Do cloth diapers help with rashes?

Abby - posted on 10/28/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )




Ella gets pimply rashes. and are cloth diapers hard to take care of?


Kimberly - posted on 10/28/2009




Cloth diapers will almost certainly reduce your daughter's diaper rashes. There are so many different styles and types of cloth diapers out there and different ones have different "breathability" and "moisture control" which both are considerable factors in reducing rashes.

If you use all natural materials, like a cotton or hemp prefold (old-fashioned style diaper) with a wool cover, you've got the most breathable and probably most rash-reducing combination.

However, I am also a fan of the newer style of pocket diapers that have a micro-fleece liner which wicks moisture away from baby's skin into an absorbent liner material. These have also worked well in our house to eliminate diaper rashes almost 100%.

I have written about cloth diapers several times on my blog, (you can find a tag on the right side that says "cloth diapers" and how many posts I've written regarding them. If you click on it, you'll get the listing of cloth diaper posts. I also like perusing this site for information, cleaning instructions (easy), and looking at all the different styles of diapers - She carries almost every single kind of diaper made. I also am very fond of a business that is local (for me) and owned by a woman who has been cloth diapering for over 20 years and helping others in that pursuit. Her website is not as attractive, but you should request her catalog, because it arrives with SO MUCH information about cleaning and using cloth diapers as well as financial breakdowns of the's too good to pass up. She is also a great resource for prefolds, cotton diaper covers by Nikky and Niji (Japanese covers that I LOVE) and has a great return policy.

Good luck to you and you're sure to get lots of advice from the committed women on this board! :)


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Kim - posted on 11/01/2009




I think so. Mia had a rash that wouldn't go away. Tried all of the OTC creams and none worked. Took her to the dr and was given a prescription for Vusion ointment. That didn't work & was super expensive, even after our insurance. I switched to cloth and the rash was gone in 24 hours.

Cloth diapers are really easy to care for. I use All Free & Clear detergent, just a tiny bit. Wash in hot water and double rinse. If I get any stains, usually letting them dry in the sun helps.

I use one-size pocket diapers, a combo of bumGenius and Happy Heinys. Love them.

Kylie - posted on 10/28/2009




Joseph used to get bad rashes with disposables (he was only 1lb 7oz when he was born). Our hospital wouldn't use cloth so he had to use pampers.

I find with the cloth we get far fewer rashes, in fact next to none, but like disposables you do have to change them especially when soiled. I think they help prevent rash.

I find them easy to take care of, I use a pail, pop them in there, without soaking, and when I have a pail full throw them in the wash with non bio washing powder and sanitiser.

I'm not going to kid you, they are more work than dispoables, but I think its worth it.

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