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.
Aden & Anais Mum & Bub Soothing Ointment: Free of phytoestrogen, parabens, petroleum oils, phthalates, gluten and soy. It does contain fragrance though so may not be ideal for super sensitive skin.
Baby and Eve everyday bum balm : Organic, Made in Canada
*Bee All Natural’s Organic Baby Powder: Any baby powder not made with talc is safe for cloth diapers. Just use sparingly when applying as too much can create a cloud that can be inhaled. It’s for the tush, not your lungs ;)
*Babyganics Non-Petroleum Soothing Protective Ointment: Thicker cream, good to use as a moisture barrier on babies prone to wetness sensitivity. No fragrance so also great on sensitive skin.
*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: (J) Quickly clears up rashes from ammonia or sensitivities. The tube fits nicely in a diaper bag as well.
*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.
Bourdeaux’s All Natural Butt Paste (green tube): This is available in many drug stores and places like Walmart and Target. The main ingredient is zinc, which is cloth diaper safe. Zinc may stain but will not cause repelling.
*Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Ointment: Yes, this has zinc in it. Zinc is CD safe. It has been known to cause staining for some people. If you have that happen, don’t be alarmed. I like to use this when I want a good thick barrier cream.
*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.
Calmoseptine: This comes highly recommended from pediatricians. Menthol helps to immediately relieve skin issues and zinc provides an excellent barrier.
* 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 now known as Earth Momma Organic Diaper 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.
Hello Bello contains zinc
Honest Company Organic Healing Balm: Some may worry that beeswax isn’t cd safe. It totally is, plus it is also a great to lock in moisture. It is also naturally anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic, and germicidal.
Honest Company Rapid Relief Diaper Rash Cream: Goes on smooth and rubs in while still leaving enough of a barrier to help soothe skin.
*Kissing Blake Bum Balm I really liked this on rashes that had an open sore. It helped to speed the healing. There are no colorants or dyes, phthalates, formaldehyde, mineral oil, petroleum, or fragrances Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Koalin Clay, Beeswax, Lavender EO, Tea Tree EO
Lanolin: The kind used as nipple cream. Or what you use on wool to make them waterproof. Any pure brand is safe for cloth.
La Petite Creme Diaper Cleanser Lotion: (J) I’ve used this as both a rash cream and a cleanser and I prefer it as a rash cream. It may just be because I’m not really used to cleaning bums with a cream instead of a spray though. Very creamy and easy to use.
*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.
*Pooters Skin Therapy: (J) I turned to this stuff to treat a tick bite Sophia had. I then started to use it on a regular basis on any redness I saw. Cleared it up quickly every time. This is an excellent product for eczema as well.
* 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, paraffin and petroleum based ingredients. 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.