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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
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Best Baby Towels

Babies get cold easily, which is why it’s important to have a warm, cuddly baby 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 your kid’s bath goes off without a hitch.

Best Baby Hooded Towels

A baby hooded towel wrapped around a freshly bathed child is heart-meltingly cute, but it’s a 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. That’s why the best baby bath towels and baby hooded towels are synonymous in our book.

Photo: Courtesy Hudson Baby

There are lots of options for baby hooded towels with animal faces, but Hudson Baby 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 baby hooded towels offer more than just cuteness too: They’re made of 100 percent cotton terry and are generously sized so there’s plenty of cloth to wrap around your babe.

Buy it: Hudson Baby Animal Face Hooded Towel, starting from $8, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy JJ Cole

JJ Cole’s baby gear is always top notch, and their baby hooded towel selection is no exception. The extra-thick terry cloth baby towels come in a variety of charming prints, and they even have pockets to keep little hands warm. They’re also sold with a coordinating baby washcloth, giving you even more bang for your buck.

Buy it: JJ Cole Two-Piece Hooded Towel Set, starting from $7, Amazon.com

Best Baby Beach Towels

If you’re planning a day at the beach with your little one, don’t forget a special baby beach towel made just for little beach bums. They’ll need to dry off and stay warm on the shore (or by the pool) too.

Photo: Courtesy Green Sprouts

Green Sprouts’ hooded baby beach towels come in 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. Talk about a go-to baby beach towel.

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

Photo: Courtesy Luvable Friends

We also recommend this Luvable Friends baby hooded towel as a baby beach towel. First off, it’s generously sized so they’ll be snug as a bug. Plus, it comes in this totally beach-appropriate lobster design. How cute!

Buy it: Luvable Friends Animal Face Hooded Towel in Lobster, $13, Amazon.com

Best Personalized Baby Towels

Make bathtime (or beachtime) extra-special with a personalized baby towel. These customized baby bath towels are Instagram-ready.

Photo: Courtesy Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids is the place to go for a high-quality personalized baby towel. This baby hooded towel, for example, is practical, simple and totally adorable. Have it personalized with baby’s name in a coordinating (or contrasting) color. The white terry baby bath towel with the gingham edging washes beautifully and makes a fantastic baby shower gift.

Buy it: Pottery Barn Kids Gingham Baby Bath Wrap, $25, PotteryBarn.com

Photo: Courtesy The Knot Shop

Our (not-so-)secret source for the best monogrammed items? The Knot Shop. The retailer sells this adorable personalized baby towel complete with a matching washcloth. And if you’re really into animal-themed baby hooded towels, there are personalizable ones on The Knot Shop’s site too.

Buy it: The Knot Shop Woven Hooden Towel and Washcloth Set, $26 with personalization, TheKnotShop.com

Best Newborn Baby Towels

You’ll want an ultra-gentle baby towel for your newborn since they’re super-sensitive at this early age. Here, find two of our favorite infant towels.

Photo: Courtesy Channing & Yates

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 baby bath towel on your little one’s sensitive skin.

Buy it: Channing & Yates Premium Hooded Baby Towel and Washcloth Gift Set, $28, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Natemia

Natemia’s baby towels are designed to last through infanthood into toddlerhood. This infant hooded towel has absolutely adorable bear ears, but more importantly, it’s made using hypoallergenic bamboo. Better yet, the fabric promises to dry three times faster than regular ol’ cotton!

Buy it: Natemia Extra Soft Rayon from Bamboo Baby Hooded Towel, $22, Amazon.com

Best Baby Robes

Is there anything cuter than a baby in a robe? We think not, which is why we’ve included a few baby robes on our list. These coverups will keep baby feeling cozy even longer than their baby bath towel will.

Photo: Courtesy Burt's Bees Baby

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 Infant Hooded Robe, $25, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Spasilk

Spasilk’s too-cute baby robes are sold with coordinating slippers. If that’s not enough to make you go “aww,” the baby robe sets come embroidered with sweet graphics like a fun flamingo or a flying airplane. Bonus: They’re made from 100 percent terry cotton, so you know they’re absorbent and soft. The rave reviews on Amazon only prove these baby robes and booties rock.

Buy it: Spasilk 100% Cotton Hooded Terry Bathrobe with Booties, starting from $8, Amazon.com

Best Baby Washcloths

Now that we’ve covered baby towels for drying, it’s time to talk baby towels for cleaning. A regular washcloth may seem pretty small, but attempt to use it on a teeny-tiny child and you’ll be shocked at how bulky and oversized it becomes. Baby washcloths are sized “just right” for little ones, so it’s worth keeping a significant stash on hand alongside your hooded baby bath towels.

Photo: Courtesy Brooklyn Bamboo

Best Bamboo Baby 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 a bit larger than the standard size (they measure 10 x 10) so they’ll grow with your little one from baby to toddler.

Buy it: Brooklyn Bamboo Baby Washcloth Wipes, starting from $15 for a set of 6, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy aden + anais

Best Muslin Baby Washcloths

aden + anais knows muslin, and the brand’s 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, $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 $18 for 24 washcloths, these are worth purchasing in multiples.

Buy it: Hudson Baby 24-Pack Woven Washcloths, $18, BuyBuyBaby.com

Photo: Courtesy Burt's Bees Baby

Best Organic Baby Washcloths

For reasonably priced organic baby washcloths, look no further than Burt’s Bees. (Yep, you can get baby washcloths to match that adorable Burt’s Bees Baby robe.) These soft, highly absorbent cloths 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 Baby Set of 3 Organic Washcloths, $7, BurtsBeesBaby.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, starting from $16 for a set of 6, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Crate and 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

Updated July 2019

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