Best Baby Washcloth
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.
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.
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.
If you are looking for cute muslin bathtime accessories but don't want to shell out the big bucks, BabyBliss Muslin is one of our favorites. BabyBliss is comparable to other muslin products, but it is about 1/3 of the price. Multiple layers of cotton muslin make BabyBliss absorbent and add cushiness to the cloth, and a handy little cloth loop allows the product to hang dry. These sizeable products are suitable for a variety of uses ranging from burp cloth to mealtime wipes. The muslin fabric gets softer with each wash and is perfect for delicate skin.
While we enjoyed this product, the overall quality isn't up to par with the more expensive options in this review. The fabric isn't as soft, they are smaller, and the stitching is less than impeccable. As is the nature of muslin products, these cloths had the most significant shrinkage after the first wash, with a reduction in the size of over an inch in both directions! However, at 10"x10" post-shrinkage, they are still on the larger side for a baby washcloth. Despite the slightly disappointing quality, we still feel this option works well enough to suit most needs and could be the perfect adorable addition to your baby bathing routine.
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 a high level of 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 comes 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.
The Natemia Bamboo Washcloth is one of two bamboo options included in our review. Overall, both are very soft, but this texture may come at the cost of durability. Natemia terry-cloth fabric is a blend of bamboo and cotton, making it a bit more durable but not nearly as soft. However, we think these are the ideal size and thickness for use with infants. We also appreciate an all-white 6-pack for babies who are sensitive to dyes or chemicals. The bamboo blend fabric makes this option extra-absorbent and potentially provides some natural antibacterial properties.
There were multiple complaints of the terry-cloth snagging during a wash cycle, so be careful when you launder them. While we like the simplicity of a clean white washcloth, they can (and likely will) stain and start to look dingy with time; they also offer light pastel colors that keep within the simple theme. Last, this terrycloth isn't as soft as some of the other washcloths and could potentially be too rough for sensitive skin. That being said, they are still much softer than your average adult washcloth. We think for some families that the tradeoff is worth it for the added durability. We like the Natemia Bamboo Washcloths overall but think there are better options in this review to consider first.
Aden + Anais is known for producing high-quality muslin products, and the Classic Washcloth lives up to the hype. These extra-large washcloths come in adorable prints and have multiple layers of pliable, absorbent muslin that get softer with every wash. They are machine washable and keep their shape well over time. The stitching around the border and the small hanging loop both show attention to detail. We think these washcloths are durable enough to last through multiple children and versatile enough to be handy almost anywhere. We love that the tight weave increases absorbency and adds a bit of heft to the fabric.
This product suffers from significant shrinkage after washing, but it is still one of the biggest in the group even after the first trip through the machine. It is also almost prohibitively expensive, especially compared to the price of other top contenders in this review. Initially, muslin fabric might feel unpleasant as it hasn't loosened enough to reach ultimate softness or absorbency. While some may even find the texture a bit scratchy, this is a temporary issue, and they get softer with each wash. If your budget is open and you want the best of the best, the Aden + Anais Classic Washcloth is one to consider.
The OsoCozy Flannel Wipe is traditionally sold as a cloth baby wipe, but we think it has greater potential. This wipe is about as close as you can get to a paper towel without the paper with a million and one possible uses. It is functional as a bath washcloth, and we love to use it as a mealtime face wipe. The flannel is velvety soft, wet or dry, and gentle enough to use on sensitive baby cheeks. We appreciate the thin fabric when reaching into small creases around the baby's neck and face. The lightweight material is not as absorbent as terrycloth, but we think this is an advantage in a face wipe when you only need a touch of water anyway. The wipes 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 your baby during bath time, the OsoCozy is probably not the best choice. The cloth is so thin that it cannot hold much water, and it is so soft that it doesn't offer much scrubbing power. It is also on the smaller side compared to the competition. While this is another advantage for use on the face, it can feel puny for bath use. Last, some users complain that the border stitching comes unraveled quickly. However, these wipes proved durable during our testing, and loose stitching doesn't affect the wipe's overall performance. If your goal is to reduce waste and be as green as possible, OsoCozy is the perfect replacement for disposable paper towels and napkins.
The DermaFrida Bath Mitt is a glove-like scrubber with tiny silicone bristles that gently massage the skin to get your baby squeaky clean. The mitt is large enough for an adult to fit four fingers inside and small enough for an older toddler to fit their hand inside while 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 small holes at the tip of the glove allow excess water to drain out and help prevent the growth of mildew. Our tester was fascinated by the texture, and we think that a cool bathtime tool like this will encourage older toddlers to try cleaning themselves.
This glove fits snugly on an average female hand and might be too small for larger hands. We also noticed that the silicone tends to grab and trap hair and lint in the bristles. Removal is certainly possible, but it takes a bit of patience and effort. Our biggest concern is that the mitt is somewhat aggressive for a baby-centric scrubber. We feel it would be better suited to toddler and big-kid skin and would even consider using it for adults for gentle exfoliation. However, if you are looking to transition away from washcloths and hoping for less laundry, the Derma Frida Bath Mitt might be your perfect match.
The JJ Cole Washcloth and Bath Mitt is a combo set with two cloths and one mitt-style scrubber. All three items are cotton terry cloth that is slightly softer than your average adult washcloth. These average-sized cloths do not shrink much after the first wash, and the stitching around the edges is solid, leading us to believe that this is a durable set. Near-instant absorption and the ability to retain a large amount of water are perks we appreciated during testing.
Aside from the cute animal prints and colorful lining, these washcloths don't seem very baby-specific compared to the competition with fabric that is not particularly soft. The border is a jersey knit fabric that shrinks differently than the main cloth, causing the edges to curl after the first wash, which prevents them from laying flat. We like the idea of various scrubbing options in one pack, but the mitt in this set isn't much different from the other towels. It features a triangle of fabric sewn over one half of the cloth to create a small pocket for your hands, but that is all. Altogether, this set is not very impressive, and we think that there are better, softer, options available in this review.
An AmazonBasics Washcloth is a basic, straightforward, nothing fancy washcloth. The cotton terry cloth fabric is relatively soft and gets even fluffier after washing. The towels 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 them, and they are very affordable, making this pack an economical choice for families on a budget.
This product is not specifically for babies. They are not particularly soft or thin, so you may find it more cumbersome to clean smaller infants. For babies and toddlers with sensitive skin, the fabric may be too aggressive. We also noticed that these washcloths leave behind a significant amount of lint on the skin and in the wash. Although this is an issue that may lessen with time, it can be annoying to have a clean but lint-covered baby. While AmazonBasics Washcloths are not our first choice, they might be the right choice if you are a minimalist momma that doesn't want baby-centric gear in every room. 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 purposes. Many parents feel that the size and thickness of these lend themselves better to a mealtime or morning time face wash rather than a bath time scrub session. We appreciate the fabric's dual texture feature, sporting a smooth jersey knit on one side and a delicate terrycloth on the other. These have some of the thinnest washcloths in our review, making them perfect for reaching into small creases around the face, neck, or between fingers.
While these baby washcloths will do the job, there is nothing exceptional about them. They offer average softness, subpar durability, and they aren't even particularly cute (in our opinion). After the first wash, these towels tend to curl a lot on two edges, resulting in a burrito cloth that will never lay flat. Gerber Washcloths are one of the more affordable options and are undoubtedly capable, but this review includes products that cost less and offer more no matter what your goals might be.
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.
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.
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 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 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; while soft, this option might be somewhat aggressive for younger infants and seems a better fit for toddlers, in our opinion.
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 some of the competition. The AmazonBasics Washcloth has the roughest textured terry cloth out of the group and might a gentle hand when used with infants.
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.
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.
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.
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