Honest Wipes

Honest Wipes
Retail: 
$4.95 for one original or designer pack (72 ct)
Bulk Purchase: $18.95 for four packs (72 ct)
Travel Baby Wipes: $3.95 for four packs (10 ct)
Diaper Bundle via Honest.com: four 72-ct packs included with each bundle of six packs of diapers for $79.95 ($13.33 per pack of diapers with wipes essentially included for free)
Manufacturer Description: Honest Wipes provide the convenience of a disposable cloth baby wipe in a biodegradable* & plant-based alternative. “Cheek to Cheek” versatility — this wipe can do it all!
*90% biodegradable within 60 days in municipal/industrial facilities according to OECD 311 standards.

Why This Sh!t Did (and Didn’t) Work For Us:
We have to be honest (har-har), we don’t love the Honest baby wipes. We appreciate the company’s claim that they are over 99% water and purportedly infused with a botanical blend of pomegranate, chamomile, cucumber and masterwort leaf for a natural experience, but we feel that they are rather dry and rough in comparison to other brands like WaterWipes.

Regardless of which wipes you prefer, skip the travel packs and refill a portable wipes dispenser in your diaper bag, like the OXO Tot On-the-Go Wipes Dispenser. We also prefer the OXO Tot Perfect Pull Wipes Dispenser for the changing table over Honest’s version based both aesthetic and function.

Sh!t We Like:
Though we don’t use Honest’s wipes on Sydney’s bottom, we always keep a pack in the kitchen. Since four packs are automatically included in our Honest diaper bundle, they are perfect for messy faces and fingers, grimy counters or sticky tabletops and high chairs.

Sh!t We Don’t Like:
The full manufacturer’s description claims they are embossed & interlocked for extra loft and softness and easy, pop-up dispensing straight from the pack; however, we found them to be rather cumbersome to extract with one hand while the other wrangles a wiggly baby or toddler.

New Parent Tip: We believe we avoided diaper rash for roughly 14 months because we primarily used hot water and cotton at home and only kept baby wipes in the diaper bag for when we were out and about. Next to Sydney’s diaper changing tray, we had a small glass bowl that we filled with hot tap water and a stack of Neat Solutions Disposable Washcloths.

At $4.99 for a box of 25, they can be on the more expensive end; however, we cut them in quarters along the folded seams, which ultimately provided us with 100 squares per box. During diaper changes, we dipped a cotton square into the hot water, squeezed out the excess and wiped Sydney’s bottom before disposing of it within the rolled-up diaper. Typically, we were able to clean her bottom with 1-4 squares.

We do believe the slightly extra expense and effort paid off as Sydney did not experience her first diaper rash until we began regularly using baby wipes a few months after she turned one. Even then, she has never had a severe case and it’s quickly cleared up with a small amount of Honest Organic All-Purpose Balm. Our baby wipes of choice continue to be WaterWipes.

Some parents use jumbo cotton balls. We found that to be too messy for us, but this video demonstrates the basic technique, which we adapted from Andrea Syms-Brown’s Caring for a Newborn Baby class in New York City.


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