Best Cloth Baby Wipes
The GroVia Wipes earned a top spot in our review, performing well in all three of the most critical metrics: cleaning ability, softness, and durability. Doubling up two layers of polyester/cotton terrycloth creates the ideal texture and thickness for a cloth baby wipe. They come in a plentiful 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 without letting anything soak through. The 8" square cloth is an ideal size, sufficiently large to protect your hand but not so big as to be unmanageable. The terry cloth texture is grabby enough to achieve a squeaky clean baby bum but is also soft enough to use multiple times a day on sensitive skin. We also appreciate that the cloths are super versatile, and many parents like to use them during bath time 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 stick with natural materials when possible. It is better for your baby's health and the environment. We also noticed that after a few washes, the stitching around the edges 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 for many years.
The 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 between little chunky thigh rolls. They are a great budget option, coming in a 15-pack, and are among 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 bath time. We have personally used them in our homes for many years.
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 for messier situations or anytime there is something caked on the skin. They aren't substantial enough in 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 to keep a little stash wherever it's convenient.
The Buttons Cotton Flannel wipes are the closest thing we could find to a disposable. They are lightweight, thin, and easily fold up to fit into a travel case for on-the-go diaper changes. Despite being able to fold up very small, these wipes are large enough to offer good coverage for your fingers. The flannel is very absorbent, and the already soft texture just gets softer when it is damp. Because they are so thin, it is easy to reach into small nooks and crannies. If you feel they are too thin, there is enough surface to fold the wipe in half and double the thickness. We think that caregivers will appreciate their likeness to disposable wipes as they feel more familiar and manageable in hand.
Our main complaints with Buttons wipes have to do with durability. We noticed right away that some threads were coming loose from the stitching around the border. Over time, these threads pull loose and unravel further. Luckily this does not affect the performance of the wipe as a whole. The durability of the cloth itself is not as good as some others. Some users note that the flannel started to show signs of wear after a few months and held up for about a year before the fabric started tearing and became unusable. However, with such a low initial cost, we think it is manageable to periodically purchase a replacement pack. If you are cloth diapering on a budget and don't want to invest a large sum on accessories, the Buttons Cotton Flannel wipes may be a good choice.
The Prince Lionheart Warmies are ultra-soft terrycloth wipes composed of bamboo rayon and cotton. 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 has sufficient thickness 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. We think these could be a good option for bath time use as well.
The most common complaint about these wipes is the size. While not the smallest in this review, they use less fabric 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 throughout their use. The thickness of the material also has its downside, as it may make it more challenging to clean small folds and creases in the baby's thighs. However, when cleaning bigger, stuck-on messes such as blowouts, we love the texture and absorbency found in the Prince Lionheart Warmies.
The Thirsties Organic is made from a soft jersey knit cotton that is GOTS certified organic. The fabric of these large wipes is thick and absorbent, and Thirsties doubles up the wipes to ensure tip-top performance. There is no risk of liquids seeping through to the finger side of the cloth. The cotton is tightly woven, resulting in a durable material that is long-lasting and retains its softness through multiple washes. Although they are on the pricier side of the scale, these wipes are highly versatile and will outlast other products of lesser quality. We find them useful for a baby's face, hands, bum, or anywhere else that needs a good wipe-down.
We love the double-layer construction but feel that Thirsties missed an opportunity to offer multiple textures in their wipe. The cotton knit is very soft and gentle on sensitive skin, but the texture-less material may slide right over messes rather than grabbing and removing them. Some users have also found that the colorful border stitching may start to unravel after a while. However, we notice many more pros than cons to this product and suggest Thirsties Organic wipes to anyone who wants a long-lasting organic diapering product.
Perhaps for baby bath time, we find the size, thickness, and texture of the Spasilk Baby Washcloths also lend themselves to diaper duty. They have a looped terrycloth texture on one side and a smoother knit on the other, allowing you to choose from two different options depending on how big the mess is or how sensitive your baby's bum is. The cotton and polyester blend cloths only have one layer to them, allowing greater dexterity and a better chance at reaching the bottom of those small creases. We appreciate the versatility of these wipes and find them useful in the changing room, bathroom, and kitchen.
The cloth's quality 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 of the cloth. However, you will be hard-pressed to find wipes at a price lower than this. Coming in a 10-pack, Spasilks are some of the most affordable cloth wipes on our list. We think they are perfect for parents working towards more eco-friendly choices but don't want to invest too heavily.
The 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. The tidy stitching and embroidered monogram in the corner add a swanky feel to your nursery. The double-layer construction and water-repellant 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, causing the wipe to curl up at the corners and leaving extra fabric and wrinkles in the fleece side. 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 than some other options. However, if cost is not an issue, and you are looking for plush softness above all else, these wipes may be for you.
The 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 simultaneously textured and soft, and the smoother knit offers a bit more absorbency. The fabric is a blend of hemp and organic cotton, which is more eco-friendly and has the added benefit of antibacterial properties, which is good for diapered skin. The single layer of fabric is thick enough to keep moisture from seeping through to your fingers and 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 7.5" x 6.75", taking on a narrower 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 wipe's fleece side 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 signing up for more work than is absolutely necessary. However, this is not a deal-breaker for us, as we toss them in with the rest of our laundry. We think that any parent or baby would be happy adding BabyKicks wipes to your cloth stash.
The 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 retain their downy surface after washing, never feeling stiff or scratchy. 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 skin multiple times per day and still feel confident that you will end up with a clean bum at the end of every change.
The Babygoal's dimensions are 4.5" square post-wash, which is almost half the size of most standard wipes. Therefore, we feel they are almost too small to be helpful as a baby wipe. Alternatively, many parents like to use them as a cover to keep baby boys from becoming a pee fountain once their diaper is off. 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 wish they were a little (or a lot) bigger as we feel they are much too tiny for their intended purpose.
Why You Should Trust Us
The cloth vs. disposable diaper debate is one close to our hearts, and your wipe preference goes right along with it. We have been personally using and experimenting with various brands of cloth baby wipes for more than ten years, comparing them to one another and assessing how they measure up to their disposable counterparts. 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. Drawing from our experience in real life and testing in the Lab, we selected 9 of the best cloth baby wipes available today and compared them side-by-side to see which ones we prefer to have handy for daily diaper duties.
Analysis and Test Results
We evaluated and ranked each cloth baby wipe in this review, primarily based on three metrics: Cleaning Ability, Durability, and Softness. In addition, we took into account where and when you are most likely to use each wipe to bring you specific recommendations tailored to your lifestyle.
The #1 most important task of a cloth wipe is to get your baby clean. To evaluate this most critical metric, we examined each wipe's texture, size, and absorbency to gauge how well it does its job. Terry cloth wipes, such as the Prince Lionheart Warmies, tend to latch on to unwanted matter with more gusto. Smoother textured cloths, like the OsoCozy Flannel Wipes, have less bulk and feel more dextrous in hand, allowing you to reach into all the nooks and crannies that are inaccessible with thicker wipes.
Reversible wipes with different textures are some of our favorites, and the BabyKicks Cloth Wipes is a contender with this double-sided design, featuring a smooth side and a grabby side. We found ourselves reaching for this brand time and again. The finely looping terrycloth of the GroVia Wipes also does a great job at swiftly scrubbing away the most stuck of dried-on messes, but these wipes don't have the softer side we like to use for a final soothing wipe.
Baby bums are sensitive areas, and most parents (including us) will do a lot to prevent painful agitation. That is one of the many benefits of using cloth wipes; you can avoid rash-inducing synthetic perfumes and chemicals. 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 options have an uber-soft fleece side that feels like a cloud against the skin. If your baby has extra sensitive skin, these may be perfect. However, we generally prefer a bit more "latch" to our cloth baby wipes. The GroVia Wipes terrycloth is gentle enough for most infants yet offers enough scrubbiness to thoroughly clean a baby's bum.
The Prince Lionheart Warmies are a little more abrasive but are great for tackling the stickiest of messes. Although we think they are still plush enough for daily use in most cases, they may be unsuitable for babies with uber-sensitive skin. One of the least soft options in the lineup 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 you contemplate the number of cloth baby wipes you should buy and how many children they will have to last through. However, 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.
The GroVia Wipes are hardy and well-constructed, lasting through years of daily use in our homes. Another highly durable option is the OsoCozy Flannel Wipes. Although thin, the flannel fabric stays soft over time and can withstand various tasks without tearing or wearing thin.
Cloth diapering may not be for everyone, we know. But, even if you choose to bypass cloth diapers, we suggest considering cloth wipes. In contrast to disposable wipes, cloth wipes can be an eco-friendly alternative. It can reduce overall landfill waste, as well as exposure to chemicals and perfumes in your diaper routine. To rank our favorites, we thoughtfully chose the best and most popular options on the market for hands-on testing to evaluate performance. In conjunction with the information in our review, we suggest testing a few styles because one size does not fit all situations. Plus, it can be handy to have multiple cloth wipes ready to be of service. We are sure our lineup includes a product perfectly suited to you and your baby's needs.
— Abriah Wofford