How to Choose Safe and Natural Baby Wipes

  • Baby Wipes
  • September 28, 2020

Baby wipes — we’d be in a lot of mess without them.
Whether it’s keeping bottoms or sticky hands clean, they’re an essential item for any parent.

At tooshies, we’ve always been advocates for parents being able to find what truly works best for their family, while providing eco-friendly disposable options for parents to consider. While reusable baby wipes are a great eco option, disposable wipes are a handy, mess-free, and an undeniably convenient option for many families.

Always look for natural ingredients & transparent ingredients lists.

Unfortunately, up to 97% of baby wipes currently on our supermarket shelves are made with polypropylene, a type of plastic that will never biodegrade, which means the overwhelming majority of the 2.5 million wipes sold in Australia end up in landfill every year. Others also contain synthetic fragrances, parabens and other nasties that can irritate a baby’s sensitive skin. 

Our 100% biodegradable baby wipes have been independently tested to compost back into the earth within 60-days. You can even pop them in the green waste bin in many council areas (always check with your local council first).

 

What parents should look for in an eco-friendly baby wipe.

INGREDIENTS

Not all wipes are created equally. For a long time baby wipes contained lots of paraben ingredients which should be avoided at all costs. At tooshies, we choose not to include alcohol, parabens, latex, phthalates, phenols or poly-plastic in our wipes. All tooshies wipes are also hypoallergenic and pH balanced for sensitive skin.

NATURAL FRAGRANCES

A baby’s skin is ten times thinner than adults and much more sensitive and prone to irritation. Natural or fragrance-free baby wipes are a better alternative to chemically-scented wipes that can irritate sensitive skin with unnecessary additives.

PLANT-BASED & FSC CERTIFIED

Where raw materials are sourced, and how they are harvested is as important as the end product. Our baby wipes are made from FSC-certified cellulose — the most sustainable form of cellulose available, and 100% biodegradable. To look after the earth our children will inherit, we only use natural and organic ingredients in our baby wipes.

PRACTICAL PACKAGING

Packaging preserves your wipes, but it’s great if it’s also designed with parents in mind. Tooshies’ new wipe packaging features a larger ‘one-hand’ easy opening lid, and the outer packaging can be placed in the soft plastic recycling at your local supermarket, once it is finished.

PLASTIC-FREE

We are proud to be one of the only wipes available that is 100% plastic-free and 100% biodegradable and compostable. We also independently test our wipe’s ability to biodegrade and compost in municipal facilities within 45-60 days.

SUBSCRIPTIONS & BULK PACKS  

Babies go through thousands of nappies and wipes within their first year. Choosing a subscription or buying bulk packs reduces continual trips back and forth to the shops, as well as the amount of packaging you’ll go through — and you’ll never be caught short. All tooshies subscriptions ship via Sendle, a carbon-neutral delivery service.

Both our aloe vera & chamomile, and pure water wipes are free from plastic, alcohol, parabens, latex, phthalates

In addition to our much-loved aloe vera and camomile wipes, we knew we needed to create a biodegradable pure water wipe that could look after even the most sensitive skin of newborns. This led us to develop a pared-down version of our original wipes — with all the same benefits and even fewer ingredients.

Water wipes typically have a higher percentage of water than other baby wipes, and minimal ingredients. Our pure water wipes are made from 99.4% pure medical-grade filtered water with a tiny percentage of clean, gentle ingredients, that keep the wipes safe and stop them harbouring bacteria and mould.

We’re expanding our range to give parents more planet-friendly choices when it comes to baby wipes. To understand the differences between our wet wipes and water wipes, we asked our Product Director Amber Maloney to answer a few commonly asked questions.

Water wipes FAQs

WHY WOULD I USE WATER WIPES OVER OTHER BABY WIPES?

The skin of a newborn baby can be very sensitive, and prone to rashes and irritations. Water wipes are perfect for newborn babies or infants with very sensitive skin or who are prone to nappy rash. Our aloe and chamomile wipes are also great for all babies and contain ingredients that naturally nourish and moisturise, with a hint of rose geranium essential oil for a natural aroma. Which wipe type you prefer really comes down to your personal preference and your babies needs.

ARE WATER WIPES A BETTER OPTION FOR NEWBORNS? 

Both types of Tooshies wipes can be used on newborns, but we’ve found that some parents prefer water wipes on newborns because of the extra gentle ingredients. They feel more familiar with this after using water and washcloths in the hospital.

CAN WATER WIPES CLEAN UP MESSES? 

Yes! Our uniquely textured wipe helps grip even the toughest messes for an easy clean. The formulation also includes a super gentle cleanser to keep your baby clean.

CAN YOU FLUSH WATER WIPES? 

No baby wipes, including water wipes, should ever be flushed — not even biodegradable ones — because they can cause blockages in the sewage system. Always dispose of your baby wipes in the rubbish bin, or green waste.

DO WATER WIPES EXPIRE?

Water wipes have a three-year shelf life from the date of manufacturing, and this is indicated on the packet.

WHAT’S THE SHELF-LIFE OF WATER WIPES ONCE A PACK IS OPENED?

Water wipes should be used within three months of opening. Ensure that the lid is closed securely after every use and they are stored in a temperate environment (below 25C).

MY WATER WIPES FEEL A BIT DRY? IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO ABOUT THIS? 

Biodegradable wipes can sometimes dry out more quickly than plastic-based wipes. This is because the viscose continues to absorb water, especially in warm environments. Our resealable lid should keep your wipes moist enough for the time it takes you to finish a pack. If the lid has been left open and the wipes have dried out we recommend disposing of the pack and replacing with a fresh one.

ARE WATER WIPES ANTIBACTERIAL? 

Water wipes are not an antibacterial wipe, but the preservative system inhibits the growth of bacteria in the packet.

LOVE OUR WIPES?

You can shop our new single and bulk pack pure water wipes, as well as our much-loved aloe vera & chamomile baby wipes via our online store or on Amazon. You can also buy them at your local Chemist Warehouse, Coles and IGA.

Save packaging and money with our water wipes bulk 8-pack and aloe vera & chamomile bulk 8-pack.

Any other questions? Check out our Wipes FAQs or email us at hello@tomorganic.com.au