Monday, June 24, 2013

Diaper Creams- Whats CD Safe and Not!

Cloth Diaper Safe Rash Creams

 "What rash creams are safe to use with my cloth diapers?"
It turns out, some store bought diaper rash creams can leave a barrier on your cloth diapers causing repelling and lead to leaking issues. Things to be sure to avoid:
  • 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
  • Petroleum
  • Zinc Oxide: is one you may see in many creams with a %, it is synthetic. It is not water soluble, it is what makes diaper creams white. A little wont hurt but a lot can cause buildup. 


Some examples of these non-cloth diaper safe creams:

Desitin, Balmex, Boudreaus Butt Paste & Natural, Triple Paste, and A&D & Aquafor, Lanisinoh Diaper Rash Ointment. If you are in in a pinch and this is all you have on hand, no worries just use a small amount and you can use a fleece liner, flushable liner or a viva paper towel to lay between your baby and the cloth diaper to protect your babies diaper from the cream. Remember not to wash the liners or cloth wipes used on the non cloth diaper safe creams with your cloth diapers! Try to washing them with your regular laundry.

Here are some examples of some cloth diaper safe creams you can use with out worry with your cloth diapers:


"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!"

 "MotherLove Diaper Rash & Thrush Salve is an all-natural herbal salve for persistent, inflamed diaper rash. May also be used on mother's nursing nipples. Does not need to be washed off nipple prior to nursing. Diaper safe and compatible with all diapers including cloth. Motherlove’s diaper rash & thrush has a zero rating (zero toxins) on EWG’s skin deep database and is made with 96% certified organic ingredients. "

Lusa Booty Balm:

"Lusa Booty Balm, Diaper rash, cuts, scrapes, drool rash, windburn, sunburn — try it on any sore or rashy skin."

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. Coconut oil seems to work well and is definitely cloth diaper safe.

Easiest way to tell if a cream or ointment is cloth diaper safe is look at the ingredient's list and if you see anything you can't pronounce it's probably synthetic and therefore wont wash out of your diapers like natural ingredient's do.

There is a plethora of other WAHM made Diaper Creams and Salves out there. Feel free to list ones you have found to work.

Please note: we were not asked by any of the following diaper cream manufacturers for this post. This list was populated in random order solely to help our followers find a cloth diaper safe cream for their family.

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  1. Is straight lanolin diaper safe? I use it for everything but use a cloth barrier just in case. (it works wonders btw!)

  2. Lanolin is what makes wool diaper covers waterproof. I am going to say its not safe, unless you use a liner.

  3. The California Baby cream contains 12% zinc oxide... just FYI!

    1. It also contains lanolin!

    2. I've used it in my cloth diapers (softbum, grovia, and trifolds) and have never had a problem

  4. yeah thats what i figured! which is why i use the barrier! :)

  5. Honest company reviews are good to know about the best baby care products so that we can able to purchase newborn items that are chemical free in use.

  6. Hi, dear you are absolutely right that Jessica Alba Diapers are best option for our baby. Thanks a ton for sharing such great information with us.

  7. Diaper Rash Cream keeps baby skin pure and gentle, mild foam cleans without drying or irritation. It genlty cleanses with moisturizers to protect baby skin against dryness.