Baby wipes are a convenient and essential part of every parent’s survival kit. You’ll often go through heaps using them for just about everything from cleaning baby bums or wiping your little one’s hands and face to even using them as a makeup remover for yourself - but how safe are they? If you take a minute to go through the ingredients on the label, you may be surprised to find that the same baby wipes advertised as ‘gentle and soothing’ by popular brands are actually full of dangerous chemicals. Read on to find out more about the toxic ingredients you should watch out for in your baby wipes.
A class of extensively used preservatives in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical products and cosmetics, parabens have been linked to skin irritations, allergic reactions and even an increased risk of cancer and act as endocrine disruptors which can cause infertility and other hormonal problems - definitely not an ingredient that you would want to find lurking in any baby products! When checking the label, keep an eye out for variations of these chemicals such as
Fragrance or Perfume
The real problem with using baby wipes with fragrance, is that you can’t be entirely sure of what’s in it as manufacturers are not required to disclose this information on the label. There is always the risk that you could be unknowingly using baby wipes that are transferring phthalates, neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors, allergens and major irritants to your baby’s delicate skin.
Commonly used as a solvent for preservatives, glycols like propylene are not as toxic as some of the other ingredients mentioned in this post, but it is a skin irritant and a penetration enhancer that assists other ingredients enter your skin at a deeper level which is very dangerous.
Triclosan is not a very commonly found ingredient in baby wipes, but there are certain baby wipes and antibacterial wipes that do carry it. Again, this acts as a endocrine disruptor which leads to hormone disorders and is also believed to contribute to antibiotic resistant bacteria.
While this was a commonly used preservative in baby wipes and other baby products a few years ago, it’s now less widely used since there’s been a lot media coverage on the harmful effects it carries. Methylisothiazolinone has been proven to cause contact dermatitis and other skin related disorders that can be especially harmful to sensitive baby skin.
Why are Natural Baby Wipes a Safer Option?
Natural baby water wipes are a favourite amongst many parents now, since it’s free of dangerous chemicals like the ones mentioned above making them perfect for delicate baby skin, keeping it soft and safe.
To summarise, natural baby wipes are a much safer option to use on babies and yourself as there are none of the harsh chemicals and toxins present in regular baby wipes. Also, don’t always believe what the product marketing says and instead make it a habit to pay close attention to the ingredients. Don’t forget to watch out for the chemicals listed in this post:
Fragrance or Perfume
Wondering where you can purchase natural baby wipes in Sri Lanka? There are some baby stores that do carry them, however Goodnessme does stock Natural Baby Water Wipes - the world’s purest baby wipes that is 99.9% made up of water. Free of alcohol, fragrance, chlorine, formaldehyde, parabens, phenols, phthalates, quaternary, ammonium compounds, SLS, SLES, lanolin and other additives, these natural baby water wipes are completely safe to be used for diapering, general body skin care when outdoors, weaning & teething and more.