James Van Der Beek Explains Why Baby Wipes Are a Total Scam

Here's what he uses instead.

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Pose actor James Van Der Beek is not a fan of baby wipes. During an interview on the Golden Globes red carpet with preshow cohosts Missi Pyle and AJ Gibson, the father of five confessed that he thinks the popular baby product is a scam and revealed his own simple solution.

“You told me, ‘Don’t bother with baby wipes,'” Pyle said, referencing a previous conversation when Van Der Beek had offered her parenting advice after she adopted a child.

“Yes. Yeah, it’s a scam,” the 41-year-old said. “You don’t need medicated baby wipes. Just water.”

Van Der Beek’s stance has people divided on social media. Some agree with the celeb dad, saying that water and a clean cloth is much gentler on a child’s skin and less irritating. “It’s true! You only need water and a reliable disposable cloth…. all of those chemicals are horrible for baby skin,” wrote one mom.

However, many parents disagree, swearing by the product. One user commented, “Baby wipes solve all problems, changing a diaper? Wipes. Dirty table? Wipes. Clean your kids face? Wipes.”

Regardless, it isn’t the first time the former Dawson’s Creek star has shared parenting tips. In a heartwarming Instagram post last June, Van Der Beek wrote, “Dads, when your #newborn has been fed, changed, and is still upset, swaddle them up and hold them. Check in with them. Feel their face on yours. Talk to them. Rub their back, sway gently, hum, make the “swishy” sound in their ear to replicate the sound of Mum’s heartbeat in utero.”

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A few things I forgot between babies four and five: Dads, when your #newborn has been fed, changed, and is still upset, swaddle them up and hold them. Check in with them. Feel their face on yours. Talk to them. Rub their back, sway gently, hum, make the “swishy” sound in their ear to replicate the sound of Mom’s heartbeat in utero. If they’re still crying and it breaks your heart… that’s fatherhood. If you move past heartbreak into exasperation… that’s fatherhood. If they start screaming and you find yourself wanting to say “Oh, C’MON!” out loud… that’s fatherhood. If you feel helpless and inadequate and like you’re staring at a final exam full of questions you couldn’t possibly have known to study for… that’s fatherhood. And if you push through that… become more present than you’ve ever been, discover instincts you never knew you had, and summon up more love and patience than you’ve maybe ever shown anybody… and they either take it, or get tired, or finally work out that fart that was bothering them and fall asleep on your chest… and you suddenly feel like you beat the system, got nominated for a Nobel Prize and got told “I love you” by the first girl you ever loved… THAT’s fatherhood. Welcome… Glad you’re here. ????

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