SafeMama: Wipes Review

By Kristie Turck •  Published 06/10/08 •  2 min read

Last updated on July 10th, 2008 at 02:42 pm

In the midst of trying to detoxify our lifestyle, the last thing I even thought to look at was what was in our baby wipes. Until one day I turned over my trusty refill of Huggies Supreme, only to see parabens on the ingredients label. It prompted me to take a closer look at the ingredients listed in conventional baby wipes, and some of the information I found out, was downright disturbing.

Now, I want to preface our findings by saying this: A lot of the ingredients that we’ve researched, just don’t have enough studies done on them to really and truly say whether they’re safe for use. This was just our finding and our opinion is: If there’s something out there that’s safer to use, we choose to use the safer option. A baby’s skin is so delicate and given the amount of wipes you use, we can’t imagine that all of those chemicals don’t add up over time. Also, because there’s approximately 6 billion brands of wipes out there, and only two of us, we didn’t research every single brand of wipes out there. But, we did try to compile as many as we could.

We broke down our research by creating a PDF of the brands of wipes with the list of the ingredients we thought to be harmful, along with an additional PDF of a glossary of those ingredients. That way, if your particular brand of baby wipes isn’t listed on the list, you can compare the brand you use with the glossary. We’ve found that most of the wipes have similar ingredients.

Out of our findings, we’ve picked our top three favorites and our top 3 worst.

Safe Mama Top 3 Favorites:

Safe Mama Top 3 Worst:

You can download the whole PDF list here. Along with a PDF of the glossary, here.

I also went ahead and called the three major companies that manufacturer wipes warmers, since I’m sure that a lot of parents use them. Prince Lionheart’s wipes warmers are made from polypropylene (a #5 plastic). Dex Products didn’t have any information on their wipes warmer, and Babies R Us brand “Especially for Babies” did not get back to me. I would venture to say that all three are made of Polypropylene, but don’t quote me on that.