household essential, too. They can be used to blot gasp-worthy coffee stains on your couch or rug, act as a backup makeup remover, give your fur baby a bath and even wipe down your keyboard. So, really, they’re not just diaper bag essentials, they’re life essentials, and these are the best baby wipes to test for your and baby’s benefit.
This article was originally published on April 7, 2020.
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1. Waterwipes Sensitive Baby Wipes
Itty bitty babies need the utmost tender love and care, and WaterWipes were specifically made to cater to your precious cargo straight out of the womb. These baby wipes are as pure as it gets, made from 99.9 percent water and just a drop of grapefruit-seed extract to both naturally and gently condition the skin. The product is also delicate enough to soothe premature babies.
2. Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes
If you hear the word “diapers” and this brand doesn’t instantly come to mind, you’re probably brand new to the mom scene. Aside from this brand’s popularity with parents, they’ve also been rated number one by hospitals and as the number one sensitive wipe across the U.S. and Canada (in case you didn’t believe the hype). Fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, you can rest assured these wipes won’t rub off any parabens, alcohols, perfumes or phenoxyethanol (a skin irritant and toxic chemical) on your sweet babe. Plus, these wipes are 20 percent thicker than regular wipes, which means they can handle a heavier load — er, mess.
3. Seventh Generation
This brand is on a mission to introduce products that benefit more than the consumer. So while these baby wipes are made from just the good stuff, are hypoallergenic, have been dermatologically tested (and approved) and are free of fragrances, take note of the packaging. It’s made from renewable plant-based recycled materials and the hope is that once you’ve reached the bottom of the box, you’ll recycle it too!
4. Huggies Natural Care Wipes
This is another cult-favorite brand for mamas, and for good reason. Its wipes are made of 99 percent triple-filtered water, and have been infused with aloe and vitamin E to keep that baby-soft-skin feeling long after your little one grows out of the newborn stage (it’s a heartbreaking reality, we know). And because these wipes are free of harsh chemicals and harmful parabens, the natural materials and ingredients work to maintain your little one’s natural pH balance. It’s a gentle cleaning product you can trust.