A lot of you may think that diaper creams are unnecessary to start with.  I don’t blame you!

Babies cost a lot of money and we would like to keep the costs low by omitting unwanted items.

But,a diaper cream is not something I would skip. I will tell you, why.

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Should I Skip Diaper Creams?

Diaper area is a very delicate part of our baby, and a  very sensitive one too. The skin around the diaper area is constantly exposed to poop, pee and has been wiped multiple times a day.

A good quality diaper cream is essential to protect the  skin from being irritated, balance the ph levels of the skin and keep the skin moisturized.

Yet another thing to keep in mind is choosing a top notch diaper cream that is void of terrible chemicals.

You have to be mindful in the diaper cream that you choose. Choosing a non-toxic diaper cream is very important if you are serious about limiting your baby to chemical exposures.

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Ingredients to Avoid :

I can’t seem to wrap my head around the reason for all the chemicals I see in some of the baby products. Seriously! Why not keep it simple?

If you try reading some of the ingredients added in baby diaper creams, you will find some ridiculous and shocking items.

Here is a list if ingredients to avoid. When you spot this in a diaper cream,Don’t walk, Run!

    • Boric acid or Sodium Borate – Potential skin irritant. Easily absorbed into skin and not to be applied on broken skin.
    • Parabens – These are added as a preservative to personal care products and they are  linked to cause breast cancer and other serious health issues.
    • Petroleum – A petroleum based product that clogs up pores, and suffocates the skin.
    • Fragnance – A term used by brands to hide various chemicals that can cause health hazards.
    • BPA – One of the top 12 worst hormone disruptor in EWG’s Dirty Dozen database. BPA is known to cause all kinds of cancer, obesity, early puberty and heart diseases.
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Best Natural Diaper creams:

There is a variety of diaper creams out there. Depending on whether you need one for everyday use, or something to fight a diaper rash, there is a natural option to fit every diaper need.

For Daily Use:

Using diaper creams after every diaper change is recommended to prevent diaper rashes. Here are some of my favorite diaper creams for everyday use.

Earth Mama Organic Diaper Balm

Earth Mama Organic Diaper Balm is not just a bum cream, but also a multi -purpose ointment that can be used for bug bites, scrapes and more.

Ingredients used in making this uber soothing salve are Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Lanonlin free, Vegan, Gluten Free and Zinc free.

It contains a concoction of herbs (Calendula, Chickweed, St. John’s Wart and Plantain) that have distinguished medicinal and healing properties. All these herbs have been traditionally used to heal diaper rashes, eczema and other skin problems.

Earth Mama organic balm uses no artificial fragrances, instead uses essential oils like Jojoba oil, Tea tree oil and Olive oil that gives this balm a pleasant scent.

Shea butter and beeswax keeps your baby’s bum moisturized and nourished.

See Ingredients list

  • Organic Olive Oil
  • Organic Shea Butter
  • Organic Beeswax
  • Organic Jojoba Oil
  • Organic Lavender Oil
  • Organic Tea Tree Leaf Oil
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract
  • Organic St.John’s Wart Extract
  • Organic Chickweed Extract
  • Organic Plantain Extract

La Petite Creme – French Diapering Lotion (aka Liniment)

La Petite Creme is quite different from your typical diaper balm. An Oleo Calcareous liniment in a popular French version of diaper lotion. The fascinating thing about liniment is that they act as a cleanser as well as a lotion.

A liniment is mostly used with a cloth wipe or a disposable cotton pad. You pump a dollop of liniment on the wipe and use it clean pee and poop.

Just because it is intended to use with a cloth wipe doesn’t mean you can’t use it otherwise. Many parents have used this as a regular diaper lotion, after wiping their baby’s bum with a disposable wipe.

La Petite Creme has only 6 ingredients, is zinc free, drug free, paraben free, fragrance free and 100% hypo-allergenic.

A special ingredient that makes this liniment work better in preventing diaper rashes is lime ( Calcium Hydroxide). Lime is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used as a cleanser in diapering lotion all through out Europe. It actively balances the ph level of the skin and removes the acidic waste (uric acid, ammonia) from the diaper area, thus preventing diaper rash occurrence.

See Ingredients list

  • Water
  • Glycerin
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Beeswax
  • Tocopherol
  • Calcium Hydroxide

 

Maty’s Baby Ointment

Maty’s is quickly becoming my favorite brand with their selection of natural ointments, salves and other baby essentials. The ointment is recommended for every skin issue that your baby may encounter – cradle cap, eczema, chapped lips, diaper rash, you name it!

Apart from skin nourishing oils like Jojoba and Olive oil, Maty’s also includes Coconut and Castor Oil that is considered to have phenomenal skin benefits.

Maty’s baby ointment is free of Parabens, Phthalates, Hydrogenated oils, Petroleum, Sulfates, Fragrances, Mineral oils and Gluten.

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  • Olive Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Sunflower wax
  • Vitamin E

 

Grovia All Natural Magic Stick

If you hate touching and messing with lotion, this stick can be a life saver. GroVia All Natural Magic Stick is easy to use, no-mess diaper balm that’s perfect to toss in your diaper bag. This Magic Stick will definitely grow on you whether you cloth diaper or not.

I have personally loved GroVia for the ease of use. Open the cap, twist the balm out and apply it on the bum. There is no question of how much lotion to take or having to deal with the extra lotion stuck on my hand. The stick comes in so handy while out and about.

See Ingredients list

  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Beeswax
  • Lavender Oil
  • Jojoba Seed Oil
  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Calendula Flowers Extract
  • Olive Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Chamomile Flower Oil
  • German Chamomile Flower Oil
  • Vitamin E

 

For Diaper Rashes:

Diaper rash creams come with an extra punch that is needed to calm the soreness and redness on the bum area. The main ingredient that is used in most diaper rash creams is Zinc Oxide, a naturally occurring mineral that forms a barrier layer above the skin, absorbs all the moisture away from the skin and reduces diaper rash symptoms.

I wouldn’t recommended using diaper rash creams on a daily basis. However, it is good to have one in hand just in case you baby comes down with an inevitable bum rash.

Honest Diaper Rash Cream

Honest Company is a reputable organic baby brand that is gaining popularity with parents seeking gentle, chemical free and safe products for their children.

Made of hypoallergenic, organic, mineral and plant based ingredients this diaper rash cream is hailed to cure even the most stubborn diaper rashes. Non-nano zinc oxide,the active ingredient in the diaper cream helps soothe inflammation and redness. Honest Co diaper rash cream smells delightful, spreads beautifully on the skin and forms a protective layer on the skin to prevent and cure rashes.

See Ingredients list

  • Zinc Oxide 14%
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
  • Beeswax
  • Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter
  • Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
  • Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil
  • Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
  • Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil
  • Tocopherol (Non-GMO),
  • Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil

 

Mother Love Diaper Balm for Persistent Diaper Rash

Mother Love diaper balm is the one for you if you don’t want to smear any zinc oxide on your baby’s bum At the same time, need something more powerful than a regular diaper balm.

This balm is made of traditional herbs like Oregon grape root, yarrow and myrrh that have amazing anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Mother Love Balm is claimed to be very efficient in treating thrush infections.

Mom’s are also recommended to apply this as a nipple cream when dealing with thrush (or otherwise)

See Ingredients list

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Beeswax
  • Oregon grape root
  • Myrrh gum
  • Yarrow herb
  • Calendula flower

Bourdeaux Butt paste

 

Boudreaux’s Butt paste is my go to when I need to pull the big guns. Butt paste contains 16% zinc oxide ( slightly higher than honest co diaper balm), that is proven effective to control and treat resilient diaper rashes.

Butt paste also contains Aleo vera that is soothing to the irritated skin. Boudreaux’s butt paste contains no nasty chemicals that are found in other commercial diaper rash creams.  Butt paste is free of paraben, petroleum, dye, talc and other preservative.

Boudreaux’s also makes two other version of diaper rash cream – original and maximum strength. The original also contains 16% zinc oxide but it is not petroleum free. The maximum strength contains 40% zinc oxide.

See Ingredients list

  • Zinc Oxide 16%
  • Aloe vera
  • Beeswax
  • Carnauba wax
  • Castor oil
  • Citric acid
  • Hydrogenated castor oil
  • Peruvian balsam oil.

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Let’s Wrap Up:

Diaper rashes are cruel and seeing your baby scream during every diaper change can be heart breaking. In most cases, changing the diaper frequently, scheduling diaper free time and using a chemical free diaper cream can prevent diaper rashes.

If your baby does get a horrible diaper rash, there are better alternatives like the Honest Co diaper rash cream and Boudreaux’s butt paste that can treat rashes effectively than chemical prone commercial creams.