Using cloth diapers generally cuts down on diaper rashes, but they do still happen. When my daughter started teething around a year old, she had an awful reaction and thankfully I found a fix, but not before needing to lather her bottom up to protect it.
There are a couple of ways to go: Pick a cloth diaper safe rash cream, or use a liner.
I’m going to start with the liner because I really feel like it’s the easiest answer. I can’t purchase any diaper safe creams locally, so I image that many others will have the same issue.
The idea here is to buy some fleece and cut it to fit the general size of your diaper. I think I made mine approximately 5″x10″. The great thing about fleece is that you don’t need to sew it, at all. Just cut them up and you’re done.
If you don’t want to use fleece, you could use flannel, but you will need to sew the edges to keep them from fraying and falling apart when washed.Once you have your liners, you can use any diaper cream that you wish, just be sure to put the liner on to keep it from getting on the diaper.
If you really don’t want to buy some fleece for dirt cheap and make these yourself, you can always pay a whole lot more and buy them!
Next up are cloth diaper safe creams.
I want to note that these creams are considered cloth diaper safe and shouldn’t need a liner. However! I worry about things too much and would always use a liner. I have read many comments that they are perfectly safe from people who have used them lots. Do what you are comfortable with. If I get a chance to use any of these, I will certainly update with my personal findings. For now please read a little about them from their company descriptions.
Earth Mama Angel Baby’s Angel Baby Bottom Balm is allergy tested, non-irritating, vegan (no beeswax!) and 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. No wonder it’s often referred to as Mama’s miracle balm. Angel Baby Bottom Balm is an Editor’s Pick in the diaper cream category of Natural Solutions’ 2009 Beauty With a Conscience Awards!
I have been using this on my daughter, as she is now teething and it’s causing her bottom some problems. It works great, no liners needed, no problems!
California Baby® Diaper Rash Cream‘s 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 also contains their proprietary Calming™ aromatherapy blend which includes French lavender, known for its soothing, antibacterial, and healing properties.
Norther Essences’s Better Butt(er) Cream says that it is 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 Seed Oil and many more. It also contains GSE (grapefuit seed extract) in it, we triple whip it to give it a fluffy appearance and super smooth texture. Fragrance free.
Motherlove Diaper Rash & Thrush is an excellent all-natural salve for diaper rash, including persistent, inflamed diaper rash possibly caused by yeast. It is also effective on yeast infected nursing nipples.
Bum Bum Balm by Dimpleskins Naturals is said to be a must in every diaper bag and an excellent choice for cloth diapers. Pure, unbleached, Canadian beeswax provides a nice barrier on the skin, helping to keep moisture away, while organic Calendula oil provides natural healing properties for rashes. *I have read that this is good for very mild rashes.
Nature’s Baby Organics Diaper Cream is enriched with organic calendula extract, organic tamanu oil, and organic chickweed extract. Pamper your baby with the incredible ingredients of Nature’s Baby Diaper Ointment. Their soothing ointment promotes healthy, smooth skin, keeping your cherished little one in cooing comfort. You’ll love the way it makes baby feel, naturally. 100% Vegetarian, Free of Glutens & Parabens.
Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention ointment soothes baby’s most sensitive skin while keeping it protected.
It 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. An application of Grandma El’s will heal & protect, helping your precious little one to be more comfortable while sleeping, playing & exploring.
*I have tried this cream. It came as a sample during the period I mentioned in the liners section. I did like it and noticed no issues with my diapers as a result.
CJ’s BUTTer has been called a”A Miracle in a Tube” by some. Not only is it recommended for use with rashes and cloth diapers, it touts a whole list of ailments for which it is useful – including: eczema, rashes, dry, chapped skin, rug burns (sore ‘crawler’ knees), mechanics’ hands, cuticles, hang nails and even leave-in conditioner for your curls. For more information (and uses) check out their site.