By peoplestaff225
Updated August 09, 2008 06:00 AM

A towel is a towel is a towel, right? Wrong. If it’s made of bamboo, then a towel is just about the softest, most luxurious thing you’ll ever lay your hands on. And that’s precisely why I felt so lucky to be testing two bamboo bath products by Bamboobino.

The Bamboo Hooded Enclosed Wrap for Baby is exactly what it sounds like — a gloriously soft and warm wrap to tie around baby after a bath. It’s generously sized to accommodate babies from newborn up to 11 months, though some will outgrow it sooner, and some later, too.

My daughter, who is 6-months-old is still fitting in hers and I’m hoping it takes at least another few months before she outgrows it. I absolutely love it. I can’t imagine anything better for after her baths. I’m only sad we didn’t discover Bamboobino earlier, since the Hooded Enclosed Wrap would have gotten even more use.

Being made mostly from bamboo — an absorbent material — means Bamboobino’s Hooded Enclosed Wrap ($45) somehow manages to speed-dry my daughter. Her hair fluffs up in seconds and she’s ready to get dressed. A shame, almost, since it’s so nice to cuddle her up in the wrap!

We also tested a set of Bamboobino’s Bamboo Baby Washcloths ($14 for a pack of 5) and I’ve been loving them. I’ve made them the dedicated bath cloths for both children (we use cloth wipes for diapering so it’s nice to be able to keep things separate!) and they’re wonderful.

Softness and absorbency aside, bamboo is also known for its antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties. Nice things to know when you’re using it to wash the newest skin in the house. And the Bamboobino Bamboo Baby Washcloths have a great little piece of ribbon sewn on them (the label, actually) that you can use for hanging them to dry after the bath.

I can’t recommend the made-in-Canada Bamboobino products enough. They’re good for your baby, good for the planet, and good for you. Besides, have you ever felt a squishy little baby bum underneath a thin layer of the softest fabric in the world? You know you want to.

Bamboobino is available in stores across North America and here. Products ship worldwide.