Best Baby Wipes

September 16, 2022

Diaper changes require the use of some type of cleaning cloth, and disposable baby wipes are still the most popular choice on the market today, but which ones are the best for a baby or work the best? Our tests include a side-by-side analysis of each wipe’s durability, ease of use, and eco-health features with an eye for keeping parents happy and babies clean as a whistle.

Best Overall Baby Wipe:Water Wipes

Water Wipes

Water Wipes are pretty much exactly what they claim to be, a clean and straightforward wipe without added chemicals, and we couldn’t love them more. This wipe is sturdy, stretchable, fragrance-free, and moist. They pull easily out of the packaging, which is easy to open and close, and the wipes are soft enough to please even the most delicate skin. This wipe is the only one in our review accepted by the National Eczema Association. We think parents concerned with the number of chemicals they use on their baby will appreciate the ingredient list on these wipes, with 99.9% being water and 0.1% being fruit extract.

These water-based wipes are more expensive than most disposable wipes, with an average price of almost 3x that of the other competitors. They are also one of the smallest wipes in the group by 1-3 inches in length, but we suspect most parents won’t notice the size difference and will willingly accept the size in exchange for what this wipe lacks. Water Wipes are one of a kind, and we think most parents will find the additional cost acceptable for a simple chemical-free product, especially for newborns or premies. If your infant has sensitive skin or you want to avoid added chemicals, we think Water Wipes are the best thing around.

Best Wipe for Eco-Health:Seventh Generation Free and Clear

Seventh Generation Baby Wipe

The Seventh Generation Baby Wipe is one of the few selections in our lineup that is entirely scent-free, which means fewer chemicals and no odor. We prefer a baby who smells like a baby, with no fragrances to mask the scent of the contents that you typically find in a dirty diaper. This wipe is ultra-soft, larger than some competitors, and has an adorable duck pattern. With fewer ingredients, it is hard not to love this eco-friendlier option.

Unfortunately, this wipe is not the most durable choice. While it should clean a poopy tushie without a problem, dried poop might result in tearing and a bigger mess than you want to deal with. However, ideally, you’ll clean messes before they dry. Overall, there is much to love about this wipe free from fragrances, alcohol, and parabens. We think parents who are trying to avoid chemicals or want eco-friendly will love the Seventh Generation choice.

Tight Budget Water Wipe:Mama Bear 99% Water Baby Wipes

 Mama Bear Water Wipes

The Mama Bear Water Wipes were somewhat of a pleasant surprise for us, given our disappointment in this review’s other Mama Bear wipes. This wipe is soft yet super durable, with no tears during testing. It has no smell and is free of concerning elements like alcohol, parabens, and phthalates. This simple, straightforward wipe is 99% purified water, and the material includes 15% cotton for that soft feel that stands out in a crowd. The pack is easy to open and close, and the wipes come out one at a time without the dreaded follow-along wipe that leads to waste.

There isn’t much to dislike about this wipe, but it does have significantly more ingredients than our top “water wipe” winner. These additives look to be mostly preservative ingredients, and they are still far fewer than the majority of the competition. The price is far better than the competing water wipe. It does contain Phenoxyethanol, which can be an irritant for some, so you may want to do a spot test before using it on your baby’s sensitive bits. Overall, we think this is an excellent wipe at a wallet-friendly price, especially for parents looking to limit their little one’s exposure to chemicals.

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