Do Baby Wipes Expire?
Baby wipes are essential and sometimes we start wondering about everyday things we use for our littles, especially as a first-time parents. We worry about little things that might harm our precious little ones. Let’s talk about the expiration date of baby wipes, and what it means for our child. We wonder, do they expire? If so, where is the expiration date?
The answer for that is this; baby wipes don't have an expiration date, note they do lose their moisture over a certain period of time, what they do have is shelf life. The shelf life of the wipes depends on the brand and the type of baby wipes you are using. If you want to expand the shelf life of your wipes, especially if you are buying in bulk to plan for all those diaper changes, make sure to follow instructions on the label, and store them unopened in a cool dry place.
When To Replace Baby Wipes
While there is no such thing as a "safe" expiration date for baby wipes, here are some tips that can help you decide when to replace your child's baby wipes:
1. Drying-out & Losing Effectiveness
Baby wipes are mostly 95% water. This water is essential when the wipe is used on the baby's soft and delicate skin, as it is to serve its purpose and clean up those soiled and wet diapers!
Commonly baby wipes are made with soapy water and moisturizing oils. Those contents tend to break up with time and potentially lose its moist quality once it has been on a shelf too long. If your wipes have already been opened and have been sitting on your shelf a while they tend to lose water through evaporation, even if they are re-sealed, thus being dry.
2. Mold accumulation
Like all wet and moist things, over time wipes do run the risk of mold contamination. If you recognize that your baby wipes are starting to smell bad, that is a sign that you should not use the wipes and dispose of them. If you notice black or grey spots, always dispose of the wipes.
That is a sign of mold or fungal growth, which can affect your baby’s skin.
*Always make sure that your baby wipes are properly placed in a cool area to avoid losing their effectiveness in a short period.
Signs of An Allergic Reaction To Baby Wipes
Did you just buy a new box of baby wipes and found out that your baby is feeling uncomfortable after using it? Then that means your wipes aren’t suitable for your baby’s skin. Babies have sensitive skin and unfortunately, most generic brand baby wipes often contain alcohol content that results in an allergic reaction. The most common signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to baby wipes are:
- The rash build-up, redness, and swelling of the skin;
- Peeling skin;
- Bumps on your baby's skin that develops into sore blisters;
- Scaly, itchy part of the baby's body where you used to clean using baby wipes.
If you ever recognized that your baby is experiencing these signs. Try using water and a washcloth to clean them during a diaper change whenever possible to see if the rash clears up. Once the rash clears up please consider changing the baby wipes’ brand and into natural baby wipes. To avoid problems from happening again, as always we always recommend for parents to check the ingredients.
Ingredients to Avoid in Baby Wipes Babies
Many parents are purchasing "regular" generic baby wipes instead of natural baby wipes because they are cheaper, but their cleanliness and quality can be questionable. Let's go over how to decide why you shouldn’t settle for “regular wipes” to clean your precious little ones. Babies are very sensitive to harsh ingredients and are prone to harmful reactions. If you are seeing taglines printed on your baby wipes’ packaging like; ‘pure’, ‘sensitive’, ‘mild’, ‘gentle’, ‘hypoallergenic’ or ‘dermatologically tested’. It doesn’t mean those baby wipes are non-toxic.
Baby wipes saying ‘sensitive’ on packaging can still have toxic ingredients. The best way to find out if baby wipes are safe is to read the ingredients on the product. Take note to avoid the following ingredients to keep your baby safe:
- Foaming agents like SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) strip the skin of its protective layer and can make it a permeable pathway for the absorption of toxins into the body;
- Preservatives such as phenoxyethanol, SHG;
- Isopropyl myristate;
- Propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol (PEG);
- Imidazolidinyl urea and other formaldehyde-releasing preservatives.
Why Choose Parasol‘s Clear+Pure™ Natural Baby Wipes
Parasol’s Clear+Pure™ Natural Baby Wipes are unscented and hypoallergenic. Our formula is plant-based, so you can rest assured that no harsh chemicals are being used on your little one’s skin. Unlike regular wipes, we’ve spent years developing and perfecting our Natural Baby Wipes and designing packaging. And Parents are loving it! Calling our baby wipes best of the best compared to other popular baby wipe brands. Our Natural Baby Wipes are made with 99% pure, reverse-osmosis water. And even include aloe leaf extract that helps soothe and nourish skin… plus restore its natural PH balance. Unlike “Regular Baby Wipes” we made sure that our Natural Baby Wipes’ ingredients are natural and harm-free. Clear+Pure™ Baby Wipes are made up of only the following ingredients:
- Reverse osmosis H2O;
- Potassium sorbate;
- Aloe barbadensis leaf extract;
- Citric acid;
- Alkyl polyglucoside.