Thursday, July 4, 2013

Cloth Diaper Friendly Diaper Rash Creams and Ointments

A lot of parents decide to cloth diaper in order to keep chemicals off of their baby's skin, and thankfully that usually translates to less rashes for your little one.  Even if they stay rash free most of the time, however, we all know that it's best to be prepared for that occasional diaper rash.  When you're cloth diapering there are things you should and shouldn't use on baby's bum, and sometimes it can be a little confusing as to what is cloth diaper safe and what isn't.  So we're going to make this a lot easier for you!  The Do's and Don'ts of cloth diaper safe rash cream if you will.

DON'T use zinc oxide based rash creams such as Desitin.  These rash creams will cause your diapers to repel (which can cause leaks!  Eek!) because it will coat the fabric, get in between the fibers, and it really won't wash off without some significant effort on your part.  It can't hurt to make sure that anyone watching your baby knows that this is a no-no.  I forgot to mention it to my friend before she watched my daughter one day and found out when I picked her up that it was now all over one of my favorite diapers.  Oops!

DO use a liner if you must use a zinc oxide based rash cream.  You can use a disposable liner or a piece of microfleece.  As long as you have a barrier between the rash cream and your baby's diaper, you should be ok.

DON'T use petroleum based creams such as Vaseline.  That will be a night-mare to get out of your diapers and will cause serious repelling issues.

DO use a natural rash cream that is made up in part of natural oils that wash out easily at low temperatures.  Not sure which kinds of rash creams are safe to use?  We will help you out with that too!

CJ's BUTTer is a beloved diaper rash cream that many moms swear by.  They have a plethora of delicious scents to choose from, and several options when it comes to the type of rash cream.  CJ's BUTTer: Spritz o' BUTTer is a wonderful option for your diaper bag.  This diaper rash buster is in liquid form in a small spray-bottle.  Just spray some on your baby's bum and you're ready to go!  It's great for sensitive skin, and can even be used as a moisturizer.  You can also get CJ's in stick form, in a squeeze-bottle, and in a tub.  There are a lot of options, and you're sure to find one that will fit your needs.  The only problem you may run into is how to decide which yummy scent to choose!

Dimpleskins Naturals Bum Bum Balm is another natural, cloth diaper safe cream that will sooth rash-riddled bums.  This cream is made up of a mixture of beeswax (which creates a moisture-barrier on your baby's skin), calendula (which helps in the healing process), and several other natural oils.  It's a soothing option for your baby's most sensitive parts.

Kissaluvs Diaper Lotion Potion Spray is another super convenient option to treat rashes.  It's made up of all natural ingredients such as witch hazel (witch hazel is an astringent that helps to decrease any inflammation and irritation) and tea tree oil (which is an oil that has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties).

The Homestead Company Diaper Rash Oil is also in spray form.  It is meant to treat mild to severe rashes and has some great soothing ingredients in it.  Aloe vera and tea tree oils are two of the oils in this rash oil that will help heal your baby's skin while keeping your cloth diaper free from buildup.  The spray bottle application also makes it a great option for on-the-go diapering as well as day-cares or baby sitters!

Thirsties makes two different diaper rash creams and sprays.  Thirsties Booty Love and Thirsties Booty Luster are both great natural options for treating and preventing diaper rashes.  Booty Love is an ointment that will help heal your baby's rash.  It can also be used to help heal cuts, burns, and irritated skin!  Booty Luster is a spray aimed at preventing diaper rash.  Spray on your baby's clean booty after each diaper change and help keep rashes away.  Booty Luster isn't really meant to treat diaper rash, just prevent it.

There are so many more cloth diaper safe rash options available at Thanks Mama, make sure you take a look.  There is something for every need and price range.  Make sure you protect your baby and your diapers and choose a cloth-safe diaper rash cream.  Your baby's bum will thank you!


  1. Sarah- If your baby has sensitive skin, usually your best bet will be natural fibers like cotton (esp. if you can get organic cotton), hemp, bamboo, or even microfleece (even though it's not a natural fiber it's usually pretty easy on baby's skin). If you were using diapers with suedecloth inners, especially if they were cheaper diapers, that could have been a big source of your baby's irritation. My daughter was really sensitive to suedecloth.

    Also, if your wash routine wasn't getting the diapers clean enough and if there was detergent or ammonia build up, that could also cause rashes. were the diapers stinky right out of the wash or immediately after your baby peed?

  2. I found your blog very informative regarding diaper rash cream, I have already bought baby diaper rash cream from healthgenie. this will be very effective.


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