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The Best Baby Towels and Washcloths for Easy-Breezy Bathtime

These are the softest, perfectly sized baby towels and washcloths to have handy when baby is ready for a bath.

Baby’s bathtime can be quite the photo opp, but if you’re not equipped with the right gear, it can be a slippery, sopping mess. Have you picked out the perfect baby bathtub? Great—but don’t forget to stock up on baby towels and washcloths that are soft and sized just right for your little one; they can make all the difference!

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Best baby towels
Best baby washcloths

Best Baby Towels

Babies get cold easily, which is why it’s important to have a warm, cuddly towel ready and waiting for them as soon as their bath is finished. Whether you want something cute and silly or organic and silky soft, we’ve rounded up the best baby towels out there to ensure baby’s bath goes off without a hitch.

Photo: Courtesy JJ Cole

Best baby hooded towel

A baby hooded towel wrapped around a freshly bathed baby is heart-meltingly cute, but it’s practical option to boot: The hood covers your little one’s head to help retain their body heat, which is especially important for young babies. JJ Cole’s baby gear is always top notch, and their baby hooded towel is no exception. The extra-thick terry cloth towels come in a variety of charming prints, and they even have pockets to keep little hands warm. They’re sold with a coordinating baby washcloth, giving you even more bang for your buck.

Buy it: JJ Cole Hooded Towel, $13, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy POttery Barn Kids

Best personalized hooded towel

Pottery Barn Kids is the place to go for personalized hooded baby towels. The quality is always outstanding, and their classic baby hooded towel is practical, simple and totally adorable. Choose one of their Gingham Baby Bath Wraps and have it personalized with baby’s name in a coordinating (or contrasting) color. The white terry towel with the gingham edging washes beautifully and makes a fantastic baby shower gift.

Buy it: PB Kids Gingham Baby Bath Wraps, $24, PotteryBarn.com

Photo: Courtesy Burt's Bees

Best baby robe

Is there anything cuter than a baby in a robe? We think not, which is why we love Burt’s Bees Baby’s Infant Hooded Robe. The 100 percent organic cotton baby robe is made of luxuriously soft, breathable knit terry cloth that’s designed to get softer the more you wash and wear it.

Buy it: Burt’s Bees Baby Hooded Robe, $32, Amazon.com

Photo: iPlay Baby

Best baby beach towel

If you’re planning a day at the beach with your little one, don’t forget a special beach towel made just for baby beach bums. Green Sprouts’ Muslin Hooded Towels come in lots of vibrant colors and have two layers of fabric for extra absorbency. The organic cotton muslin and knitted terry cloth gets softer with every wash, and there’s a built-in hanging loop for drying.

Buy it: Green Sprouts Muslin Hooded Towel, $22, iPlay.com

Photo: Courtesy Hudson Baby

Best animal hooded towel

There are lots of options for baby towels with animal faces, but Hudson has one of the biggest (and cutest) selections. Whether you’re partial to a giraffe in glasses, a snorkeling turtle or a sweet-faced fawn, there’s something that’s sure to make you and baby giggle. These animal towels offer more than just cuteness: They’re made of 100 percent cotton terry and are generously sized so there’s plenty of cloth to wrap around your babe. They also come wrapped with a bow for instant gift appeal.

Buy it: Hudson Baby Animal Face Hooded Towel, $14, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Channing and Yates

Best newborn baby towel

This organic bamboo baby hooded towel from Channing & Yates is quite possibly the softest towel you’ve ever felt. Even better: The bamboo fabric is naturally nontoxic and hypoallergenic, as well as antibacterial and antifungal, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally using a moldy bath towel on your little one’s sensitive skin.

Buy it: Channing & Yates Premium Hooded Bamboo Towel, $28, Amazon.com

Best Baby Washcloths

A regular washcloth may seem pretty small, but attempt to use it on a teeny-tiny baby and you’ll be shocked at how bulky and oversized it becomes. Baby washcloths are sized “just right” for little babies, so it’s worth keeping a significant stash on hand.

Photo: Courtesy Brooklyn Bamboo

Best bamboo washcloths

If you’re looking for a baby washcloth that’s super soft, look no further than Brooklyn Bamboo’s baby washcloth set. The organic bamboo washcloths get softer after each wash and are naturally antifungal and hypoallergenic. These baby washcloths are sold in sets of three and are a bit larger than the standard size (they measure 10 x 10) so they’ll growth with your little one from baby to toddler.

Buy it: Brooklyn Bamboo Baby Washcloths, $15, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Aden + Anais

Best Muslin Washcloth

aden + anais knows muslin, and their baby washcloths are just as fantastic as their famed swaddle blankets. These cuddly-soft, 100 percent cotton muslin washcloths are sold in sets of three and come in a variety of charming patterns and colors. The muslin dries quickly and the corner loop on each washcloth makes it easy to hang up between uses.

Buy it: aden + anais Washcloth 3-Pack Set, $20, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Hudson Baby

Best Baby Washcloths in Bulk

Unlike most bulk packages of baby washcloths that are tissue paper-thin and made of polyester, Hudson Baby’s Woven Washcloths are crafted from 100 percent terry cotton. The generously sized washcloths are super soft and absolutely perfect for washing baby head to toe. The price is right too: At only $16 for 24 washcloths, these are worth purchasing in multiples.

Buy it: Hudson Baby 24-Pack Woven Washcloths, $16, BuyBuyBaby.com

Photo: Courtesy Burt's Bees

Best Organic Baby Washcloths

For reasonably priced organic baby washcloths, look no further than Burt’s Bees. The soft, highly absorbent washcloths are made from knit terry cotton and have both a smooth side and a looped side. The breathable cotton washcloths are durable and designed to withstand heavy use without pilling or falling apart.

Buy it: Burt’s Bees Set of Three Baby Washcloths, $7, BurtsBees.com

Photo: Courtesy Pupiki

Softest Baby Washcloths

Pupiki Premium Baby Washcloths are the softest choices for sensitive baby skin. Made out of 100 percent pure rayon derived from organic bamboo, they’re softer than your average baby washcloth. Their naturally antimicrobial properties make these a good choice if your little one suffers from eczema or dry skin. Each pack of six baby washcloths includes a laundry bag to ensure they don’t get damaged during the wash cycle.

Buy it: Pupiki Premium Baby Washcloths, $15, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Crate & Kids

Best Baby Bath Mitts

Make bathtime extra fun and swap your usual baby washcloth for a Sesame Street-themed bath mitt. If your little one is going through the inevitable “I hate bathtime” stage, introduce Elmo into your nightly routine. It’s practical as well as playful, since it’s made with durable, 100 percent cotton. Good news: There’s a matching baby hooded towel to boot!

Buy it: Sesame Street Elmo Bath Mitt, $12, CrateandBarrel.com

Published November 2018

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