Let’s talk diaper cream! I was surprised to learn that not all of them are allowed directly on cloth diapers. Some can cause repelling, buildup and even stains. But fear not, there are many brands of cloth safe diaper cream available to replace your thick creams and vaseline. Here are 3 of my favourites!
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2 Peas in a Pod- Smooth as a Baby’s Bum Balm
This salve-like cloth safe diaper cream saved my newborn from some pretty nasty wetness sensitivity rashes. He has since adjusted to our diaper wearing, vernix-free world and is rash free. I use it every night as a wetness barrier. Bonus? It smells amazing. The Smooth as a Baby’s Bum Balm is available at Nature’s Baby Basket for about $21.
CJ’s All Natural BUTTer- Shea Butter Balm
If you prefer a more buttery-cream balm texture over a salve, then this is your go-to cloth safe diaper cream. CJ’s All Natural BUTTer comes in a variety of delicious scents and goes on super smooth. I find this one dissolves unto a bit of an oil like texture on the skin and is the least barrier-like of the three. It still works well and I like using it on my own skin too during winter months. The 6oz pot goes for around $27 Canadian.
Thirsties Booty Love
This cloth safe diaper cream is made by one of my favourite cloth diaper manufacturers. The key ingredient here is beeswax, which has a natural honeycomb scent and offers supreme wetness barrier protection. Wetness will literally roll right off, yet air passes freely and skin doesn’t feel sticky. It is hard to find in Canada, but US readers can find a 2oz for around $14 at Diaper Junction. It also contains Extra virgin olive oil, oregon grape root, myrrh gum, yarrow herb, and calendula flower. Best of all? It’s all certified organic!
What about other options?
For a full list of diaper creams and whether they are safe for cloth, visit Fluff Love Diaper Cream Index.
If your cream preference is NOT a cloth safe diaper cream, you can use a Fleece Liner to prevent the cream from getting on your diaper. Pickup some Apple Cheeks Fleece Liners, they come in a 5 Pack for only $5.50 and you can reuse them. You can also cut up flannel receiving blankets into a liner size, or use a cloth wipe or paper towel in an emergency. The idea is just to keep the cream from the diaper as much as possible- to avoid repelling or staining.
Repelling is a proven issue with the use of Petroleum based products on any synthetic fibre diapers. If you use a Natural Fibre diaper, like Hemp or Cotton, you can technically get away with any cream without using a liner, provided you have a proper cloth diaper wash routine. But for me personally, I prefer to use a liner on all my diapers regardless of fibre. Call me cautious, by my diapers are precious! 😉 And let’s face it, Vaseline is sometimes necessary if a rash gets super bad.
P.S. Be sure the Rash Isn’t a Yeast Infection
If your baby has a persistent rash (more than 2 days and cream isn’t fixing it) see a doctor. If that a doctor has determined it is Yeast, you will need a prescription cream that is not cloth safe. You will also need to Bleach your diapers to kill the yeast. Many moms choose to use disposables until the yeast is gone, but it is entirely up to you. If you continue with cloth, go ahead and use them after you do the bleach soak. Use a liner while treating with whatever cream your doctor prescribed.
That’s it! I hope you found this helpful. What is your favourite cloth diaper safe cream? Or do you prefer to use liners?