Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
Why not buy fresh regular towels & dry baby using those instead
Baby Towels in General
Member Name: worst_trip
Baby Towels in General
Advantages: The ones with the little hoods do work all right
Disadvantages: Another example of yet more baby-centric tat that parents are 'supposed' to buy
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.
Summary: Buy baby towels. Or not. Who am I to care?
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