The best baby wipes

Wet wipes can be a nappy changing essential. They're a convenient alternative to cotton wool and water, help with hygiene, and in a pinch, there’s nothing they can’t wipe clean

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1. Pampers Sensitive Wipes, £0.2 per wipe, MadeForMums Awards Joint Gold Winner

Offering gentle cleansing from one of the most universal baby brands out there, these wipes were a hit with our judges, securing the joint top award.

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Pampers Sensitive Wipes are developed to restore the skin’s natural pH balance, following contact with pee or poo, to hopefully avoid any nappy rash in the process.

Accredited by the British Skin Foundation, these wipes don’t contain Phenoxyethanol, Paraben, Perfume or MI and are alcohol free, and our judges loved their softness and effectiveness.

What our MadeForMums judges say about Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes:

“Definitely the best wipes I have used. The wipes have the best feel we have found and the lid that closes properly is a godsend when you have toddler twins!” Mum-of-three, Claire

“Lovely quality – the Pampers wipes are soft and thick, and great value too. I would buy these!” MFM Reviews Editor, Magda

You can buy Pampers Sensitive Wipes from: Amazon and Boots

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2. CannyMum Bamboo Luxurious Dry Wipes, £0.028 – £0.049 per wipe, MadeForMums Awards Joint Gold Winner

These CannyMum dry wipes are aimed at those who prefer eco friendlier products, but they do a fantastic job for everyone. These wipes allow you to avoid preservatives, synthetic fragrances and artificial cleansing solutions, and they certainly won over our judges.

They won the MFM Gold Award for their softness and kindness to baby’s skin, for their eco-credentials, as well as their overall usefulness.

The wipes are designed for making your own wet wipes at home – whether you want to use pure water or your own herbal infusions or other ingredients. They are chemical-free and made of 100% biodegradable bamboo fibre, while conventional wet wipes are often made of non-degradable polyester.

What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the CannyMum Bamboo Luxurious Dry Wipes:

“These wipes are slightly larger than standard wet wipes, which is a bonus when you’re dealing with a wriggly toddler or particularly mucky nappy change. The wipes are beautifully soft, which is especially nice when you’re using them on a nappy rash or to wipe a little face. I tested them on my two-year-old, but I would also use them for a delicate newborn as they’re chemical free, and nicer to use than cotton wool and water. I’m not sure I would carry them out of the house with me, in case I needed to do an impromptu change with no water nearby. But the size and softness, and being eco-friendly, mean they definitely earned their place on our changing table.” Mum-of-two, Christy

“This is a fantastic product because parents can simply add their own liquid or use them dry. They are totally natural, eco-friendly and wonderfully soft, so perfect for small hands and bottoms.  For children with extra sensitive skins, these are ideal.” Mum-of-two, Georgina

You can buy CannyMum Bamboo Luxurious Dry Wipes from: Amazon

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3. WaterWipes Sensitive Baby Wipes, £2.70, MadeForMums Awards Silver Winner

It is usually recommended that we use cotton wool and water only on newborn skin. However, many midwives happily recommend WaterWipes. They are some of the gentlest wipes on the market, which has made them a hit with many.

WaterWipes contain 99.9% purified and filtered water and a drop of grapefruit seed extract – a natural skin conditioner. They are fresh, have a soft texture and great absorbency, so will be useful well beyond the newborn stage.

What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about WaterWipes:

“These are really great wipes for babies and toddlers – really reassuring to know there’s nothing in them to irritate young skin. The mini packs are great for your handbag and it’s good to know you can use them from birth. I always found cotton wool and water was ineffective on a really dirty bottom. The next step is to make them biodegradable – then I’d be completely sold.” Mum-of-two, Sophie

“These wipes are a great alternative to the recommended cotton wool and water. I did find them a little bit too ‘wet’, and as for the cost I possibly wouldn’t use them for a prolonged period, but would definitely buy them for my newborn due in April.” Mum-of-one, Alexandra

You can buy WaterWipes Sensitive Baby Wipes from: Boots and Amazon

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4. Aldi Mamia Fragranced Baby Wipes, £0.55, MadeForMums Bronze Winner

These wipes from favourite supermarket brand Mamia are accredited by the Skin Health Allicance and are enriched with natural aloe vera and chamomile – a lovely, soothing formula for baby’s skin.

This Bronze Award winning product is made from soft cloth that’s strong enough for gentle cleansing.

What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Aldi Mamia Fragranced Baby Wipes:

“My favourite from my test ones although I normally use the sensitive version which I prefer slightly. They’re good value for money. Easy flip top to the pack for when you only have one hand available. Smell nice, soft on bottoms.” Mum-of-two, Sophie

“I was really pleasantly surprised with these wipes. I have tried several different brands and even though this does not top my favourite WaterWipes it definitely takes 2nd place. The thickness is just right, the moisture on it is very good. It cleans well, it didn’t cause any rash and it has a great price! I was only bothered by the fragrance as personally it was just a little too strong.” Mum-of-two, Vanessa

You can buy Aldi Mamia Fragranced Baby Wipes from: Aldi

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5. M&Y 100% Biodegradable Baby Wipes, £1.39 – 8.39

In times where many parents like to consider every piece of disposable product ending up in landfill, reaching for a biodegradable baby wipe is appealing to many.

The M&Y 100% biodegradable baby wipes are produced from materials sourced from sustainably managed forests and other controlled resources, and are made from entirely naturally derived fibres. The packaging is also designed to dispense just one wipe at a time, to effectively minimise waste, and the wipes also promise to maintain the skin’s pH balance and be safe even for eczema-prone skin.

What our reviewers say about M&Y’s 100% Biodegradable Baby Wipes:

“Love the fact that they are biodegradable. Great product and so pleased they come out easily one at a time as this is one of my bug bears with wet wipes. A lovely product” Mum-of-two, Aimee

“The idea of a biodegradable wipe appeals to me enormously as I have 3 children and that’s a lot of wipes potentially sitting in the landfill! However we did find these a bit thin and almost abrasive compared to other wipes. Also the stickiness on the package sealing tab doesn’t last so you end up with dry wipes. If it was a price that matched other non biodegradable wipes and they put a tab onto the pack instead of closing with a sticker I would definitely buy this.” Mum-of-three, Cat

You can buy M&Y’s 100% Biodegradable Baby Wipes from: M&Y

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6. Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature Natural Unscented Baby Wipes, £1.60

 PH balanced, hypoallergenic and dermatologically approved, these unscented baby wipes are extremely gentle and kind to babies’ skin. They are 99% derived from renewable, vegetable or plant extracts, are biodegradable, compostable and chlorine free, fragrance free and contain soothing certified organic aloe vera.

Add ‘Made in the UK’ and ‘not tested on animals’ to the list, and their eco credentials are impressive indeed. And it goes without saying that you won’t find any nasty chemicals in the ingredients list – a great alternative to some of the more established natural wipes.

 What our reviewers say about Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature Natural Unscented Baby Wipes:

“These wipes are fantastic! They are extremely moist and kind to sensitive skin. I would never normally use wipes on my son’s face however I did use these as I find them extremely gentle on his skin. I loved the fact they they are biodegradable and was confident that they were safe to use.” Mum-of-one, Emma

“I love the fact that these wipes are so gentle on baby’s skin, and contain no nasties – and that they’re biodegradable and compostable, making them a more eco-friendly choice. However, you do have to pay more for these features as the wipes are priced higher than standard wipes. So they’re a bit of a luxury for parents on a budget. I would definitely recommend them to parents of babies with sensitive skin, or those who wanted to make more environmentally friendly choices.” Mum-of-three, Alice

You can buy Jackson Reece Kinder by Nature Natural Unscented Baby Wipes from: Amazon and Kiddicare

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7. Lidl Lupilu Wet Wipes Sensitive, £0.9 p per wipe

With organic jojoba oil and aloe vera extract, these sensitive wipes from budget supermarket Lidl are fragrance free and soothing. If you’re after wipes free from added alcohol, colour, silicone, animal products and other nasties, these are up for the job.

They are also soft and absorbent and extra tear-resistant, using paper from responsible sources verified by the FSC.

What our reviewers say about Lidl Lupilu Wet Wipes Sensitive:

“These wipes were strong and felt like the same material as the leading brand of baby lotion wipes. They come in a handy resealable pack which keeps them from drying out and the wipes are very easy to take out one at a time, a big bonus for me as I hate it when several come out at once or they all get bunched up. They were very effective at cleaning my baby and felt gentle on her skin.” Mum-of-two, Donna

“These wipes were great for my 2-year-old daughter. She has sensitive skin and had no reaction to these wipes. We found that they didn’t break apart or stick together and weren’t too wet. They are definitely a good contender for the best wipes we have used and are easily as good as any leading brand.” Mum-of-one, Sarah

You can buy 

Lidl Lupilu Wet Wipes Sensitive from: Lidl

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8. Natracare Baby Wipes, £4.99

Another strong contender in the eco baby wipes niche, Natracare Baby Wipes are organic cotton wipes, which are soft and gentle, but also effective for daily use on sensitive baby skin.

The wipes are infused with organic essential oils of chamomile, apricot and sweet almond oil, as well as other natural plant extracts, while avoiding undesirable detergents, parabens, or nasty preservatives.

You can buy Natracare Baby Wipes from: Big Green Smile

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