A parent would want the best and nothing but just the best for their baby. Whether it is the food, stroller, bib, bottles, wipes, and other baby materials, they would certainly try to look for the best ones. It might seem a bit too much, but that’s how parents are.
However, it becomes difficult to do that when multiple brands exist in the market. This is the same for baby wipes too. There are many baby wipes out there that differ in style, scent, thickness, and many more. Some have a scent; some don’t. Some are thin while some are thick and some have a refill pack. Normally, any type of baby wipe will do but to get the job done faster and better; you need to find the one that works best for you and your baby. Here is a guide on how to buy the best baby wipes for your baby.
Before that, a brief history.
Baby Wipes History
Back then, what parents used were cloth scraps as baby wipes. They would just wash these to re-use them. But when the 1950s came, disposable wipes were created so that cleaning up would be easy. It did make cleanup more hassle-free, especially if you were on the go. There wasn’t a specific brand for it until the 1980s. Nowadays, most people use disposable baby wipes not just for taking care of babies but also for other uses like wiping surfaces or cleaning the hands.
Brand Name vs. Generic
If you want to save on money, it might be good to buy store brands or generic products. However, with store brands, since it’s cheaper, its quality might leave something to be desired. There are those that would end up too thin and will result in using more wipes in the end. This then will make you end up buying more as compared to quality baby wipes that are thick and would save you from using more wipes. Some would also have a slippery texture that would make it difficult to clean your baby.
With other major brands, the quality of baby wipes seems to be similar. However, there are those that would have different scents. If you want to save money, you can use coupons so that the cost of the branded wipes would be similar to the generic ones. You can find coupons in most big stores.
Scented vs. Unscented
While it may be tempting to buy the most pleasantly smelling baby wipes, you have to check if it will fit your baby’s skin first, as some babies have extra sensitive skin. Your baby might not have allergies or rashes with scented diapers, so your best choice would be to buy unscented wipes.
If your baby’s comfortable with the scented wipes, then your only problem would be choosing the best fragrance you want for your baby and you as well.
Buying in Bulk
If you didn’t know, baby products are made so that if you buy in bulk, the price will become more affordable. The jumbo boxes will show you that they offer the best price per wipe as compared to the small ones. These are available at warehouse stores like Costco. But if it’s too much, you can also buy from department stores, as they offer affordable multi-packs.
Don’t end up buying too much though, especially if your baby is just a newborn. You might never know how sensitive their skin may be and end up with a lot of baby wipes that you can’t even use. Buy small ones first and test them if they will suit your little one.
You can also get consumable baby products like baby wipes delivered to your home by ordering online or through brick and mortar stores. Since they’re in bulk, the prices will still be reduced. You can even get a subscription service so that you won’t have to re-order. Huggies One and Done wipes offer this in huge boxes and are affordable especially with the subscription option.
You should also consider the container type of baby wipes when buying one. The most common is the one in a plastic boy with a flip-up lid. You can just grab them with one hand as it pops up through the lid so this makes diaper changing much easier. This can also be refilled, so it’s less costly as compared to buying a new plastic box.
There are also other types of baby wipes. Some have wipes inside a plastic bag, but its flip-up top is rigid. This is suited for those who don’t want to bother buying refills and refilling the container. You can just get rid of the old one and buy a new container. The downside of this is that it may make changing diapers at night difficult, as it can get quite loud whenever you try to get the wipes out. The wipes can also end up bunching up especially if they’re in a diaper bag. These multi-packs are also easily confused for the refill packages in plastic boxes. If you are going to buy a refill, read the instructions and package so that you won’t be confused with getting a separate container.
If you’re one who loves field trips, you might want to buy the travel package baby wipes. The containers come in two kinds. One is a plastic box that allows you to get the wipes by opening up on one side. This can easily be refilled by using the same pop-up wipes you have back at home. Another advantage is that they are convenient as there are diaper bags, clutches, and stations for diaper changing that has a spot similar to a wipes dispenser. The other type of travel wipes is the one in a plastic bag with a sticker-type top. This is small and easy to carry so it won’t take up room in your bag. The downside of this is that it has a sticker top, which can end up losing its stickiness and fail to keep the tail end of the package shut.
Admit it; baby poop can be disgusting. For first time parents, changing the diaper can be a challenge especially if they don’t like feeling poop on their hands. An answer to this is to get thick baby wipes. If you’re one who doesn’t want to know if there’s poop or feel poop leaking through the wipes, you should get extra-thick wipes.
Some babies have extra-sensitive skin, and thus are prone to having diaper rash. As a response, some companies created wipes that contain soothing materials for this issue. There are also wipes that are environmentally friendly and are faster to break down in landfills. Some are organic. These specialty wipes will, of course, cost more but if your lifestyle suits these wipes, it may be worth buying.
If you’re potty-training your kid, these can be the wipes for you. This is similar to a regular baby wipe except it can be flushed in the toilet. Don’t flush too many wipes, though, as it still can cause clogging. Make sure to know the capacity of your septic system first!
To Sum Things Up
If you want to know what wipes suit best for you and your baby, you can maybe try different types of baby wipes, experiment and get the feel of the quality. Observe which brand your baby is more comfortable using, the one that doesn’t cause him redness or itching. Ultimately, for you, mom, also include the type of baby wipe that provides comfort, saves space, and of course one that’s cost-effective.
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