In a nutshell

Pricey but pure, these baby wipes for newborns are made from 99.9% water

What we tested

  • Effectiveness
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Fragrance
    A star rating of 0.0 out of 5.
  • Kindness to skin
    A star rating of 2.0 out of 5.
  • Quality
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 2.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.


  • Very pure with no preservatives or chemicals


  • Expensive, not that soft

DermaH20 WaterWipes are as close as you can get to cotton wool and water with the convenience of a baby wipe.


While lots of parents choose to stick to cotton wool and water to cleanse the delicate skin of their newborn baby, it’s not that practical when you are out and about. DermaH20 has come up with a solution: WaterWipes. These are as close as you can get to cotton wool and water in a handy carry pack of wipes.

These wipes went on sale for the first time on July 29 2009, and are touted as having “all the purity and mildness of cotton wool and cooled boiled water as recommended by midwives, combined with the convenience of conventional baby wipes.” They are made from 99.9% water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract, and without any synthetic preservatives or chemical additives.

They are safe to use from birth, and you can feel a little more confident that you won’t irritate nappy rash or eczema.

Why we love it

As well as containing no preservatives or chemicals, DermaH2O WaterWipes are made from renewable sources and 100% biodegradable.

My baby twins, Zach and Jonah, are 6 months old now, so their skin is more mature than a newborn but I would have loved to be able to take a pack or two of these into hospital with me, so I wouldn’t have found myself trying to wipe meconium (your baby’s first poo) off their bottoms with soggy cotton wool and water at 2am in the morning.

The would also have been a real bonus when we were out and about and cotton wool and water aren’t practical, or for those middle of the night nappy changes when you just can’t be bothered to run to the kitchen for cooled, boiled water and root around for cotton wool in order to clean up a crying baby.

What to watch out for

As with most things that make your life more convenient, these wipes don’t come cheap at £4.49 for 72, almost double the cost of Boots Expert Baby Sensitive Wipes, which are also clinically approved for use on newborn skin.

I also didn’t like the feel of the wipes, which tended to drag on my baby’s skin, although they did clean away the mess effectively, I doubt that it felt as kind and soft on his bottom as the Pampers Sensitive wipes I normally use.

I also found the dispenser was quite fiddly, which was a nuisance when you have to hold your baby safe and steady with one hand, so you only have one free to get the wipes out.

Who are DermaH2O WaterWipes best for?

Mums on the move with newborns.


MadeForMums verdict

An expensive alternative to cotton wool and water, WaterWipes are pure and convenient. However, while these do work effectively, there are other wipes that are clinically proven to be safe for use on newborn skin that cost far less.

Product Specifications

Suitable for
Child age (approx)From Birth
  • Made from 99.9% water
  • Fragrance free
  • Biodegradable and made from renewable sources
  • Single handed dispensing and recloseable packaging so they won't dry out