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.  

Cloth Diaper Safe Cream a Comprehensive Guide

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. 

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.

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 cloth diapers

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  • 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

Is it Cloth Diaper Safe?

Cloth Diaper Safe

Notes

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