Best Cloth Baby Wipes
GroVia Wipes earned a number one spot in our review, performing well in all three metrics of cleaning ability, softness, and durability. Two layers of polyester/cotton terrycloth create the ideal texture and thickness for a cloth baby wipe. They come in a handy dandy 12-pack and are soft, yet durable, at an excellent price point. We love that the double-layered construction creates a thick surface for cleaning messes, and the 8" square cloth is perfectly sized, sufficiently large to protect your hand, but not so big as to be unmanageable. The texture of the terry cloth is grabby enough to get a thoroughly clean baby bum but is also soft enough to use multiple times a day on sensitive skin. We also love to use these wipes during bathtime as a baby washcloth.
We have very few complaints about the GroVia Wipes but some things could be better. These wipes have an 88% polyester content, and we generally prefer to use natural materials on baby for health and environmental reasons. We also noticed that after a few washes, the stitching around the edges of the cloths starts to come undone. It does not affect the overall performance of the fabric itself, but the edges may fray over time. Despite this, GroVia makes some great multipurpose cloths that you are sure to love.
Prince Lionheart Warmies are ultra-soft terrycloth wipes composed of bamboo rayon and cotton blend. The plush terrycloth texture has large loops that give it excellent scrubbing power, and we feel we get a cleaner clean with these wipes. Although there is only one layer of fabric, the cloth is ample enough to wipe and absorb messes without anything seeping through to the fingers. The Warmies wash well, and many users report that they are very durable, maintaining softness through many months of use. We like that bamboo has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, as well as absorbency superpowers, making this a good option for bathtime use as well.
The number one complaint about these wipes is the size. While not the smallest in this review, they are smaller than average, and some parents feel that there is not enough fabric to clean a baby with a single wipe. Luckily, there is no shrinkage after washing, so you can count on these cloths to maintain their size and shape. The thickness of the fabric also has its downside, as it may make it more challenging to clean small folds and creases. However, we love the texture and absorbency, especially when cleaning bigger messes such as blowouts.
OsoCozy Flannel is an unbleached cotton flannel wipe with a fuzzy soft texture. Although very thin, these wipes are perfect for a final once over on baby and for reaching in between little chunky thigh rolls. They are a great budget option, coming in a 15-pack, and are one of the most affordable options out there. OsoCozy wipes offer a level of versatility and durability that is hard to match. We like to use them as diaper wipes, mealtime face wipes, and washcloths for bathtime.
These flannel wipes start on the larger side, but you can expect nearly an inch of shrinkage after the initial wash. We also do not like to use these wipes for messier situations, or anytime there is something caked on the skin. They just don't have enough thickness or texture to get the job done. However, we think you will find OsoCozy Flannel Wipes come in handy in just about every room in the house, and are affordable enough that you can keep a little stash wherever it's convenient.
Spasilk Baby Washcloths are really for baby bathtime, but we find that the size, thickness, and texture lend themselves to diaper duty as well. They have a looped terrycloth texture on one side and a smoother knit on the other, giving you options to choose from depending on how big the mess is or how sensitive your baby's bum is that day. The cotton and polyester blend cloths only have one layer to them, allowing more dexterity and a better ability to reach into small creases. We also appreciate the versatility of these wipes and find them useful in the changing room, bathroom, and kitchen.
Unfortunately, the quality of these cloths is significantly lower than some of the others in this review. The terrycloth texture is not the softest, and the stitching around the border feels loose and flimsy. The large-sized wipes do not shrink after washing, but the edges roll like crazy, meaning you will have to fiddle with them before every diaper change so you can get full use out of the cloth. However, you will be hard-pressed to find wipes at a price lower than this. Coming in a 10-pack, these are some of the most affordable cloth wipes on our list, and are perfect for parents using cloth diapers on a budget.
Charlie Banana Double Sided are dual-textured wipes with a 100% organically grown cotton upper, and a bottom that is 100% polyester fleece. The roomy 8.5" square cloths are some of the largest wipes post-wash and have minimal shrinkage. The fleece side stays plush and feels like brushing a feather over the skin because it is just so soft. The cotton side has slightly more texture and offers more absorbency for the initial cleanup. Charlie Banan wipes are durable and well made with tidy stitching and an embroidered monogram in the corner of every wipe. The double-layer construction and fleece fabric of these wipes will ensure that the mess is contained within the cloth and will not seep through to your fingers.
One of our chief complaints is that the two layers shrink at different rates. After the first wash, the cotton side ends up being a touch smaller than the fleece, which causes the wipe to curl up at the corners, leaving extra fabric and wrinkles. Many users also report that the clean white cloth does not stay that way for long, and tends to hold stains even after washing. While Charlie Banana makes a quality product, these are also some of the most expensive wipes in our lineup, and in our opinion, they do not offer much more for the price. However, if the price is not an issue, and you are looking for plush softness above all else, then these wipes may be for you.
BabyKicks Natural & Organic come in a 10-pack of cloth wipes and are one layer with each side having a different texture for more thorough cleaning. The fleece side manages to be textured and soft at the same time, and the smoother knit offers a bit more absorbency. The fabric is a blend of hemp and organic cotton. The use of hemp is eco-friendly and has the added benefit of antibacterial properties, which is a good thing for diapered skin. The single layer of fabric is thick enough to keep moisture from seeping through to your fingers, but also thin enough to maneuver around all the small creases. After one wash, we experienced about a half-inch of shrinkage with these oval-shaped wipes, and after years of use, post-wash measurements are 6.75" x 7.5", taking on more of an oval shape with each wash. The colorful border stitching holds up well after heavy use.
After a few years of use and many cycles through the wash, the fleece side of these wipes tends to get a bit matted. It is not as soft as in the beginning. We are also not pleased with the amount of shrinkage that happens over time. However, for the amount of use they went through in our homes, we feel that they held up quite well aside from these things. Also, due to the natural materials, you must prep them before they reach full absorbency. A minimum of 3 cycles through the wash should do the trick, but some parents don't like the idea of signing up for more work than necessary. However, this is not a deal-breaker for us, and we think that BabyKicks wipes could be a great addition to your cloth wipe stash.
Babygoal Bamboo Wipes are an ultra-soft blend of bamboo rayon and polyester. Bamboo brings both antibacterial properties and extra absorbency to these wipes. The two-layered wipes have a supple feel to them and do not get stiff or scratchy after washing. They hold their shape well and have minimal shrinkage. We especially love the texture of these wipes and feel it is a happy medium between soft and scrubby. We are comfortable using these cloths on the most sensitive of skin multiple times per day, and still feel confident that you will end up with a clean bum at the end of every change.
In case you missed the dimensions above, Babygoal wipes are 4.5" square post-wash, which is almost half the size of most standard wipes. We feel they are almost too small to be useful as a baby wipe. An alternative use for these square cloths is to use them as a cover to keep baby boys from becoming a pee fountain once you remove their diaper. Others prefer to use these as a baby washcloth, or even a makeup remover for mom. The possibilities are endless, and we do appreciate the feel of these wipes, we just wish they were a little (or a lot) bigger as we feel they are much too small for their intended purpose.
Kushies Baby Washcloths are 100% organic cotton jersey knit fabric and are originally for bathtime. While we appreciate the use of organic materials, that is the only thing these wipes have going for them. Otherwise, we were severely disappointed by the texture and thickness of these wipes, and would not recommend them for diapering or bathtime or any other use frankly.
The material is similar to a t-shirt but is so thin and flimsy that liquid seeps through immediately. This cloth is essentially textureless, and we do not feel it does an acceptable job of cleaning the baby. We experienced nearly an inch of shrinkage after the first wash, and the edges rolled up on all four sides, making it even smaller. With all these issues, we would have expected the price of these cloths to be less; however, it is average for the group, and even more expensive than our Editors' Choice GroVia Cloth Wipes. Overall, we feel you should avoid these cloths. You are better off with any of the other options listed above.
Why You Should Trust Us
The cloth vs. disposable diaper debate is one close to our hearts, and cloth baby wipes go right along with it. We have been personally using and experimenting with various cloth wipe brands for more than ten years, in our homes and the Lab. Our founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier guides product selection and testing metrics and draws from her experience as a pediatrician and mother of two. Senior Review Editor Abriah Wofford leads the hands-on testing in this cloth wipes review, performing hours of research as well as using the wipes hands-on with baby testers. For this review, we chose 8 of the best cloth baby wipes available today and compared them side-by-side to see which ones work the best.
Analysis and Test Results
We evaluated and ranked each cloth baby wipe in this review, primarily based on three metrics: Cleaning Ability, Softness, and Durability. We took into account where and when you are most likely to use each wipe, so we could give specific recommendations to fit your lifestyle.
The #1 most important task of a cloth wipe is to get baby clean, making this the most critical metric. We examined the texture, size, and absorbency of each wipe to gauge how well it does its job. Terry cloth wipes, like the Prince Lionheart Warmies, tend to latch on to unwanted matter with more gusto. Smoother textured cloths, such as the OsoCozy Flannel Wipes, have less bulk to them and feel more dextrous in hand, allowing you to reach into all the small nooks and crannies that thicker terry cloth would not reach.
Thirsties Organic Cloth Wipes are some of our favorites thanks to their dual-textured construction, and we found ourselves reaching for them time and again. The finely looping terrycloth of the GroVia Wipes also does a great job at swiftly scrubbing away the stickiest of dried-on messes, but these wipes don't have the smoother side we like to use for a final once over.
Baby bums are sensitive areas and most parents we know will do a lot to keep them from being agitated. That is one of the benefits of using cloth wipes; you can avoid all the chemicals and perfumes that may cause rashes on babies with extra sensitive skin. However, finding the balance between texture and softness can be a tricky task. The softest wipes in this review are the BabyKicks Cloth Wipes and the Charlie Banana Double Sided Wipes. Both have an uber-soft fleece side that feels like a cloud against the skin. However, we generally prefer the texture of the GroVia Wipes. The terrycloth is soft but still offers enough scrubbiness to thoroughly clean a baby's bum.
Alternatively, Prince Lionheart Warmies are a little more abrasive but are excellent wipes for tackling stickier messes. We think that they are still plush enough for daily use on sensitive skin. One of the least soft options in the group is the Spasilk Baby Washcloth. Although a far cry from your average terrycloth towel, these wipes didn't have the type of lux texture that makes you want to rub the fabric against your face.
Durability comes into play when deciding how many cloth baby wipes to buy and how many children you have. While we recommend having at least 40 wipes to start, some brands will make that number last through years of diapering, and others will require multiple purchases as the wipes wear out. The thickness of the fabric, the quality of the border stitching, and how well each product takes a cycle through the washing machine are all factors we considered for this metric.
GroVia Wipes are hardy and well constructed, having lasted through years of daily use in our homes. OsoCozy Flannel Wipes are another option that we find highly durable. Although it is thin, the flannel fabric stays soft over time and can withstand a variety of tasks without tearing or wearing out.
Even if you aren't using cloth diapers, we still highly recommend taking a look at cloth wipes. It is one of the most straightforward steps you can take to eliminate chemicals and perfumes from your diapering routine, and will also reduce the amount of overall waste you produce and add to the landfill. We carefully selected and analyzed the top options out there to bring you specific recommendations, but think it is a good idea to test out a few different styles, as it can be handy to have multiple options available. We are sure you will find one that is perfectly suited to you and your baby's needs.
— Abriah Wofford