“ Towels „
The only advantage to this type of towel is that they have a hood which covers the baby's head to keep it warm. Other than that, these are no better than regular towels. Most baby towels come as part of a pack with a baby bath and top and tail bowl but i do think its wiser and cheaper to just buy them separately. Baby towels can be bought from most supermarkets and baby stores such as Mothercare but are usually over priced. The ones i bought when expecting turned out to be very thin and not very long lasting. I was really annoyed as i had spent nearly five pound on each one and i should have just bought some normal bath towels that would have done a better job. You do learn not to spend so much after your first baby so i would advise any first time parent not to splash out on baby towels as they don't do anything a good old bath or hand wont do!
I dimly remember preparing this 'must-have' list shortly after the birth of our sprog. (We hadn't bought anything other than a BNWT Moses basket off of Ebay beforehand due to - well, good old Chinese superstision combined with generalized levels doom-mongering on the part of the maternal grandparents. So I could quite easily see myself returning from the maternity hospital empty-handed after something Going Horribly Wrong With The Birth and then having to chuck out all the stuff we'd bought....it was like a scene from an 'EastEnders' script). Anyway against all expectations a healthy sprog was delivered with scarcely a hitch and so on the list of panic-things-to-buy at the last minute was 'baby towels' - because apparently it is not good for them to use the same ones as the parents when they are very small, as the lower-temperature washing cycles we use these days don't effectively kill bacteria, etc., and there are potentially very nasty bacteria present on some adults' skin (a variety of Streptococci, I believe) which while not causing problems to mum and dad, can infect tiny babies and make them very ill. So, fresh towels were needed. We just got a load of pale purple hand-towels from Tesco that were on special offer at first. Presumably these had been reduced in price because they were the exact shade of greyish- lilac that clothes go in the wash when you've put them in with something with dye that 'runs'. Despite being unattractive, and not being bespoke towels marketed for babies, these worked perfectly well to dry the sprog, thank you. Later I bought a hooded baby-towel set for about £4 from 'Primark' - yes, a trend in my cheap-skate shopping habits is clearly emerging here. The fabric was very thin and the towel was quite small and not much long-term good. I quite liked the hood as the sprog hates to have its hair dried, and with the hood you could pop that end of the towel over the child's head and steal a 'surprise' bout of hair-drying while still in / just out of the bath. A better buy - in terms of size and absorbancy - was a hooded towel costing about £5-6 from 'Ikea' that we're still using now the sprog is 4. It's got sort of extended sides so you can wrap it around the child which helps with drying. The fabric is quite thin but generally I find that that type of towel dries better than those 'shag pile' effect super-thick ones that are so dense you can barely fold them in two. Writing a review on baby towels for no reason at 5 in the morning. So it's come to this. Maybe now it's done I'll finally be able to get some sleep.
Right, thought I would write a quick review on these because I do believe I have wasted my money buying these types of towels for my kids. A baby towel is a small square towel (about twice the size of a hand towel) with a hood in one corner. Now depending on where you buy these from and how much you pay, they can be plain or patterned or with some sort of logo on, and they can be extremely thin, and end up like sand paper after a couple of washes, or they can be nice and fluffy and even stay that way after numerous washes. Before our first daughter was born my husband and I went about buying everything we could think of that we needed to have for a baby, and cuddle robes were on that list. We ended up picking up a 3 pack from Babies R Us which I think cost us about a tenner. Now I wouldn't recommend anyone buy cheap towels like this because these were really thin and quite harsh on our daughter's skin, I hated to dry her with them. Luckily someone bought us a pink one as a new baby gift, and this was from John Lewis and I imagine they paid at least £10 just for the one towel and it was worth it. It was lovely and soft and retained it's fluffiness after several washes. This was the favourite towel to use on my daughter, but when it was in the wash we realised we didn't have anything else (didn't even think to look in the fresh adult towel cupboard!), so off to Mothercare we went (the Babies R Us ones were relegated to mopping up sick, wee and poo) and bought two more towels for about £10 each. One was blue with a Turtle on the hood, and the other was yellow with a Giraffe on the hood. They were both really good quality, lovely and thick and kept her nice and warm after her bath, they also dried her really well. I was really pleased with my purchases. So then we had another baby, another girl....and for some reason I never even thought about using these towels on her and after her first bath I used one of our medium sized white towels to dry her off and wrap her up. No hood needed and definately no cute logos. And I have used these for her ever since, I really don't know why I thought with our first daughter that she had to have a towel with a hood on?! We still use these on her now and she's 2 and a half, but baby just gets a plain white towel. It's weird how your thoughts change. It's another one of those baby myths that most new parents get sucked into. If you are buying for a baby, don't waste your money on hooded towels, you really really don't need them!
Baby bath towels are very small towels with a hood bit on one corner. They're about the right size to wrap a small baby in - up to six months, absolute tops. And the hood part fits over their head, which makes it a bit easier to wrap them up. You're often in a hurry to get them warm and dry after a bath, and small babies are slippery (and usually yelling their heads off at this point). So every little helps. However, if you're on a budget, you don't need these. You have towels, don't you? Use those. A normal towel works as well. A hand towel to start with, then a small bath towel as they get bigger. However, here are some reasons why you might get some: They're very cute. I particularly like the one that we have with bunny ears on the hood. It makes for some good photo moments. Someone will buy you some - they're fairly high up the list of things people think you'd want as a present Babies get through more towels (and sheets, and clothes, and just everything) than you could imagine. You'll need more towels of some sort! So you might as well indulge in the cute baby ones. They're small and thinner and they dry quickly, which is handy. You might like to keep your baby's towel separate from your own. But here is the top reason. When your baby is a toddler (or 3 or 5 or 7 years old), a hooded baby towel makes a GREAT superhero cape. The hooded bit goes on their head, and they race around the house. This provides hours of entertainment. I'm sure this is what they were really invented for (ask my children). Given the amount I have spent on dressing-up clothes, I think this is a perfectly valid second use for a baby towel. And we all like dual-purpose baby equipment, don't we?
When prepairing for the birth of my first child nearly 6 years ago now i remember looking at these baby towels in boots and thinking they are so cute i just have to have one, i ended up buying 3. These towels are made of terry toweling exactly the same as a normal hand or bath towel would be but the difference is these have a pocket on the one corner to be used as a hood to put over babys head, they are easy to use especially if you use them the way i did for the first few weeks where i bathed my daughter, wrapped her in the towel then held her head over the bath to do her hair so her head wouldnt be cold any longer than need be, these are ideal for this. They are very soft and very fluffy a lot softer than i have found normal bath towels to be and are also thinner so dont take as long to dry which is another pluss point. I have heard people complain that these are a waste of money as they only fit your baby for a few months but i thought they were great, so much so that i have just brought one last week off ebay in preperation for our new arrival, it only cost me £3.50 which is an average price and boots have them in packs of 3 for £12, the first size fitted my daughters untill they were around 6 months old comfortable and after this they are available in bigger sizes from mother care but are a bit more expensive.
The babies look so cute in them but only for a month or 2 for as they reach beyond 3 months they barely cover them let alone absorb much water. I have to sat I wasn't impressed with them at all. There are so many styles to choose from, towels with characher hoods & ears, plain coloured towel with hoods, over the head towels and more. They aren't cheap either. When I had son no 1, I was given a few "cuddle robes" as they were called, as pressents. My son looked so cute in them when he came out his bath. He wasn't a particularly big baby but after 2-3 months they towels barely covered him and they didn't absorb much moisture. I instead opted for the adult sized towels which absorbed more and were cosy. It didn't matter whether he had that hood over his head. His hair was so short and there wasn't much so a quick rub with the towel and it was dry. With son no 2, I just used normal towels straight away. Just because the cuddle robes are for babies doesn't mean that you have to have them. Normal towels are ok too!
personally I am not a big fan of baby towels. I bought a few when I was expecting my first baby , and I also had a few bought for me. I thought that they looked so cute, and believed ( foolishly ) that they were a must have item. It didn't take long before I ditched them back into the linen cupboard in favour of a decent sized towel. They do have an attached hooded bit on one of the corners , which seemed a great idea for keeping babies head warm when drying them , but my first baby was a whopper and the little cute hoods did nothing for his sized head. They bearly stayed on. Also the towels soon ( and I mean really soon ) became too small. I wish I had saved my money and just used larger towels in the begining. They definately are not a must have item !!
I love these towels (hooded towels)! They are perfect for little ones. I started using them with my first baby, Aimee last year, but now she has outgrown them at a year old!! How quickly they grow! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ About the towels ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ These towels are like a normal towel with a hood on the corner. You put the hood over the babys head when you get them out of the bath, to stop their heads getting cold. You then wrap the rest of the towel around the baby, and rub them dry. You can dry the babies head whilst the towel is still wrapped round them, so the baby doesn't get cold. Once i have dried Aimee off with the towel, i open the towel out and put the talc on. This stops you from getting talc every where, and stops you from getting it in their hair. This is great, especially if your little one, likes to help you, like Aimee does. ~~~~~~ Safety ~~~~~~ You need to have a good grip of the baby when toy get them out of the bath, as it can be a bit hard to get them into the towel, as they are very slippy, and you may need a hand for the towel. If you feel unsure about this, then it might be an idea, to have the towel on the changing mate on the floor, before you put the baby in the bath. Then you can get them out and wrap them in the towel on the floor. ~~~~~ Styles ~~~~~ You can get these in different styles and designs, ranging from plain ones, to animals, characters, and their favarite super heros. You can also, from certain places, get then personalised. This is usually done using embroidery, as this is washable. There are different types of towel, depending on your childs age. You can get the normal hooded one, as i described above, or you can get a poncho style. This slips over their head like a dress, with the hood on the top. It covers the whole of their body. This i find is better for the older children. ~~~~ sizes ~~~~ The towels can come in different sizes. I find some of them are rather small, and only last the baby a few months. Aimee has a smaller one. She is now 12 months, and it is getting to small to wrap around him. The mesurements for these ones are 35inches across, and 37 inches down. But i think i might have shrunk it. Mothercares normal hooded towels, are about 20 inches across, and 43 inches down, Which i don't think is big enough. I would say that these would last up to a year max. You can get them larger, from other places, which I would say are from 6mnths to 2 years. The Pontho ones, are for around 2-7 years, and average at 45 x 25 inches. So you can find one out there for most ages. But shop around and check the sizes before you buy. ~~~~~~ Material ~~~~~~ Most of these towels are 100 % cotton. But the ones with the designs on, don't seem as soft and fluffy as the plain ones. So they are not as obsorbant. Which makes drying the baby in a hurry harder. ~~~~~~~~ Washing ~~~~~~~~ All the washing labels on mine, say 40 degrees. But some of them say not to tumble dry. If you don't tumble dry them, they don't come out so soft, so you may want to use more fabric conditoner. But be warned, fabric conditoner, makes them less absorbant! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Where can i buy them? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You can buy them in mothercare, woolworths, adams, boots, wilkinsons and many more places. you can also buy them on ebay. But if you want specially designed or personalised ones, you may have to look on line. ~~~~ Cost ~~~~ These can be quite expensive. Mothercare have them for £17.00 for 2. But you can find them cheaper in places like wilkinsons. Who do them for around £5.00. Thank you for reading my review, i really appreciate it. Hope it has been of some use to you all! xxxx
I have several hooded towels for my baby boy, Oliver. Some were gifts from family and friends and some were bought along with the weekly shop from Asda. This has given me a wide assortment of colours and types. ** A What? ** Alongside your bath time essentials of baby soap and shampoo and a hand cloth or baby sponge, you are going to need something to wrap baby in when they get out the bath. A normal towel will do, but when you have a tiny newborn you might find that normal towels are too big. Also, the transition from the warm water of a bath to the cooler air of the bathroom or nursery can result in baby getting a bit chilly. A large proportion of body heat is lost through baby's head, so a hooded towel is an ideal solution to this problem. They are usually square shaped, about 75cm by 75cm, and have a hood in one corner. Designs and colours vary widely, from plain white to all the colours of the rainbow, to embroidered, to Winnie the Pooh (oh how I hate him so!). Some even have cute faces with little ears poking out on them. They are usually made of 100% cotton, which is soft, breathable, easy to wash - a must with a baby - and tumble drier friendly. ** Where Can I Get Them And How Much Do They Cost? ** There are so many baby towels on the market that finding one for your little bundle shouldn't be too difficult. Try checking the baby clothing section in any large supermarket or in any baby shop. You can even buy them online. I know that you can definitely find them in Asda and Mothercare, as this is where I got mine. I also got one of mine in Kiddicare, a baby products discount store in Peterborough, who also have a great website with free delivery when you spend over fifty pounds - easy to do when you have kids! It's www.kiddicare.com for anyone who is interested. Price can vary from a few pounds my basic Asda ones cost about four or five pounds each to over a tenner for the more elaborate ones usually with Winnie the Pooh or friends on them - bleurgh! ** A Quick Tip On How To Use One ** I have a very small bathroom and had nowhere to lay my towel out so that I could lay Oliver on the towel after his bath. This resulted in me getting a bit wet and in Ollie getting a bit cold as I let him drip dry on his way through to the towel in the living room. As I got a bit more confident I realised one day (and it was a real slapping my forehead in amazement at how silly I had been realisation) that if I tucked the hooded bit under my chin and opened up the towel I could reverse Ollie into it and wrap him up whilst I was holding him. Also, if you put the towel over the radiator while you have your little one in the bath they get a lovely warm snuggley towelled hug off of mummy or daddy ("or granny" as my mum has shouted from behind me). You can also do this with their pyjamas so that they get nice and warm just before bed, just make sure that they are not too hot before using on baby, especially if they have any metal poppers on them. ** So What Are The Negative Points? ** Unfortunately they are pretty small, so they don't tend to last your baby very long. Oliver grew out of them in a few weeks, but he was a very big baby, so I could see them lasting a smaller baby a bit longer than this. This could also be seen as a positive point as struggling with a huge towel when you have a tiny five or six pound baby doesn't sound like my idea of fun. I have also seen someone mention that they are quite difficult to fold. The hooded bits do make them a little harder to pile up in the airing cupboard, but it's not a huge deal. I found that if you use the hangers with clips on them, that they hang quite nicely in your little ones cupboard. ** What Did I Think? ** After the initial awkward first time parent stage, where I found doing anything with a small baby extremely nerve wracking, I found these towels easy to use (see tip above to avoid forehead slapping moment). They wash well and keep their shape - the tumble drier has not managed to shrink any of mine yet! Whilst they do get too small to completely wrap your little one quite quickly, I still use mine Ollie's legs just tend to hang out the bottom, which gives me the excuse to bang the heating up to the highest it goes. If you have the money to spare then paying in excess of ten pounds for the fancier towels is fine, and it is nice to receive them as presents - saves getting clothes that you think are horrible or that are too small. Personally I got a few of the less expensive ones from Asda as they all do the same job and I found them better value for money. There is nothing cuter than seeing your baby all wrapped up in one of these hooded towels! ** Make Your Own ** I am a crafty person - and by this I mean I like to make things, not that I practise magic or am a bit of a con artist - and enjoy making my own bits and pieces. Here is a quick blow-by-blow account of how to make your own hooded baby towel. The best thing about this is that you can make them as big as you like. You will need: Ø one towel (the squarer the better) - any colour, preferably cotton as it is soft, washes well and breathes well Ø one square hand cloth - any colour, preferably cotton Ø straight pins Ø sewing machine or needle and strong thread Before you do any pinning or stitching wash the towel and hand cloth in baby skin friendly washing powder and softener. The rest is pretty simple. Lay the towel out flat and place the hand cloth on top so that on corner of the towel is aligned with corner of the hand cloth. Pin together with the straight pins. Then stitch the two pieces together with the sewing machine or by hand (keep it neat). Use double stitch so that it holds well and reinforces the seams. I made my own using a bright red hand cloth and canary yellow towel. I used red thread to stitch them together, which looked very nice. Using some thicker red wool I stitched on a patch that I embroidered myself to hold the spare flap of hand cloth up. It looks very nice, if I may say so myself!
I love these towels! They are perfect for little ones. I started using them with my first baby, back in 1998, and i'm still using them on my youngest now!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ About the towels ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ These towels are like a normal towel with a hood on the corner. You put the hood over the babys head when you get them out of the bath, to stop their heads getting cold. You then wrap the rest of the towel around the baby, and rub them dry. You can dry the babies head whilst the towel is still wrapped round them, so the baby doesn't get cold. Once i have dried kieran off with the towel, i open the towel out and put the talc on. This stops you from getting talc every where, and stops you from getting it in their hair. This is great, especially if your little one, likes to help you, like kieran does. ~~~~~~ Safety ~~~~~~ You need to have a good grip of the baby when toy get them out of the bath, as it can be a bit hard to get them into the towel, as they are very slippy, and you need a hand for the towel. If you feel unsure about this, then it might be an idea, to have the towel on the changing mate on the floor, before you put the baby in the bath. Then you can get them out and wrap them in the towel on the floor. ~~~~~ Styles ~~~~~ You can get these in different styles and designs, ranging from plain ones, to animals, characters, and their favarite super heros. You can also, from certain places, get then personalised. This is usually done using embroidery, as this is washable. There are different types of towel, depending on your childs age. You can get the normal hooded one, as i described above, or you can get a poncho style. This slips over their head like a dress, with the hood on the top. It covers the whole of their body. This i find is better for the older children. ~~~~ sizes ~~~~ The towels can come in different sizes. I find some of them are rather small, and only last the baby a few months. Kieran has a smaller one. He is now nine months, and it is getting to small to wrap around him. The mesurements for these ones are 35inches across, and 37 inches down. But i think i might have shrunk it. Mothercares normal hooded towels, are about 20 inches across, and 43 inches down, Which i don't think is big enough. I would say that these would last up to a year max. You can get them larger, from other places, which I would say are from 6mnths to 2 years. The Pontho ones, are for around 2-7 years, and average at 45 x 25 inches. So you can find one out there for most ages. But shop around and check the sizes before you buy. ~~~~~~ Material ~~~~~~ Most of these towels are 100 % cotton. But the ones with the designs on, don't seem as soft and fluffy as the plain ones. So they are not as obsorbant. Which makes drying the baby in a hurry harder. ~~~~~~~~ Washing ~~~~~~~~ All the washing labels on mine, say 40 degrees. But some of them say not to tumble dry. If you don't tumble dry them, they don't come out so soft, so you may want to use more fabric conditoner. But be warned, fabric conditoner, makes them less absorbant! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Where can i buy them? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You can buy them in mothercare, woolworths, adams, boots, wilkinsons and many more places. you can also buy them on ebay. But if you want specially designed or personalised ones, you may have to look on line. ~~~~ Cost ~~~~ These can be quite expensive. Mothercare have them for £17.00 for 2. But you can find them cheaper in places like wilkinsons. Who do them for around £5.00. Thank you for reading my review, i really appreciate it. julie x
I was given one of these hooded towels as a present when my son was born 2 years ago. I was of course delighted to receive it, just so you don't think Im an ungrateful ill-mannered individual! However having said that it's not something I would have bought for myself for the following reasons- 1.The towel is very expensive, mine came from mothercare and cost £10! Probably because it had winnie the poo on! 2.The towel is quite small (about 100x50 cm) and didn't last very long. I only used it for about 2 months. 3.I found the towel difficult to fold as the hood means you have to fold it diagonally. Yes I know that's sad but I like my towels in a neat folded pile in the airing cupboard! Now for a more detailed description-The towel is about 100cm-50cm.It is 85%cotton and has a hood on one corner. The idea is that you wrap the baby in the towel after their bath and the hood prevents heat loss through the babys head. These towels can be bought as part of a set, which include face cloths. IM not sure how much my son liked his towel, as he has never been too impressed when I take him out of his bath! I don't think the screams are a comment on this product though! As you would expect the towel is absorbant, washes well, with no colour fade. These towels are available in a variety of lovely colours. Although they make a nice present I can't see much advantage over using a normal towel! It is another item to store! The towel is now used to wrap my sons baby doll in! Thanks for reading!
I have used both hooded and non hooded bath towels I have got 5 kids and now it is the case of the towel that is nearest and is clean is the one that is used. My problem is I dont have enough hands in the bath room,I need 2 hands to hold baby and then when you take her out of the bath do you put her on the floor on a towel? Not in my draughty house or do something very acrobatic with a towel resting on your boobs which is painful if breast feeding! The give the baby to the hubby is only an option if he is in soooooo here is my easy soloution. I use an old car seat I put it in the bathroom drape a towel over it then put the dripping baby into it and wrap her up!! doddle It is also handy for when you need a wee and have to take her with you! Hope this helps someone
Before my son was born my cousin gave me a large number of hooded towels. Basically a hooded towel is a square towel, usually around 75cm across with a small hood in one corner. The idea of this is to be able to cover the baby's head, as well as body, when you take them out the bath. The reason for this is that baby's lose most of their heat from the head and obviously coming out of a warm bath the baby is likely to get cold quickly. Although these towels are about 75cm across you have to use them diagonally, meaning that the distant from one side of the towel to the other is actually more like 50cm. When my son was born he weighed a quite 'normal' 7lb 5oz and for the first few weeks we were able to wrap him sufficiently in the towel. However, by the time he was around 6 weeks old trying to wrap him completely in the towel was out of the question. Quite simply using a towel diagonally greatly reduces the life span (I hope I'm not confusing you). Just try wrapping your normal bath towel around yourself but at a 45-degree angle - hard isn't it. Anyhow, after just six weeks we were forced to invest in some 'normal' bath towels, which I may add he is still using aged 9 months. We were still able to cover our son’s head with the towel AND wrap him up completely in the towel without any difficulties. My advice is simply to buy normal baths towels, they'll last you much longer and cost less too. Sorry this is a rather short opinion - there's not that much you can say about a square towel with a hood.
We bought a pack of three Mothercare hooded towels, one white, one mint, and one lemon colour. I was tempted to buy the winnie one but that was the same price as three of the plain ones. So as we had a Winnie one in with our bath set we opted for the plain ones. They came up really nice when washed and tumble dried and have kept their colour nearly 10 months down the line. They have been constantly in the wash and still look like new. The hoos is great for keeping baby's head warm when getting out of the hot bath. These towels are great value for money and I would recommend them to you.
I was very lucky when I was pregnant to have a mother in law who works at a place that makes all the hooded baby towels, sheets and blankets for places like John Lewis's, Boots and Harrods. We didn't have to buy a thing bedding wise, and she even made me 2 baby sized bathrobes with teddy bears on. All the hooded baby towels we have been give by my M-I-L have been of excellent quality, and are very fluffy and thick. Ideal when they have been on the radiator when my daughter gets out of the bath. The hood is great for drying her hair. If anyone is thinking of buying any hooded baby towels, I personally think that the John Lewis's are the best for quality and design. The Boots ones are nice, but not as well made, probably cheaper to buy as well.