Are baby wipes safe for infants?

Modified: 30 April 2016

Hey people, hope you are all doing good.

As we all know, newborn’s skin is very sensitive and they must be handled with care.  Baby wipes are generally used instead of a cloth to clean the baby and it contains cleansing agents. Parents may arise with questions like Can I use baby wipes on my newborn? Will it cause any allergic reaction on my baby’s skin?  What kind of baby wipes can be used? And so on. Most of them are confused since wipes are convenient to use but they also want to know if it’s safe.

Doctors recommend that for first few weeks, a soft paper towel can be used after diaper changes.  You can also use a cotton ball or a clean cloth dipped in warm water to wipe his/her skin until your baby is one-month-old. If needed dab on a gentle baby wash soap and then clean.  Remember to pat the area dry with a towel to prevent diaper rash.  

After one month, when your baby is ready for wipes then you can start using an alcohol-free and unscented wipes which minimize irritation. If your baby’s bum develops redness or rash that seem severe then you need to consult your pediatrician. If a particular brand is harsh on your baby’s skin, then you can change the brand until you find the good one that doesn't affect your baby’s skin. There are preservatives and harmful ingredients in many popular brands and baby wipes which can cause an allergic reaction to baby’s sensitive skin. There is a chemical called methylisothiazolinone(MI) which can cause red rashes  in kids. So dear parents you need to buy products that don’t bother your baby’s skin.

Preservatives are used in order to have a wet environment in your wipes box. And there is confusion whether baby wipes can be used on the body and face. Yes, you can use normal baby wipes on their bum, hands and face. Big brands will just try to trick you just for the sake of marketing.

Buying Guide

  • Look for non-toxic products and stick with natural, nourishing ingredients that will make your little one’s skin healthier.

  • Choose fragrance-free products since they might cause irritation/allergies.

  • Opt for products that uses recyclable packaging and which is packed in a hygienic way.

  • Biodegradable products are also good for baby’s sensitive skin.

  • Baby wipes are rated based on thickness, softness, and effectiveness.

  • You can also choose among budget friendly or environment-friendly wipes. Certain wipes are flushable too.

Top baby wipes brands available in India

  • Johnson’s baby skincare wipes

I guess almost 90% of the people in India would have heard this brand name. Their skincare wipes contain moisturizing lotion and have a softwave fabric. It is very mild and Ideal for diaper change.

  • Pampers sensitive baby wipes

This brand has its reputation even though it’s a bit pricier. This sensitive wipe prevents diaper rash and its irritation free. Pampers Kandoo Flushable wipes are perfect for toddlers.

  • Himalaya herbal gentle baby wipes

Himalaya herbal is a trustable brand and it comes in a handy re-sealable pack. It is 99% water based. It is extra thick and soft and is 100% natural. It contains purified water, plant extracts, imported rayon & moisturizing agents.

  • Huggies soft skin baby wipes  

Huggies offers various choices of wipes, it is known for its quality and durability. It is one among the top products which is fragrance-free, alcohol-free and hypoallergenic. It can be used on babies with sensitive skin.

  • Mamy Poko soft baby wipes

This brand also has its fan followers for its price and pleasant fragrance. It is gentle enough to be used on newborns and the thick fibre cloth catches the dirt effectively and leaves the skin clean.

  • Mee mee baby wet wipes

This baby wipes have got a good rating in firstcry.com and it is very convenient to carry in handbag and diaper bag. Baby’s skin won't dry and stay moisturized after use.

  • Libero baby wet wipes  

Libero wipes are made up of skin friendly ingredient which is free from coloring agents and alcohol. It is enriched with olive oil.

  • Chicco soft cleansing wipes

You can use this brand for its ingredients like Aloe Vera and chamomile. The price is reasonable and makes your baby’s skin soft and smooth. The only con is that the wipes are difficult to pull one after the other.

You can buy them online at

1. Babyoye.com

2. Bigbasket.com

3. Firstcry.com

Top Imported baby wipes Brands

  • Seventh Generation

This brand developed chemical-free baby wipes which use 70% less plastic for its packaging. They are gentle to use and doesn’t contain parabens and phthalates. They are also hypoallergenic.

Click here to buy

  • Earth's Best

They are chlorine-free and contains aloe and vitamin-E. They also have flushable wipes. They might pose a low risk of irritation for newborn babies.

Click here to buy

  • Others

Bambino, Babyganics, Naty By Nature BabyCare and gDiaper baby wipes are bio-degradable and are free from chlorine, parabens, and alcohol. All of them are hypoallergenic and contain natural ingredients that can soothe the baby’s skin. Bambino wipes are flushable.

Click here to buy Bambino wipes

Click here to buy Babyganics wipes

Click here to buy Naty wipes

Click here to buy gDiaper wipes

Make your Own wipes for your baby

Baby wipes are easy to make and they are cheaper than the manufactured products. Let me give you the things needed for making baby wipes:

  • Roll of paper towels and cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon of baby wash ( organic )
  • 1 tablespoon of baby oil (organic)
  • 1 and half cups water
  • A container to keep the baby wipes in.

Steps to make them:

1. Mix the baby wash, baby oil, and water in a container.

2. Put one of the paper towel in the solution and wait for 10 to 20 mins.

3. After the solution has been absorbed through the paper towels, take a cardboard roll and pull it. You need to make sure it pulls out cleanly.

4. You can pull your baby wipes from the center of the roll  as when you need them.

These wipes are safe to use and are environment-friendly too. Make them once a week and store them in a container. Since we have not used any preservatives it might get dry soon. Keep them at room temperature.

"Cleanliness is half your baby's health"



Review written by Ilakkiya Parthasarathy

Born and brought up in Chennai, Ilakkiya is an IT engineer who works as a business analyst. She is an expert when it comes to buying; from pretty dresses to useful gadgets. Her ubiquitous opinions have led her to exhibit her writing skills to the world at large through Review Frenzy.