Diaper Creme Substitution

Tina - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I have read that you are not supposed to use Diaper Cremes with cloth diapers because they affent the absorbency and stian the material. What alternitives/methods have you found to be successful?

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Nad - posted on 01/17/2010

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I'm using Earth Mama Angel Balm and sometimes with cornstrach. I also use liners to prevent the cream from touching the cloth diaper . I do strip wash with hot water and the Cloth Diaper were fine.

Amy - posted on 01/17/2010

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Many diaper creams will make your diapers less absorbent. Try Grandma El's--you can get it at Target, CVS, Babies R Us, & many wahm shops online. It is cloth diaper friendly & what Linda from Happy Heiny's recommends for use with her diapers. If you decide to try others, make sure you look in the ingredients for any kind of fish oil & do not buy that brand! The fish oil will get into your wash water & stink up your whole stash. This happened to me when I first started cd'ing & I had to strip them over & over to get rid of the stink.

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We use Aquaphor sparingly and then cover with baby powder (pure cornstarch). We have to battle ezcema, so if baby gets really red around the legs, we put some hydrocortizone on at night, followed by the baby powder. We have been doing this for a couple months and have not had troubles with absorbency. We use BumGenius. We strip the diapers with Dawn once or twice a month.

Heidi - posted on 01/16/2010

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I always wash my diapers with a drop or two of Dawn in the prerinse and wash cycles and that usually gets out any diaper cream, which I use sparingly... Cornstarch is great for preventing rashes.

Erin - posted on 01/16/2010

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I wash really thoroughly with a mixture of water, oil and baby wash on a cloth then pat with cornflour so it makes sure the skin is really dry. If we've had any rashes I add aloe vera gel into the wash mixture. I have found most rashes seem to thrive on creams anyway so I have seldom used them. If I have had to use a barrier cream I also use another liner on top of the nappy.

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I use a product called Magic Stick -- I would highly recommend it. I also have used lanolin for rashes as well, but it's sticky and harder to apply.

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there are a few diaper cremes that are safe for cloth: magic stick, angel baby butt balm, bum bum baby....

Kara - posted on 01/15/2010

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Weleda diaper cream to treat a rash or Weleda baby cream as a preventative. I use Bummies liners with my FuzziBunz diapers, so the cream never touches the cloth diaper. I've only had to strip my diapers once and my daughter is 9 months old. I use Biokleen Bac-Out in the pre-rinse and it seems to do the trick as far as whether or not I have to resort to Dawn and a toothbrush.

Chelsea - posted on 01/14/2010

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Aloe Vera gel. I use the All Terrain kind that has lavender, cucumber, ect in it.

Sarah - posted on 01/14/2010

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I use desitin or burts bees diaper cream and then an imse vimse disposable liner folded in half (or two liners) to protect the cloth.

Jenny - posted on 01/13/2010

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We switch to disposables and use the cream (calmoseptine and aveeno baby rash cream are our favorites right now) and in a couple of changes our son is usually back to normal. It's a little spendy, but I don't have to worry about ruining the cloth diapers.

KayAnna - posted on 01/13/2010

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When my daughter used cloth diapers I used baby powder and changed her as soon as she went. That help it go away faster

Kristal - posted on 01/13/2010

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we still use diaper creme and just strip the diapers when we no longer need it. I havent noticed a big difference in absorbancy. To get the diaper creme out you can use a toothbrush and Dawn detergent.

Winter - posted on 01/13/2010

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I've heard that burnt flour works great, but I just put my guy in a onsie without a diaper and let him crawl around on the hardwood if he has a rash, and that takes care of it! He loves a nakey bum!

Stefie - posted on 01/13/2010

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When we have a rash we lay a piece of material (t-shirt) over the inside of the diaper. This has kept the cream off the diaper. I find that with my bum genius we only get rashes when our DD has a #2 and we do not smell it for more than 20 mins. Then, we usually only have to use cream for one or two diapers and then she is back to normal.

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