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Do you really want to be using all those chemicals on a precious baby’s skin?
When my son was born five years ago, I didn’t find the need to use baby wipes in the early days when his skin was delicate. Water and cotton wool was sufficient enough then. It makes you wonder why all of a sudden you can start using baby wipes which are loaded with chemicals and irritants. I was given quite a few samples, with several types of baby wipes to trial. The leading baby wipes that are widely known were given in the sample packs that are usually received.
I must say, I have obviously used baby wipes before, as I have a teenage daughter. However, using baby wipes again I noticed how damaging they were to my son’s skin. I could see that they were drying, and I only used them occasionally. I also hate the tacky, sticky feeling they leave behind on the skin, not pleasant at all. I actually decided to use a standard baby wipe on my face, and was horrified at the tingling sensation it left. Suffice to say, I never used them on my face again.
My son actually arrived 2 weeks later than expected, which caused him to have dry skin. This remained the case for a while after birth, and he would get the occasional dry patch of skin. To this day (7 years on), I’m still careful with what I use, as to preserve his soft and tender skin, which is delicate and sensitive. If it’s not good enough for my skin, then it certainly isn’t good enough for my son’s precious skin. I avoid chemical based products, and opt for natural solutions where possible.
I decided to search for a different solution, and switched to reusable wipes which can be used with just water or your own cleansing mixture. This was a much better solution, as it was kinder to my son’s skin and the planet, too. Imagine how many baby wipes are used weekly. I found a natural flannel with just plain water was sufficient enough for cleaning my son’s hands and face. For nappy changing, a little tea tree oil and natural soap can be mixed into water to help cleanse the nappy area leaving the skin feeling and smelling fresh.
Chemical free baby wipes
However, since my son is autistic, he is nowhere near being ready for potty training. He just doesn’t have the skills, readiness and lacks communication skills. This means that for school he needs to take baby wipes for nappy changing. This is when I had to start looking into finding suitable baby wipes that could be used frequently. Looking in Boots at the different baby wipes on offer, I was bombarded with the main brands, which now come in several varieties. The so-called suitable for sensitive skin wipes are no better to that of the standard ones, as horrifyingly they are still chemical laden.
Looking at everything on the shelf, I happened on the WaterWipes. I was doubtful at first and wondered if they would be any different from using a damp flannel. Would the higher price be worth it? At £2.49 for a standard packet of 60 wipes it makes you wonder. Considering the other brands generally cost around £1-£2, and there’s usually one that is on offer. However, I thought I’d give them a go just to see what they were like.
The wipes are packaged in the standard packaging that can be seen with all other baby wipes. The packaging is pure white, which symbolizes the purity of the product, with minimal blue detailing to provide the information. However, the simplicity of the packaging can make them go unnoticed on the shelf. They are secluded along on the shelf, and I haven’t come across them in other shops, as of yet.
Taking a wipe from the packet, they are the same size and look not much different to a standard baby wipe. However, they feel very different. There’s no stickiness or tacky feeling, rather a soft and smooth moist wipe that feels pleasant when ruffled between my fingers. I was already impressed. The difference is extraordinary. They feature no bevels, embossed patterns or the likes, so they may appear a little thinner to some other wipes; however, they certainly are sufficient as well as durable and strong.
What makes them so special?
The wipes are prepared with 99.9% water and 0.1 % fruit juice, making them suitable for all skin types and even kind enough to use with newborns! Additionally, they are allergy-friendly, so great all round. They are preservative free and are free of parabens, chemicals, alcohol and perfumes. There are no added chemicals or preservatives whatsoever, making them the softest baby wipe, ever! It makes you wonder why other baby wipes are so heavily laden with chemicals and perfumes which are damaging to delicate skin.
The softness of the wipes is amazing, and there isn’t much of a sent to them, in fact, I had to hold it close and inhale to detect a delicate fruity scent. Using these on the hands and face on my son I could see that they were just as good as using plain water, with the added benefit that the wipe is soft every time. Flannels can lose their softness over time. Hands are easily cleaned, no matter what foods my son has eaten. For nappy changing, the task is easily done, the wipes clean up nicely. Even for sticky, unpleasant matters, you can expect good results.
Good enough for all skin types
I have, in fact, occasionally tried these wipes on my face, and I was pleased that they feel great! There’s no stinging, burning, or unpleasant residue left behind on the skin whatsoever. This makes them ideal when I’m in a rush and just want to give my face a quick wipe before moisturizing. Having said all that, I must admit that they are only used occasionally, and I always have a packet in the drawer. I don’t like to be wasteful, so only use these when absolutely necessary. I tested them on my own skin to see if they were good enough for my son’s skin.
Buying in bulk makes sense
For traveling, days out and for school these make an ideal solution for cleaning up. I have since found that Amazon stock these and sell them in bulk. For 12 packs they retail at £25, which is a little saving. This is a good option for me, as in means that I have them in stock and don’t have to carry them from the shops. It also means that I always have plenty in for when needed. I must say that one packet lasts a long time for us, this may not be the case if using with a baby and you want to use them more regularly. However, I use these sparingly, and only 2 or 3 wipes are needed for a soiled nappy changed, and only one is needed for a quick hand and face wipe when needed for out-and-about.
Better than all the rest!
While these are mainly sent in for school, I only send one packet at a time, and they only request a pack every other week. So this means that these last a good amount of time! As they last so well, are much kinder to my son’s skin, and are great for convenience for school and travelling these wipes are great for us. These are the only baby wipes I will purchase, as the difference is astounding. Once you’ve tried these you will be converted, and never want to return to previous brands.
What would be better is if the price on these were just a little lower, as children are costly. However, personally, for a product that is far better and is kinder to my son’s skin I am willing to pay out more. Companies of this type must know this, which is possibly why they bump the price up?
A baby’s skin is precious and delicate, which means only the purest products should be used to maintain the health of a baby’s skin. These baby wipes are the best on the market, as they only contain water and fruit juice, making a fantastic alternative to all other baby wipes. No other nasties are used here, and they work just as well, without leaving any sticky residue or synthetic smell behind. They are great for babies and children and can be used on all skin types. In addition, they work well for freshening up, and removing make-up. As they are kind to the skin, it is good to be kind to the planet, by using these sparingly.
I bought water wipes before I had my baby as I saw them on the Internet and thought they were good so I wanted to give them a go and I saw them on offer (3 for 2) in my local boots. I decided to purchase them to give them a try. A couple of things stood out 1. They were very expensive, for the price of 1 pack I could get 3 bags of cotton wool to use on my newborn instead of the wipes, 2. They had a very short expiry date where other wipes such as johnsons had a very long expiry date (6 months on the water wipes v. 2+ years on johnsons). The second one I couldn't decide if it was a good or bad point as obviously it's better to use things on gentle newborns skin that are fresher and purer, but on the other hand if they weren't used in the time would they have to go in the bin? I used mine before the expiry date so didn't get to find out.
Other reviewers have said they are hard to get hold of which was the case until a few weeks ago I noticed they stock them in my local tesco.
I use cloth wipes on my baby as I use cloth nappies and find it easier to use cloth wipes and throw them all in the washer together rather than binning wipes separately.
I will however, be using these wipes again when I go on holiday in the future, they are pricey and I would not use them for everyday use as I couldn't justify the price (up to £3 for 1 pack).
My baby suffers from severe eczema and has very sensitive skin, so while researching products most suited to her needs I came across these wonderful, albeit expensive, baby wipes.
WHERE TO BUY
I buy mine from Amazon, and I tend to bulk buy them. The current price on Amazon is £25.01 for a box containing 12 packs of wipes, although the price can vary slightly. Each pack contains 70 wipes, and I find this is a sufficient number to last for about a week. So for £25 you'll get about 12 weeks worth of clean bottoms. These are also available in my local Boots, but at £2.49 a pack, it works out considerably cheaper for me to buy them from Amazon.
You'll notice that for the price, these don't particularly look very high end. The packet is very plain, almost no frills looking, and features an adorable picture of a newborn, supporting their claims that these wipes are 'as gentle as cotton wool and water' and suitable for use on newborn babies. They also claim this product can help to avoid nappy rash, which I would say is a reasonable claim, since we've never had any nappy rash whatsoever in 10 months of use. It clearly states the ingredients on the front of the packet as 99.9% water and 0.01% fruit extract. The cynic in me seethes at paying such a high price for essentially water and cotton, but needs must.
When you remove your first wipe from the pack, you realise it's almost impossible to take just one wipe, about three more will surely follow. This is really irritating considering how expensive they are, you will really want to make them last at that price. The sticky tab that keeps the packet closed and the wipes moist is, quite frankly, naff. It is not up to the job at all, and loses tackiness after a couple of days. To prevent the wipes drying out I turn the packet upside down, but I can't help but feel they should really sort that problem out. The wipes themselves are lovely and thick and super soft, no complaints there. They have absolutely no smell to them and leave no greasy residue as some popular brands do, which is what you want when you're using them on sensitive skin. I've even tasted these wipes to be 100% sure they're chemical free, I know it sounds odd but it works! As expected, they tasted like, well, water! If only the packaging was as good quality as the wipes.
HOW DO THEY PERFORM ON SENSITIVE SKIN?
I've been using these wipes for 10 months, and even the dodgy packaging and high price can't put me off. They're beyond compare in my honest opinion. It's extremely unpractical to use cotton wool and water at all times, especially out of the house. It gets even more impractical when your child gets older, is eating solids and needs constantly cleaning up. These wipes are invaluable to me and I would recommend them without hesitation if your child has very sensitive skin. In the whole 10 months of use we've not had any instances of nappy rash , and they've never caused my baby's skin to flare up.
I recently wrote a review on my experience of Johnson's baby wipes. I started using their extra sensitive wipes when my baby was around 8 weeks, but before then I used these Derma H2O water wipes after my baby developed nappy rash from Johnson's standard wipes in her first few days. I always still make sure I have a pack of these waterwipes to hand, although I don't use them as our main baby wipes now. That isn't really a choice I wanted to make, but I find them inconvenient to purchase as I've only ever come across them online (I normally purchase via Amazon). I have never come across these wipes in the supermarkets I shop at, mainly Tesco and Asda and picking up my baby wipes from there is just so much easier given the number of packs we get through.
I first came across these water wipes at the hospital when I was waiting for an antenatal appointment but I only purchased them after my daughter arrived because of the issues we had with standard wipes and nappy rash when she was a newborn. The hospital TV advert I'd seen had stated that they are as close to just using water as you would get in terms of a baby wipe, namely being 99.9% water and 0.1% fruit extract. When I visited the baby weigh in clinic, the health visitor had suggested not to use wipes at all and just water because of the potential for nappy rash. The problem with just using water though is when a baby does a bad nappy - water alone does not clean up that mess well!
I thought with my babies sensitive skin, these were worth a go. I originally bought a box of 4 packs (containing 72 wipes each) from Amazon for £11.98, roughly around £3 per pack. They are also available to buy individually from Amazon too although they work out more expensive that way. The price seems to fluctuate on there - they are currently £8.99 for 4 packs.
My first impressions when they arrived were that they didn't look much different to the wipes by other brands, at least from the packaging. The packaging is a plain white plastic packet with blue writing on and doesn't really stand out. The seal on the packet is similar to most other baby wipes, where a clear seal just sticks down when not in use. I found that if I forgot to press it down to seal, the wipes dried out very quickly and a lot of them became unusable - at that price I soon learnt to remember to stick it down properly!
I noticed as soon as I started using them that they are much thicker compared to the other wipes I'd tried. They are white in colour compared to being whitish and partly see through like others I've had. The thickness of the wipes means that they are robust and strong. One wipe goes a long way as they are very moist too but using one wipe is dependent on how carefully you remove them from the packet! They are so compact that I find it virtually impossible to remove one wipe. I find that quite a few of the wipes end up coming out and although I place unused ones back in, they then usually lose quite a bit of moisture. I assume they must retain their moisture by being packed in this compact way. With the cost of each pack I bought being around £3 (and that's when bought in a multipack) I regret wasting any of them but unfortunately I find that however hard I try, some wastage does occur. This was another reason I decided to use another type mainly and just keep a pack of these for occasional use.
The reason I still use these compared to my other baby wipes is because my baby had a small reaction to even the most sensitive wipes on her face after feeding time. These are very good at wiping her hands and face after food when we're out and I've no access to a sink for water. They aren't harsh at all on her delicate skin. She has never had any sort of rash or reaction from using these at all, the only wipes I can say that about.
I would recommend these wipes for their purpose, as they are the closest thing to using water that I've come across on the market and are delicate on baby's sensitive skin. The issues I have with them are the cost, availability and my failed attempts of removing just 1 from the packet. I therefore rate them 3 stars, but their actual use as a wipe to clean up mess would score 5 stars. I feel that although their main ingredient is just water, they are just as effective at cleaning mess up as other wipes. It's just a shame they aren't more widely available at a better price.
Thanks for reading :o)
I have always been very concerned about the chemicals we expose ourselves to, and try as much as possible to limit the amount I use on my children.
This was one of the many reasons we chose to use cloth nappies, when using cloth nappies you may as well use cloth wipes! So at home my baby's bottoms have always been cleaned with a washable wipe and some water. And their hand and faces with a flannel and some water.
However, we would still use disposable wipes when we were out and about. I convinced myself that as it wasn't all the time, it would be ok. But, I wasn't overly happy about it. I don't know exactly what they put in most babywipes, but there is something in there that's pretty powerful!! Those things are almost capable of stripping paint! I have many a time seen parents trying to wash felt tip of their child's hands with soap and water, then when it won't come off, out comes a baby wipe and off comes the felt tip with one wipe! And we use these on our baby's little bottoms...and hands and faces!
Anyway, I spotted these a few weeks ago. Derma H20 wipes, made of 99.9% purified water and 0.1% fruit extract. How lovely! And they're biodgradable. They are not cheap (£2.99 for a 72 pack) but they were on offer so I thought I'd give them a try.
They are definitely different to 'normal' baby wipes! They do not feel as silky, they don't 'glide' over baby's bottom quite as easily, and you have to rub a little harder if it's a particularly dirty bottom! I can imagine that a lot of people won't like them because they don't strip paint like other wipes! But I love them! I know that what I am using when out and about is as pure as what I use at home. Well done Derma H20! If only they were a little cheaper!