cloth diaper safe cream a comprehensive list

Diaper Safe Diaper Rash Cream - A Comprehensive Guide

Posted by Vanessa Tomchik on

Can You Use Diaper Rash Cream with Cloth Diapers?

There is nothing as soft as a baby’s bum, but what happens when that little bum becomes irritated? 

Some babies have a natural sensitivity to wetness, and depending on the severity of that sensitivity, they may need a cream barrier with each diaper change.  

Diaper Safe Cream a Comprehensive Guide. Lighthouse Kids Company best cloth diapers

The first place we turn to is cloth diaper rash creams.  But if you are cloth diapering, it can be hard to tell which creams are ok to use with cloth. The true problem with diaper creams is that what makes them work is exactly what makes them hard to use with cloth diapers, they are a barrier to wetness. On the baby’s skin, creams allow the skin heal, but if it soaks into the inserts, it can cause stains and barriers that that can be hard to wash out. 

Diaper Rash Creams Hack

The reality is, there may not aways be an option to use a cloth diaper safe cream.  If that is the case, you can always use a barrier between the cloth diaper cream and the diaper, like a biodegradable liner.  If you are on a budget, you can always purchase fleece at Walmart or your local fabric store and cut fleece liners. The beauty is you don't have to sew or surge the fleece, you can just cut and use. 

Pro-tip:  If you do use liners and they contain traces of diaper rash cream, make sure to wash them separately from your regular cloth diaper laundry, this way, the oils from the creams don't affect your cloth diapers.

Safe Rash Creams for Cloth Diapers List

So how can you tell which diaper rash creams are safe?  Here is a comprehensive list of the most common cloth diaper creams and whether or not they are cloth diaper safe.  If you do not see your diaper rash cream listed, please let us know and we can update the list.

Which Diaper Rash Creams are safe for your diapers. Lighthouse Kids Co. recycled pocket cloth diaper with Athletic Wicking Jersey AWJ and Tummy Panel.  Small mom owned business in Iowa City, IA.


  • Diaper Rash Cream: Official name of product.
  • Is it cloth diaper safe? Yes or no.  Use with caution means that it can cause issues is you're using it continuously, or if your washing routine is not adequate.  If you need help with your cloth diaper washing routine, please check our videos on how to wash cloth diapers here.
  • Notes: Check the notes for personalized info on the creams listed below.

Diaper Rash Cream

Diaper Safe?


A+D Diaper Ointment No
A+D Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Treatment cream No
Aleva Naturals Soothing Diaper Cream Yes
Angel Baby Bottom Balm Yes
Aquafor No
Attitude Diaper Rash Cream Use with Caution
Avalon Organics Baby Protective Zinc Diaper Balm Yes
Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Zinc Diaper Cream No
Baby Bum Diaper Rash Cream No
Badger Baby Balm Yes
BALM! Baby Diaper Balm Yes
Beauty Counter’s Baby Calming Diaper Rash Cream Yes
Boudreaux Butt Barrier Ointment Use with Caution
Boudreaux Butt Paste Original No
Boudreaux Butt Paste Sensitive Skin No
Boudreaux Butt Paste with Aloe Use with Caution
Boudreaux Maximum Strength Butt Paste No
Burt's Bee Diaper Rash Ointment Use with Caution
California Baby Super Sensitive Diaper Rash Ointment No
Cetaphil Baby Soothe & Protect Cream Use with Caution
CJ's BUTter Cream Yes
Top Choice for cloth diapers
CJ's BUTter Spritz Yes
Top Choice for cloth diapers
Cloud Island Fragrance Free Diaper Cream Yes
Coconut Oil Yes
Desitin No
DiaperDerm Diaper Rash Cream Use with Caution
DoTERRA Diaper Rash Cream Yes
Dr. Bronner's Organic Magic Balm Yes
Earth Mama Angel Baby Diaper Cream Yes
Eco Sprout Bottom Balm Yes
Eco Sprout Coconut Stick Yes
Amazing product works great with diapers!
EmBeba Natural Diaper Rash Cream Yes
Emily Diaper Skin Soothers Yes
Era Organics healing ointment for babies Yes
Ever Eden Natural Diaper Rash Cream Yes
Grandma El's Diaper Rash Ointment Yes
GroVia Magic Stick Yes
Made by a cloth diaper company
Hello Bello Soothing Diaper Rash Cream Use with Caution
Honest Diaper Rash Cream Use with Caution
Honest Sprayable Diaper Rash Cream Yes
La Petite Creme French Organic Diaper Balm Yes
Lhamour Baby Balm Yes
Lusa Organics Booty Balm Yes
Many parents love this cream
Mambino Little Bottoms Diaper Balm Yes
Maty's Organic and All Natural Yes
Mother Love Bottom Balm Yes
Mustela Baby Diaper Rash Cream No
Noleo 3-in-1 Diaper Care Baby Cream Yes
Many cloth parents love this cream
Noodle & Boo Baby Balm Use with Caution
Ora's Amazing Baby Salve and Diaper Rash Yes
Petrolium Jelly No
Pipette Baby Balm Yes
Pooter's Skin Therapy Yes
Primally Pure Baby Balm Yes
Punkin Butt Bottom Balm Yes Great for cloth diapers
Simple Truth Organic Diaper Balm Yes
Thirsties Booty Love Yes
Made by a cloth diaper company
Thrive Market Organic Baby Balm Yes
Tiny Human Supply Co. Pain in The Butt MAX Diaper Rash Cream No
Triple Paste No
Tubby Todd All Over Ointment Yes
Vivaiodays Olive Oil Rescue Balm Gel Yes
Weleda Diaper Care Cream Use with Caution
Young Living Seedlings Diaper Cream Yes
Zarbee's Baby Daily Bottom Balm Yes
Zoey Naturals Diaper Cream Yes


Other things that you can do to soothe a rash is to let your baby go bare-bottomed for a while. Let their skin air out a little bit with nothing touching it.  A few hours of diaper free time can do wonders for irritated skin.

It is also important to find what exactly is causing diaper rashes before you treat it.  This may help you figure out a solution that may not involve creams.  

  • Teething:  When a baby is teething they produce an abundance of saliva.  You will notice excess drool, wet shirts, and fussiness when your baby is teething but that excess saliva is also ingested and can lead to diaper rash.  Changing your baby more frequently can help.  
  • Illness and medication:  If your baby has been sick or on certain medications (especially antibiotics) they may be more prone to diaper rashes; including yeast rashes.  You’ll want to consult with your family doctor if you think it may be a yeast rash.  
  • New foods, acidic foods, or diet allergies:  When you introduce new foods for the first time, your baby's system may not be happy with the changes.   This may result in a diaper rash.  Acidic foods such as tomato based foods, as well as berries may also lead to diaper rash.  
  • Wet and soiled diapers:  Sitting in a wet or dirty diaper, even for a short period can result in diaper rashes.  Make sure you are using the stay dry layer on your Lighthouse Kids cloth diapers to help wick the moisture away from their skin and keep them dry.  
  • Ammonia Buildup:  Ammonia may be the cause of your diaper rash.  You are most likely to experience ammonia in an older child and/or if your diapers aren’t getting clean enough due to buildup.  Click here for more information on Ammonia and Cloth Diapers.
  • Fabric or detergent sensitivities:  Some babies may be sensitive to certain fabrics or detergents.  Your baby may be sensitive to fleece, microfleece, or suedecloth lining in diapers.  Enzymes are found in some detergents may also cause sensitivities in infants and young children.  Discontinue the use of these fabrics and/or detergents to see if the rash goes away.

Having a child who is prone to diaper rashes can be scary and frustrating, but there is no need to panic.  Once you have a great routine down, you will find the diaper cream that works for you! 

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