You don't need a book to tell you that babies explore the world around them through their mouth. From toys to everyday objects, as infants grow more alert around four months, they become interested in their surroundings. Grabbing things and bringing them to the mouth also allows babies to practice their developing motor skills. Luckily, plenty of toys are designed to satisfy the mouthing impulse in a safe way. But what about babies who snub their toys in favor of household items that aren't designed for oral contact? Many children love wipes, for example, leading parents to wonder: is it safe for babies to chew on baby wipes? Experts say they shouldn't, but if your child is a stubborn wipe mouther, I've rounded up the most natural brands to give you peace of mind.
In "7 Everyday Objects Baby Shouldn't Be Playing With," Pediatrician Jeffrey Berkowitz tells The Bump that “It’s not wise to allow baby to suck on wipes because he could ingest the chemicals in them... Also, if baby chews or tears pieces of the wipes off, it could result in a choking hazard.” However, as Stuff Parents Need blogger Tiffany Merritt can tell you, some babies and toddlers manage to get their hands in the wipe pack no matter how conscientious you are about keeping them out of reach. Obviously, you still don't want your child to break off and swallow pieces of wipe, but if all they're doing is sucking on them or gumming them, you may feel better if your wipes are as natural as possible. Here are the five most natural wipe brands.