Changing diapers and cleaning up baby is hard enough, but when your little one has sensitive skin, trying to keep them comfortable throughout the (already pretty uncomfortable) process can be a monumental task. Luckily, plenty of baby brands recognize the need for products that are gentle and soothing on even the most sensitive skin. If you’re in the market for baby wipes that won’t agitate your little sweet pea, take a look at our ten favorite products, all guaranteed to be extra careful with baby’s sensitivities.
Our Top3 Picks
- Pampers Aqua Pure
- 99% Pure Water
- Sensitive Baby WaterWipes
- Suitable from birth
- Huggies Natural Care
- pH balanced
The Best Baby Wipes for Sensitive Skin Reviewed
Criteria Used in Evaluation of the Best Baby Wipes
Baby wipes, by their nature, come into contact with the most delicate parts of your baby’s skin. If your baby’s skin is sensitive, then it’s even more important to use baby products that won’t irritate their skin or cause redness and inflammation. In evaluating them, we kept in mind both the ingredients that went into them and what was left out. They shouldn’t include anything that could potentially harm or inflame your baby’s skin. Of course, they also need to do the job, so we also evaluated their durability and thickness. Lastly, they need to be portable, as you never know when you’re going to need them.
In terms of ingredients that were included, we looked for plant-based and natural ingredients. Many of the wipes have a lotion that’s primarily made from water. Water is, by far, the best cleansing agent for baby skin. It’s naturally clean and gentle. Many also include ingredients that are designed to soothe the skin and leave it moisturized and soft. Aloe is a common ingredient. Aloe is plant-based and an antioxidant. It’s known for its skin healing and soothing properties and feels nice and cool on the skin. Vitamin E is another common ingredient. It’s both a nutrient and an antioxidant. Chamomile is another ingredient found in several wipes on our list. Perhaps best known as a tea, chamomile also provides skin benefits; It’s calming and soothing to the skin. Several also include citric acid, which helps keep your baby’s skin at a healthy pH level.
It was also important to make certain that harsh ingredients were left out of these wipes. These include artificial fragrances, which can irritate skin and can have an overwhelming smell. Parabens and phthalates are also concerning, as they may alter hormone levels in the skin. Many of the wipes on this listed have been tested as hypoallergenic, which means they are less likely to cause an allergic reaction to your baby. Almost all are free of alcohol, which can cause irritation and redness, and chlorine, which can similarly, dry out skin.
Since baby wipes have a tough job to do, they need to be durable enough to handle big messes. The wipes on this list are durable. Many are thicker than average wipes to help prevent tearing while you’re in the middle of a cleanup. Many also have a textured surface to help clean up more with each wipe. The less you rub baby’s skin the better and using fewer wipes save you both time and money. Even though they’re strong they’re also soft to help prevent redness and irritation.
Portability is also important. You need to have them available both at home and when you’re out and about. These come in portable, resealable containers. This keeps the wipes moist and helps keep any liquid from spilling out and leaving you with another mess to clean.
When trying out a new wipe, if you have concerns about its interaction with your baby’s skin, you can test it out first. Try it on your skin to see if you react, then try it on a less delicate part of your baby, such as arms or legs. Give it some time to see if there’s any sort of reaction, and if there’s not, go ahead and use it for diaper changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I use baby wipes on any part of my baby?
A: For the most part, yes. Wipes should not be used on the eyes or inside the mouth, but you can feel free to use them on any other parts of your baby. If you’re concerned about a potential reaction, try them on a less sensitive part of your baby, like an arm or leg, and wait to see if there’s any sort of reaction. If there’s not, try it after to a diaper change and monitor for any redness or irritation.
Q: Are baby wipes flushable?
A: No. Baby wipes are not flushable and need to be disposed of in the trash.
Q: Do baby wipes cause diaper rash?
A: Baby wipes can sometimes cause a diaper rash. If you suspect that the product you’re using is causing diaper rash, you should discontinue use. The main reason for diaper rash, though, is continued contact with a wet diaper. Diapers should be changed regularly, of course, and there are creams and ointments you can apply to prevent diaper rash. The wipes on this list are designed to be gentle, so there’s less of a risk of diaper rash.
Q: Do the wipes contain alcohol?
A: Most of the wipes on this list are free of alcohol, which can be irritating to the baby skin. The only ones that contain alcohol are Burt’s Bees Baby Chlorine-free Wipes, which are free of chlorine, another common irritant.
Q: Are the wipes antibacterial?
A: Most baby wipes aren’t antibacterial, in the sense that they kill all bacteria. They do help provide some protection from bacteria, though, but shouldn’t be used to disinfect surfaces or toys.
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