Best Sensitive Baby Wipes For Baby’s Diaper Changes (2018 Guide)
When it comes to my babies' most sensitive areas, there was no way I was going to let any kind of chemical come near them.
That is why I spent a lot of time researching the type of baby wipes I should be using on their little, sensitive bottoms.
After learning what really goes into the average wipe, I hands down had to opt for natural/chemical free products.
After a little trial and error, and a lot of recommendations from my other eco-conscious mommy friends, here is what you should avoid in a wipe and our choices for the ones you should be shopping for!
How Hard Could It Be To Select Wipes?
This is something you are probably wondering. You go to the store, pick up a pack, put it in your cart, pay for it, and take it home.
It sounds good in theory, until your baby is left with a red, burning bum.
Also, have you ever walked down a baby aisle? There’s wipes upon wipes lining each side!
How do you know which one you should choose?
You could consider cost, texture, thickness, scents and even ingredients before making your selection. You can also take parent reviews into consideration so you know which wipes not only work the best, but are gentle enough for your baby’s bottom.
Before you choose just any pack of wipes, read up on brands, ingredients, and recommendations to make a no-brainer selection.
4 Things To Expect From A Great Box Of Wipes
As you know, some baby wipes are much better than others.
You can expect the following from a great box of wipes:
#1. Hard Container
The container shape is everything!
You’d never probably take a second look at a pack of wipes until you’ve had an experience with a bad design!
Forget those soft packs: they just don’t stay sealed well enough and they dry out the wipes.
Look for a hard container that dispenses wipes as easily as a tissue dispenser.
You also shouldn’t have to peel away wipes and they shouldn't rip if you tug on them. The perfect dispenser stops this from happening!
Also, you want to make sure your container can be kept for quite some time, to cut down on garbage and to allow you to add refills to it over time.
#2. Thickness & Texture
I highly recommend a medium thick, textured wipe.
Something with a texture will pick up every little piece of debris and a medium thickness won’t tear or stick.
This is the way to go if your little one’s bottom is sensitive, or if you notice they suffer from rashes and redness after applying lotions.
Sensitive formula wipes are also great for babies who suffer from eczema and other skin irritations.
Hypoallergenic wipes are fragrance free and they don’t contain harsh ingredients or chemicals, so you gain peace of mind when using them on your baby’s most private of parts.
#4. Safe Ingredients
It’s always best to use wipes that contain all natural ingredients.
This ensures that they won’t come in contact with chemicals and unnecessary fragrances.
6 Ingredients To Watch Out For
If you're like me, you figure most wipes are safe to put on a baby’s sensitive area.
It’s so important to read the back of a package to make sure it doesn’t contain some of the following things:
#1. Fragrances. I used to think fragrance was necessary. Wouldn’t it cover up the yucky smells that I was wiping in the first place? But, I learned that fragrances are absolutely not necessary, and sometimes the word “perfume” may be used instead. Both these terms are kinds of pthlalates, which are known to be endocrine disruptors overtime. So, always go fragrance-free.
#2. Parabens. Unfortunately today, it’s hard to find a product that doesn’t contain parabens. But if possible try to avoid them. They are a type of preservative that has some links to cancer.
#3. Phenoxyethanol. This ingredient is considered a carcinogen, and many conventional wipes have this ingredient listed.
#4. Polysorbate-20. A common ingredient in many baby products, this is also a preservative that is said to be contaminated with carcinogenic substances.
#5. Tocopheryl Acetate. Commonly used in generic, less expensive options, this is a synthetic vitamin E that substitutes for a skin conditioner. But, it is produced with a skin toxicant called hydroquinone, and is known to also be a carcinogen.
#6. Proplyene glycol. This stuff is found in the liquid that de-ices your car windshield. It also can be found in wipes. Avoid!
What Are Cloth Wet Wipes?
Some babies suffer from severe allergies, and in this case, even sensitive formula wipes won’t cut it.
But don’t despair: you can use cloth wet wipes!
Simply obtain a washcloth, dip it in warm soapy water, and wipe away. While this does create more “mess” and laundry in the long run, you can be assured that your homemade wipes are natural and gentle, yet effective.
Keep this tip in your back pocket because goodness knows, we’ve all run out of wipes from time to time, so this is great if you’re in a pinch.
Should You Buy In Bulk?
Some people prefer to stock up on certain stuff, and baby wipes is one of those things that is totally worth it.
You'll use tons of wipes your baby’s first year of life, and well into their potty training years!
It is estimated that your baby will use nearly 3,000 diapers their first year, so just imagine how many wipes are needed to accommodate those changes!
Plus, wipes are great to have around to wipe hands, feet, and faces at the playground, at a restaurant, or outside in your yard.
You can keep multiple packs around in your car, diaper bags, and on every level in your home.
Before sinking your cash into a bulk investment, be sure to test out the wipe brand on your baby’s bottom for at least a week to look for irritations or sensitivities. The last thing you want to do is spend your money on an item that your baby won’t be able to use.
Should you buy in bulk? The answer is yes! You’ll have an endless supply and will save lots of money in the long run.
How Many Wipes Will You Use?
The general rule of thumb to calculate how many wipes you’ll need is to multiple diapers by five.
This number will shed some insight as to how many wipes you’ll need throughout the first year.
You can expect to go through about 15,000 wipes (or more) just for your baby’s first year!
You also have to factor in illness days, where your baby will just blow through wipes, and colds with snotty noses, spit up, you name it!
The Seventh Generation Free & Clear (click here to check the price on Amazon) are definitely my favorite overall.
After reading a lot about what traditional companies are putting in their wipes, for me personally, the somewhat premium price of these is worth paying for the peace of mind and to ensure my baby’s safety.
Plus, Seventh Generation is a brand you can trust. They really are reliable when it comes to producing items that are eco-friendly and safe for everyone in your family to use.
These wipes in particular are thick, which is nice when you have a big mess to clean up. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wasted wipes because I doubled up, due to them being too thin.
So while they may be costly, you won’t end up using half as many as traditional wipes, so they will actually last longer and you’ll need to purchase them less frequently.
Their wipes are free of dyes, fragrances, parabens, alcohol, and phthalates, so you can rest assured you are using something that is designed for delicate areas.
The wipes are also strong because they are composed of wood pulp, which makes each wipe strong, and sustainable.
The Seventh Generation wipes are sold in a resealable pack, and you are able to sign up for a subscription on some online sites to save on these baby necessities.
If you’re looking for natural wipes, these are your best bet!
Yep, Amazon actually makes their own wipes through their Amazon Elements brand (click here to check the price on Amazon), which are great for sensitive skin.
Already reasonably priced, you can save oodles more if you take advantage of the featured coupons and sign up for a subscription (and are a Prime Family Member too).
These are designed for sensitive skin. So, you can ensure that you won’t have any kind of irritating ingredients in the wipes.
They are free from fragrances, parabens, phthalates, and even dyes (and several other irritating and dangerous chemicals).
I also love how you are able to scan each pack‘s code to view its ingredients, where they came from, and when to use the pack by.
Because this is a sensitive formula, I regularly wipe my baby’s hands, feet, and face with them, so I usually have a bunch in my car since they basically replace tissues too.
And because these are the best sensitive wipes I’ve come across, you can ensure that you are getting a product with pharmaceutical-grade purified water that cleans, but also remains super gentle.
I also appreciate how they added chamomile to the wipes to serve as a soothing agent (which is especially helpful if you forget your butt paste).
And, you can ensure that the wipes will always stay fresh and moist because Amazon sells their sensitive wipes in packages that have a hard, flip top lid, which also allows for easy access (no more wipes clumping together).
Well done on this chemical-free option, Amazon!
Another brand I’m in love with when it comes to all things natural for your baby, Babyganics (click here to check the price on Amazon) has awesome and really effective wipes.
These are fragrance-free and in particular are great for wiping your baby’s bottom if they are prone to diaper rash. No more burning or irritating with these guys!
While not every ingredient is USDA organic, you can feel good about using these because they do contain plenty of natural ingredients, and none of the ones to watch out for from my list below.
Made with something called a Neo Nourish Seed Oil Blend, each quilted and heavy duty wipe is coated with a combination of tomato, sunflower, cranberry, black cumin, and red raspberry. Each ingredient plays an important role when cleansing and moisturizing your baby’s most delicate areas.
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And, even though it’s kind of gross, moms rave about these because they are really powerful when it comes to gripping and grabbing left over pieces of poo that get stuck to the tooshie!
Another added bonus is that the Babyganics are biodegradable, so you can feel good about using them for the environment as well (but, like any wipe, don’t flush them).
The only criticism these have received is that sometimes, moms noticed that they leave a light trace of white fuzz behind on the bottom. While it can easily be pulled off, I did think it was important to mention.
And, like all the others on this list, they can double as tissues to easily and effectively clean the face, nose, hands, and feet.
These Babyganics are moderately priced, and you can also sign up for a monthly subscription to save extra, which is always helpful.
I received Pampers Sensitive Wipes (click here to check the price on Amazon) as a baby shower gift and I’ve continued to use them for quite some time.
I’ve never had any issues with them, and I even have a pack in every car for on the go emergencies.
I like that Pampers is a brand you can trust, and that its sensitive formula is fragrance free. Out of all the options here, they are probably the most cost effective. And, like all the others, sign up for a subscription online, or even clip coupons to save even more!
Pampers Sensitives are not only perfume-free, but are hypoallergenic and are very mild.
I felt very comfortable using them on my infant as soon as he came home from the hospital.
There is also a special ingredient in them to help restore the natural pH of your baby’s skin, which is helpful when bottoms start to get red and irritated.
These are also very thick and have a slight texture to them, which helps grab any excess debris lingering around your baby’s bottom.
I also like using these because they have been tested and approved by dermatologists. You will also not find any of the dangerous ingredients that I’ve listed below.
I think it’s important to mention again that buying these in bulk will save you big time, and you get a lot of quality for the cost.
More Great Choices
Great Cheap Choice: Looking for another cheap option you can rely on? Try Huggies One and Done. Not only do they get the job done, you don’t have to worry about getting any residue on your hands-they are ultra-thick, so they’ll never rip for fray when in mid-wipe! They also have a special texture that grabs every inch of mess, while refreshing your baby’s bottom with their cucumber and green tea formula.
Best Flushables: The Kandoo Flushable will become your saving grace once your child becomes potty trained. They are not only soft and gentle, but they are easy for a toddler to use. Plus, they are bio-degradable so they flush easily (in case your little one decides to have a field day with them). They are unscented, hypoallergenic, and free from harmful chemicals, so they are awesome for the whole family to use since they clean nearly 30% better than just using toilet paper solo.
Good for Sensitive Skin: A shout out to living simpler, WaterWipes are all you need to clean up a mess in no time, with full peace of mind that nothing harmful is coming in contact with your baby’s most sensitive areas. Composed of just two ingredients-purified water and fruit extract, these don’t just mop up a mess but they help your baby avoid diaper rash! WaterWipes are strong and thick, and have become a favorite among eco-conscious parents across the globe.
Best Large Choice: If you've noticed that your baby’s bottom is extra sensitive, then you should consider using the Bloom and Kind brand. They are made from a plant based formula, designed with sensitive skin in mind. They not only wipe your baby’s bottom clean, but they nourish and protect by adding vitamins to the skin. They are made in the U.S.A. and nothing harmful can be found in them-especially allergens.
Great Natural Choice: A company that prides itself on not just being good for your baby, but good for the environment, The Honest Company’s offering are thick and strong. They are awesome for babies who have sensitivity issues and are gentle enough to be used to wipe their face and hands when messy. Because these are so effective, you only need to use a few. The days of blowing through 6-10 at once are a thing of the past when you utilize this item!
Best for Runny Noses: These unique Boogie Wipes are designed to be used on the face only. They are great for cleaning up snotty noses and other after meal messes. They are enriched with vitamins, chamomile, and aloe, so your baby won’t be left with dry, red, or chaffed skin after wiping their runny noses down. Its unique formula is also known to dry up mucus, so you get a pretty powerful, multi-purpose item in a re sealable, on the go pack.
Best Store-Brand Choice: This hypoallergenic offering from Kirkland doesn't just clean up messes, they moisturize even the most sensitive skin as well. They gently cleanse but also maintain and restore the skin’s pH balance, leaving an ultra-soft surface behind after each use. These are free of gluten, nuts, and animal products, so they are ideal for parents who want to ensure their child is protected from chemicals or other irritants. They are ultra-strong because they are made mostly from the pulp of Eucalyptus trees grown in an environment managed forest-impressive!
Whenever you're putting something on or near your baby’s most sensitive areas, you want to be sure it’s safe and effective.
Each of the products I reviewed is a favorite of moms everywhere.
Your baby deserves the best, so while you may have to pay a bit more from time to time, you will have peace of mind that you are using high quality, gentle, and safe products on your baby’s skin!