Bath towels may not seem like the most important item your baby should own, but having a soft, comfy towel will not only avoid your child getting the post-bath chills but can also affect their mood too.

Add a fun character or animal design into the mix and it will soon become your baby’s favourite thing he or she wears.

Always choose cotton fabric that will wash well and stay soft and consider buying a size larger than you would normally to not only ensure your toddler is well-cocooned, but also to increase the longevity of their towel.

It’s astonishing how quickly these little beings can grow out of something, even a bath towel.

Here’s our best picks for happy well-dried babies.

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The verdict: Baby and toddler bath towels

My 1st Years are at the top of the game with its high-quality material and personalised touches that will make your child feel extra special. From unwrapping the signature turquoise box to the array of hooded towels, towelling robes and even towelling ponchos on offer, there’s a warm and snuggly choice for teeny newborns and beyond. The soft cotton finish and simple timeless design makes the My 1st Years hooded towel a winner.

For a budget-friendly option, we were most impressed with Tommee Tippee’s swaddle dry towel, sadly though this towel is only suitable for newborn babies.

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