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Buying guide forBEST BABY TOWELS

Bathtime with your little one can be a lot of fun, but when it’s time to dry off, things can slip and slide out of control. Babies can’t regulate their body temperatures like adults can, which means they need to be kept extra warm after a bath.

Full-size towels with their rectangular shape are bulky for little bodies and aren’t the easiest to wrap a baby in. Baby towels, on the other hand, are designed to meet the specific needs of babies with their ultrasoft texture, absorbent material, and square shape with a hood. They come in plenty of fun colors and patterns with plush fabric options. Baby towels can also be found in organic, all-natural, and hypoallergenic varieties to keep unwanted chemicals away from your baby’s sensitive skin.

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Need a great baby shower gift? Choose a baby towel that comes with a toy or matching washcloth. To make it extra special, have it monogrammed.


Size and shape

Baby towels are square rather than rectangular like an adult towel. A square shape allows you to swaddle your baby after they have been cleaned and taken out of the tub; this keeps them warm and snuggled until they are dressed. Dimensions vary somewhat from brand to brand but, in general, they’re typically 30 x 36 inches.

Some manufacturers make a “baby towel” that’s essentially a small rectangular towel with a hood sewn in the middle of one of the long sides. These towels are better for toddlers and older children, who can wrap the extra length around their bodies.


The most absorbent towels are best. Some babies do not like to be wet, so getting them dry faster will keep them happy.


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Single vs. double layer

Baby towels can be single or double layered (two-ply). While neither is inherently better than the other, the quality of the model you’re considering will determine whether or not it’s worth the price.

  • A single-layer towel that offers a high GSM (grams per square meter) will be thick, plush, and highly absorbent. You shouldn’t be able to see the under layer of the towel through the loops. If you can, you’re better off with a double-layer towel.
  • Double-layer towels have two layers of fabric attached at an outer seam. Thinner fabrics are often, though not always, used to make this type of baby towel. The two layers add absorbency to the thin fabric. However, the two layers can separate while washing, which can be a hassle to fold.



Hoods might be the single best thing about baby towels. Babies lose most of their heat through their disproportionately large heads. Baby towels have hoods sewn into the corner or middle of the long seam so you can cover the head and wrap the rest of the body. Many baby towels come with adorable animal designs on the hoods, such as puppy dog ears, unicorn horns, or elephant trunks.


If you’re looking for the most absorbent option, go with 100 percent cotton. Cotton is naturally absorbent and grows softer with age. Bamboo fabrics are also popular for their similarities to cotton. Both cotton and bamboo can be organic or all natural, but just because the towel is made of those fabrics doesn’t mean that they are. Look for labels that indicate eco-friendly harvesting or manufacturing. Unless the towel has official certifications, the cotton or bamboo may have been exposed to unwanted chemicals during the manufacturing process.


Some options with hoods are cute for pictures. 


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Colors and characters

Baby towels come in an array of neutral solids, bright colors, and patterns as well as character-themed options. Your baby may be too young to have a preference but you aren’t. Pick your favorite or go with a color scheme that matches your bathroom or nursery.


Baby towels either have a double-rolled sewn edge or a bias-tape trim. Neither is superior to the other but you should look for evenly spaced stitches with high-quality thread no matter the edge or trim type.

Organic and hypoallergenic

Any manufacturer that claims the towel is organic, all natural, or hypoallergenic should have some certification or evidence on the label to substantiate the claim. There are independent organizations that check products and give organic or all-natural certifications, but the manufacturer often has to submit the product to them to be certified. You can read the label to substantiate any claims. It might take an internet search or two, but it does offer peace of mind.


Packs of three are nice because babies often pee on their towels.


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Single vs. set

Baby towel sets may have anywhere from two to five towels. Generally, sets offer a better price per towel, but they may lack the quality of a more expensive single towel. Some sets include a matching washcloth and/or baby toy, which can be nice if you’re giving the towel as a baby shower gift.



As far as baby gear goes, baby towels aren’t expensive. You can get a set of matching single-layer towels for less than $2 per towel. The loops on a set this inexpensive may not be tight or thick, but if you simply need to fill the linen closet, you can do it without breaking the bank.


Thicker, high-quality towels may come in sets of two or three for $10 to $15. These towels are typically a single layer of thicker cotton fabric. They have a bias-trim edge and include fun colors and patterns.


Baby towels with colorful characters, extra thickness, and fabrics that are organic, hypoallergenic, or all-natural will typically cost between $15 and $25.


  • Bamboo fabrics are praised for their sustainability. While cotton is sustainable, too, bamboo grows faster and doesn’t use up soil nutrients as quickly. However, it does have to go through some chemical treatments to create a soft fabric appropriate for babies.
  • Babies look adorable in towels with puppy ears, a lion’s mane, or unicorn horns on the hood, and you can find them in almost any animal or mythical creature. Some babies like to play with the character’s fuzzy features, which can work as a handy distraction while you dry and dress your baby.
  • You may also want to consider having the baby towel monogrammed. This can be a nice touch if the towel is a baby shower gift.

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