To help keep your baby’s system as pure as possible, it’s best to limit the usage of personal care products to an absolute minimum. For example, babies don’t need lotions or massage oils. But, given how much babies are in diapers, it’s best to have some natural diaper rash creams on hand in the event of diaper rash or redness on baby’s bottom.
I’ve heard a lot of people advise parents to use a diaper cream on your baby’s bottom before all naps and nighttime sleep (especially sleep consultants); however, to limit the use of personal care products on your baby, I suggest only using diaper cream when there’s visible redness or diaper rash, rather than after every diaper change.
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Tips for Preventing Diaper Rash:
- Use chemical-free diapers such as Bambo Nature. If you invest in eco-friendly diapers, you’ll find that your baby won’t get many rashes and you’ll only need to use the diaper cream on occasion. (The only time my son had relatively bad diaper rash was when we were using Pampers shortly after returning home from the hospital. Once we switched to Bambo diapers, we rarely saw any redness.)
- After wiping baby’s bottom, allow the area to dry (or wipe it dry with a dry cloth wipe) before putting baby’s diaper on.
- Use baby wipes sparingly, preferably only when your baby has pooped.
- Experiment with using a thin layer of organic coconut oil or breast milk instead of diaper cream, when needed.
Best Natural Diaper Rash Creams:
Despite your best efforts to prevent diaper rash, your baby may still get redness or rash on their bottom at times, especially if they have diarrhea. It’s not 100% preventable, although you can significantly reduce the instance of diaper rash for your baby by following the tips above. For this reason, it’s a good idea to have these natural diaper rash creams on hand.
This is the diaper cream that we have been using since day one and have had great success with it! Made in the USA, Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm is an herbal salve that safely and gently reduces diaper rash and redness.
Bottom Balm is non-toxic and contains no artificial dyes or fragrances, petroleum products, mineral oil, Vitamin E, phthalates, or parabens. Like many other products made by Earth Mama, the Bottom Balm is vegan and gluten-free. This is the cream to have on hand for diapering your baby! The manufacturer suggests also using the Bottom Balm for bug bites and scrapes.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm Ingredients:
Olea europaea (organic olive) oil, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) extract, Hypericum perforatum (organic St. John’s wort) extract, Stellaria media (organic chickweed) extract, Plantago major (organic plantain extract), Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Euphorbia antisyphilitica (candelilla), Simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) oil, proprietary blend of Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil and Commiphora myrrha (myrrh) oil
In the event that your baby gets a harsher diaper rash that the Earth Mama Bottom Balm isn’t able to handle, try Boudreaux’s All Natural Butt Paste. Its active ingredient is Zinc Oxide (16%), the same stuff that powers mainstream brands like Desitin (although in a less concentrated amount) but it’s made without petroleum products, BHA, and harsh fragrances.
I wouldn’t recommend using this product on a daily basis, but it is good to have it on hand for reinforcement. Boudreaux’s also makes a Maximum Strength Formula for extreme cases of diaper rash. It’s not the same formulation as the all natural paste, but it does contain a higher dose of Zinc Oxide (40%).
All Natural Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Ingredients:
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide, 16%, Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Beeswas, Carnuba Wax, Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Peruvian Balsam Oil