Any parent will tell you that baby wipes are a godsend. They make cleanup quick and easy, they're portable, and they come in handy for all sorts of things (like cleaning up spills and sticky hands).

But did you know that not all baby wipes are created equal? In fact, using the wrong kind of wipe on your baby's delicate skin can cause all sorts of problems.

Here's what you need to know about choosing the right baby wipes for your little one.

The Problem with Using Harsh Chemicals on Baby's Skin

Most standard baby wipes contain harsh chemicals like alcohol, artificial fragrances, and parabens. These ingredients can be drying and irritating to baby's delicate skin, and they can cause rashes and skin irritation.

What's more, these chemicals are easily absorbed into the bloodstream, which means they could potentially cause health problems down the road.

If you're concerned about using harsh chemicals on your baby's skin, opt for natural or organic wipes instead.

These wipes are made with gentle ingredients that won't dry out or irritate baby's skin. And since they're free of harsh chemicals, you can use them with peace of mind knowing that you're not exposing your little one to any potentially harmful ingredients.

The Case for Fragrance-Free Wipes

In addition to being free of harsh chemicals, fragrance-free wipes are also a good choice for sensitive skin. That's because many fragrances (artificial or otherwise) can trigger allergies or skin irritation. If you're not sure whether your baby has sensitive skin, err on the side of caution and go for fragrance-free wipes. Your little one will thank you for it!

If you're looking for a safe and gentle alternative to standard baby wipes, consider waterwipes. These wipes are made with just two ingredients: water and grapefruit seed extract.

This makes them ideal for sensitive skin, and they're free of harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances, and other irritating ingredients.

What's more, waterwipes are biodegradable, so you can feel good about using them without harming the environment.

Side effects of using the wrong wipes

Here are just a few of the side effects you could experience if you're using the wrong wipes on your baby's bottom.

Diaper rash

Diaper rash is one of the most common side effects of using the wrong wipes on baby's skin. The wrong wipes can irritate and inflame the skin, leading to redness, itching, and even painful sores.

If you're using wipes that contain harsh chemicals or fragrances, you're more likely to experience diaper rash. To avoid this problem, make sure you're using unscented, hypoallergenic wipes that are gentle on the skin.

Allergic reactions

Another common side effect of using the wrong wipes on baby's skin is an allergic reaction. This can range from mild redness and itchiness to more severe swelling and hives. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction after using a new type of wipe on your baby, discontinue use immediately and consult your pediatrician.

Dryness and irritation

Using wipes that are too harsh on baby's skin can strip away natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. If you notice that your baby's skin is feeling dry or tight after using a certain type of wipe, switch to a gentler option. Look for wipes that are alcohol-free and designed for sensitive skin to avoid this problem altogether.


In rare cases, using the wrong wipes on baby's skin can lead to infection. This is more likely to occur if the wipes you're using contain harsh chemicals that irritate or inflame the skin. If you notice any signs of infection (redness, swelling, pus), discontinue use immediately and consult your pediatrician right away.

Bottom line

While baby wipes are incredibly convenient (and let's be honest - they're pretty much essential), it's important to choose wisely when selecting a brand or type for your little one's delicate derriere.

Read labels carefully and always test a small area first before using a new brand or type of baby wipe on your baby's bottom.

If you're not sure, did you know you can just use a washcloth and some warm water?! This works great at home but not so much when you're out and about. To help you choose I have put together a blog with my recommendations for the best baby wipes, you can check it out below.


When it comes to choosing the right baby wipes for your little one, it pays to be picky. Opt for natural or organic varieties that are free of harsh chemicals and fragrances. This way, you can clean up those messy moments without worry!