When it comes to cloth diapers, there are many products that are specifically marketed to be “cloth diaper safe.” Similarly, there are plenty of products that are believed to not be safe for cloth diapers. I’ve been cloth diapering for about 14 months now, and I’ve tested a variety of diaper rash creams. I’ve even experimented with making my own diaper rash cream that has worked just as well, but I’ll save that for another post. Below are 6 tried and true diaper rash creams that are considered to be cloth diaper safe, and I’ve personally used each and every one.
Weleda Baby and Child: So many people rave about this diaper rash cream, and it did seem to help with redness. I didn’t have anything against this cream, and I do use it from time to time, but I’m not convinced that it’s 100% cloth diaper safe. While I’ve never seen any residue on any cloth diapers, I did accidentally get some of this on a pair of my dress pants one day. I washed them, and the pants literally looked the exact same as when I put them in the wash. The streak of cream was still there. I scrubbed it with some blue Dawn dish soap and an old toothbrush and washed them again. That seemed to do the trick. Because of this, I always use a diaper liner when using this particular cream.
Lusa Organics Booty Balm: I love Lusa’s Booty Balm! This was the first diaper rash cream that I really felt happy with. It helps with redness, any irritation, and I happen to really love the smell (though some people don’t.) Since I do love this one so much, some of you may wonder why I ever tried anything else. Even though this remains my number one diaper rash cream, I have had a few situations in which this didn’t seem to make a difference. During those times, I’ve experimented and tried some others. I always come back to this one, though, and unless I find one I like better, I imagine I will keep returning to Lusa’s Booty Balm.
California Baby Diaper Rash Cream: This was the first diaper rash cream that I used with cloth diapers because it was one that I received at one of my baby showers. While I didn’t dislike it by any means, I never repurchased after we used up our tube. We actually didn’t use it for that long because David accidentally put the entire tube in the wash (and none of our clothes were ruined, so I know it washes out of diapers–and clothes–just fine!) It seemed to work fine, but I didn’t fall in love with it. I do love that you can find this at Target, so if I’m ever in a pinch, I know I can buy this quickly and easily.
Grovia Magic Stick: Grovia’s Magic Stick gets great reviews, and I don’t have anything against it. In fact, I like it, but I only use it “on the go.” The stick version makes it perfect for diapering away from home, and it lives in our diaper bag. I’ve been happy with it, though I’ve never used it for more than a diaper change or two in a row.
Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush: I used this for a short while when Porter and I had thrush. The biggest downside is that it is a teeny tiny container, so it doesn’t last long, and that means it definitely isn’t the most cost effective. I liked it, but I didn’t repurchase after our thrush issues had passed.
Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has a million and one uses, and believe it or not, many mamas use it as a diaper rash cream. It’s safe, all natural, and smells delicious. I’ve never had a problem with this washing out of diapers, and I keep a small container near our diaper changing station.
Do you have a “holy grail” diaper rash cream? If you have a favorite that I absolutely need to try, please let me know!