“ Brand: Derma H20 / Type: Baby wipes „
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!