Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cloth Diaper Safe Rash Creams

I see this question around a lot:

"What rash creams are safe to use with my cloth diapers?"

I honestly had no idea, so what a good time to learn about it!  So I'm doing some research.  My first question was.

Why are most rash creams not safe?
It turns out, rash creams can leave a barrier on your cloth diapers causing repelling and then leaking issues.  Makes since!  

Things to be sure to avoid (unless your Dr tells you to use these creams...maybe get sposies for a while during your treatment)
  • Cod Liver Oil (I didn't even know this was in some creams-A&D and Desitin for example)
  • Microcrystalline Wax
  • Paraffin Wax
  • Excessive Fragrance
"Finally a diaper cream that you can use when your baby has a yeast infection, that will NOT irritate it!  Safe to use on cloth diapers.  Contains no Essential Oils, only conditioning oils and butters including:  Hemp Butter, Shea Butter,Meadowfoam Oil and many more.  We have added Grapefuit Seed Extract in it, then we triple whip it to give it a fluffy appearance and super smooth texture.   Fragrance free."

"Our Diaper Rash Salves have always been one of our top sellers around the World and by far a customer favorite for years now!  Our Diaper Salves contains only ALL NATURAL ingredients such as Healing Calendula Infused Oil, Therapeutic Meadowfoam oil, Natural Shea & Cocoa Butters, with a blend of beneficial  Essential Oils.  They contain NO lanolin, petroleum or zinc.  We carry our original Diaper Rash Salve and our Sensitive Skin Diaper Rash Salve.  For those little bums that are a bit sensitive, we have removed the tea tree & lavender essential oils and added other beneficial essential oils,  a clean fresh citrus scent."

"This pleasant fragrance-free ointment soothes baby's most sensitive skin while keeping it protected. It is absolutely the most effective diaper rash treatment product available today. Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy and Prevention reduces the redness, pain, itching & irritation caused by diaper rash. This ointment creates a breathable, softening, protective barrier which prevents wetness from coming in contact with the skin, therefore keeping your baby comfortable."

"The superior ingredients in California Baby® Diaper Rash Cream work together to prevent new diaper rash from occurring by creating a moisture barrier-without chemicals-between baby's bottom and the chemical irritants found in most disposable diapers, not to mention urine know.
Our all-natural, food-grade diaper rash cream includes ingredients such as ultra-purified lanolin, vitamin-grade zinc (12%) and vitamin E, in addition to organic tea tree and aloe vera. California Baby® Diaper Rash Cream contains our proprietary Calming™ aromatherapy blend which includes French lavender."

-I've read mixed reviews on this with cloth diapers.  The company says to patch test before using.  It is fish oil and petroleum free.

"GroVia® Magic Stick’s all natural and organic ingredients and petroleum-free formula is safe to use with cloth or disposable diapers.
Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Apis mellifera (Beeswax), Limmnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Oil, Rosa mosqueta (Organic Rosehip) and a proprietary blend of essential oils."

"Originally designed as an all-natural, less expensive alternative to the ointments you find on a typical grocery store shelf, our formula is unscented AND cloth diaper friendly. (None of our customers have had any staining or repelling issues.) CJ’s BUTTer® is soothing for baby and also aids in the easy, smooth clean-up of dirty diapers."

"The glide-on version contains the same ingredients as the original BUTTer (in different proportions), except there is no lanolin.  This is an easy and convenient new way to apply your CJ’s BUTTer®"

"Earth Mama's #1 best selling salve is clinically tested, safe for cloth diapers, and safely battles existing diaper rash and protects against flare ups. The only balm made with organic olive oil infused with a proprietary blend of naturally antibacterial and antifungal organic herbs, shea butter and pure essential oils, soothes thrush, itchy bug bites, scrapes, chicken pox, minor rashes, and burns."

"Use this diaper ointment between diaper changes and after baths to soothe and prevent diaper rash.  With certified organic oils to moisturize and nourish your baby’s sensitive skin and natural herbs to relieve dry skin and rashes.  Can also be used to aid in the healing of minor cuts, burns and skin irritations."

"Soothe your little one's bottom with this all natural balm. Safe for cloth diapers and made with natural oils, you can use this after every diaper change to naturally protect baby's sensitive skin and prevent redness."

"This wonderfully smelling, non-messy skin and diaper ointment uses a combination of certified organic herbal infusions and pure essential oils, which can help promote the formation of new cells and relieve irritation. Natural ingredients help to protect the skin without the use of zinc oxide, a white, pasty ingredient which is commonly used as a barrier in diaper creams, and can clog the absorbency of cloth diapers. Magic Touch Skin & Diaper Balm is extremely gentle, exceptionally effective, and completely natural. It it can be used for babies, children, and adults, and is a must in every household!"
"EcoBody Baby Bottom Balm is a blend of soothing herbs, oils and probiotics. It will not stain or adversely affect cloth diapers. I have been using this recipe on my 2 year old daughter since she was 3 months old and it works magic! A little goes a long way, so this 2 oz. container will last a while :) I have also used it on cuts and scrapes and bug bites!"

These are listed in no order and the details next to them are from the company websites, not my own opinions.  Like I said, I have never tried any of these--Not listed above is Coconut Oil, which seems to be the "Windex" ("My big fat greek wedding") of the cloth diaper world.  I have heard people using coconut oil for everything, weight loss, diaper rash prevention, healing, dry skin, etc.  There are a billion and one brands of Coconut oil just be sure that it is all natural and in the form you want.  There are more oil like ones and some that are more butter like.  

If you want to be extra safe and protect your diapers from creams, consider cloth diaper liners they will put a barrier between baby and the diapers.  

If I missed something and you'd like it included please add it in the comments and I'll look into it.

Have a great Thanksgiving!  

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  1. My fave is Mum Mum Crafts - Happy Baby Booty Balm!

  2. Dimpleskins Naturals Bum Bum Balm, Matter Company's Nappy Rash Ointment and Ancient Winds Naturals All Purpose Salve are also great for diaper rash and are cloth diaper friendly based on ours and our clients' experience.

    Those three are what we endorse at Baby Luv Boutique!

  3. Really fantastic post that why every parents give more preference to cloth diaper because they know the pro of such kind of diapers diapers for babies

  4. I think low quality diaper are main reason behind rashes as we know babies skin are soft and sensitive so parents should use best quality rash cream if they cause rashes.

  5. I use coconut oil for most of our cooking & for dry skin. I have used it on our little one, but our go-to is LuSa's Booty Balm. We love that stuff! Baby Girl likes to smell it whenever I open the jar. :)

  6. You can use it safely, no harsh chemicals to prevent those painful rashes, has worked perfectly on my daughter after trying all the other ointments out there, her doctor told me just to use vaseline and it's like magic.

  7. Reese and Luke's Shea butter baby balm is really smooth on my baby's bum. A baby shower gift, so new to me, but is safe for my cloth diapers, smells great and is effective.

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