If there is one thing every parent to be should buy in bulk before their little one arrives it is baby wipes. Babies seem to enjoy pooing a lot and it is surprising how many wipes you can get through in a single day. It can be difficult deciding which wipes to buy with so many different brands out there, most of which claim to be perfect for newborn skin, and it is also hard as you don’t know how sensitive your child’s skin is going to be. Alex is 5 months old now and we have been using supermarket own brand wipes up until recently. There have been a few occasions where Alex has suffered with mild nappy rash and we have had to use some Care&Protect to clear it up. Recently we were given the opportunity to test out WaterWipes, the only baby wipes out there made almost entirely of water. I was interested to review these wipes to see if using wipes free from any chemicals really made any difference to Alex’s sensitive skin.
WaterWipes are completely chemical free, they are made up of 99.9% water and 0.1% fruit extract. Many other brands use chemicals like phenoxyethanol, ethylhexyglycerin and lots of other scary sounding things in their wipes, even those brands that market themselves as suitable for newborn skin. To be honest, I have never really put much thought into what goes into baby wipes (bad Mum alert) but since we have started using WaterWipes I can see going chemical free really is the way forward.
The first thing I noticed when I opened up the pack of WaterWipes is that they are much wetter than regular wipes, if you twist them you can actually see the water dripping out. I must admit it took me a little while to get used to how wet they were and I was a bit concerned Alex was going to end up with a sore bum due to trapped moisture or something. By the end of the first day using the WaterWipes Alex had terrible nappy rash, I was quick to blame the new wipes but it turns out he was cutting his first teeth on the same day we switched brands. After treating his sore bum with some nappy rash cream we continued to use the WaterWipes and his skin was smooth and clear again by the next morning.
After the initial teething related rash, Alex’s bum has been completely nappy rash free. As well as getting a big thumbs up from me for being chemical free, I love WaterWipes as they cope very well with cleaning up the biggest of poo explosions you could imagine. I have been known to go through almost half a pack of wipes in the past when trying to clear up the chaos caused by a poonami , with WaterWipes I can suddenly make it through the most disgusting of nappy changes with just a few wipes. Another great thing about WaterWipes is they don’t start to dry out as you get towards the end of the packet, a common problem with lots of the other brands I have used. Sometimes you might need to flip the packet over to redistribute all the water amongst the wipes but apart from that they keep their moisture really well.
I am really impressed with WaterWipes , Alex’s skin is the best it has ever been and I love that I don’t have to use about a million wipes at each nappy change. The only down side is WaterWipes are a bit on the pricey side, over £2 in most supermarkets for a pack of 60. I can’t say I will be buying these every time we buy wipes as they are a bit out of my price range but I am definitely going to keep an eye out for them when they are on offer, going chemical free really does make a difference and I will definitely be using WaterWipes again.
What wipes do you use on your little one, have you tried WaterWipes before? Are you conscious of the ingredients that go into the products you use on your babies skin? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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