Baby wipes are affordable, practical, and easy to use. But they could also be doing a lot of damage to your baby’s delicate bottom. But are there other options? And what are the most popular alternatives to baby wipes?
Let’s find out!
The pros and cons of baby wipes
Before we dig into the most popular alternatives to baby wipes, let’s have a quick run-down of the biggest pros and cons of using baby wipes.
Pros of baby wipes
Cons of baby wipes
- One of the leading causes of diaper rash
- Contain an abundance of harmful toxins and chemicals (such as fragrance, and parabens)
- Harmful to the planet
Baby wipe alternatives are less likely to cause diaper rash, are kinder to the planet, and are just as (if not more!) affordable as baby wipes.
The most popular alternatives to baby wipes
Most of us are drawn to baby wipes because they’re just so convenient. But would you believe us if we told you that it is just as simple to use an alternative?
Let’s have a look at a few options…
Reusable baby wipes are a popular alternative as they’re designed to work just like baby wipes! Just add a little liquid and you’re good to go.
One of the biggest benefits of reusable wipes is that they require a one-time purchase! Once you’ve got a stock of reusable wipes, simply wash them after each use and you’ll never run out.
DIY wipes work the same as reusable baby wipes, except you can make them for no cost at home - win!
Simply use old washcloths, flannels, or reusable diapers cut into smaller squares and you have your very own collection of reusable wipes.
Cotton squares are a handy alternative to baby wipes that fit in your diaper bag just like a packet of baby wipes.
The only downside to cotton squares is that you’ll need to discard them after each use - making them less cost-effective and not as environmentally friendly as reusable wipes.
What diaper cream should I use?
If you’re not using baby wipes, you’re going to need some kind of liquid to help mop up your baby’s mess!
Have you ever tried cleaning your baby’s behind with a dry cotton square? If you have, you’ll know that it’s impossible. And if not, we’re going to help you avoid that situation with a few convenient alternatives.
Believe it or not, you can just use water during diaper changes! In fact, many pediatricians recommend this approach during the first few weeks with your newborn.
Diaper creams are a great way to clean your baby’s bottom whilst also hydrating and protecting their skin. However, not all diaper creams are created equally.
If you’re looking to avoid toxins and chemicals, you’ll want to look for something that uses minimal and all-natural ingredients such as our Organic French Diapering Lotion.
So, out with the baby wipes and in with the gentle, eco-friendly, and bottom-loving alternatives!
And if you’re not quite ready to make the full transition, why not keep a pack of baby wipes in your diaper bag and start experimenting with alternatives at home?!