One of the biggest aspects about having a baby is diapers. There isn’t a day that goes by where you don’t change a diaper…and you go through so many of them. Most moms put a lot of effort into finding the best diaper for their little one. The same effort should go into finding wipes. So, lets look at the best natural baby wipes for your little one. I’ll let you mommas decide which is the best for you & your little.

What to Avoid in Baby Wipes

Baby wipes seem so simple…but don’t overlook this product when it comes to your baby. Diaper rash isn’t just from the diapers you are using. You are using wipes just as much as you are diapers, so you want to be aware of what you are actually using on your baby’s bottom. Here are some of the most common ingredients you want to AVOID in baby wipes:

At a high level, here is what you will find in wipes:

  • Water
  • Detergent
  • Fragrance
  • Preservative
  • A Moisturizing Ingredient

 

Let’s break these down though and look at what you want to avoid:

 

  • Detergent:
    • Polyethylene Glycols – petroleum-based compound (these are also used as laxatives)
    • Propylene Glycol – the FDA classifies this as “generally safe”
    • Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate – Live Strong did an article on this, said that this was classified as a “moderate hazard” and has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity & skin irritation. This strips the protective layer of the skin.
  • Fragrance:
    • the issue with this is the manufacturers actually don’t have to say what they used for fragrance, so generally it will just be listed as “fragrance” on the package
      • Phthalates (commonly found in fragrances)
  • Preservative:
    • Bronopol – used as an antimirrobial
    • DMDM Hydantoin – increases the shelf life…this releases formaldehyde & kills bacteria
    • Parabens – these have been known to mess with hormones (so look for them in your other products as well – they are VERY common)
    • Phenoxyethanol – can cause skin & lung irritation, also toxic to the kidneys, nervous system and liver

When you are looking for baby wipes in the store, make sure you are really looking at them for these ingredients. Here’s some advice from a marketing major in college, the marketing is the front of the package. The front of the package is where they are going to sell you on their product. So even though it says “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” or “dermatologist recommended”….CHECK THE BACK! This is really where you are going to find the truth. Make sure the wipes you are looking at don’t contain what I mentioned above. Your little one will thank you 🙂

Best Natural Baby Wipes – DIY Solution

Making your own baby wipes can seem like a hastle…but in my opinion it really isn’t much work at all (regardless, I think it is totally worth it). I use cloth diapers though, so I just throw my used wipes in my wet/dry bag with the used cloth diapers and wash them all together. Makes everything really easy! There are so many different “recipes” out there for homemade wipes. I’ll list a couple & hopefully you will find one that works for you.

This first one is the “recipe” that I have stuck with. It’s super simple to make! The best part is, when you buy the ingredients, they last forever! So you won’t constantly be running to the store for wipes 🙂

Almond Oil Wipes

  • Almond Oil – 1 Tbsp
  • Witch Hazel – 1 Tbsp
  • Castle Soap (unscented) – 1 tsp
  • Water – 2 cups

 

The witch hazel is great for the skin, it reduces skin irritations (aka, GREAT for diaper rash) & the almond oil is great for moisturizing baby’s bottom.

Lavender Wipes:

lavender essential oil

  • Water – 1.5 Cups
  • Castile Soap (unscented) – 1 tsp
  • Coconut Oil – 1.5 Tbsp in liquid form
  • Tea Tree Oil – 10 drops
  • Lavender Oil (you can use any you would like for fragrance) – 10 drops

 

In this “recipe” the coconut oil is what will moisturize the baby’s skin. The Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, it will provide antibacterial properties to your solution & the other essential oil is for fragrance-so feel free to use something other than lavender. .

Best Natural Baby Wipes – DIY Wipes

Once you pick your solution and mix it up, there are a few different options you have in terms of wipes. What I do is just use a spray bottle & fabric wipes. So, I just put my solution in a spray bottle & spray my fabric squares when I am ready for a change. Another option you have, is to soak your wipes in your solution. With this, you could use either paper towels or fabric. If you are going the fabric route, I would recommend one of these options:

 

  • Cotton
  • Flannel
  • Bamboo (usually a combination of bamboo & cotton)

 

I use flannel ones and love them. They are soft on my baby’s bottom and are absorbent. They are nothing fancy and they work great! If you are making your own, I would suggest sewing around the edges of your pieces though because they will fray in the wash if you don’t. You don’t have to do this though (I used my wipes like this for the longest time).

If you want to use cloth wipes but don’t want to make them, there are options out there to buy them! Of course, they will be more expensive than making your own. I would say that are nicer quality than if you were just using a piece of fabric though. If you plan on having more than one baby, this could be a good option!

Where to buy them? You can find them at lots of places. I talked about Nicki’s Diapers in my cloth diapers post. They have awesome wipes as well. They have flannel. Organic cotton or bamboo options. Bamboo is my favorite fabric for cloth diapers so the wipes would be a great choice too! Very absorbent!

If you don’t want to use a spray bottle, the other option you have is to stack your wipes (fabric or paper towels) in a container & pour your solution over top of them. Then, use them like disposable wipes, you just pull one out when you are ready for a diaper change & it is ready to go. If you are using paper towels, you can cut the roll in half, place it in the container and pull the wipes out from the middle. Just wait for the solution to sit for a few minutes & you can simply pull the cardboard roll out from the middle.

Which Natural Baby Wipes are the best?

This, I think, will mainly be personal preference. In my opinion, I like to use the ones I make myself. Between using cloth diapers & my own wipes, my little one’s bottom is SO much happier. Before, his rash was so bad that his bottom was actually bleeding. After switching to cloth diapers and my own wipes, his rash completely went away. For awhile, I was using cloth diapers and store bought wipes, and his bottom was still red. So I know the combination of switching both made the difference. Plus, it is one less thing you have to run to the store for 🙂

I also realized that I went through WAY less cloth wipes than I did disposable ones. So not only is this a better option for your baby’s bottom it will also save you some money!

I totally understand if you prefer store bought wipes. I still use those when we travel or are out and about, they are just more convenient! My advice, just check the ingredients before you buy! One brand I trust for disposable wipes is Natracare (you can find them on Amazon):

 

Do you have a favorite DIY “recipe” for wipes? Comment below 🙂 Also reach out with any questions or comments you have.

All the best,

Abby

abby@mommabearsknowbest.com

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