Best Baby Wipes In India That Are Non-Toxic And Safe For Your Baby’s Skin
Do you see the tags “Natural” “Skin Friendly” Hypoallergenic” etc. on the baby wipes pack you currently use? Well, unfortunately 99% of them are lies. Take a look at the ingredient list behind those packs and you will find that they are laden with chemicals. It might be true that 98 or 99% of those wipes are water, but the rest 2% is not.
Should we really be worried about that 2%? Yes. Being a parent, you don’t use wipes for just cleaning your baby’s bum. You use it at times to clean your baby’s hands, face, toys and sometimes even your baby’s chair and table. Your baby oblivious to everything else, licks those toys and touches everywhere you wiped and then licks his/her fingers. Though in small concentration, your baby is exposed to those chemicals, some of which are found to be quite harmful to infants.
The ingredient that is a major cause of concern is Phenoxyethanol, which is used as a preservative to avoid mold and bacterial growth in cosmetics including baby wipes. As per campaign for safe cosmetics, infant oral exposure to phenoxyethanol can affect nervous system function if the concentration of phenoxyethanol is more than 1%. P&G has phased out use of phenoxyethanol in baby wipes in the US. As most of the brands don’t mention the percentage of phenoxyethanol present in their wipes, we haven’t included any of them in the list. Unfortunately, this takes away almost 99% of the products off the list.
So, what alternatives do we have? First of all, use baby wipes only when utmost necessary—preferably only when you go out of home. Rest of the time, clean your baby’s bums or hands with lukewarm water and dab with soft cotton wash cloth. Use wipes only when you don’t have any other choice.
If your baby has diaper rashes or sensitive skin, it is advisable not to use baby wipes at all. If you frequently come across situations where you don’t have a choice other than using wipes, then opt for DermaH20 water wipes which is almost as natural as it can get.
Now, let us get on to the list of best baby wipes that are relatively harmless and free of toxic elements. Unfortunately, the list comprises just a few entries.
As some of the wipes are devoid of chemicals that retain moisture, you may have to keep them in boxes like Oxo Tot Wipes Dispenser to retain moisture and prolong life.
Please take care to check the ingredients of the wipes before you buy them. Some of them contain quite hazardous chemicals that you would never want near your baby.
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Best Baby Wipes
DermaH20 water wipes is an expensive option—no doubt. But it is as close to ‘natural’ as it can get. Comprising 99.9% water and 0.1% grape seed extract, it is one of the safest wipes you can buy for your little one. Unless your baby is allergic to grapeseed, he/she is unlikely to develop any rash using these wipes.
Chemicals used in wipes usually help retain moisture and makes it easier to pull each wipes apart individually. In case of DermaH2O wipes, as there are no chemicals, you might sometimes find that the wipes at the top have gone dry. In such cases, place the wipes pouch upside down and squeeze it thoroughly to disperse water throughout the wipes. A disadvantage of DermaH2O wipes is that it has a short lifespan of 4 weeks after opening. Once opened, you will also have to take special care not to contaminate the rest of the wipes by touching it as it could lead to mold or bacterial growth. It is strongly advised to store Dermadew wipes insides a wipes dispenser box.
Ingredients: Organic Bamboo Cloth, Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Lavender Oil, Aloe Vera extract, Glycerin, Aqua, D Panthenol, D-Gluconic Acid Lactone, Disodium Cocoamphoacetate, Decyl Glucoside and Potassium Sorbate.
The ingredients used in Mamaearth Bamboo wipes are mostly natural. The rest which are chemical based are considered low hazard. The wipes are absolutely free of any harmful elements like paraben, petro-chemicals or synthetic fragrances—thus being soft and gentle on your baby’s skin. The manufacturers claim it to be safe for use on baby’s hands and face too. The formulation isn’t fragrance free. But the fragrance is attributed to natural ingredients like Lavender oil.
The packaging is also quite user-friendly. The plastic clip-on lid reduces loss of moisture and thus keeps it wet and fresh all the time. Overall, it is considered as one of the economic, safe wipes available in the market today.
Ingredients: Aqua, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Coco-Betaine, Polysorbate 20, Malic Acid, Sodium Citrate
We wouldn’t classify Huggies Baby wipes as completely safe as polysorbate 20 and malic acid are found to cause skin irritation depending on individual’s skin. However, compared to the composition of regular wipes, they are a safer alternative.
The packing is convenient and if your baby doesn’t have particularly sensitive skin, Huggies wipes isn’t likely to cause any rashes.
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Ingredients: Regenerated cellulose, polypropylene, purified water, xanthum gum, PEG 40 hydrogenated castor oil, dimethicone, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, disodium EDTA, Sorbitan Caprylate.
After coming under scanner for using Phenoxyethanol, PG has come up with a safer formulation and though Pampers Fresh Clean wipes contain a number of chemicals, it is all found to be mild and safe for baby’s skin and well-being.
With a mild, refreshing smell, Pampers wipes is lotion based and comes with a soft texture that removes dirt and maintains the baby’s skin’s moisture. Being hypoallergenic, it is found not to cause any rashes or skin irritation, unless the baby is specifically allergic to any of the ingredients.
The packaging is also intelligent and user-friendly. The click lock lid prevents moisture loss and makes it a handy option on travels too.