Every parent will agree, baby wipes are the changing bag essential you just couldn’t live without. You’ll need what feels like an endless supply and will use these wipes on your baby’s delicate skin, to clean up spilled 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 their skin further, especially around the nappy area. Some parents find strong scented baby wipes off putting, others prefer them, so it really is an individual choice.
Should I buy own brand or branded baby wipes?
Again, this is down to you and your budget. For the past two years own brands have won Gold, Bronze and Silver in our Mother & Baby awards.
What are the best baby wipes to buy?
We’ve taken a look at the best baby wipes on the market here:
These Aldi Mamia baby wipes are amazing value for money, whilst being moist, but not too wet. With a lovely fresh scent, we really liked the consistency of the wipes, which are thick whilst still being gentle enough to use on your baby’s skin. The wipes are really easy to pull out of the packet one by one, making changing time easier and the plastic clip keeps them fresh.
The only downside we could find was that the large packet is quite difficult to fit into a changing bag or handbag on the move, but overall, these wipes are brilliant value for money and extremely high quality.
Made from 99.9% water and a drop of fruit extract, WaterWipes are recommended by 97% of midwives here in the UK. The downside is they are more expensive than some of the other baby wipes on this list, but they are currently the only baby wipes to have been approved by Allergy UK and the National Eczema Association of America. A good choice if your baby has reacted to cheaper wipes, we love the natural ingredients.
A good mum tip is to remove the number of wipes needed before changing, as it can be tricky to get the wipes out one at a time with one hand.
The best fragrance-free baby wipes: Tesco Loves Baby 56 Newborn Pure Wipes, £1.00 for 56 wipes, Tesco
Moist without being overly wet, these Tesco Love Baby wipes are hypoallergenic, pediatrician and dermatologically tested. We liked the handy packaging, with the flip lid to avoid wipes drying out and found that only one wipe came out of the pack at a time. A good option if you prefer a fragrance-free wipe and already do your local shop in Tesco.
The best baby wipes for durability: Asda Little Angels Care and Protect Baby Wipes, £0.75 for 64 wipes, ASDA
Made from 95% water, these wipes are mild, whilst still being strong and durable. They don’t rip easily, are a really good size and we found that one wipe effectively cleaned up a lot of mess. Whilst the price stands out, our panel of mum testers thought that the fragrance of the wipes wasn’t for everyone. The packaging is great and it was easy to only remove one wipe at a time, and the easy open and shut lid keeps the wipes fresh to the bottom of the pack.
The best biodegradable baby wipes: Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature Unscented Baby Wipes, £1.60 for 64 wipes, Boots
Designed especially for children with sensitive skin and eczema, 99% of the ingredients in these baby wipes by Jackson Reece are derived from renewable vegetable extracts. We absolutely love the fact that these wipes are biodegradable, compostable and chlorine-free, which is great for the environment. The wipes didn’t rip, the packaging meant they were great to carry on the go and they were moist enough that you only needed to use one or two wipes per mess.
The only downside our panel of mum tester found were that these wipes were a little wetter than some of the others on the market, but they are still a great environmentally friendly product.
The best value un-fragranced baby wipes: Aldi Mamia Sensitive/Fragrance Free Baby Wipes, £0.55 for 64 wipes, Aldi
Another super-affordable set of wipes from the Aldi Mamia range, these fragrance-free wipes are great value for money. The packet contains a lot of wipes and the re-sealable lid prevents them from drying out. The wipes themselves are moist, a good size and thick enough to get the job done efficiently. They aren’t that easy to remove one at a time and sometimes stick together, but this is a small price to pay for a high-quality, affordable wipe.
The best baby wipes recommended by the British Skin Foundation: Pampers Sensitive Wipes, £1.50 for 50 wipes, Boots
Brilliant baby wipes from a brand you can trust, these sensitive baby wipes from Pampers have been recommended by the British Skin Foundation. The wipes are strong and do a good job and do not stick together in the packet. The packaging is also great, with a proper plastic lid to keep the wipes fresh. The downside is that they are more expensive than others on the market, but they are kind to even the most senstivie skin and are a great product.
The best baby wipes for toilet training: Pampers Kandoo Melon Toilet Wipes, £2.50 for 55 wipes, Ocado
A good option for potty training, these wipes are designed with toddlers in mind. They clean better than toilet paper and are biodegradable and flush friendly, minimising mess. The wipes themselves are thick enough to only use one wipe at a time and they smell lovely, whilst still feeling soft on skin.