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Best Baby Washcloth

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By Abriah Wofford ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Thursday August 19, 2021
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Looking for a simple way to keep your baby clean? After using and researching more than 20 towels, we took a closer look at the top 12 baby washcloths of 2021 for testing side-by-side. We tested these impressive products for softness, absorbency, and durability while paying attention to the best uses for each. If you have a baby, you will need multiple washcloths on hand, and different kinds could be just the ticket for different jobs. Read on to discover the best of the bunch for every need and budget.

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Pros Perfect size, dual texture, organic materialSoft material, perfect size, minimal shrinkageGood size, very absorbent, effective scrubberPlush material, affordable, very absorbentGrabby terrycloth texture, multipurpose, durable
Cons Edges curl up after washingLess durable, colors fadeFabric snags, stains easilyDrops lint, not as good for scrubbingBulky/thick, not as soft
Bottom Line Cute organic cloths with different scrubbing textures on each sideSplendidly soft bamboo cloths that are perfect for use with babies of all agesBamboo washcloths that are not the most sturdy but are very softExtremely soft and cozy cloths at a budget friendly priceSturdy baby-sized cloths ideal for a variety of uses
Rating Categories Burt's Bees Organic... Bamboo Organics Vis... Natemia Bamboo Wash... Kyapoo Washcloth GroVia Cloth Wipes
Cleaning Ability (30%)
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Softness (30%)
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Durability (25%)
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Absorbency (15%)
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Specs Burt's Bees Organic... Bamboo Organics Vis... Natemia Bamboo Wash... Kyapoo Washcloth GroVia Cloth Wipes
Material Organic Cotton Bamboo Viscone Bamboo Rayon and Cotton Microfiber Polyester and Cotton
Hanging Loop No No No No No
Size 8" x 9" 10" x 9" 10" x 10.5" 11.5" x 11.5" 8" x 8"


Best Baby Washcloth


Bamboo Organics Viscone Washcloth


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  • Cleaning Ability 9
  • Softness 9
  • Durability 2
  • Absorbency 9
Material: Bamboo Viscone | Size: 10" x 9"
Soft texture
Anti-bacterial bamboo
Perfect size
Not as durable
Colors may fade

At first glance, Bamboo Organics Viscone Washcloths may look like an ordinary piece of fabric, but as soon as you touch it, you can feel the difference. These soft and supple washcloths come in a pack of 6 and are 100% bamboo. The fabric is super-absorbent and soft to the touch but spongey enough that you can squeeze excess water on your baby for a quick rinse during bath time. They quickly and easily absorb spills, and the material is naturally antibacterial, anti-fungal, and odor-resistant. They don't shrink much after the first wash and retain their 10 inches square shape over time. 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, which is substantial but still thinner than an adult washcloth, allowing you to access tiny wrinkles and creases common on babies.

Bamboo Organics weren't very durable during our testing. With a cloth this soft, it is inevitable that it might be a bit more delicate. The terry-cloth fabric snags more readily than the competition, and some users note that the pastel colors fade. While this doesn't affect the cloth's functionality, it is disappointing that the colors don't last. Despite these flaws, the Bamboo Organics washcloths are our favorite for bathtime, and we think they are perfect for babies of all ages, older children, and even adults with sensitive skin.

Best Dual Textured CLoth


Burt's Bees Organic Washcloth


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  • Cleaning Ability 9
  • Softness 8
  • Durability 6
  • Absorbency 5
Material: Organic Cotton | Size: 8" x 9"
Multiple textures
Soft
Organic material
Edges curl after washing
Small size

We are giving Burt's Bees Organic Washcloth a top spot in our round-up without hesitation. These cute washcloths come in a pack of 3 and are 100% organic cotton. Our favorite feature is that they offer different textures for different needs. There is a soft jersey knit side for sensitive areas like the face and neck and a textured terry-cloth side suitable for vigorous scrubbing. We like that both textures are in one cloth, so you won't have to choose or get two things dirty. Even though the terry-cloth side is somewhat coarse, both sides are still soft enough for delicate baby skin. These organic cloths have quality fabric and stitching, and they feel durable compared to much of the competition.

Burt's Bees Washcloths 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 want a 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. This irregularity does not affect how well the material will cleanse a baby, but they do not lay nice and flat for folding and storing. If you do not mind these few drawbacks, Burt's Bees Organic Washcloths are among the best bathtime options out there. We recommend them, especially if you are hoping to keep your baby products as natural as possible.

Budget-friendly Softness


Kyapoo Washcloth


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  • Cleaning Ability 5
  • Softness 9
  • Durability 5
  • Absorbency 9
Material: Synthetic Microfiber | Size: 11.5" x 11.5"
Super-duper soft and plush
Large size
Very absorbent
Almost too soft
Drops lint

Kyapoo Washcloths are some of the softest washcloths we have ever encountered. These plush microfiber cloths feel like a cloud when dry and a sleek seal when wet. They are so soft that our 18-month-old tester did not want to let them go! Their velvety texture, large size, and high absorbency make them perfect for draping over small infants for warmth during bathtime. Kyapoo cloths have cute embroidery around the edge that prevents them from fraying, and there is no shrinkage after washing. Unlike some competitors, the Kyapoo retained its softness through multiple wash cycles and did not pill or stiffen during testing. This option is one of the most affordable in our review, and we love that you get so many great features for a reasonable price.

With softness comes struggles; these towels lack the texture required to remove significant messes, and they drop a lot of lint when new. They are also thick, making it difficult to manage skin creases common to growing babies. Kyapoo baby washcloths may not be for everyone, but we appreciate the softness and budget-friendly price and recommend them for younger babies or toddlers with extra sensitive skin.

Favorite Multipurpose Cloth


GroVia Cloth Wipes


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  • Cleaning Ability 8
  • Softness 4
  • Durability 9
  • Absorbency 5
Material: Polyseter/Cotton Terry Cloth | Size: 8" x 8"
Multi-use
Wash well
Durable
Only average softness
Bulky

You guessed it, GroVia Cloth Wipes are designed for cloth diapering use, but they also work great as washcloths! We love the Grovia cloths for versatility at and away from the changing table. These soft and absorbent terrycloth towels utilize a blend of polyester and cotton that provides efficient scrubbing power. With absolutely no shrinkage after the initial washing, what you see is what you get, and they lay perfectly flat for folding and storing, wash after wash. We evaluated these cloths as a bathtime accessory for this review, but many parents love them as cloth wipes, mealtime face wipes, and later, even kitchen rags. They are so durable that you can count on them to last for years. When we compared a new cloth to one we'd used for years, there was little difference beyond a slight loss of softness.

The texture of the GroVia Cloth Wipes is not as cushy as some of the other products in our review. The thickness that provides absorbency also inhibits getting into hard-to-reach places while cleaning a baby. The bulky size of these wipes can also make them less appealing for use in a diaper bag for on-the-go cleanups because they are somewhat bulky. While the cloth itself is very durable, the stitching sometimes unraveled, causing the edges to fray. However, we feel that these small inconveniences are not deal-breakers. If you value durability, versatility, and longevity, we think this one-and-done solution is perfect for babies and beyond.

Compare Products

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Score Product Price Our Take
74
$2.33
Editors' Choice Award
Cute organic cloths with different scrubbing textures on each side
73
$2.25
Editors' Choice Award
Splendidly soft bamboo cloths that are perfect for use with babies of all ages
70
$2.67
Bamboo washcloths that are not the most sturdy but are very soft
68
$1.40
Best Value Award
Extremely soft and cozy cloths at a budget friendly price
66
$1.00
Top Pick Award
Sturdy baby-sized cloths ideal for a variety of uses
65
$5
Top notch muslin washcloths, but expensive
65
$0.74
Multitasking flannel cloths that are the perfect size and thickness for delicate skin
60
$2.00
Large and thick muslin cloths that won't break the bank
58
$11
Unique Silicone scrubber perfect for older babies and toddlers
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$3.33
Great bath time set with included mitt, but not very soft
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$0.83
Standard washcloth that does not offer any baby specific features
32
$1.17
Basic baby washcloth that will do the job, but it is not spectacular

Bathtime should be fun! Having the right washcloth can make cleaning...
Bathtime should be fun! Having the right washcloth can make cleaning less of a hassle and more soothing for baby.
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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 pediatrician founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier has had much hands-on experience with many baby washcloths, using them with her two children and various household purposes.

For the washcloths in this review, we considered the range of situations where you need a washcloth and the most useful features. We used each product with little ones, and after using them in the lab and on real babies, we developed a clear sense of how each product performs and which washcloths we prefer.

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We compared cloths or different shapes, sizes, textures and materials.

Analysis and Test Results


We chose to evaluate the baby washcloths in this review based on three primary performance metrics: softness, durability, and absorbency. We think these features are what parents will appreciate most during bathing or mealtime cleanups.

Value


Most of the products in this review are multi-packs that provide several washcloths. This can make it more challenging to tell which are the best deals. Two things to consider when finding a good value: Are the towels appropriate for your planned activities? How long will they last? The Kyapoo Washcloth comes in a pack of ten and is around a dollar apiece depending on the sales price. They feel durable and are suitable for cleaning little ones and soft enough to avoid skin irritation if you use a gentle hand. If you are looking for cloths for other cleaning opportunities or older children, the Amazon Basics are the least expensive in the group and feel very durable, so they should last longer for more value over time. However, they are pretty rough and perhaps not ideal for infants and younger babies.

Burt&#039;s Bees Washcloths have a smooth knit side and a terry cloth...
Burt's Bees Washcloths have a smooth knit side and a terry cloth side so you can tailor your scrub to the mess.
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Cleaning Ability


The cleaning ability of a cloth is determined by its texture, thickness, and size. Smaller and thinner cloths can be easier to use with infants and babies.


Burts Bees cloths have different textures on each side, giving it an edge for cleaning ability and helping it earn a 9 for cleaning ability. This cloth can be soft and delicate on one side for the baby's skin and slightly rougher on the other side for tougher messes. We like the ability to switch it up based on need without bringing in a second product to the mix. The Gerber Cloths were the hardest to clean with as they are small and thin. This product rolls up as you scrub and there isn't enough fabric to grab or to keep it flat for draping over baby bellies to provide warmth. These features resulted in a score of only 3 of 10 for the brand name option.

We tested the OsoCozy Flannel Wipes in the tub, and while they are...
We tested the OsoCozy Flannel Wipes in the tub, and while they are exceedingly soft, but found that we prefer to use them in the kitchen.
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Softness/Comfort


Babies have skin that can be up to 30% thinner than an adult's and, therefore, is much more sensitive and prone to irritation. So finding a textured cloth 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 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 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; while soft, this option might be somewhat aggressive for younger infants and seems a better fit for toddlers, in our opinion.

We found that Bamboo Organics Viscone Washcloths offered the perfect...
We found that Bamboo Organics Viscone Washcloths offered the perfect balance between texture and softness.
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Our favorite cloths use a supple fabric that is thin enough to clean in between the creases of all of your baby's adorable fat rolls, but it still offers enough texture to grab dirt or grime stuck to the skin. We think 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 and requires a gentle hand when used with infants.

These cloths work well for scrubbing away messes, but if you have a...
These cloths work well for scrubbing away messes, but if you have a baby with extra sensitive skin, we recommend looking elsewhere.
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Durability


Ideally, your washcloths will last until your baby outgrows them, but you may find that you appreciate them for other tasks outside of baby washing. That is when real durability and longevity come into play.


We examined each washcloth 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, which are soft but not as soft as other top-ranking options.

Annie uses the soft and scrubby Burt&#039;s Bees washcloth to clean...
Annie uses the soft and scrubby Burt's Bees washcloth to clean herself.
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We've been using the Grovia Cloth Wipes for years. They function perfectly as baby wipes, washcloths, and even kitchen rags (once you're done using them on your baby). Impressively, even after extensive use, these wipes hold up well. When comparing a new wipe with a well-loved version, the older one was about the same, with only a slight decrease in softness. The Burt's Bees Organic Washcloth is another option we believe will last for years.

The Kyapoo Washcloth is uber soft and absorbent and also doubles as...
The Kyapoo Washcloth is uber soft and absorbent and also doubles as a fun bathtime toy.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Absorbency


Absorbency is important no matter how you intend to use your baby washcloth. We like to use the cloth to gather water during bathtime and squeeze over the baby for a fun waterfall rinse.


During mealtimes, you can use this wipe for quick face clean-upsand accidental spills. Generally, thicker cloths are more absorbent, but the thicker options might 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 in this review.

Having an absorbent baby washcloth comes in handy when you have a...
Having an absorbent baby washcloth comes in handy when you have a sticky mess on your hands, or your baby's hands.
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Conclusion


Baby washcloths are an essential part of most nightly bathtime routines, making them a new baby staple. What might surprise you is how often you'll find yourself using these handy wipes in other areas of your house. Little messes are inevitable when you have a new baby, and having a supply of baby washcloths on hand can make life so much easier. Each option in our review has its advantages and disadvantages, and we believe our tests and insights can help you find the perfect washcloth for your needs.

Abriah Wofford