What a dirty business! Baby typically goes through 320 diapers in a month, and for every single one of those diaper changes, you’ll need baby wipes to help clean up the mess. The prospect of that many poops and pees can drive any parent to go a little crazy and stock up on a ton of wipes for the long haul. Resist the urge. It’s never a good idea to buy baby wipes until you’ve done your homework. Ask yourself these questions to help you choose the best baby wipes for you and your little one.
• Is price the biggest factor? There are lots of budget options out there. But to make sure you’re really getting a good deal, check out the thickness of the wipe. Often, the least pricey baby wipes means you’ll have to use more than one to get the job done.
• Do I want something that’s eco-friendly? Opt for baby wipes that are chemical-free. Know that even if they’re labeled as ‘flushable,’ that’s no guarantee they’ll actually disintegrate. Only biodegradable baby wipes are truly green.
• Does baby have sensitive skin? If so, look for unscented, hypoallergenic products with as few added ingredients as possible, including fragrance and preservatives, which can trigger an allergic reaction. Not all manufacturers list ingredients on their baby wipe packaging or on their website, so it’s a smart move to call them to get all the info you need.
As with most everything infant-related, the number and types of baby wipes available can be overwhelming. Check out our picks for the best baby wipes that’ll keep your hands and baby’s bottom squeaky clean.
Cheap Baby Wipes
Huggies One and Done Refreshing Wipes
Bargain baby wipes don’t have to be terrible baby wipes—in fact, these cucumber and green-tea scented options from Huggies are known for their thickness and durability. Plus, they score bonus points for their newly tweaked container that help you avoid accidentally yanking out more one at a time.
Buy it: $24 for 952 wipes, BabiesRUs
Kirkland Signature Ultra Soft Baby Wipes
The Kirkland brand used to be synonymous with Costco, but these aloe and vitamin E-rich baby wipes have become so popular, you can now score them at Amazon, Walmart and other major retailers. While the price is right, it’s more than just affordability that has parents clamoring for these baby wipes. They’re super-strong and tear-resistant, and hypoallergenic to boot.
Buy it: $20 for 900 wipes, Costco
Best Hypoallergenic Baby Wipes
Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes
Sometimes a big name brand is popular for good reason. Take Pampers, which certainly knows its way around baby bums. These baby wipes couldn’t be more mild—they’re dermatologist-tested, perfume-free, hypoallergenic and help restore the skin’s natural pH. Twenty percent thicker than regular Pampers wipes, they’re also heavy lifters.
Buy it: $7 for 168 wipes, CVS
Up & Up Sensitive Skin Baby Wipes
Available only at Target, these hypoallergenic baby wipes are one of the best bargains around, but they don’t skimp on quality. Let us count the ways. They’re soft and durable. They have no chemicals, fragrance, alcohol or preservatives. Plus, they’re manufactured in facilities that are free of nuts, gluten and wheat processing.
Buy it: $4 for 192 wipes, Target
Bloom Baby Jumbo Sensitive Wipes
Big wipes mean fewer swipes per job. These big boys (8 X 7.1 inches) not only have baby’s bottom covered, they’re also specially formulated with all natural ingredients to gently clean, protect and nourish delicate skin.
Buy it: $27 for 640 wipes, Walmart
Baby Dove Rich Moisture Baby Wipes
These hypoallergenic baby wipes are made for the hands and face, but they pull double-duty, since they can be used for newborns’ teeny tushies as well. Alcohol-free, fragrance-free and highly moisturizing, these wipes earned a 2017 National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.
Buy it: $4 for 30 wipes, Buybuybaby
Best Chemical-Free Baby Wipes
WaterWipes Baby Wipes
Made with 99.9 percent purified, softened water and a mere 0.1 percent grapefruit seed extract, these baby wipes are especially perfect for newborns. Because they have zero preservatives, there’s no stockpiling allowed—you’ll need to use them within four weeks of opening to prevent mold from developing. These options from WaterWipes were awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance and the 2017 Natural Child World Eco-Excellence Award in the Baby Wipes. Score!
Buy it: $33 for 540 wipes, Target
Best Natural Baby Wipes
Earth’s Best TenderCare Premium Earth Friendly Baby Wipes
We love that one of our favorite healthy baby food brands also is in the baby wipes business. These thick, soft, hypoallergenic bum-cleaners are chlorine- and alcohol-free. Infused with aloe vera and vitamin E, they’re also gentle enough to clean and moisturize baby’s hands and face.
Buy it: $19 for 432 wipes, BabiesRUs
Best Reusable Baby Wipes
bumGenius Natural Flannel Baby Wipes
If you’re using cloth diapers and are searching for eco-friendly wipes to match, look no further. Made with super-soft 100 percent unbleached cotton cloth, these reusable baby wipes are nearly as big as a washcloth, so they can handle even the plumpest, dirtiest baby bottom. With a rock-bottom price compared with other reusable baby wipes, they’re also a steal.
Buy it: $20 for 12 wipes and 4 oz bottom cleaner, bumGenius
Best Biodegradable Baby Wipes
Bum Boosa Baby Wipes
If eco-friendly, renewable wipes are high on your must-have list, these Bum Boosa cloth wipes fit the bill: They’re made from 100 percent biodegradable bamboo fiber. Their plant-based formula—which includes soothing calendula, chamomile and aloe vera—goes easy on tender tushies. Lavender and sweet orange essential oils make them smell great too.
Buy it: $26 for 480 wipes, Amazon
Published December 2017