This has been updated in 2014 with ALOT of NEW information. Click here to see the update post to Cloth Diaper Safe Diaper Rash Creams!
This is an update to a post originally published in 2009. Over the years the original has been highly referenced and I still receive comments on it 3+ years later.
Below you will see the original post with updated recommendations.
A few additional remarks to add:
- If the rash you are looking to treat is from yeast then treat the diapers with Grapefruit Seed Extract.
- If the rash is bacterial treating the diapers with TTO or bleach will work.
- If the rash is due to ammonia in your diapers you may choose to strip your diapers in a variety of ways.
- Funk Rock or RLR soak.
- Heavy detergent (Tide, Purex, ALL) wash for a deep clean.
- Vinegar soak if you have soft water.
- Add Calgon to your normal detergent for a better clean.
- If the rash is due to a sensitivity to the fabric then you will need to go shopping.
- If the rash is due to eczema you may not need to switch up diapers but that may be the end step after unsuccessfully tackling the rash with diet and creams.
- Are you using disposable wipes?? If a rash just won’t go away try using a baby washcloth and water for a week and see if the rash clears up.
- Read through this checklist from Earth Mama, Angel Baby on the Anatomy of a Diaper Rash!
No one likes a rash. No one likes repelling diapers. So when your little one gets a rash or you simply want to prevent them what are you to use?
Most “regular” diaper rash creams are not cloth diaper safe. This means that they create a barrier on the inner material and cause the diaper to repel instead of absorb moisture.
Thankfully, there are several cloth diaper safe diaper rash creams available online or in many grocery stores.
I will be including the original list with Autumn’s remarks about the creams as well as my own. This way you are getting two for the price of one! If I added my comments to a cream on the list I will note it with a (J). The * indicates that it has been personally used by Autumn or I.
Avalon Organics Protective Ointment: (J) This is easily purchased on Amazon.
*Balm! Baby- Diaper Balm: I’ve become heavily dependent on the products made by Taylor House, Inc (THinc.) and love them all. The Diaper Balm is also a First Aid ointment. I’ve had many more occasions to use it on myself and the children’s boo-boos than on rashes.
* Bee All Natural Diaper Rash Salve: Quickly clears up rashes from ammonia or sensitivities. The tube can be difficult to squeeze the salve out of but it does fit nicely into a diaper bag.
*Bee Green Naturals CocoBum Cream: (J) Nourishes, protects and heals. This is a creamier blend made by a WAHM. She states on her website, that due to the ingredients used, texture varies depending on the weather and temperature.
*California Baby Diaper Rash Cream: can be purchased at many grocery stores and Amazon. Great aromatherapy scent. I have this thing about zinc oxide creams, as I apply them I immediately feel at ease as if they work faster and better. There have been cloth diaper users that claim this product leaves stains on their diapers. I have not experienced this yet. (J) I also have had no problems with zinc creams. I like that I can buy this in pretty much any local grocery store as well.
* CJ’s BUTTer: I LOVE the spritz, especially the pixie pie scent! I use it after every diaper change. It keeps Camden smelling good and his skin soft and supple. (J) This is my other favorite that I reach for A LOT! I find if I really want to moisturize, this is the one. It works well when Sophia’s sensitive skin reacts to (a sometimes unknown) irritant. I also love the spritz, but I like the tubs as well. The Love Spell is heavenly smelling!
*Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm: Use it on anything from bug bites to razor burn to yeast rashes. Very popular with many cloth diaper manufacturers. This company knows how to make great products. (J) I love this cream! It’s one of my favorites, read my review to find out more!
Eco Sprout Coconut Stick: This is a simple stick made up of 100% Organic unrefined virgin coconut oil blended with beeswax and vitamin E oil. Easy application and basic ingredients.
* Grandma El’s: Grandma El’s is my go to recommendation when someone needs a barrier ointment. I love the smell and wish it was gluten free so I could still use it.
*Growing Up Herbal: This is one you may not have heard of but I think it is wonderful. The diaper rash cream is great at calming down irritated skin from acidic poo, ammonia and dermatitis. I’m such a sucker for creamy goodness. Seriously, I horde these creams and ointments. Meagan Visser is the WAHM behind Growing Up Herbal. She sent me samples when the herbal line was still under her sister store name of Baby Swank, where she sells adorable Washcloth Bibs. (J) Her store is currently out of stock for this. But maybe if enough people ask, she will get it in stock again!
GroVia Magic Stick Diaper Balm: (J) Made with natural and organic ingredients. Good if you don’t like to get your hands messy. However, because it is touched directly on baby, you will need a separate stick for each child if you have more than one in diapers. GroVia also has a version of this available with zinc in it.
*LuSa Organics Booty Balm: (J) Made with organic ingredients. Good for diaper rashes as well as cuts, scraps, drool rash, windburn and sunburns. I am a big fan of all of the LuSa products.
* MotherLove Diaper Rash and Thrush Ointment: Very versatile. I’ve used it on fungal spots with great success.
*Organic unrefined virgin coconut oil: (J) This one is nature’s moisturizer. You can find this at any grocery store in their health food section. It is found in solid form. You can apply it by rubbing some between your fingers first. The friction will soften it up enough to be able to apply to little one’s bum. I found this to be a little more work than I wanted to be bothered with; but lots of people use this with great results.
* Thirsties Booty Love: An excellent choice to apply every night before bedtime. Booty Love ointment will protect baby’s sensitive skin throughout the night from moisture and ammonia vapors. Anytime I used a barrier ointment at night my children wouldn’t have a red bum in the morning if the diaper reeked of ammonia. Sometimes ammonia can’t be avoided but still needs to be properly washed out. Make sure you are rinsing well and using a deep cleaning detergent appropriate for your water type.
These are a few common ingredients used in non-cloth diaper safe creams: cod liver oil and paraffin. If you see them included on the ingredient list of a rash cream; you should avoid the cream. If you absolutely NEED to use them, I recommend a liner to protect your cloth diapers from repelling issues.
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