When it comes to baby gear, it can be hard to know what’s really necessary and what’s not. But washcloths, while you almost certainly have some in your home already, are one area where it’s good to have some dedicated just for baby. Designed to be softer than normal washcloths, they’re also thinner. And while that may seem counterintuitive, especially because we’re trained to think plush=luxury for our own bath towels, for babies and their delicate skin, a thinner washcloth gives you more pressure control so you can be extra-gentle. Plus, the thinner, soft material is also good for getting into all of your baby’s sweet rolls, nooks and crannies — around their neck, arms and legs, behind their sweet little ears… we could go on.
So you’ll want to stock up — and the good news is that the best washcloths for babies tend to be inexpensive and often come in sets of six or more. And as many new parents can attest, an arsenal of clean cloths are vital, not just for bath time but for meals, diaper change, and burping. Here are the best options for making bath time as gentle and clean as possible.
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1. Bamboo Organics Baby Washcloths, Set of 6
These large 10-inch x 10-inch baby washcloths are made from biodegradable, absorbent, hypoallergenic bamboo fibers and come in three bright, gender-neutral colors (but don’t worry — they’re made free from toxic dyes and chemicals). Because bamboo is softer than cotton, they’re especially good for babies with extra-sensitive skin. Best of all: They’ll grow even softer with repeated use!
2. Pupiki Bamboo Baby Wash, Set of 6
Like our top pick, these 100 Percent natural baby washcloths are ultra-soft and large — 10-inches x 10-inches — and are made from absorbent and anti-bacterial bamboo rayon fibers. They come in bue-and-white, pink-and-white, or green-and-white sets. AS an added bonus: They come in a gift-friendly box with an included wash bag to help prevent tearing and snaring.
3. Spasilk Soft Terry Washcloths, Set of 10
Spasilk’s baby washcloths have more of a typical terrycloth texture — thanks to the cotton/polyester blend material — but they’re still gentle on baby’s skin, and the thinner terrycloth makes them great for gently cleaning your baby’s harder-to-reach rolls. At 9-inches x 9-inches, they are a bit smaller than our top two picks. But because they’re inexpensive, they’re great for buying in bulk and keeping on hand for spills or to use as reusable wipes during diaper changes as well as bath time.