Product Type: Boots baby products
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Bottom Wipes That Come Up Trumps...
Boots Baby Wipes
Member Name: Flowerpotted
Boots Baby Wipes
Advantages: Good Value, perform well.
Disadvantages: Stick together when you pull them out.
Like other 'own brand' baby wipes, Boots Baby Soft Cloth Wipes are immediately attractive to mums everywhere because of the reasonable price (about 89p for 72 wipes). I started using these wipes around two years ago when I moved into a home that was within walking distance to a branch of Boots. So my relationship with these wipes began with convenience and was further encouraged by good value!
What all Mum's of young ones will already know...
Is the shocking price of the 'branded' wipes. You will pay around two and a half English pounds for them. I'm sure that if you do not have cause to purchase wipes and therefore are not familiar with the varying costs of these products- you are now utterly SHOCKED!!! But, prepare to fall off your chair aghast as there's further news- the branded wipes tend to come in packs of 64! That's 8 wipes less than the Boots wipes (and other own brand ones generally). Value wise, this does not need dissecting further. You can see that Boots Wipes are a must for the financially savvy bottom wiper.
But there's more Shocking News...
Not only are these wipes less than half the price of their branded enemies- not only do they provide 8 more wipes than these pretentious competitors- but they also provide something that the posh ones lack- a plastic clip open and closing system. Now whilst these little plastic doors may not make much of a contribution to saving the planet in terms of packaging- they are a more convenient way of preserving your packet of wipes after use. The branded wipes tend to have a sticky bit to press down after each use- which is fine for a while, until it gets covered with fluff, hair and the odd Cornflake resulting in a loss of stickiness...
A Day in the Life of a Bottom Wiper...
Or at least a quick run down on using the wipes. Opening your wipes is a simple exercise- you need to pop open the plastic clip door and remove the seal by pulling it away and disposing of it. You are then ready to pull out your first wipe! Now this is where Boots wipes loose points I'm afraid. I know you will be disappointed to read that they do stick together and you may well end up with eighteen wipes in your hand unless you find a way to break the link. This is no easy task if you are working one handed with an infant's legs in your other hand. I tend to either shake the chain of wipes furiously to release the train of wipes from the one I want to use, or, if I am sat on the floor, I will jab at the link with my foot. Neither of these actions are in the instructions on the back of the pack- so perhaps wipe makers all over the world need to think of a way to combat the 'wipe stick together' issue (as Boots wipes are not the only offenders- I'm yet to find wipes that don't stick together- please let me know if you have!). It's disappointing as the packet claims 'The wipes are interleaved so that each one can be easily removed with just one hand.' A bit of a fib Boots! However, on rare occasions, you might find that just one wipes releases itself with no problems, in which case, your bottom wiping session is a happy one.
The wipes are a nice size and made of thick material, which is a must when wiping up poo poo as nobody wants the wipe to rip making finger tips vulnerable to offensive substances. The amount of moisture on the wipes is just enough to clean up nicely, but not so much that it leaves your child's skin too wet. The packet claims that the wipes are made with 98 percent pure water and are perfect for delicate skin, which is attractive to us mums who don't like a smear too many chemicals on our children! It is advisable to close the plastic lid straight after use to retain the moisture of the wipes, otherwise a few wipes at the top will dry out.
The wipes come in two varieties- 'Gently Fragranced' and 'Non Frangranced'. I have used both types, but currently stick with the fragranced ones as it's nice to have a little bit of a nice smell on your baby's skin. I used to use the non fragranced ones when my little boy had eczema, but since that doesn't occur anymore, I chanced to the fragranced ones and have had no issues. The smell is what I would describe as a nice clean fresh smell which isn't too over powering.
The packaging is different to the picture here. The fragranced wipes are in a blue pack with a cute baby on the front, and the non fragranced are in a pink packet- with the same cute baby featuring!
The phasing out of the Wipe Purchasing...
My son is now potty trained (in the loosest sense of the term). He still wears nappies at night time, so I still do the morning clean up and use the wipes then. The Boots wipes must not be flushed down the toilet, so for convenience I now purchase toddler wipes too, which can be flushed after you have helped your toddler off the toilet. However, several packets of Boots wipe remain scattered around my home, I can not imagine life without them. Perish the thought that I would need to walk to the kitchen to get a cloth to clean a small splash from the dining room table! And how on earth do people without wipes in their home clean splashes and spills from their leather sofas? Not uses that are recommended on the packet, granted, but never the less, I find these wipes invaluable around the house as well as cleaning up little bottoms, sticky hands and grubby faces.
I have to admit that I used the premium priced wipes for the first few months of my son's life. I think that you are lead to believe that the more you pay for a product, the better it is- and this is certainly a notion that a first time parent like myself might cling to, as we always want the best for our children. Well, I'm happy to report that my findings show that the Boots wipes treat my son's skin very well and do their job wonderfully. They are easily as good as the branded ones, and I certainly can't think of a reason to move away from them in the future. I shall still be buying them when he's 21...
Summary: Fab wipes, but one star deducted for the false 'not sticking together' claim!