If you are a mommy you will love wipes. If you are a doctor mommy, you will be obsessive about wipes. If reading labels was a mild habit before I became a mommy then now I am a certified professional now.
The interesting thing about labels is, even when they say something, you may understand something else. When we were in medical college, one of our teachers used to say, only if people washed their hands with water, many diseases could be avoided. That stuck my head. Several national guidelines mention using water only for cleaning babies nappy area. But when it comes to babies, it’s not just their bottoms that need cleaning. Babies can attract dust and dirt like a vacuum cleaner.
In this post I tell you:
What will a mom do? Not let them play? Not let them be exposed to dirt? In India with the hot and humid climate in most places, this is difficult. It gets worse when they start coloring, painting, going to school. My daughter loves all kinds of artwork, and her hands get dirty with colors. Now in winters, I used to worry about excessive hand washing. So we made a simple system of always having wipes in hand and just getting the gunk off. Before meals wash well with soap and water.
But even then, I found two issues.
- One of the popular wipes had a fragrance.
- They left the hand dried out.
- Some contained PEG in undisclosed amounts. When children are teething, this can be a problem.
Mother sparsh wipes for Baby
- I want safe products for my baby
- I want it to be gentle on my baby’s skin.
- I want eco-friendly material.
This brand is creating ripples with their premium range of fragrance-free 99% water wipes which are 100% biodegradable.
- It is unscented and fragrance-free.
- The medical-Grade material and fully eco-friendly. The cloth is firm and sturdy for use and easy to dispose of. The fabric is 100% Plant fabric and polyester free. Both extra benefits, which I love.
- They are gentle on the newborn & infant with sensitive skin. Their sensitive skin needs the softest touch.
- It contains Aloe-Vera and Vitamin E to soothe and nourish baby’s soft skin.
- The Mother Sparsh hand and face wipe is the only wipe for face, that I like.
- It is pH balanced. This is especially important while cleaning areas with poop and pee. Hypo-allergenic with extra moisture.
- No Paraben, Alcohol, Phthalates, Sulfates, Fragrances, Petrochemicals, Chlorine, Dyes, and Triclosan.
- They are available easily on Amazon and Flipkart.
- Check for more information at mothersparsh website
This was the best brand I could find back in2012. Chicco has no paraben, SLS, SLES. It is free from dyes and alcohol and clinically tested on sensitive skins. It is Hypoallergenic and contains aloe vera and Chamomile.
Mama Earth is another brand which is focussing on eco-friendly products.Its wipes are 100 percent organic bamboo and polyester free. It is unbleached and contains no petrochemicals, polyester, chlorine, dyes, paraben, sulfates, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances.It is toxin-free and contains aloe vera, shea butter, almond oil, and lavender oil.
Baby hand & mouth wet tissues are good for multipurpose use. But lack details about product information.
- 99% Pure Water
- Paraben free.
It has green tea extract to clean baby’s skin. Purified water without alcohol.No other product information is seen.
Mother Sparsh Baby wipes
Alcohol-free doesn’t mean PEG free.PEG is technically a glycol, not alcohol. But if a product contains PEG they have to mention it.
For skin products, PEG can be used in concentrations up to 1% safely. Unfortunately, most products with PEG fails to mention the percentage on the packaging. Interestingly Johnson and Himalaya both list PEG in the ingredient list.
- The fragrance is not a good thing.
- Eco-friendly a biodegradable are words to note.
- The European Commission recommends, that products containing harsh surfactants, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, should be avoided.
- Wipes should contain pH buffers to maintain slight acidity(pH 5.5).
It should be free of irritants such as alcohol, fragrance, essential oils, soap, and harsh detergents (e.g., sodium lauryl sulfate); they should contain well‐tolerated preservatives.
Disclaimer: This article is meant to help create awareness and spread knowledge. All decision regarding your health and child’s health should be done after consultation with your doctor.Read my full disclosure hereWhile all efforts are made to keep articles updated the speed of research in these fields mean the information often may change when more research knowledge is available. Healthwealthbridge or the authors should be in no way held responsible in that case.
Recommendations from a European Roundtable Meeting on Best Practice Healthy Infant Skin Care
What can be done to keep babies’ skin healthy? (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15314924 )
Effect on skin hydration of using baby wipes to clean the napkin area of newborn babies: assessor-blinded randomized controlled equivalence trial (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3418152/)