The EWG Cosmetic Skindeep database is an excellent resource to determine which baby wipe brands have “safe” chemical contents, but it doesn’t solve my problem of knowing which ones are actually any good. So, I had to try them out and ended up testing a dozen or so different brands to find the “best” ones. I was going to do a comprehensive review and then realized that no one really cares about that spread sheet I started. Instead, here are my top favorites and why, with honorable mentions, and a “yuck” list. Afterall, I don’t stick to just one brand. I shop for sales and pick up wipes based on convenience.
Best Newborn Wipe
Why I like ‘em: These puppies are literally made out of 99.9% water and .01% grapefruit extract. These are the next best thing to using homemade wet washcloth wipes but LOADS more convenient (and by “LOADS” I mean fewer laundry loads of poopy washcloths).
EWG Skindeep Database Ranking: N/A
Where to buy them: Diapers.com, Amazon.com
Price: $0.067 per wipe or in bulk $0.061 (subject to change)
Cons: They don’t clean as well as some wipes out there, but thats the trade off with using just water. They also aren’t the softest and can sometimes drag on moist skin. Once you open a pack you must use it within a month to avoid mold growth. Anyone who has ever had a newborn knows this is no problem. However, if you keep a whole pack in the diaper bag you might want to sharpie on the date you opened them just to be sure you aren’t smearing mold on your babies tush. Oh, and no widget top available (you know…the little flappy lid).
Best Compostable/Biodegradable Wipe
Why I Like ‘em: For an unscented wipe these smell great. They clean well, are a sturdy wipe yet super soft, and don’t leave any funky residue on your hands or on little baby’s booty. Plus, they are compostable so the environmental impact is lessened just that much more.
EWG Skindeep Database Ranking: 1 (zero is best, but 1 is darn good)
Where to Buy Them: Whole Foods, Diapers.com
Price: N/A (Definitely one of the more expensive options but still within reason).
Cons: No “widget” top available (probably because the extra plastic wouldn’t be so “green”). They don’t follow one another out of the pack so you have to dig for each wipe (unless you get lucky) but I still consider them relatively easy to get out.
Why I Like ‘em: Easy to obtain, these guys are legit. I’m impressed with Walgreens for making a wipe that ranks safer on the EWG database than all of Huggies’ and Pampers’ wipes on the market. They work great, have a soft texture, are easy on the budget, and come with the amazing “widget” top (even when you purchase the “bulk” 3 pack!). Plus, they make a “green” option, called Renew Naturals Biodegradable, for a little bit more dough which is a nice option (although you loose the widget top).
EWG Skindeep Database Ranking: 2.
Where to Buy Them: Walgreens, Walgreens.com, and Drugstore.com.
Price: These go on sale ALOT. Keep your eyes open for BOGO and in-store coupons. I recently purchased them for $0.026 per wipe when I bought the 3 pack from Drugstore.com.
Cons: Can’t really think of anything bad about these wipes except that I have to drive a little out of my way to hit up a Walgreens (hence why I utilize the free shipping on online orders over $25).
Honorable Mentions List
Why I Like ‘em: These smell good, clean well, are pretty thick, and come in a variety of package sizes including a very convenient diaper bag/travel size. They are also easy to obtain if I’m running low. I always grab the unscented kind, but they do make a scented “baby fresh” wipe that is just as “safe” as their unscented.
EWG Skindeep Database Ranking: 2.
Where To Buy Them: BabiesRUs, BuyBuyBaby, Diapers.com, Drugstore.com, various drugstores etc.
Price: It varies but you are looking at around $0.05 per wipe.
Cons: Not the cheapest and not the “safest” but an overall good wipe that I don’t mind picking up once in awhile when the need arises.
Why I Like ‘em: Tons of places carry Seventh Generation products so it is not a hard task to find these. They come in widgets as well when you buy them individually ( I’ve heard rumor that any bulk packaging does not give you this option). Good overall wipe and they have a cute sheep embossed on them.
EWG Skindeep Database Ranking: Most recent formula is N/A. Previously they ranked a 1, but they’ve added ingredients. I’ve looked these ingredients up individually and nothing seems too terribly alarming.
Where to Buy Them: Oh gosh…Target, grocery stores, health food stores, drugstores and loads of places online.
Price: $0.047 or thereabouts.
Cons: Again, not the cheapest and not the “safest” wipe option. To me, these have a funky smell to them. The wipe is also a bit on the smaller size. I do think they work well though so I have no problem picking these up when I’m running low (my husband likes these).
Earth’s Best Tendercare=Gross, soggy, soapy wipe that made my baby’s bum red.
Nature’s Babycare=Tear easily and are IMPOSSIBLE to get out of the package.
Atitude Eco-Baby wipes=dry and expensive.