“ Brand: Waitrose / Type: Wipes „
Along with trying my best to be eco-concious I also try to minimise the number of chemicals I use around the home and on our bodies! Especially where my children are concerned, so I am quite particular which baby wipes we use and how many we use!! We use washable cloth wipes when we are at home (we use cloth nappies so washing wipes is no trouble!) and I never use baby wipes to clean them up after a meal or after painting or playing out! We use plain old water and a flannel! It always amazes me how many wipes my friends can get through cleaning baby up after a meal when they're in their own homes and could just as easily use a flannel!
However, when we are out and about we do use baby wipes. My favourite are the Derma H20 Water Wipes (see previous review), but, as these tend to be a little pricey and aren't so readily available the Waitrose Fragrance Free Biodegradable Baby Wipes are the ones that I tend to use most. They're very reasonably priced at £1.63 for a pack of 72, or £5.50 for 4 x 72 packs.
Not only do they biodegrade in a landfill site in 6 - 12 months, but they are paraben free, alcohol free and fragrance free. I can't do with things being scented unnecessarily! Obviously some things benefit from being scented but I really can't fathom why a baby wipe needs to be. Let's face it, the smell you are usually experiencing when you're using a baby wipe is not going to be masked by the scent of a baby wipe!!
The other thing I like about these wipes is that they have a plastic flip down lid so they keep nice and moist. I won't buy wipes without a lid like this as we use them so rarely by the time we're half way through the pack they're bone dry.
The texture and size of these wipes is perfect in my opinion. I find some wipes so wet they're almost slimey and I don't like wipes that 'foam' excessively when you squeeze them....I find wipes like that are pretty useless, especially on a really dirty bottom! They so slippy that they glide over the poo, leaving it behind! The Waitrose Fragrance Free Biodegradable Baby Wipes are wet enough to clean the bottom without leaving it too wet.
My only criticism of these wipes (and the reason they have only got 4 stars) is one that I have of all wipes! The fact that just removing one is almost impossible! I have come to the conclusion this is a deliberate flaw by all baby wipe manufactuers to ensure that you always use ten times more than you need!
We use so many baby wipes in our house it's unreal. I've got two little bottoms I use them on as well as my little girl wanting to use them to change her dolls and teddys nappies as well.
I love baby wipes as they are so versatile. Not only do they do bottoms they also work perfectly for cleaning dirty faces after dinner and for cleaning up the surrounding area after dinner as well as dirty hands. Recently I have been using these lovely Waitrose baby wipes after I picked some up with some other baby products I found in store.
What I like about these wipes as opposed to the wipes I usually use from Boots is that they have a slight fragrance to them. It's nothing too strong or overpowering but a lovely fresh clean scent that will not be off putting to little babies who do not like strong smells. the smell works really well at taking nasty smells away from babies bottoms and I like it when I wipe faces with them as it leaves my little girl with a fresh smelling face and a very kissable face too.
The wipes also have a moisturising lotion on them and this is actually what makes them smell. If you rub a wipe between your fingers you can actually feel a bit of texture and the lotion and a tiny bit of this does come off on the bottom or other surface you leave it on so these wipes help to protect against nappy rash which is good too.
The wipes comes in a plastic packet and on the front is a snap close lid. This is very easy to open and close and it does keep the wipes really fresh right to the last one. I find the first couple of wipes are a bit dry, just because they are at the top of the packet but once you get a few down they are really moist and work well. The wipes are attached to each other so when you pull one out it pulls the next one up for you, ready to use for next time.
The wipes are biodegradable as well so this makes me feel not too bad using them and I feel ok being able to flush them down the toilet.
A pack of 72 costs £1.63 from Waitrose.
As my daughter has ezcema, I do worrry about the effect of unecessary chemicals on her skin. I had been using nature baby care wipes as I use their nappies and love them, but they have little moisture and therefore are not all that cleansing!
Many wipes contain parabens etc - products which I don't feel are necessary.
I came across waitrose fragrance-free, paraben-free, biodegradable wipes that are just under a fiver for a 4 pack of 72. I was especially attracted by the biodegradable (takes 6-12 months) aspect, as my well intentioned desire to use reusable nappies has fallen by the wayside somewhat, but I do feel guilty about adding to the large landill sites.
I find these wipes brilliant. They do the job very well. Do not irritate my daughter's skin.
On the down side they are hard to get out of the packet, and I have found myself desperately trying to yank a great big wad of them out during critical squirming child moments, and ended up in a bit of a mess if you know what I mean! I now pull out a load ready in advance.
They are a bit smaller than many of the usual wipes, which can be a bit of a pain, but I still find they do the job.
These wipes come in packets that can be closed with a plastic lid (which is recyclable) so they do not dry out.
All in all, they are a good buy.
I'm always on the look out for a bargain, but I will not sacrifice quality for my babies, and am inclined to consider the environmental impact of my shopping too. These wipes are a good buy to cover nearly all aspects of these shopper choices!
They are the cheapest of the biodegradable wipes I have seen from rival brands (you can buy a four pack of 72 wipes for £4.90, which is 1.7p per wipe). Next, they claim to be biodegradable within 6-12 months in landfil. This is pretty good really when you consider quite how many of these us mothers can sometimes use!
The wipes are dematologically tested, and neither of my little girls experienced any negative effect from switching to this brand. However, they are not the softest of wipes, and are certainly the smallest baby wipe I have ever used. There is deninitely no feeling of "luxury" with this brand (i.e. no lotion in the wipe or added softness), and the small size was sometimes a tricky aspect to negotiate with my daughter who was toilet training. Also, I had one packet dry out very fast, although many packets of wipes do find themselves lying around my house, so it may have been lack of use.
Overall, I would recommend these wipes as an eco-buy, but not if you seek softeness in your wipe.
Whilst I was pregnant with my son, my husband and I decided that we would use cloth nappies in order to minimise our impact on the environment. At the time it had not occurred to us that most brands of baby wipes are non-biodegradable but when I found out shortly after my son was born I was horrified at the number of wipes I get through each week and the thought of them just sitting in landfill sites. So I set about searching for a good and easily available biodegradable wipe and ultimately found it at Waitrose.
These baby wipes come in an attractive looking white packet with grey and blue writing and a small picture of a baby in black and white. The packet has a solid plastic lid on the top which shuts firmly to ensure the wipes stay moist. The packaging is strong and does not split after repeated use.
The wipes themselves have a fragrance free moisturising lotion and do not contain parabens or alcohol unlike some other brands. They are very soft and not too wet although they are plenty wet enough to clean up any mess. According to the packet, these wipes will biodegrade in a biologically active landfill site within 6 to 12 months.
Unfortunately, and probably because they are biodegradable, these wipes are not as thick as some other brands of wipe and are therefore not so good for particularly messy nappies. On occasion I have found that my fingers have gone right through the wipe - not something you want if you are cleaning up something yucky!
The other problem I have with these wipes is that it can be difficult to remove wipes one handed as the wipes don't seem to be folded into the packet particularly well so I often end up pulling out a big lump of wipes which I then cannot separate with one hand.
For the reasons explained above, I tend to use these wipes when I am changing a wet nappy and keep a different brand for really dirty bottoms.
These baby wipes cost £1.35 for a packet of 72 but are currently on a 2 for £2 offer. Waitrose quite often have them on a buy one get one free offer and when they do I tend to stock up. I think that these wipes are very reasonably priced compared to other brands of baby wipe, especially because they are biodegradable.
You may have noticed I like to review baby things and am also trying to be environmentally aware and lessen my impact on the planet (it scares me to think of the sheer amount of landfill sites needed to dump the countries nappies in!).
So I had to tell you about the cheapest biodegradeable baby wipes out there (as far as I have found).
I do find it hard to believe that as well as having their own label biodegradeable baby wipes that Waitrose's are the cheapest too. Waitrose sell a pack of 80 wipes for £1.35 (1.7p each). When you compare this to Nature wipes at £2.49 for 70 (4p each) or Asda Little Angels Eco wipes at £2.50 for 72 (3.5p each) it's quite a big difference. Waitrose also sell a multipack of 4x80 wipes which works out even cheaper at £4.95 (1.5p each) but they are quite hard to get hold of - I've just stockpiled 4 packs of them!
Here comes the boring bit - the packaging - it's worth covering bit I'll be brief! They come in a very neutral white packet with pale blue spots. There is a hard plastic flap on the front which flips open to dispense. The packaging is also recyclable. I often find that the wipes come out in ones and rarely dispense continuously like other branded (non-eco) wipes but this is pretty similar to other eco wipes.
The wipes themselves are fragrance free, paraben free, dermatologically tested and contain moisturising lotion. They have a neutral fresh smell and don't feel at all oily. They are more moist than Nature wipes and are effective at cleaning all kinds of mess off bottoms and faces (and the floor, highchair, buggy etc.....) The only negative with these is they are smaller and thinner than branded (non-eco) wipes and as such I sometimes use more than one but despite this they are still more economical.
Although they aren't flushable the pack states that they will biodegrade in a biologically active landfill in 6-12 months.
Since discovering these wipes I have used them exclusively. It's really hard to find something environmentally friendly which is also economical so these are a real winner. I would recommend them to anyone who is trying to do their bit!
Mild and gentle for tender bottoms.