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

Here's what he uses instead.


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.”