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Wipes Are Much Improved But Stil Some Problems
on 24 August 2015
When I had my first baby I used Huggies pure wipes until I read about the chemicals in them which weren't meant to be good for baby's skin. I was also getting frustrated with the wipes tearing and not separating. So I ended up switching to Pampers Sensitive.
Now it seems that they've improved the Huggies Pure Wipes. There is no longer any phenoxyethanol, paraben, perfume or alcohol in the wipes. Indeed they've got one of the shortest ingredients lists I've seen for a pack of wipes - which is impressive. However they do contain sodium benzoate - I appreciate that if you want to use wipes with a reasonably long shelf life then you need preservatives in there. But I still think it's a stretch to say they offer gentle cleaning like cotton wool and water.
The wipes come out of the packet nice and wet so you long as you make sure you reseal the packet properly after use - I didn't have any problems doing this. But I still have the problem of the wipes tearing when you get them out of the packet and the wipes coming out in multiples (so you get a whole load of wipes when you only want one) and then you're trying to shake them to separate them whilst at the same time trying to keep a baby on a changing mat.
I don't think I'll be changing from Pampers Senstive to Huggies (the Pampers wipes are slightly smaller but they feel more substantial and don't rip as easily) - though if you compare the ingredients list of the two products now, the Pampers one is uncomfortably long. My advice to anyone buying wipes for the first time would be to get some single packs and see which you prefer and also find out if there are any that irritate your little ones skin before committing yourself to buying a box of 18. (Though if you do find yourself with several packs you don't want to use on your baby, don't get rid of them, they'll be used to wipe up a multitude of other stuff and you can save the wipes you do like for your little one.)