Every parent will agree, baby wipes are the changing bag essential you can't live without. You’ll need what feels like an endless supply and will use wipes on your baby’s delicate skin, to clean up spilt drinks and even take your make-up off at the end of the day.
Yet not all wipes are the same, and different brands will have a different combination of moisture, softness and scent.
Should I get scented or unscented baby wipes?
This really depends on your baby’s skin and your personal preference. All babies have sensitive skin, but for some, the fragranced wipes will irritate them further, especially around the nappy area. Some parents find strongly scented baby wipes off-putting, others prefer them, so it really is an individual choice.
Should I buy own brand or branded?
Again, this is down to you and your budget. For the past few years own brands have won Gold, Bronze and Silver in our Mother & Baby awards. Take a look at our Mother & Baby award winners for the best baby wipes.
It's worth remembering that the majority of options contain plastic - something that is rarely advertised on the packaging, and something you might not have thought about. However, some wipes are plastic-free, so always check the packaging details. If you want to try the environmentally friendly route, there are reusable baby wipes available to buy too.
We’ve taken a look at the best baby wipes on the market:
WaterWipes Baby Wipes Sensitive Newborn Skin (720 Wipes)
Best baby wipes for newborns
WaterWipes contain 99.9 per cent purified water and a drop of fruit extract, which makes them suitable from birth and for tots with sensitive skin. They're approved by Allergy UK; they can also be used for adult sensitive skin care, elderly skin care and as pet wipes.
Mama Bear Sensitive Unscented Baby Wipes (1008 wipes)
Best unscented baby wipes
These wipes are formulated with a gentle lotion designed to cleanse baby's delicate skin. You and your baby will love these hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested, pH balanced and fragrance-free wipes. They contain aloe vera, chamomile and cotton seed extract.
Huggies Pure Extra Care Baby Wipes (672 Wipes)
Best baby wipe for thickness
Huggies Pure Extra Care wipes are Huggies most caring baby wipes, as well as being the brand's thickest baby wipe. With these wipes, you can gently clean and protect baby's delicate skin. We love that they're are safe to use on newborn babies from day one, and that they're ideal for babies with sensitive skin. Plus, the wipes are hypoallergenic with no perfume.
Little Angels Sensitive Cotton Soft Baby Wipes (64 wipes)
Best baby wipe with aloe vera
These baby wipes by Asda won Gold at the Mother&Baby awards 2019 in the Best Baby Wipes category.
Little Angels Sensitive Cotton Soft Baby Wipes have been specially developed with your baby's needs in mind. They're fragrance-free and enriched with a gentle lotion to help prevent nappy rash and contain aloe vera and cottonseed extract to help care for baby's soft skin. They're also hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested, ensuring they're just right for your child and the rest of the family.
Aveeno Baby Wipes (72 Wipes)
Best daily baby wipe
Aveeno baby wipes gently clean baby's body and face. The wipes are mild and gentle and can be used all over the body, even on sensitive skin. The formula contains oat and aloe extracts.
Aqua Wipes Baby Wipes (144 Wipes)
Best biodegradable baby wipe
These baby wipes by Aqua Wipes won Bronze at the Mother&Baby awards 2020 in the Best Baby Wipes category.
Suitable for newborns, these are 99.6 per cent purified water wipes. They are also 100 per cent biodegradable, paraben-free, perfume-free and plastic-free.The benefits don't stop there as these contain mild coconut derived cleansing agent and organic aloe vera.
Jackson Reece Herbal Baby Wipes (640 Wipes)
Best baby wipe for eczema
These baby wipes by Jackson Reece were shortlisted at the Mother&Baby awards 2018 in the Best Baby Wipes category.
Looking for a baby wipe for children with sensitive skin or eczema? Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature Herbal Baby Wipes are ideal. With more than 99 per cent of the ingredients coming from natural vegetable or plant extracts. Jackson Reece formulas do not use any nasty chemicals.
Fred & Flo 60 Biodegradable Fragrance Free Wipes
Best supermarket baby wipe
These baby wipes by Tesco won Silver at the Mother&Baby awards 2019 in the Best Baby Wipes category.
Tesco Fred & Flo Biodegradable Fragrance Free Wipes are lovely and soft. The packaging is durable and attractive, and the wipes are easy to pinch out of the packet, which comes with a re-sealable lid. They’re gentle on bottoms, hands and messy faces, and are also great for ‘out and about’ use. The texture and consistency of the wipes are great and they’re reasonably priced. Good value for money!
Aldi Mamia Sensitive Baby Wipes 6x64 Packs
Best budget baby wipe
These baby wipes by Aldi won Gold at the Mother&Baby awards 2021 in the Best Baby Wipes category.
Aldi Mamia baby wipes are manufactured from an extra soft cloth that's strong enough for gentle cleansing during nappy time, feeding time or playtime. Mamia baby wipes contain a dermatologically tested lotion with natural Aloe Vera and Chamomile to help keep baby's skin soft and smooth. Fragrance-free, mild and gentle, they are dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and cotton soft embossed.
Mum & You 100% Biodegradable Vegan Wipes (672 wipes)
Recommended baby wipe
We're always looking for more eco-friendly options, so when these biodegradable wipes hit the shelf we were keen to try them. As well as being biodegradable, they are also vegan, so they tick a lot of environmental boxes. They're made from 99.4 per cent water and no plastic; the packaging is recyclable too. That said, the biggest benefit that they're mild and gentle for baby's skin.
Are baby wipes flushable?
Top tip: always remember not to flush your wipes down the toilet as this can contribute to the fatbergs blocking the nation's drainage system. Not ideal!
Are baby wipes bad for your face?
Baby wipes can be used instead of a face wipe and are considerably cheaper than options designed specifically for your face. As they are mostly hypoallergenic and fragrance-free (because they are designed for sensitive baby skin), they can do wonders when you need a quick freshen up.
However, you must consider that wipes are not designed to actually cleanse your skin they just wipe away dirt and make-up. We recommend that you still use a skincare regime to cleanse, tone and moisturise and not rely solely on baby wipes to do everything.