Baby Cotton Pads vs. Baby Wipes

It’s no secret that most parents use wet baby wipes to clean their little ones during a diaper change. Baby wipes have been the standard for wiping up messes for years. But there’s a lesser-known cousin of baby wipes that may become your new favorite — baby cotton pads!

Cotton pads, also known as dry pads, are the latest alternative to baby wipes. Keep reading to see the differences between the two and which kind of wipe we prefer.

What are baby cotton pads?

Like wet wipes, cotton pads can be used to clean up a baby’s bum during a diaper change. They’re also disposable, making it easy to toss the dirty stuff and get on with your day. However, cotton pads are totally dry. You can use them alone or with a cleansing product to clean up your little one.

Which wipes are better for your baby?

All parents have personal preferences when it comes to their diaper change products. Since baby skin types vary, what works for one child’s skin may not work for another. However, baby cotton pads are the more natural option by far, especially the organic kind.

Baby wipes

On the one hand, most wet wipes are made up of plastic fibers that can take hundreds of years to break down, if ever. Plus, many contain harsh chemicals that can irritate sensitive skin and cause diaper rash. In fact, some hospitals have stopped using baby wipes after they noticed a link between diaper rash and the wipes. Even some sensitive versions have the potential to cause irritation and rashes. And when it comes down to effective cleaning, it often takes more than a few wet wipes to clean up a poopy mess. That means your little one’s skin gets more exposure to harsh chemicals and fragrances.

Baby cotton pads

On the other hand, cotton pads give a more effective clean. Since they are dry, they can absorb more mess and clean up quicker. And although they aren’t wet like baby wipes, a nice soft cotton pad won’t feel abrasive on their skin. Baby cotton pads are also better for the environment. Unlike baby wipes that never break down in the environment, cotton pads made of pure cotton are biodegradable and compostable.

What are the best baby cotton pads?

Now that you’ve seen the benefits of cotton pads versus regular wipes, you might be wondering which kind to try. There are a few things to look for in a baby cotton pad. For one, they should be large enough to cover your hand for easy and sanitary clean-up. Next, they should be free of chemicals that can irritate your baby’s skin. Finally, they should be made of 100% cotton for minimal environmental waste.

NOLEO Organic Cotton Pads fit each of these criteria. Our soft, fluffy cotton pads are 100% biodegradable and compostable. They are also free of fungicides, pesticides, chlorine bleach, and lint, making them perfect for even the most sensitive baby skin. Plus, these baby cotton pads come in large and extra large sizes to tackle any diaper change — even messy blowouts!

What’s the best way to use baby cotton pads?

If you’re new to the world of cotton pads for diaper changes, you’re not alone. Many parents become skeptical when try a diaper change method that doesn’t involve the standard wipes, lotions, and diaper rash creams. However, using cotton pads is actually much simpler than the typical three-step process, especially with NOLEO®! 

The best way to use baby cotton pads is to couple them with a cleansing product like NOLEO 3-in-1 Cleanser, Moisturizer, and Diaper Rash Cream. Here’s how it works:

  1. Add a pump of NOLEO 3-in-1 to your soft, fluffy cotton pad.
  2. Wipe away! For bigger messes and diaper blowouts, you may need a few pads to get the job done.
  3. Once the diaper area is clean, you’re done! The area will be clean, moisturized, and protected against diaper rash.


Throw out your old baby wipes — there’s a new wipe in town! Baby cotton pads are a natural, gentler alternative to baby wipes. Not only are they less irritating on little ones’ sensitive skin, but they’re better for the environment, too! Our NOLEO Organic Cotton Pads are made of 100% cotton and contain 0% of the bad stuff. Pair them with a pump of NOLEO 3-in-1 for quicker, easier, and gentler diaper changes that you and your little one will love!

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