Would you like a cold wet wipe on your most sensitive skin regions? Nope! That’s how most parents feel – and judging by their reaction to diaper changes, most babies agree!
Instead of using room temperature wipes, you can buy a gadget called a “wipe warmer” that will store a whole bunch of baby wipes and keep them warm. That way, you’re always ready to give your little one the most comfortable diaper change possible.
While parents have mixed views on wipe warmers – something we’ll be covering in more detail later on in this article – they’re definitely a popular option that many can’t imagine their lives without.
If you’re feeling anxious about diaper changes and want to make things go as smoothly as possible, a wipe warmer could be a very handy tool.
Best Baby Wipe Warmers – A Quick Look At Our Top 5 Recommendations
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- hiccapop Wipe Warmer and Baby Wet Wipes Dispenser
- Munchkin Warm Glow Wipe Warmer
- Prince Lionheart Ultimate Wipes Warmer
- Prince Lionheart Compact Wipes Warmer
- Bela Beno Baby Wipe Warmer and Bottle Warmer
Best Baby Wipe Warmers – A More Detailed Look At Our Top 5 Recommendations
In the following section, we’ll take a look at what we believe to be the best baby wipe warmers of today, what it is exactly we like about each option, and some stuff to be aware about before you buy.
(P.S: Have you seen our article on the best baby wipes of today? Be sure to check that out, too!).
Hiccapop Wipe Warmer and Baby Wet Wipes Dispenser
What We Like About It:
If you’ve previously had any bad experiences with wipe warmers that get your wipes a little bit too hot, one of the main strong points the hiccapop wipe warmer offers is the near-perfect temperature they can achieve.
Not too hot and too cold, this unit helps you keep them just warm enough – exactly how they’re supposed to feel (and how babies prefer to the touch) when you take one out and use it.
So, if a superior wipe warming mechanism and achieving a near-perfect temperature are your priorities, this is one of the best wipe warmers for you. No more screaming baby during diaper changes!
As for those of you who worry about wipes that dry out quickly, as long as you’re following the manufacturer’s instructions and adding in water as necessary – not over-doing it and not under-doing it – you should be fine.
You’ll only need to add in just a bit of water with every wipes refill. Nothing too much, probably 1/3 or 1/2 a cup of water with every refill should be just fine. Some parents even note that 1/4 a cup of water with every refill gets the job done just fine for them.
Speaking about refills, when unsure about whether or not it needs a refill, you won’t need to waste time opening the lid and checking the inside to see how many wipes there are. Instead, all you need to do is take a quick glance at the view window to see how much wipes it has left.
It also has a silicone seal that does a great job at keeping wipes just warm enough by keeping heat and moisture trapped inside, preventing the wipes from drying out and becoming useless.
If you’ve ever felt intimidated into not using one of these products before because you felt getting it to operate properly is way over your head, it’s not – not with this wipe warmer, at least.
There’s a thorough and beautifully-explained instructions manual that comes along with it to walk you through the process from A to Z. In fact, it’s hard to find a better instruction manual that simplifies the process any further.
If you’re anything like me and the way a wipe warmer looks on the outside is high on your list of important factors for you to consider, it’s hard to beat this one from hiccapop. Not only is it one of the most aesthetically pleasing models on the market today, it’s also pleasantly sturdy – sturdier than most of its competition, anyways.
It also evenly distributes warmth across all wipes it contains, not just warming up the ones towards the bottom and not doing a good job on the ones towards the top – or vice versa.
We also love the fact that this is (sort of) a multipurpose wipe warmer. You’re not just limited to use it for warming baby wipes, you can also use it to warm up wipes for special needs individuals, slightly older children with disabilities, bedridden adults, etc ..
What You Should Be Aware Of:
Some parents have noted facing a few difficulties when it comes to feeding wipes from certain brands, so it’s not the smoothest process with all wipes out there.
It seems to be a huge hit with wipes from most of the popular brands on the market, and a miss with some of the others.
This doesn’t seem to happen all that often, but sometimes a wipe gets stuck and you’ll need to unlock and open the dispenser in order to manually take it out to use.
Munchkin Warm Glow Wipe Warmer
What We Like About It:
Worried about your little munchkin getting their hands where they’re not supposed to be going? Perhaps you have a little troublemaker you can’t seem to contain, and can’t afford to keep putting this unit out of reach whenever you’re not actively using it?
If so, this might be just the right option for you. There’s locks on the sides of the bottom lid so you can keep little hands and fingers out of trouble.
The built-in nightlight on the front is another great feature, just in case you need something to make your life easier during those untimely middle of the night diaper changes.
The soft night-light turns off on its own after around 10 minutes via an auto-shutoff feature, so there’s nothing you’ll need to do to turn it off. With other options that have built-in night lights, it tends to stay on throughout the night and doesn’t turn off unless you do so manually.
The changing light isn’t too bright so it doesn’t bother you or your baby during the night, but is just dim enough so you can see what you’re doing and both of you can get right back to sleep as soon as you’re done.
We also like how very well suited it is for parents and caregivers who tend to go through wipes quickly – quicker than usual, at least. The top wipes always seem to be ready and warm enough for whenever you need to grab one (or a few), even if you’re going through many at a time because of an unusual mess your little one decided to test you with.
Unlike other options that work their way from the wipes at the very bottom to the ones at the top, this one works on the wipes at the very top first and then makes its way to the ones at the bottom, preventing (or at least minimizing as much as possible) having them burn or turn brown.
The lid is very easy to secure, and you should have no trouble opening and closing the lock whenever needed.
This is also a perfect addition to the Munchkin diaper duty organizer caddy, for those of you who already have that as part of your diaper changing station. There’s a designated space on top of that diaper organizer, specifically designed to accommodate this wipes warmer.
What You Should Be Aware Of:
You might find that you need to cut down a bit on wipes you put inside during re-fills.
In other words, and after a few tries at first, you’ll probably find out that putting an entire pack of wipes in there during a re-fill isn’t the best of ideas.
When attempting to do so, you might find the lid becomes a bit too difficult to close and it feels like you’ll have to squeeze it in.
Prince Lionheart Ultimate Wipes Warmer
What We Like About It:
Bacteria, begone! If you’re looking for something that does an excellent job in keeping harmful bacteria at bay – and you should, since harmful bacteria has no business being anywhere around a little one – then look no further than the Prince Lionheart ultimate wipes warmer.
This is the only option (as the manufacturer claims at the time of this writing, at least) that’s treated with an EPA approved anti-microbial additive to kill off any bacteria growth.
Speaking of exclusives, this unit also has a patented Ever-Fresh Replaceable Pillow System to ensure wipes stay warm, don’t dry out and don’t turn brown.
Moving on – not everyone chooses to use disposable baby wipes, so for those of you who choose to cloth diaper your little ones, you’ll be happy to learn that this warmer works well with cloth wipes just as well as it does for disposable wipes.
There’s no need for you to use both hands to operate it, you can easily get everything done with just one hand in case you’re busy with something else at the time.
For those of you who already have the Prince Lionheart Diaper Depot or Dresser Top Diaper Depot at home as part of their diaper changing station, this could be the perfect piece to add for compatibility purposes.
For those of you who prefer wipe warmers that work their way starting from the wipes at the very bottom till they get to those at the very top, as opposed to ones that work their way from the very top until they reach wipes at the very bottom (such as the Munchkin Warm Glow), this is definitely a worthy option to consider.
This mechanism works well to ensure even heating for those who don’t like to stack wipes in to the very fullest capacity during re-fills, or those who tend to let the wipes run fairly low before re-filling.
What You Should Be Aware Of:
As far as how many wipes you can fit inside, the Prince Lionheart ultimate wipes warmer isn’t the best of the best in that respect.
If you’re looking to fill it with as many wipes as possible without affecting performance or having to get into a fight and squeeze them all in, you’ll be better off going with something else like the hiccapop wipe warmer mentioned on this list.
Coupled with the fact that there’s no indicator to let you know when you’re running low on wipes and need to re-fill, this might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Also, the lid isn’t exactly the easiest to open. While this is certainly a downside to many, it could come in very handy in other cases if you’re trying to keep curious toddlers out of there and can’t store the wipe warmer somewhere out of reach!
You should also know that you might need to replace the pillow with time, which – depending on how frequently you find yourself having to buy a replacement – might be more costly than you’re comfortable with.
Prince Lionheart Compact Wipes Warmer
What We Like About It:
Limited on space you can allocate to a wipe warmer? This compact Prince Lionheart wipe warmer cuts back on size significantly, without compensating too much on performance, so is an excellent option for anyone looking for a space saver.
As far as portability and ease of carrying around is concerned, this should be your go-to travel wipe warmer. Pack it up and take it with you to use in the car – all you’ll need is a car adapter (which comes along with the purchase) to make it work.
All in all, this is hands down one of the best options for you on the market today if you happen to be on the road a lot.
It’s very lightweight as well, so you’ll barely notice it’s there if you’re having it stored in your diaper bag for whenever you need it.
What You Should Be Aware Of:
With a smaller and more compact build comes less sturdiness. You have to be extra gentle with this one when using it, or else you run the risk of breaking the lid – and this could happen to you pretty soon after a brand new purchase if you’re not careful enough.
You should also know that this wipe warmer needs to be plugged in at all times to do its job and warm up any wipes you have inside. Whether you’re using it at home with a wall adapter or with a car adapter while driving, it needs to be plugged in or else it won’t be doing any warming.
It would have been pretty useful for many had this unit been battery powered as well, but it’s still nonetheless our top recommendation for when on the go.
Because it’s a compact wipes warmer that’s smaller than the others on this list, it won’t hold in as much wipes. While some of the others can hold up to 100 wipes at a time, this can only hold in between 30 to 50 at most a time.
Not the biggest of problems if you don’t plan on having wipes stored in there for long, though – and this is perfectly understandable for something so compact and easy to take along.
Bela Beno Baby Wipe Warmer and Bottle Warmer
What We Like About It:
Last (but certainly not least) on our list of the best wipe warmers is a 2-in-1 product from Bela Beno. You get two products in one – both a baby wipe warmer and a bottle warmer in the same product.
As far as wipes are concerned, you’re not just limited to using baby wipes for this – you can also use it for facial wipes as well.
There’s also no need to keep it plugged in an electric socket at all times for it to do its thing, which is an advantage over other portable options such as the compact one above from Prince Lionheart.
If you’re not looking for something specifically for you, this might make a perfect gift for expecting parents, especially those you know travel frequently!
What You Should Be Aware Of:
Even though this product is advertised as both a baby bottle warmer and wipe warmer in one, we feel it’s best if you don’t rely too much on it for warming up baby bottles.
It’s effective in maintaining an already warm bottle’s temperature when on the go, but it takes up too much time to heat up cold baby bottles from zero.
If you’re looking for a 2-in-1 product like this that does a great job at warming bottles instantly for urgent feedings, you’ll be better off looking elsewhere.
On the other hand, if you’re okay with having a 2-in-1 product like this that you can wait for 1 hour or 1 hour and 30 minutes before your little one’s bottles are warm enough for a feeding, then this could be a great option to consider. It’s perfect for those long trips on the road when you have ample time to wait and aren’t in a rush for an imminent feeding.
Besides that, the only other downside we could think of is that you’ll need to add water to the wipes more frequently than other options discussed on this list to prevent them from drying out.
What Exactly Is a Wipe Warmer? And How Does it Work?
A wipe warmer looks like a small plastic box with a hinged lid. Most need to be plugged into an electric socket to do their thing, though you might be able to find one that can be plugged into your car’s power outlet.
At the bottom of the wipe container, you’ll normally find a sponge that you soak in water to help keep the wipes moist, as they might otherwise dry out during the warming process.
With other types of wipe warmers, you simply pour water over the top of the wipes.
Positioned within the container – often at the bottom of it or on the underside of the lid – there’ll be a heating element that warms the wipes.
Whenever you need a wipe for your baby’s bottom, you can open a little hatch in the lid and easily pull one out. It’ll be gently warmed and everything will be good to go.
Larger wipe warmers are mainly designed for use in the house while plugged in, and smaller ones can be carried around in a diaper bag for use on the go.
Do I Really Need a Wipe Warmer?
When parents are asked about the most useless equipment they’ve ever bought for their newborns, “wipe warmers” are often pretty high on the list.
Yet many parents swear by theirs, saying it’s made diaper changing time so much easier for them and so much more pleasant for their baby.
A wipe warmer definitely isn’t an essential piece of gear in the true sense of the word, and many parents manage just fine without one.
It’s completely optional, and it’s just meant to make your life a whole lot easier by keeping baby comfortable. It’s certainly not something you can’t survive through the early years of parenthood without.
If you’re going to be changing your baby in several different rooms in your house, or if you’re going to be out and about a lot, getting them used to freshly warmed wipes probably isn’t a great idea. In these cases, you may well want to simply use room-temperature wipes straight from the pack every time.
Some parents find wipe warmers crucial for successful night time diaper changes, though, as a warm wipe is much less likely to wake or disturb the baby than cold wipes.
Ultimately, it’s up to you whether you think a wipe warmer is a worthwhile investment. If your baby fusses and squirms during diaper changes, you might find it really helpful. On the other hand, if your baby doesn’t seem to mind being cleaned with wipes straight from the pack, then you may as well not bother with purchasing a wipe warmer.
When Should I Start (And Stop) Using Wipe Warmers?
You can use a wipe warmer for your baby straight from day one, as soon as it’s time for that first diaper change.
Whatever age your baby is, though, do make sure that the wipes aren’t too warm. With some wipe warmers, it feels like they almost cook them!
If a wipe feels a bit too hot in your hand, give it a few moments to cool down before using it on your baby. It should be about body temperature, not too hot and certainly not cold.
Some parents find that they only need a baby wet wipe warmer during the colder months of the year, and that their wipes are absolutely fine at regular room temperature in the summer time. So, depending on where you live, you likely won’t need to warm your baby’s wipes 365 days a year.
As for when you should stop warming wipes for your child, there’s no set time you need to do this by, but certainly by the point at which you’re potty training, you’ll probably have had enough of the process of cleaning and filling the diaper wipe warmer on a regular basis.
Obviously, you should stop using a wipe warmer and replace it as soon as possible if it’s damaged in any way, or if you have any safety concerns. It’s not uncommon for these products to be recalled – including for melting! – so do keep an eye out for any product recall notifications too.
What Should I Look For When Choosing a Wipe Warmer?
There are various models of wipe warmers out there that you can choose from, but whichever you opt for, you’ll want to find something that:
Warms Effectively Without Burning
While you’d probably take it as a given that wipe warmers should, well, warm the wipes – some have a tendency to go a bit too far in doing that.
They might burn or at least cause some of your wipes to go brown in color.
This seems to happen in particular with ones that have the heating element at the bottom, with the bottom wipes getting distinctly over-warmed.
Obviously, you don’t want to go too far the other way either and have a wipe warmer that barely does anything at all, as that’d be a complete waste of money.
To make sure of this, check what other parents have said about the particular model that you’re looking at, so you know whether or not it’s going to do a good job in this area.
Doesn’t Dry Out the Wipes
Even if your wipe warmer doesn’t burn the wipes it contains, it could still potentially dry them out – rendering them useless!
Wipe warmers almost always need to have water added in some way to help lock in moisture, so do make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on this to a T.
If the one you have keeps drying out the wipes, then there’s something wrong going on and you might well be better off with a different model.
Easy to Keep Clean
All wipe warmers need cleaning diligently on a regular basis. Otherwise, they can easily become a breeding ground for nasty bacteria.
You’ll want to make sure you’re getting one that’s easy and straightforward to clean, which may mean having parts that you can take out (like a sponge or pillow at the bottom) to give them a really thorough clean.
Dispenses Quickly and Easily
When you’re in the middle of a particularly disgusting diaper change, the last thing you want is for your wipe warmer to only dispense a single wipe.
If the second one doesn’t “pop up” into place easily, you’ll need to unlock the whole lid to get at it – an extra step you really don’t need to add to your stress.
Holds a Reasonable Number
Some wipe warmers can only hold 30 wipes at most, while others can hold 100 at a time.
That’s not to say that you must get one that holds 100 at a time, though – it all depends on personal preference.
For example, a smallish wipe warmer that dispenses 30 wipes might be perfect for you if you don’t want anything bulky taking up too much space.
Plus, those wipes won’t be in there for too long, so they won’t have ages to dry out. (If you’re ever faced with having dried out diaper wipes, here’s what you can do).
If you find yourself going through wipes really quickly, though (maybe you’ve got twins, or a newborn plus a toddler to take care of), then it’s probably worth going for a larger unit so you’re not spending loads of time on refilling it too often.
Doesn’t Have Chemicals
Some wipe warmers have been treated with antibacterial chemicals that inhibit the growth of bacteria and mold.
You might be keen to opt for one of these to help ensure your wipes are always safe for your baby, or you might be keen to avoid chemicals as much as possible.
Some modern wipe warmers use a UV lighting system to inhibit the growth of bacteria, so you may well want to buy one of these if you’re trying your best to avoid having your little one use anything that’s been treated with chemicals.
Is there anything worse than pulling out a wipe to use during a diaper change and realizing it’s the last one you have left? In the middle of a tricky one, having to re-fill is probably the last thing you expected!
Some wipe warmers have a little window to prevent this from happening. Looking through this window, you can see at a very quick glance just how many wipes you have left in there.
While this feature might be more of a “nice to have” than an essential for some people, it’s something that many parents find they really need to help keep them organized and on top of things.
Suitable for the Type You Use
Most wipe warmers will work with almost all standard brands of disposable wipes, so if you’re using disposables, then this shouldn’t be an issue.
On the other hand, reusable wipes, which tend to be a bit larger and bulkier than disposable ones, can be more problematic.
Some are specifically designed to be used with reusable wipes rather than disposable ones – and if you primarily use reusable wipes, you’ll probably want to opt for one of these. They’ll keep your reusable wipes wet and warm until you need them.
Ideally, you should use reusable wipes made from a fabric that’s naturally antibacterial. For this purpose, bamboo is a very good choice.
Includes a Night Light (if You Do a Lot of Night-Time Changes)
If your baby frequently needs a change (or several changes) during the night, then a wipe warmer with a built-in night light could be very handy, so you can easily see what you’re doing.
This is especially important so you don’t have to turn the bright light in the room on so you can see what you’re doing, which causes your baby to become alert and makes it harder for them to fall back asleep quickly.
Of course, there are plenty of other night light options out there, so don’t let the lack of a built-in night light put you off an otherwise excellent choice!
Wrapping it Up
Wipe warmers can be a bit of a divisive product – some parents love them, some parents think they’re a complete waste of time and money.
After everything we’ve covered in this article and all the potential benefits we’ve discussed so far, if you think a wipe warmer would make diaper changes a bit easier for you – and more pleasant for your baby – then there’s no reason not to try one. On the contrary, there’s everything for both you and your little one to gain.
Do make sure, though, that you’re closely following the manufacturer’s guidelines for using the wipe warmer and doing whatever you need to do to keep it clean. The last thing you want to do is to wipe your child with something bacteria-laden that could cause diaper rash or make any existing condition they have even worse!
It’s also crucial to make sure you keep the wipe warmer out of reach of your baby and any older children, so that it can’t be played with or accidentally knocked over. Don’t take any chances with little ones who don’t know any better!