Best Baby Washcloth
At first glance, Bamboo Organics Viscone Washcloths may look like an ordinary piece of fabric, but as soon as you lay your hands on one, you can feel the difference. The soft and supple washcloths come in a 6-pack and are 100% bamboo. The viscone fabric is uber absorbent and soft. They are spongey enough that we were able to squeeze excess water on baby for a quick rinse during bathtime, and they will quickly and easily absorb spills in other areas of the home as well. Materials made from bamboo are naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and odor-resistant, so you don't have to worry about dealing with gross bathtime accessories. They did not shrink very much after the first wash, and the cloths are about 10 inches square. We feel this is the ideal size to use with a small baby — not too big and not too small. We also appreciate the thickness of the cloths. They are substantial, but still thinner than an adult washcloth, allowing you to reach into all the various tiny wrinkles and creases of baby skin.
Our only real complaint we have with Bamboo Organics is durability. With a cloth this soft, it is inevitable for it to be a bit more delicate, and we found that the terry-cloth fabric snags more readily than some others. Some users also note that the cute pastel colors can fade with use, while this does not affect the functionality of the cloth, it is a bit disappointing that the colors don't last. Despite these flaws, the Bamboo Organics washcloths were our favorite option for bathtime, and we think they would be perfect for babies of all ages, or even older children and adults with sensitive skin.
We are giving Burt's Bees Organic Washcloth a top spot in our round-up without hesitation. These cute cloths come in a pack of 3 and have a 100% organic cotton make-up. Our favorite part about this set is that it offers different textures for cleaning baby. There is a soft jersey knit side for more sensitive areas such as the face and neck and a more textured terry-cloth side for more vigorous scrubbing. We like that it is all found in one cloth, so you won't have to choose between the two. Even though the terry-cloth side is a bit rougher, both sides are still soft enough for delicate baby skin, and we do not feel it is too aggressive. These organic cloths are of high quality, and we think that they are relatively durable.
These washrags are baby-sized from the start, and they shrink about one inch after the initial wash, so you end up with a smaller-than-average surface area. We do not mind this, but if you are looking for something larger cloth to drape over your baby during bath time, this is probably not the one for you. Burt's Bees cloths also have a thick border sewn around the edge that often shrinks differently from the rest of the fabric. It may cause the edges to curl up or warp the overall shape of the cloth. During bath time, this does not affect how well the material will cleanse baby, but they do not lay nice and flat for folding and storing. We still believe that Burt's Bees Organic Washcloths are among the best bathtime options out there, especially if you are hoping to keep your baby products as natural as possible.
The Kyapoo Washcloths are some of the absolute softest washcloths we have come across. These plush microfiber cloths feel like touching a cloud when they are dry and like a sleek seal when they are wet. They are so soft that our 18mo tester did not want to let them go! Their velvety texture, large size, and high absorbency make them a perfect choice to drape over younger infants to keep them warm during bathtime. Kyapoo cloths have cute embroidery around the edge that prevents them from fraying in the wash, and we found that they do not shrink over time, so the large size is here to stay. Also, unlike some others, these retain their softness through multiple wash cycles. These are some of the most affordable cloths in our review, and we love that we found all of these great features in a product that will fit into almost any parent's budget.
Ironically, the most common complaint about these baby washcloths is that they are almost too soft. If you have an older baby or toddler that gets into some sticky situations, there is simply not enough texture in these cloths to grab and remove the mess. They are also thick enough that it can be difficult to reach small creases. These cloths also tend to drop a lot of lint, especially when they are brand new. Lint can be slightly annoying as it leaves a mess on the skin that you just cleaned, but this is nothing a good old rinse cup can't handle. Kyapoo baby washcloths may not be for everyone, but we appreciate their softness and budget-friendly price. We would recommend them for use with younger babies or toddlers with extra sensitive skin.
If you are looking for cute muslin bathtime accessories, but don't want to shell out the big bucks, BabyBliss Muslin Washcloths is one of the few budget options available. These cloths are comparable to Aden + Anais Classic Washcloths, but they are 1/3 of the price. Multiple layers of cotton muslin make BabyBliss a very absorbent product and also adds a bit of cushiness to the cloth. A handy little cloth loop allows you to hang the product to dry — rather than leave it balled up in the corner of the tub. These sizeable cloths can be useful for various purposes, such as a burp cloth or mealtime wipe.
While we enjoyed these cloths, the overall quality of the BabyBliss Muslin is not up to par with more expensive options. The fabric is not quite as soft, they are a tad smaller, and the stitching and assembly are not as impeccable. As is the nature of muslin products, these cloths had the most significant shrinkage after the first wash, reducing the size by just over an inch. However, at 10x10 post-shrinkage, they are still on the larger side for a baby washcloth. Despite the slightly lower level of quality compared with Aden + Anais, we think that most people would not notice this unless you have the two products side-by-side. BabyBliss Muslin Washcloths can be the perfect adorable addition to your baby bathing routine.
You guessed it, GroVia Cloth Wipes are for cloth diapering purposes. However, we love these cloths for their versatility and find them useful in many scenarios aside from the changing table. These soft and absorbent terrycloth towels utilize a blend of polyester and cotton that offers a highly efficient scrubbing power. With absolutely no shrinkage after the initial washing, what you see is what you get. We love that these cloths keep their malleable feel over time and still lay perfectly flat for folding and storing. We evaluated these cloths as a bathtime accessory, but many parents use them as cloth wipes, mealtime face wipes, and later, kitchen rags. They are just that durable; you can count on them to last for years. When we held a brand new cloth next to one that had been used for years, there was little difference aside from a little bit of softness lost.
The texture of the GroVia Cloth Wipes is not as cushy as some of the other options in our review. The thickness that allows for so much absorbency also inhibits your ability to get to hard-to-reach places while cleaning baby. The bulky size of these wipes can make it less appealing to toss a few in the diaper bag for on the go cleanups because they will take up quite a chunk of space. While the cloth itself is very durable, the stitching sometimes comes unraveled, leaving the fabric's outer edges to fray over time. However, we feel that these are all small drawbacks, not deal-breakers. If you value durability, versatility, and longevity in your baby products, we think this one-and-done solution is perfect.
The Natemia Bamboo Washcloth is the second of two bamboo options in our review. In general, the bamboo options we tested were both very soft, but we found that this comes at the cost of durability. Natemia terry-cloth fabric is a blend of bamboo and cotton, making it a bit more durable than our Editors' Choice award winner, but they are also not nearly as soft. However, we think these are the ideal size and thickness for use with infants. We also appreciate the option to purchase an all-white 6-pack, which can be beneficial for babies who are sensitive to dyes or chemicals. The bamboo blend makes these cloths extra-absorbent and offers some natural antibacterial properties.
There were multiple complaints of the terry-cloth snagging on things such as Velcro or jewelry, or during a wash cycle, so you will have to be conscious of how you launder them. While we like the idea of having a clean white cloth, we also worry that they may stain and start to look dingy with time. Natemia does offer some other colors, but they are all light pastels that will have the same problem. Lastly, due to the addition of cotton, the terrycloth is not as soft as some of the other top baby washcloths and may be too rough for more sensitive skin. They are still much more gentle than your average adult washcloth, though, and some may feel that it is worth the tradeoff for the added durability. We like the Natemia Bamboo Washcloths overall but think that there may be better options out there to consider.
Aden + Anais is known for producing high-quality muslin products, and the Classic Washcloth lives up to that standard. These extra-large cloths come in a variety of adorable prints and have multiple layers of pliable and absorbent muslin that only gets softer with each wash. They wash well and keep their shape. While there is significant shrinkage, the Classic Washcloth starts with such a large surface area that even after the first trip through the machine, it is still one of the biggest in the group. The stitching around the border and the small hanging loop both show attention to detail. We think these cloths are durable enough to last through multiple children and versatile enough to be handy almost anywhere in the house.
While there is so much to love about Aden + Anais, their Classic Washcloth is almost prohibitively expensive, especially compared to the price of many other top contenders in this review. Muslin is known to get softer and softer after each round through the washing machine, but it may be unpleasant to use the washcloth initially, as the fabric has not loosened up enough to reach its ultimate softness. Some may even find the texture a bit scratchy in the beginning. Rest assured that this is a temporary issue, but it is something to consider. If the price is not an issue, and you are looking for the best of the best for your baby, we recommend the Aden + Anais Classic Washcloth.
The OsoCozy Flannel Wipe is another crossover product that, in reality, is a cloth wipe, but we like to think we're using it to its full potential and beyond. This wipe is about as close as you can get to a paper towel without the paper, and just like a paper towel, there are a million and one uses for it while your baby is young. It can work as a bathtime washcloth for baby, but we prefer to use it as a mealtime face wipe. The flannel is velvety soft, wet or dry, and gentle enough to use for wiping snacks from sensitive baby cheeks. We like that the fabric is thin enough to reach into small creases around the baby's neck and face. The thinness decreases absorbency slightly, but we think that this is an advantage in a face wipe when you only need a touch of water anyways. The cloths fold up nice and small, and you can easily stash a few in your diaper bag for on the go cleanups.
If you are looking for a rag to soak up spills or clean up baby during bath time, the OsoCozy is probably not for you. This cloth is so thin that it cannot carry much water, and it is soft enough that it does not have much scrubbing power. It is on the smaller side compared to many of the products in our review. While this is another advantage for use on the face, it can feel puny for bathtime. Lastly, in our experience, these cloths are very durable. However, some users complain that the border stitching comes unraveled quickly. It does not affect the performance of the fabric itself but is still a negative point for the OsoCozy. If your goal is to reduce waste and be as green as possible, OsoCozy Flannel Wipes are the perfect replacements for paper towels or napkins, at home or on the go.
The DermaFrida Bath Mitt is a glove-like scrubber with tiny silicone bristles that gently massage the skin to keep baby squeaky clean. The mitt is large enough for an adult to fit four fingers inside but also small enough for an older toddler to fit their entire hand inside while still maintaining some dexterity. An opening on either side serves as a thumb hole that provides a better grip for little hands. There is a suction cup hanger at the base and three smaller holes at the tip of the glove that allows excess water to drain out and prevent mildew growth. Our tester was fascinated by the texture, and we think that a cool bathtime tool like this will encourage older toddlers to start cleaning themselves.
This glove fits snugly on an average-sized female hand but maybe too small for those with larger hands, such as dad. We also noticed that the silicone tends to grab hair or lint and trap it within the bristles. It is possible to remove these things, but it takes a bit of patience and effort. Our biggest concern about using the DermaFrida Bath Mitt is that it is fairly aggressive for a baby product. We feel it would be better suited to toddler and big-kid skin and would even consider using it ourselves for gentle exfoliation. If you are looking to transition away from washcloths and hoping for less bathtime laundry, then the Derma Frida Bath Mitt might be your perfect product.
The JJ Cole Washcloth and Bath Mitt is a combo set with two cloths and one mitt style scrubber. They are all three a cotton terry-cloth that is only slightly softer than your average adult washcloth. These average-sized cloths do not shrink very much after the first wash, and the stitching around the edges is solid, leading us to believe that this is a very durable set. Near-instant absorption and the ability to retain a large amount of water are perks we appreciate during bathtime.
Aside from the cute animal prints and colorful lining, we feel that these cloths are not very baby-specific; the fabric is not particularly soft, and the size and thickness are average. The border is a jersey knit fabric that shrinks differently from the rest of the material, causing the cloths to curl up at the edges after the first wash. While we like the idea of having a variety of scrubbing options in one pack, the mitt included with this set is not that different from the other two plain towels. It features a triangle of fabric sewn over one half of the cloth to create a small pocket for your hands, but not much more. Altogether not very impressive, the JJ Cole set may be a colorful addition to your bathtime routine, but we think that there are better options out there for your baby.
AmazonBasics Washcloths are your typical bath cloths. They are a cotton terrycloth fabric that is relatively soft, and they get even fluffier after washing. They are very absorbent and are large enough to hold a fair amount of water. Amazon advertises the lighter weight terry cloth as having quick-dry capabilities that could reduce mildew growth. Everyone in the household can use these rags, and they are very affordable, making them an economical choice for families on a budget.
These cloths are not baby specific. They are not extra soft or thin, so you may find it more cumbersome to clean infants with a cloth this big. For those with sensitive skin, this fabric may be a tad too aggressive and cause some irritation. We also noticed that these washcloths leave behind a lot of lint, both on baby and in the wash. Although this is an issue that may lessen with time, it can be irritating to have to clean up a mess made by the item that is supposed to do the cleaning. While AmazonBasics Washcloths are not our first choice, they do have some perks. They might be the right choice if you are a minimalist momma that doesn't want to have a baby this and baby that in every room of the house. These washcloths are a great household staple that can be used by the entire family and will last beyond your baby bathing days.
Gerber Washcloths are a classic bathtime staple for many families. These thin square cloths come in a pack of 6 and are handy for a multitude of scenarios. Many parents feel that the size and thickness of these lend themselves better to a mealtime or morning time facewash, rather than bathtime scrub session. We appreciate the fabric's dual texture feature, sporting a smooth jersey knit on one side, and delicate terrycloth on the other. These have some of the thinnest material of the cloths in our review. We think this makes them perfect for reaching into small creases around the face, neck, or between fingers.
While these baby washcloths will do their job adequately, there is nothing exceptional about them. They are only averagely soft, their durability is not excellent, and they are not especially cute. Gerber Washcloths are one of the more affordable options out there, but we included others in our review that cost less, and that we prefer. Namely, the OsoCozy Flannel Wipes. After the first wash, these cloths tend to curl a lot on two edges, resulting in a burrito cloth when you try to use it in the tub. While they are undoubtedly capable and handy to have around for quick cleanups, we think other products offer more advantages at a better price.
Why You Should Trust Us
Our lead tester, Abriah Wofford, has been chasing babies around trying to keep them clean for more than ten years as both a nanny and big sister to 5 siblings. Playing a significant role in product selection, our founder Juliet Spurrier has had much hands-on experience with a multitude of baby washcloths, using them first with her two children, and then for a variety of household purposes afterward.
For the washcloths in this review, we carefully examine the range of situations where you would need a washcloth and consider what features we appreciate most. We then used each cloth with our 18-month-old tester, Annie. After using them in the lab and on real babies during bath and mealtimes, we discovered a few common traits between the cloths we keep on reaching for in the stickiest of situations.
Analysis and Test Results
We chose to evaluate the baby washcloths in this review based on three metrics softness, durability, and absorbency. We think these features are what parents will appreciate most during bathing or mealtime cleanups.
Babies have skin that can be up to 30% thinner than an adult's and is, therefore, much more sensitive and prone to irritation. So finding a cloth that is textured enough to clean the skin effectively, while still being gentle is essential. To achieve this happy medium, a variety of fabrics and textures are available. Some products, such as GroVia Cloth Wipes, are a soft and finely looped terry cloth that is more delicate than your typical adult washcloth. The BabyBliss Muslin Washcloth and Aden + Anais Classic Washcloth are both cotton muslin that takes a few cycles through the washing machine to reach their maximum coziness. The DermaFrida Bath Mitt is the only product in our review that is not fabric. Instead, it uses small silicone bristles to cleanse your baby's skin gently.
Our favorite cloths use a supple fabric that is thin enough to reach in between the creases of all of baby's adorable fat rolls, with enough texture to grab any dirt or grime stuck to the skin. We found that the Bamboo Organics Viscone Washcloths strike the perfect balance, keeping down the bulk, but still feeling relatively sturdy and "scrubby." The Kyapoo Washcloth is an uber-soft synthetic microfiber and is the cushiest of the bunch. However, some feel that it is almost too soft, and doesn't cleanse the skin as thoroughly as others. The AmazonBasics Washcloth has the roughest textured terry cloth out of the group.
Ideally, your washcloths will last until your baby grows out of them, but you may find that you appreciate these cloths for more than baby washing. That is when real durability and longevity come into play. We examined each washcloth brand in our review up close to see if the fabric had any snags after use, or if machine washing loosened any stitching. Aden + Anais Classic Washcloths show great attention to detail and quality. These cloths also get softer and softer with time, making them a favorite for long term use. Unfortunately, some long-lasting options achieve their durability by sacrificing softness, as is the case with the Natemia Bamboo Washcloth. These cloths are still very soft but do not compare with some of the other top-ranking options.
We have used the Grovia Cloth Wipes in our own homes for years. We find them perfect as baby wipes, washcloths, and kitchen rags. Impressively, these cloths do not seem much worse for the wear. When comparing a new set with a well-loved wipe, the older ones lost a smidgen of softness, but otherwise have held up well. The Burt's Bees Organic Washcloth is another option we feel confident will last for years.
Absorbency comes in handy no matter how you intend to use your baby washcloth. During bathtime, we like to use the cloth to gather water and squeeze over the baby for a mini waterfall rinse. During mealtimes, it can be helpful to wipe baby's face and clean up any accidental spills that may occur. Generally, thicker cloths are more absorbent, but the thickness may be more challenging to manage when bathing a tiny squirmy baby. The microfiber Kyapoo Washcloths and bamboo terrycloth Bamboo Organics Viscone Washcloth are two of the most absorbent options reviewed.
Baby washcloths are likely to be a part of your nightly bathtime routine, but once you have them, you may find that they creep into other areas of your household because they are just so darn handy. Little messes are inevitable when you have a new baby, and having a little washcloth to match can make your life that much easier. Each cloth in our review has its advantages, and you may find it prudent to purchase a few different brands for their unique functions, keeping some for mealtime, and some for bathtime.
— Abriah Wofford