The History of Baby Wipes


When were baby wipes invented? Nowadays, wet wipes are found everywhere, from bathrooms to cleaning supplies to diaper bags. They are especially useful when it comes to keeping your baby clean. Throughout most of history, however, cleaning up babies wasn’t quite as simple as it is today. Caregivers used cloths and rags to clean up after babies soiled their cloth diapers. The downsides of this are obvious – it was time-consuming, messy, and inefficient to clean this way. At home, families were able to manage. However, this changed as families began to travel more; there was an increasing need for an on-the-go method. 

This is where Arthur Julius comes into the picture. He had unique insight into skincare as a result of his work in the cosmetics industry. Because he cared about skin hygiene, he worked to create a product that would specifically meet those needs. In 1957, he invented the wet wipe in his apartment in New York, USA. He unveiled his invention three years later at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago. 

The use of wet wipes did not become widespread immediately. It was only in the late 1970s when disposable non-woven wipes were mass-produced by wet wipes manufacturers, and years later (1983, to be precise) when baby wipes became available on the market. People quickly saw the appeal of baby wipes. It’s extra important to keep babies clean because their skin is far more delicate; it is thinner and its barrier properties are not yet fully developed. With baby wipes on the market, people could keep their babies clean, no matter where they were, conveniently and in a much more hygienic fashion. Because they are disposable, people could get rid of all the mess without needing to worry about it later. 

In fact, the appeal is so far-reaching that in 2021, the global wet wipes market was estimated to be valued at around US $21.5 billion, reflecting how far its development and use has come since the 1960s. When looking at baby wipes alone, its global market size reached US $4.7 billion in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US $ 5.7 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate of 3% during 2023-2028. This speaks for itself. The baby wipes market is huge and only set to continue growing.

Baby wipes have come a long way. There are now many more options to choose from based on what the baby requires. As baby wipes manufacturers, we offer tailor-made product design that meets the full spectrum of our clients’ needs. Our products include cream baby wipes that provide a moisturizing effect similar to that of traditional creams and nappy rash wipes that protect the baby’s skin from inflammation. We also incorporate ingredients that improve skin care for babies, such as Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Calendula, Oat, Honey, Green Tea, Cucumber, Vitamins, Minerals and many more. These are especially designed for sensitive and newborn skin, containing extra mild ingredients and soothing and moisturizing agents.

As industry leaders, we have our eyes set on the future of baby wipes. We are at the forefront of efforts to make the industry more sustainable, from advancements in flushability to pioneering more biodegradable, plastic-free materials for wet wipes production. We are market leaders as moist toilet tissue manufacturers, and are proud of our continuous growth, and the innovations ahead. If you want to manufacture baby wipes for your clients, Albaad as contract wet wipes manufacturers can help you. We make every part of the product. Therefore, we are able to create, select and integrate the perfect combination of materials, fibers, lotions, cleaning solution or ingredients needed to create your perfect baby wipes.