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I received these as a substitute with my Tesco online shop. These aren't something I would normally buy because at full price they are £2+ I have noticed they sometimes go down to a £1 but compared to Tesco own brand toddler wipes which are 2 for £1 theses aren't very good value.
The packaging is like any other wet wipe packet they have a plastic resealable tab. The packaging is green in colour and has a picture of the Kandoo frog on the front. The packs are described as a refill pack as you can separately for around £3-4 get a box to store these wipes in.
The wipes are designed to help toddlers to wipe their own bums. My daughter has been toilet trained for about 4 months but she still struggles to wipe her bum and toilet paper is no use as I am sure most parents would agree. The wipes are smaller than traditional wipes as they are designed to be easy to hold for toddlers equivalent to two sheets of toilet roll according to the packet. They also have a fresh fruity fragrance. The wipes can also be flushed but only one at a time.
The first time I used these I was a bit disappointed they aren't that moist. The wipes also didn't feel as thick as supermarkets own brands.
Overall I wasn't impressed with these. The tab didn't stay stuck for long and as there are 30 wipes the packet lasts a while so they ended up getting quite dry.
These are very expensive for what they are and I wouldn't buy them again even if they were on offer. I was very disappointed with these.
Since my son has been toilet trained about 8 months ago I have been buying toilet wipes for him which makes it much easier to clean the bottom after a bowel movement. I have always bought the cheaper shop brand ones partly due to the familiar character pictures on the pack which has attracted him to them but these have always been adequate. However lately I have been unable to find them anywhere so ventured into boots and asked in there and they only had Kandoo toilet wipes so as we were on our last pack I decided to go for the more expensive option.
What are toilet wipes?
Toilet wipes are a transition from wipes to normal toilet paper. Baby wipes are not flushable and much larger and although adult toilet wipes are available I prefer wipes aimed at children due to the skin still been very delicate. These do make it easier to get a clean bottom. The Kandoo wipes are made by Pampers so a company that are known to consider very delicate skin and to be a leading brand.
The pack has the familiar Kandoo Frog and an illustration of him wiping his bottom. it also has a smaller image of the tissue going into the toilet. The pack contains 50 wipes. The pack I bought are for sensitive skin and as my son suffers from eczema this is usually my preference. it actually advertises theses as perfume free. I was actually shocked when I opened these due to the thickness in the sheets compared to other brands I have used. They are more of a slight mesh fabric than other brands .Despite Kandoo claiming to be perfume free it does have a sweet aroma which reminds me of a floral scent and for me far more scented than I require for a children's product.
Using the wipes
The wipes are individual so not need for your child to have to deal with tearing perforated edges. The tissue is the same approximate width of standard tissue but will fold out into double the length. At first when toilet training my son I simply wiped his bottom and didn't give it much thought as he always had bowel movements at home but at the end of August he started having bowl movements outside of the home and I realised I needed to teach him to wipe himself as a staff may not be with him when he was at nursery and had a poo. I did explain to him what he needed to do and with the enthusiasm of a new skill he managed amazingly well but after a week the novelty wore off and his effort level reduced to I was left needing to finish off the job. The wipes are easy enough for him to hold and these don't rip or tear like his attempts to clean himself with standard toilet paper have left him with bits of toilet paper needing to be removed. I have also found it much easier to clean him with a cool moist wipe. There is enough moisture that does keep them wet to the bottom of the pack but not too wet.
Are Kandoo the best?
I would say quality wise these are far superior to other brands I have tried, I have not found any wipes that have the thickness or strength of Kandoo. The frog does have a familiarity about it as we also have Kandoo hand wash and these have not had any adverse effects on my son's bottom. Although they are superior I have not had quality problems with cheaper brands.
Kandoo make a storage box for the wipes which would make these much easier to store but these seems to be very difficult to get hold of in the shops but am planning to purchase one online. I have found a wide variety even a wall mounted wipe holder that is currently £2.99 on Amazon. At present I reseal the pack but if my son doesn't and I don't notice then I can end up having the top wipe quite dry.
Currently For a refill pack of 50 in Boots they are currently £1.99 with a 3 for 2 offers.
These are a great buy when toilet training your child and something that I do think I will continue to use for many years.
==Kandoo Children's Toilet Wipes==
Kandoo Children's Wipes are made by Pampers but are different to Pampers baby wipes because they are aimed at toddlers and small children.
I paid £1 for a packet of these wipes from Poundland although they can pretty much be purchased at any supermarket or local Boots etc. for the RRP of £1.95 pence per packet.
The packaging of the wipes is rather good and very eye catching as they have used a bright green and deep purple colour scheme for the pack and used a strange little frog to represent the brand. The adverts of telly are quite good and draw the kids into wanting them.
There are 55 wipes per packet of the regular ones but if you opt for the ones for sensitive skin, there are only 50 which I find a bit of a let down.
The wipes are designed for use after a child has been to the toilet for a number two as they are said to clean "better than toilet paper alone" and both smell nice and are flushable.
The packet of wipes is easy to open and has a plastic pull back sticker which also enables a good reseal of the packet. The smell of the wipes is very nice and is melon fragranced. The wipes are of a good size and I would say around regular toilet roll thickness but as though there are two squares of toilet roll per one Kandoo wipe.
The wipes are not too thick and have a slight mesh look to them which I feel enables for better wipage. They are strong yet soft and very simple to use. They work really well at cleaning off any bum muck Jack has after he has done his business and do this in literally one wipe or two. Also when Jack is trying to wipe his own little bottom using a wipe such as this rather than toilet roll means he is getting a better job done!
Overall I rate them highly for the price I paid. I don't think I would ever duy them when they are nearly £2 as for me I feel this I just too highly priced for what you are getting and I would prefer to buy a packet of baby wipes as you then would get more for your money.
However the smell is good and they work well so I would give them a score of 4 our of 5 stars and a recommendation. I think if you can find them for this price then they are certainly worth stocking up.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
This is one of those products which seems to get very mixed reviews. I think this has a lot to do with individual children's experiences, as toddlers are not particularly known for following instructions or believing anyone else knows best!
Definitely aimed at the toilet training market, these are easy to use flushable wipes designed to help a child wipe his or her bottom effectively and independently. They come with a plastic tub with a big push button to open, and are dispensed one at a time like tissues. The tub is purple and green with a frog and is quite appealing to children. The wipes smell refreshing - the original ones smell of melon, and I think there's also a forest fruits type scent too. They are also available in a 'sensitive skin' version. These are from Pampers, so a trusted brand.
We did use them at that toilet training stage of development, although unlike the child in the admittedly annoying advert, my son was not at all keen on the independence thing - he always wanted someone else to do the dirty work for him, bellowing "I've finished" to summon whichever 'slave' was on duty ... ! I know many children do always want to do things for themselves though, and these wipes are great there - although depending on the child, some adult supervision might still be wise. We definitely found they were easier for the children to manage than traditional toilet roll alone, and that is really how they should be judged I feel.
They are widely available, often on offer and you can buy the refill packs separately so only need one of the plastic tubs.
The point I really want to make here though is that use is not confined to toddlers! We were at the time also buying Andrex moist toilet wipes until one day I had an epiphany, realising the Kandoo ones were perfectly fine for all the family! I'd assumed they would be more expensive - but no, probably partly because they are often on offer, Kandoo came out cheaper. I did a quick comparison on the Tesco website today, and 3 refill packs of Kandoo (55 sheets in a pack) costs £3.49, whereas even on a 2 for £2.50 offer, the Andrex ones (42 sheets in a pack) are definitely more expensive. If you have older children or no children at all, and don't particularly want a Kandoo tub in your toilet, you could I guess always use a different tub - no one need know what refills you use!
I would give them 4 stars - we have found them very good, and will always choose them when on offer, but the supermarket own brands are also fine and do of course come in cheaper ithout the offers. They could be a mite stronger - but then they probably wouldn't be as soft!
Our kids have been using these wipes for several years between them, they have been extremely useful in them becoming independent when using the toilet. The refillable dispenser box is very friendly to young hands, with it's soft plastic and big push-button to pop the lid open. The wipes dispense easily one at a time, with the next one popping up after it. Despite one of our daughters having sensitive skin and eczema, there's never been any problem for either of them using the normal, non-sensitive variety, although I should say that they have always used the wipes AFTER, not instead of paper, so it's possible that a child solely using these wipes may get sore as they do contain alcohol and fragrance. They have tended to prefer the "Magic Melon" scent, for some reason the short-lived Berries one was too much for our eldest and made her feel ill! Admittedly, they are a bit on the pricey side, but as far as our kids were concerned they were a massive help in getting them to sort themselves out properly without having to resort to yelling MUM!!
One thing I have always made sure of though is that they go in the bin, even though they're sold as 'flushable'. The advice on the packet states: "For best flushing results, use no more than 5 wipes per flush. Not suitable for toilets with pumps or macerators" I would say avoid flushing altogether - it's easy to assume that 'flushable' means that it will break down like toilet paper once it's flushed, but in fact is more to do with the size of the wipe making it more likely to be able to pass through the sewage system. There's nothing on the packaging that I can see to say that the wipes themselves are biodegradable, although it does say so on their website. But again, this could be over a very long time, and the word you want to see is 'dispersible', which is the magic word you want to reassure you that your drain won't get blocked... If you fancy doing some simple home science with the kids, get three jars of water, and put a piece of loo paper in the first, a Kandoo wipe in the second, and an ordinary baby wipe (which you wouldn't normally put down the loo) in the third, and see over a few days if the wipes break up in the water like the paper does. If you try this, please leave a comment to say how you get on! If the Kandoo wipe doesn't break up in the water, you might want to calculate how many have gone down the loo and where they might be sitting....
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Having three children two of which are old enough to have gone through toilet training and one who is about to start i have used kandoo's a lot in the past and intend to use them again.
I have found that the product although not much different itself to it's cheaper competitors, when used in combination with the excitement caused in a smallchild from the advertising campaign's on television it is easier to let the little one go to the toilet with the frog as they know what they are using and are not as sceptical or apprehensive.
The wipes themselves are 7 inches by 4 inches which is an adequate size for a small child's hand. They have a sweet smell which to me smells like water melon and when they have been used the smell transfers onto the hands but soon washes off.
These wipes get the little ones much cleaner than toilet roll alone, and can be used as the child grows not only for toilet training but also for follow on toilet using, resulting in cleaner pants and knickers which builds the growing childs confidence further.
The cost of these wipes are higher than some of it's competitors at £1.95 for a pack of 55 wipes but i feel this is value as your child will have familiarity with the product and it also comes with a usable website for kids that is interactive (www.kidskandoo.com).
The wipes are advertised as being flushable but on closer inspection it states a maximum of 5 wipes per flush should be maintained and they should not be used with macerators or pumps. Just incase the little one gets carried away and uses nearly a full pack.
Overall a good product that has been cleverly advertised.
When spotting these in the supermarket initially my thought were...'what a complete rip off, who on earth would fall for a gimmick like that', the kandoo wipes just seemed to be all marketing aimed at the little ones with their bright purple and green packaging and the frog character. The wipes are also really expensive, costing at my local Tesco's £2.05 for a refill pack of 55 wipes.
My initial resistance was weakened however when it came to potty training my 2 1/2 year old. She showed little interest and not a lot of enthusiasm to the idea of being free of nappies so I have to confess that I was willing to spend the money on any gimmicks on offer to try and make her willing to give a go. I bought the bright potty, bright padded seat for the loo and the kandoo wipes seemed to also really appeal to her. We got the wipes dispensor along with the wipes and she did seem to really to becom more enthusiastic about the whole toilet process.
While they did help, I don't think that the quality of the wipes really lives up to the price you have to pay for them. They are really a bit too small, while they are being used by small hands I think that a bigger wipe would probably help the little ones do a better job. They also have a very strong quite chemical scented smell and I actually found that they were quite harch on my daughters skin. I found that we got through a pack very quickly and I soon began to look for a cheaper alternative. I then tried the Tesco own brand version which came in at 74p for a pack and I haven't looked back since. They seem to be much gentler on the skin and come in at a fair price, with the Kandoo wipes I really think you are just paying for the money spent on the marketing.
Kandoo Childrens toilet wipes
I thought that these wipes would be a great idea to help my two year old start going to the toilet herself, and in a way they were.
She loved the idea of being independent and being able to open the box herself which when you press the easy to press button it has a flip like lid which reveals the wipes, and when a wipe is pulled out only the one comes out and not two or three like some of the other branded or own brand versions.
The box in durable and I have never had to replace it two years down the line, but the fragrance is quite strong even for my nose. I would say that overall they worked well, the only thing that would make them better is perhaps if the wipe itself was a bit bigger, but apart from that, thumbs up !!
Kandoo Toilet Wipes
Theses are a great invenetion by Pampers and designed to help children clean heir bottoms after going to the toilet (suitable aged 2 plus). The wipes are soft and moist and smell very fresh (very similar to baby wipes). They are a great hygenic way to help toilet train your kids and are also great for older kids. I found them a great assistance for me when I started to toilet training my kids. Much less mess and much easier and gentler than toilet tissue.
Kandoo wipes come in a distinctive purple box that can be re-filled and looks good in the bathroom. The box has been well designed so that only wipe is dispensed at a time and is dispensed easily to allow kids to become more independant and prevent any wastage. The wipes can be flushed away no problem. An average box contains 60 wipes and cost approx £3.50 depending on where purchased.
I found this to be a very good product and the main advantage to me was the kids liking them and most importantly the hygene. they are a bit expensive and if buying them regularly it does add up. I would say if you can afford them then buy them.
I am surprised there are not more brands available to give a bit of competition and bring down the price
Toilet training is a big step for any child and obviously some take to it quicker than others. Most people start off encouraging their little ones to use a potty before moving on to the big toilet! Once my daughter was trained using the potty she was very happy to use this although for some reason she was quite reluctant to then move on to using the toilet, especially at home.
I had seen Kandoo wipes in quite a number of her small friends' houses and she was always very happy to use the toilet in those places, so I thought it would be worth buying some to use at home and to make a special fuss of putting them in the toilet! Also, we kept saying that big girls use the toilet rather than the potty, so I made a point of saying that these were big girls' wipes as oppose to the 'baby' wipes I was using on her little sister.
One of the really nice things about Kandoo wipes is that they come in their own attractive dispensing box. It is mainly purple with a small green lid that flips open. On the front of the box is also a picture of a very cheeky looking green frog with a thought bubble showing how you can throw these wipes down the toilet! The box has a little green plastic button which when you push down the lid flips open. This is fairly easy to manipulate for any child who is about two years and above which is very good because one thing you want to foster during toilet training is independence so it would be no good if Mummy had to come and open the box every time.
Once the plastic lid is opened, your child can pull just one wipe from the box. The wipes are arranged in the usual concertina fashion and kept moist by being in plastic packaging which has a small hole at the top which allows the wipes to be pulled through.
The wipes are all wonderfully moist and very gentle on the child's skin - much more so than even the gentlest toilet paper. Also it definitely makes it easier to wipe away any mess and come out clean. Obviously as with all things you will need to show your child how to do this for themself, but with some practice it will definitely become easier.
Also, because of the way the packet is designed so that your child can only pull out one wipe at a time, it means that you do not have the problems you might have with toilet rolls when they tug it to try to pull away a couple of pieces and before they know it half the roll hasbecome unravelled!
Another advantage to these wipes is that it is perfectly OK to flush them down the toilet unlike a lot of baby wipes. This means that your child gets into the habit of doing this for him or herself and you do not need to worry about disposing off it elsewhere.
Kandoo wipes can be found in a number of supermarket and chemists. I usually buy mine from Boots.com where the wipes tub with 60 wipes in it can be bought for £3.49 and you can also buy refill packs of 55 wipes for £1.99. This means that after you have bought your first dispenser you only ever need to buy the refill packs which make it considerably less expensive!
And in the end, did they help persuade my daughter to use the toilet rather than the potty? They certainly did and she is now Little Miss Independent going to the toilet on her own, using her wipes and then flushing them down the toilet! And, of course, she really loves the cheeky froggy on the box!
My youngest was a nightmare to toilet train. You see he suffers from second child syndrome. He learnt at an early age that he could get everyone to do everything for him! And toilet training was no different, when he did start finally going to the loo on his own he refused to wipe his own bottom and would call us to do it. We tried all sorts of tricks including bribery but he was and still is very stubborn, and then the other half came home with these. They state that they help little ones independence and give them a sense of achievement.
This was part of the reason he liked them. You buy the starter kit first. You get the main dispenser and a packet of wipes. The dispenser is a square plastic box that looks a bit squashed. The main colour is purple and the detachable base is green, a luminous green. On the top you have a green soft push button, which opens the lid, which is also green. I have noticed the lid sometimes doesn't shut and that can dry the wipes out. On the front you have a picture of the Kandoo frog wiping his bottom and the product name.
The wipes come in a small packet. They are smaller than baby wipes and the packets are either purple or green. There is a clear sticker on the top, you take that off to open the packet and take the bottom off the dispenser, you then put the wipes into the dispenser and you are ready to go. You can also re-seal the wipes if you are taking them out with you.
The wipes are about the size of 2 sheets of toilet paper, they are white, soft and moist. You get about 60 in a pack. They also have a slightly sweet fragrance. But not too girly otherwise the little monster wouldn't use them. Because the re-fills are re-sealable you can take them out with you.
You take them out of the packet one at a time, they are not perforated, so they are very easy for little hands to use.
Little monster found these very easy to use, they did make him feel grown up and because we told him they were his he told us when they were running out.
The only problem is you have to watch how many they use at a time as they are a bit small and it normally takes more than one to clean dirty bottoms effectively. When little monster finally started using them on his own we did find that he was using quite a lot, but that did calm down. The wipes are flushable as long as they don't use loads at one time. Little monster did complain occasionally that the wipes were a bit cold, so I stopped putting them in the fridge! (Only joking).
For the dispenser and a packet of wipes at the moment at Sainsbury's they cost £2.94.
For the refill wipes £1.45
They are very often on special offer normally 3 for 2.
They also have a hand wash frog, to encourage little ones to wash their hands. Also wash mitts so they can learn to wash themselves.
My little monster is now a bigger monster but he does still use these. He finds them easier to use than toilet paper and i must admit he uses less of the wipes than if he uses loo paper. He doesn't seem too eager to give them up; I have told him that if he is still using them when he leaves school he can pay for them himself!!
I would recommend these for little ones who are starting toilet training.
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The first time I saw these advertised on tv was with my little boy who was just coming up to the toilet training stage at the time. And boy did this advert appeal to him with its oh so cute and cheeky looking frog logo dancing about the screen helping the little girl go to the toilet by herself. Next time we were in Boots he started shouting 'Kandoo Kandoo' when he saw the wipes aisle.
The thing that really puts me off these wipes is quite simply the price as you are around £3 for 60 wipes included in the tub for your child to pull them out of and £2.69 for a refill pack.
The good points though are that they are fun for your little one to use, easy to pull out and they smell great too. They now come in two different varieties the original and now new tropical which does have a lovely aroma.
I didn't actually buy the first pack of these I got though but instead used a voucher sent to me as a member of the Pampers Baby Club online as they are made by Proctor and Gamble who also sell Pampers. This entitled me to a free pack with the box so I of course decided to give them a try. This is a really good web site to sign up with if you have a baby as you constantly get £1 or £2 vouchers off nappies and wipes and can save quite a bit - as every parent knows this can be a really expensive time. Along with the voucher for the free pack came a book to fill with Kandoo hand print stickers, also supplied free which were to be stuck on when your child masters different stages of going to the toilet on their own such as wiping themselves and washing and drying their hands by themselves. It also came with a Well Done Certificate when they are staying dry and a little keep out sign to hang on the door handle of the bathroom. Great ideas and I have to give top marks for these hand outs as they have really encouraged my boy to stay dry and become independent in these matters.
The wipes themselves aren't as big as the Pampers wipes and are bio-degradable so you can easily flush them away. Their ingredients are as follows:-
Aqua, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Acrylates/Vinyl Isodecanoate Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Parfum, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Polysorbate 20
They are lovely and soft and because they are damp are far easier to use for messy clean ups than plain old toilet paper. They are a bit of a luxury item though so we only buy them if they are on special offer such as buy one get one free. Check out Boots or Tescos who do these offers quite often. Other times we just fill the box up with Tesco's own brand of toilet wipes which are only 68p for 40 wipes and can be found with the toilet rolls. They also have their own version of the baby toilet wipes too called Look which sell for 98p for 60.
Whatever make you choose, wipes are a great idea and I can't fault the quality of the Kandoo wipes as they are softer than the Tesco ones but it all depends, at the end of day,what you are willing to pay.
Kandoo toilet wipes are such a gimmick. From the moment the annoying advert with annoying child claiming, "I can do it too with Kandoo" arrived onto our screens I refused to give into the cutesy irritating frog and its hype. However, when a website offers you a freebie only a fool would say no and contrary to popular belief I am no fool so we received free wipes with dispenser and decided to let our two year old give them a go.
Now the moment my daughter saw the predominantly purple box with lime green lid she was immediately sold. Add to this the annoyingly cute green frog emblazoned across the box wiping its behind and throwing it down the toilet and she was desperate to use them regardless of whether she needed the toilet or not. This is both the main advantage and disadvantage of this product for us. My daughter thinks the box is great and treats it like a toy especially since there is a large push button spring up lid that flips up like a jack-in-the-box to reveal the wipes beneath. The button is sensitive enough for even the smallest of hands but large enough for a button basher too. My daughter also likes the fact it has a picture of the frogs hand on it.
Extracting a wipe from the dispenser is very easy and in this respect is an improvement over other packet baby wipes. Due to the boxes weight and firm base my daughter can give it a gentle tug and one wipe comes cleanly away with no risk of dropping them off the shelf/table etc. Unfortunately the wipes themselves are rather unimpressive. Measuring only two inches wide and three or four inches long they are hardly enough for the single wipe and throwaway that is portrayed on the advert. One wipe is for a number one but what about a number two? We have found that our child has to use at least two or three of these that would have been sorted by only one baby wipe. This is largely due to the wipes smooth, frictionless surface. This should in effect make it kinder to my daughters bottom but unfortunately the need for her to use more than one wipe negates this. Perhaps, in Pampers attempts to make Kandoo toilet wipes, "Your little one's first toilet tissue" they should have remembered to incorporate some of the things that make their baby wipes so effective i.e. ridges and thickness. As it is the wipes are flimsy, non-absorbent and too small.
The wipes themselves are also not exactly kind to my daughter's bottom I presume due a rather large amount of additional fragrancing. The smell is vaguely fruity but very cloying and sickly and testing a wipe on my own skin they certainly do not moisten but in fact dry out the skin. My daughter does not complain of any stinging or irritation but I have noticed a definite dryness to her bottom that was not evident when she was using pamper baby wipes or even toilet tissue alone. The box makes no claims at being sensitive or alcohol free either. As such these wipes are also at other functions. After all would you wipe your daughters face or hands with these?
After you or your daughter has used the wipe the box clearly shows the frog throwing them down the toilet. To me these wipes do not seem bio- degradable but there is nothing on the box to say otherwise. My personal view is that a bin would be better although the wipes do flush happily down the toilet I hate to think what the chemicals contained within are doing to the water.
On finishing the box of, rather meagre sixty wipes a visit to the supermarket for refills was necessary. This is were this product really went downhill for me as it went from a gimmicky, ineffective wipe to an extortionate marketing ploy as the refills cost a ridiculous £4.27 for 120. This is particularly disappointing considering I have since found that the tub and wipes are only £2.94!
All in all I do not like this product although my daughter unfortunately loves it if only for the box and frog. As a result we now buy a Morrison's variation on the Kandoo refillables and put them in the box instead. They are more effective, cheaper and kinder to my daughters bottom. I cannot recommend this product although bizarrely if you could just buy the dispenser I would happily recommend that. As such some may want to buy this as a one of purchase and then do as we do buy the cheaper, shops own refillables. In short, Kandoo cannot.
Kandoo box+ 60 wipes £2.94
Refillables: £4.27 for 120
Toilet roll: 4 for £1
Baby wipes: 80 fragrance free wipes £1.24 at Asda
Kandoo Toilet Wipes claim to be first toilet tissue for your your little one .... or something to that effect. That was a put-off, as I do not like niche products much. A machine for cutting rose shapes out of radishes, a saloon for cutting hair of married women aged 30 to 50 of Armenian extraction, shoes that are good just for getting in and out of the car in - these are all things that I view with a great suspicion.
However, Katie is growing, she is toilet trained as far as the act itself goes; but she still needs help in the final (read: bum wiping) stages. So, I am thinking of ways to teach her to do it herself and as toilet wipes are marketed at precisely such buyers, and I had received a voucher for a L1 off a packet of Kandoo in the last mailing from Tesco Baby and Toddler Club, I decided to get a packet.
The result is this review. It is exclusively devoted to a bum-wiping product for preschoolers, there is no depth nor sophisticated irony of any kind. If you are not in a target market for this product, dear reader, do yourself a favour and stop now. I will not be offended, I promise.
I bought a refill packet - that seemed expensive enough and anyway I never ever saw much point in these dispenser boxes for normal wipes, being perfectly satisfied with a resealable refill packets. I will not change habits of three years of child breeding just for the benefit of providing the Ciao review with a dispenser section, sorry. The boxes did not allow me to not rate the dispenser so the rating is based on the look I had at the thing.
The refill packaging is colourful in green, orange and purple; and probably quite attractive to children; reseals well enough until you lose that top bit and provides almost all of the information anybody could desire, including a long and frightening list of ingredients. To my practically limited mind, it lacks a significant piece of data: despite searching and seeking, nowhere could I see information on how many actual wipes the packet contained. Weird. I wonder why. Perhaps it has something to do with the ease of calculating the unit cost for a piece of fibre measuring 2 by 3 inches, drenched in moisturiser and perfume.
(2) Main Function
That is, bum wiping. On this score Kandoo work OK. Nothing particularly brilliant (I wonder what a particularly brilliant bum wiping performance would entail, actually). They are moist, soft and do not tear, which is perhaps the most important factor if you are trying to encourage a three year old to do the wiping herself (not that my Katie was fooled, she has a very good grasp of her own abilities and even better one of the purpose of mummies, so nothing came of my attempt at encouraging independence. I cannot blame Kandoo for that. ).
The wipe is drenched in the usual wipey moisturiser and I have a strong impression that this one is not particularly friendly to sensitive skin. There was a slight almost-sting even during my own test run so I would be careful if the prospective user had a tendency to allergies or sensitive skin. It is possible that this effect is caused mainly by what is covered in no. 3.
Kandoo wipes are fragranced - very definitely and strongly fragranced, in fact and I just cannot even imagine what purpose might it serve. They already contain a result of hard work of a little pharma-chemical factory and have no idea why a big dose of (not unpleasant itself, rather fruity-melony) fragrance was added.
There is another flavour apart form the Jungle Fruit I bought, but as far as I could see no unperformed version is available.
(4) Secondary functions
This is a failing. Normal wipes are usable for a variety of other purposes, including runny noses, mascara-ed eyes and tomato-sauce-covered faces. Due to the sting factor my one attempt at wiping a runny nose resulted in a scream, while the strong smell made them unpleasant alternative to serviettes. I did not dare to try them on my eyes.
I hasten to report that we have gone through most of the packet with no need for a plumber. However, I have to confess to a waste-disposal offence and say that I have been partial to flushing an occasional normal wipe (and sometimes, but rarely, two) both in Poland and in the UK and never caused a plumbing emergency either.
I have a cynical suspicion that instead of employing clever technology people at Pampers to invent a special kind of water-soluble wipe fibres (there is no indication of that on the packet), clever marketing people at Pampers decided to cut normal, thinnish wipes in half, outsourced a lab assistant to conduct a series of experiments to determine how many of such pieces can be actually flushed in one go (they advise against using more than 5, not that I can see any need) and then marketed them as flushable. Please correct me if I am wrong and I will amend. The pampers website claims them to be biodegradable, and I cannot refute it, but believe me, they look and feel just like thinner and smaller version of a normal wipe.
(6) Price and Value for Money
I saved it for later. But yes, you have guessed. The reason the voucher I received from Tesco was for a whole pound off became apparent as I approached the appropriate shelf: Kandoo toilet wipes are EXTORTIONATELY expensive. The packet of undeclared number I purchased with my voucher cost (in a large, out of town Tesco) L2.69. That was a refill, remember.
[since writing the above I have found out - from the Tesco website - there is 60 in the packet]
As a comparison: a packet of 80 decent quality normal wipes can be had in Aldi for 1.29; that 72 Tesco wipes cost less than 1.50 and Pampers charges 2.49 for 72 of their own baby wipes (all of these are bigger), not even mentioning the fact that a roll of Value toilet paper (from a packet of four) costs less than 11 pence.
Overall, Kandoo wipes proved to be what I just about suspected they were: a fundamentally simple thing, repackaged and repositioned by clever (or perhaps not so clever) marketing as a niche product for which a massive price premium is charged, ecologically dodgy (we should not flush wipes unless they really disintegrate), unnecessarily fragranced which renders them almost useless for any other wiping purpose. They wipe bums well, but so do 'normal' wipes, moist toilet tissue, and normal toilet paper can be moistened with a bit o baby cream or warm water if such necessity arises.
Will I buy them again? No, I will not. I would have not done it in the first place if it was not for the voucher; but I was contemplating buying a Tesco version. Now the trial of Kandoo convinced me that I am not one for niche products. Katie will have to do with universal white bog roll, I am afraid.
As many as two stars because they do not fail at the main task. Only two stars because they are a total rip-off and ecologically suspicious one to boot.
If you are wondering why this review does not contain any contracted forms and Saxon genetives, well, it was the only way to get rid of the funny codes that appear in the text; so it is an apostrophe-less and quote-less review.
Kandoo Toilet Wipes allow your child to clean her bottom more easily than using toilet paper, giving her a sense of achievement and mum and dad a rest! The soft, moist wipe is the right size for little hands, and contains just the right amount of lotion to clean easily without leaving the skin wet.