The best baby wipes 2024

best baby wipes

by Lorna White |
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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 to use wipes on your child's delicate skin as well as to clean up spilt drinks and even take your make-up off at the end of the day. From wipes for newborns to unscented options, we've found the best baby wipes for you to choose from.

Baby wipes are designed specifically to be gentle on baby skin, so there's no need to look out for sensitive wipes unless your baby does have particularly sensitive skin or suffers from eczema or similar conditions. For this reason a lot of baby wipes are unscented, or will be scented with natural products that are kind to baby's skin.

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, biodegradable baby wipes are available, so always check the packaging details if that's something that is important to you. Continuing on the eco-friendly baby products route, there are reusable options available to buy too.

Editor's choice
• Best value baby wipes: Aldi Mamia Sensitive Baby Wipes
• Best baby wipes for newborns: WaterWipes Baby Wipes Sensitive Newborn Skin
Best plastic-free baby wipes: Pura Flushable Baby Wipes
• Best daily baby wipes: Aveeno Daily Care Baby Wipes
• Best baby wipe for eczema: Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature Unscented Baby Wipes

Whether you opt for branded or supermarket-brand baby wipes is down to you and your budget. It's worth knowing that supermarket brands are still quality products. For the past few years, own brands have won Gold, Bronze and Silver in our Mother & Baby Awards after being tried and tested by real parents. Not all wipes are the same, and different brands will have a different combinations of moisture, softness and scent. So, here are some of our recommendations...

Best baby wipes 2024

Best value baby wipes

The Mamia Fragranced Baby Wipes was awarded Gold for Best Baby Wipe at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.

Aldi's Mamia Fragranced Baby Wipes are made from an extra soft cloth for all baby cleansing and changing occasions. The mild, lightly fragranced, liquid contains natural Aloe Vera and is perfect for gently cleansing baby's delicate skin. The baby wipes are suitable for use from birth and dermatologically accredited by the Skin Health Alliance.

Our mum tester said: "I love these wipes! I have been using them for a while now and have had no problems with skin irritations on my son. I have used other brands in the past that have left him with rashes. The wipes come out of the pack quite easily and keep their moisture well due to the resealable plastic cover and plastic lid."

Read our full Mamia Fragranced Baby Wipes review.

Pros

  • Great value
  • Dermatologically accredited

Cons

  • Some may not like the slight fragrance

Best sensitive baby wipes

The ASDA Little Angels Plastic Free Sensitive 60 Baby Wipes was awarded Silver for Best Baby Wipe at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.

ASDA little Angels baby wipes are plastic free, made from viscose which comes from sustainable sources. Formulated for sensitive skin, our wipes are ideal for cleaning up life's little messes while leaving baby's skin gently cleansed.

Our mum tester said: "I was really impressed with these wipes as the packet was a good size and they also didn't break (Have bits coming off) which a lot of wipes do. The price is really good and probably the best I have seen on the market. They were soft to touch and soft on my baby and they didn't seem to irritate him."

Read our full ASDA Little Angels Plastic Free Sensitive 60 Baby Wipes review.

Pros

  • Plastic free
  • Sensitive
  • Good value for money
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Paediatrician approved

Cons

  • Pack design could be bigger, allowing the wipes to come out easily.
  • Wipes are a little thin.
Suitable for:Newborns
Pack includes:60 wipes
Ingredients:Aqua, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Benzoic Acid, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid
  • Fragrance Free
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Paediatrician approved
  • Plastic free
  • PH balanced
  • They have not been tested on animals
  • Skin Health Alliance - Dermatologically Accredited.

Best for on-the-go

The Aldi Mamia Sensitive Baby Wipes was awarded Gold and Bronze for Best Baby Wipe at the Mother&Baby Awards 2021 and 2024.

Aldi Mamia Sensitive 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.

One of our parent testers said: "I was a bit sceptical at first with these wipes being Aldi and quite cheap. But I was definitely wrong. They are thick, large and wet but not too drippy. The packaging is great because the plastic close lid means they don't dry out, which so many other wipes do. So they are perfect for those quick bum changes where you forget to put everything away properly or shove those unwanted wipes back in the pack."

Read our full review of Aldi Mamia Sensitive Baby Wipes.

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Made from strong material
  • Doesn't dry out easily

Cons

  • One of our parent testers felt they were extremely wet
Amount:6 x 60 Wipes
Fragranced?No
Biodegradable?No

Best baby wipes for newborns

WaterWipes Baby Wipes Sensitive Newborn Skin 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. As pure as cotton wool and cooled boiled water, maternity wards and neonatal intensive care units in the UK and Ireland have started recommending them to parents. They're free from chemicals and nasties and are soft, gentle and kind to baby's skin.

One of our parent testers said: "I love that the water wipes contain no chemicals. It means that I can be rest assured there is nothing harmful is coming into contact with my baby's delicate skin. The wipes are lovely and thick. Super soft and fragrance-free."

Read our full review of WaterWipes baby Wipes Sensitive Newborn Skin.

Pros

  • Good size
  • Refreshing scent
  • Good quality

Cons

  • Wipes a little dry
Amount:12 x 60 Wipes (available in different amounts)
Fragranced?No
Biodegradable?Yes

Best plastic-free baby wipes

Pura Flushable Baby Wipes
Price: $42.44

Free of chemicals, alcohol or chlorine making them great for your baby's sensitive skin, these wipes are biodegradable and free from harsh chemicals, making them a great choice for your little one. The innovative formula ensures they break down easily, providing a flushable and environmentally conscious alternative to traditional wipes. The resealable pack ensures they will stay fresh and moist, making them a practical addition to your daily routine.

Reviews Editor Emily Gilbert said: "We're all looking for ways to be more eco-conscious and these Pura wipes are a fab place to start as a parent. As well as being strong but gentle against baby's skin, I love that they are officially accredited by Water UK as ‘Fine-to-Flush’."

Pros

  • 100% plastic-free
  • 100% biodegradable
  • Recyclable packaging

Cons

  • Can be tricky pulling out just one wipe

Best unscented baby wipes

Mama Bear Sensitive Unscented Baby Wipes (1008 wipes)
Price: £13.74

These wipes are formulated with a gentle lotion designed to cleanse baby's delicate skin. You and your baby will love that Mama Bear Ultra Sensitive Unscented Baby Wipes are hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested, pH balanced and fragrance-free and are made using 99.5 per cent naturally derived ingredients.

Formulated with a gentle lotion designed to cleanse baby's delicate skin. They contain aloe vera, chamomile and cotton seed extract.

One of our parent testers said: "I would recommend these wipes as they are a good all-rounder in terms of quality and price. Being ultra sensitive, you can be sure they are kind on babies' skin which is an absolute priority for any parent or carer. The design is simple but cute. They're strong wipes which is a must for anyone using them."

Read our full review of Mama Bear Ultra Sensitive Baby Wipes.

Pros

  • Large wipes
  • Excellent value for money
  • Great for little ones with sensitive skin

Cons

  • Some customers reported that packet rips
Amount:12 x 60 wipes
Fragranced?No
Biodegradable?Yes

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 wipes. With these wipes, you can gently clean and protect baby's delicate skin. We love that they're 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.

Huggies Pure wipes are strong yet gentle thanks to the composition of the wipe. The wipes use skin-loving natural fibres to gently care for baby's skin, providing a soft touch for delicate skin.

Reviews: Reviewers who are verified buyers overwhelmingly love these wipes, saying they are soft, wet and thick enough to be absorbent when cleaning up little spills. Those with children with sensitive skin were impressed that they didn't cause irritation, but they were not found to be as good for sensitive skin as water wipes. Wipes ripping as they are removed from the pack was a problem for a few.

Pros

  • Soft and cushioned texture
  • Natural fibres prevent skin irritation
  • 672 wipes in total

Cons

  • Can tear easily
Amount:10 x 72 Packs (720 wipes)
Fragranced?No
Biodegradable?Yes

Best for eczema-prone skin

Aveeno Daily Care 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.

As with the rest of the Aveeno range, they're suitable for even eczema-prone skin and are formulated to help prevent redness.

Reviews: According to reviewers, these wipes have a non-offensive scent and are soft and moisturising - just as you would expect from the Aveeno brand. A few reviewers found they were not as good for sensitive skin as they'd hoped, but the majority of users loved them. One reported downfall is that the plastic snap lid comes away from the packaging at times.

Read our full review of the Aveeno Baby Daily Care Range.

Pros

  • Soft to touch
  • Formulated to prevent redness
  • Fragrance-free

Cons

  • Not biodegradable
Amount:12 x 72 wipes
Fragranced?No
Biodegradable?No

Best biodegradable baby wipe

Best biodegradable baby wipe

The Aqua Wipes Baby 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 agents and organic aloe vera.

One of our parent testers said: "These wipes were much easier to use compared to other products on the market. Due to the fact that the Aqua Wipes were very wet compared to other wipes, cleaning my baby was much quicker. Jenson was happier because his bottom was not sore from having to rub as often to get it clean. I was also able to clean my baby with fewer wipes which meant that the wipes lasted longer. I loved these wipes, and so did my baby!"Read our full review of Aqua Wipes Baby Wipes.

Pros

  • Cleans mess up well
  • Made with purified water and organic aloe vera
  • Lovely quality yet better for the environment

Cons

  • Some reports of wipes sticking together
Amount:12 packs (12 wipes per pack)
Fragranced?Unspecified
Biodegradable? Yes

Best biodegradable baby wipe

Jackson Reece Herbal Baby Wipes
Price: $45.99

Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature Unscented Baby Wipes was 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 Baby Wipes is 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.

One of our parent testers said: "The wipes are a lovely soft material, and I felt reassured using them on my baby's skin. The wipes had a great level of moisture throughout (i.e. from the first wipe in the pack to the last wipe), and the packet seal remained sticky, which kept the packet closed when not used, which meant there was no leakage of moisture when transporting in a tightly packed baby bag. You receive a good amount of wipes per pack, and individual wipes were a great size, so good enough to do a thorough cleaning job without having to use an excessive amount of wipes."

Read our full review of the Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature Unscented Baby Wipes.

Pros

  • Durable wipe
  • Sustainable and environmentally friendly
  • Good quality and excellent for sensitive skin

Cons

  • Wipes stick together when removed from the packet
Amount:12 x 56 Wipes
Fragranced?Unspecified
Biodegradable?Yes

Best vegan baby wipes

We're always looking for more eco-friendly options, so when these Mum + You 100% Biodegradable Vegan wipes (12 x 56 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 is that they're mild and gentle for baby's skin.

One of our parent testers said: "We have previously used biodegradable wipes before, and they always rip, but these are thick and are actually wet and aren't bone dry like some wipes, so you're not having to use a lot of them. I only use one, maybe two wipes a nappy, and that's more than enough!"

Read our full review of Mum & You 100% Biodegradable Wipes.

Pros

  • 672 wipes in total
  • Vegan, plant-based compostable wipes
  • Hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested

Cons

  • Not the thickest option on the list
Amount:12 x 56 wipes
Fragranced?No
Biodegradable?Yes

Best eco-friendly baby wipes

The Cheeky Panda Bamboo Biodegradable Baby Wipes (12 x 64 wipes)
Price: $24.60

A well-known eco-friendly brand, The Cheeky Panda Bamboo Biodegradable Baby Wipes are made with bamboo fibres, they're sustainable and also kind to the planet. Containing just 99 per cent purified water and 1 per cent aloe vera and fruit extract, you can be sure there are no chemical nasties in them. They're made with all-natural ingredients, making them super soft on your babies' sensitive skin. They're also biodegradable, so just chuck them in the bin when you're done, and they'll break down rather than sticking around for years and ruining the planet.

Reviews: Many reviewers bought these wipes because of their eco-credentials, but ended up loving them for other reasons including their thickness and effective use on sensitive skin. These wipes have recently changed formula, however, and no longer contain aloe vera. Some reviewers are unhappy about this and state that the previous formula was superior.

Pros

  • Dermatologically tested
  • Certified biodegradable
  • Sustainable choice

Cons

  • Quite dry
Amount:12 x 64 wipes
Fragranced?No
Biodegradable?Yes

Best hypoallergenic baby wipes

Super soft and hypoallergenic, these Kit + Kin Biodegradable Baby Wet Wipes (10 x 60 Wipes) are designed to be kind to baby's skin. The formulation contains 99 per cent water, so you won't find chlorine, alcohol, parabens or perfumes in it. The easy dispense lid will make changing your little one that bit easier as it's designed so wipes will come out one by one, ensuring no clumping or waste.
The recyclable packaging is made from 50% recycled materials, and the wipes themselves are described as earth friendly. We love that this starter pack also comes with their amazing nappies.

Reviews: Kit and Kin is a premium brand so people have high expectations. Most reviewers chose to buy these wipes due to an environmental conscience. Reviewers also loved that there were no nasties in the formula. However, some reported that the wipes themselves were not as soft as other brands, and therefore irritated some with sensitive skin. The lack of artificial scent also bothered a few reviewers who said the wipes don't smell particularly nice.

Pros

  • 100 per cent biodegradable
  • Approved by dermatologists
  • Each pack sold helps protect acres of rainforest

Cons

  • Some reviewers didn't like the smell
Amount:240 Wipes
Fragranced?No
Biodegradable?Yes

Best bulk buy baby wipes

Claiming to protect natural skin pH better than cotton wool and water, these wipes from Pampers will help to shield your newborn's sensitive skin from irritation. They're made with a thick fabric for effective and gentle cleaning.

Pampers New Baby Sensitive Wipes are designed to care for your newborn's skin in the kindest possible way. Their balanced wetness leaves the skin feeling cleaner whilst helping to maintain the natural pH level. Pampers unique Soft Grip Texture helps to pick up mess. What's more, the unscented wipes have an easy-to-open lid for speedy access, which prevents wipes from drying out.

Reviews: Reviewers rave about these wipes for their thickness, strength and wetness. They aren't the cheapest on the market but verified buyers say they needed less wipes to get the job done due to their quality.

Read our full review of Pampers New Baby Sensitive Baby Wipes.

Pros

  • Doesn't contain alcohol, perfume or dyes
  • Approved by Skin Health Alliance Dermatologists
  • Made with plant-based fibres

Cons

  • One reviewer thought they could be wetter
Amount:600 wipes
Fragranced?No
Biodegradable?Yes

Choosing the best baby wipes for your baby

When it comes to choosing the best baby wipes for you and your baby it comes down to a certain amount of trial-and-error. Key decision-making factors include:

Fragranced vs unfragraced - This really depends on your baby's skin and your personal preference. All babies have sensitive skin, but for some, the fragranced options will irritate them further, especially around the nappy area. Some parents find strongly scented baby wipes off-putting, while others prefer them, so it really is an individual choice.

Packaging - Most wet wipes are packed in flow wrapped plastic bags, with a re-closable lid or label, for opening the pack, extraction of a single wipe and closing of the pack to avoid de-hydration. In an effort to reduce unnecessary plastic, many brands have removed rigid plastic lids in favour for a semi-rigid sticky label opening. Check the label to confirm if you can recycle the outer packaging of the wipes or not.

Eco friendly options - if you're trying to be more environmentally conscious keep an eye out for biodegradable options. Be aware of wet wipes are marketed as flushable and septic-safe. Even though these wipes do eventually break down, they take a longer amount of time to do so compared to toilet paper. As a rule it's best to throw these in the bin anyway.

Sensitive/extra sensitive wipes - this comes down to your baby's skin type. As mentioned above all baby wipes are designed to be gentle. It may be that your baby doesn't react well to a certain brand of wipe, in which case it is worth trying another brand, or opting for an unscented or sensitive skin version.

Usability - the thickness and strength of the wipe will factor into this, as well as a the size of each individual wipe. If they're smaller wipes you may find yourself pulling out handfuls to have enough to do the job, whereas larger wipes that are thicker and stronger will be easier to use. Also bear in mind the lids on packets, if the lid is hard to close or becomes less sticky over time it can dry out your wipes, plus you'll often only have one hand free!

Bulk purchasing options - buying in bulk can be a more cost-effective way to buy products you know you're going to need a lot of, such as baby wipes. Just be sure you have somewhere to store the surplus.

FAQs

Can I use baby wipes on my newborn?

The NHS recommends that you avoid using baby wipes until your baby is at least 2-4 weeks old, opting instead for cotton wool and water. However these days there are a few baby wipe brands that have products that are just as gentle as cotton wool and water, so these are ideal for your hospital bag. When used, they should be mild and free from alcohol and perfume. For premature babies, it's recommended that skin products are avoided for 6-8 weeks as the skin's protective barrier takes longer to mature.

Should you dry a babies bum after using wipes?

It's recommended that after using baby wipes for a nappy change you pat baby's bottom dry with a towel, or give them a moment of two without nappy to allow for any excess moisture to evaporate.

Are baby wipes flushable?

Top tip: always remember not to flush your wipes down the toilet (even if it says they're flushable) as this can contribute to the fatbergs blocking the nation's drainage system. Not ideal!

Are wipes bad for your face?

Baby wipes can be used instead of face wipes 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 makeup. We recommend that you still use a skincare regime to cleanse, tone and moisturise and not rely solely on these to do everything.

What else can I use baby wipes for?

Baby wipes have lots of other uses beyond baby's bums and sticky toddler fingers. In fact they're great for cleaning a range of stains and spills such as food stains on clothes or pen marks on walls. They're ideal for using on suede bags, shoes and sofas. They're also gentle enough to dust plants, but tough enough to be used to disinfect toys and appliances.

Lorna White has written for Mother&Baby for three years, specialising in a range of parenting topics including potty training and nutrition, to baby names and maternity fashion.

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