7 Soothing Diaper Rash Creams for Baby

The Best Creams to Prevent or Treat Diaper Rash

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Most babies end up with a diaper rash at least once before their diaper days are through. There are plenty of options for creams, ointments, and lotions to treat diaper rash. Some parents prefer to use a diaper cream on their baby to help prevent diaper rash, too. Which is the best diaper rash cream, though?

Applying diaper rash cream can be a messy job. Since these creams are designed to stick like crazy on baby's sensitive skin, that also means they can be hard to wash off of your hands. If...MORE you're using a lot of diaper rash cream, consider buying a handy application tool to keep your fingers free of the goo. The BabyBum Diaper Cream Brush (Buy on Amazon) is flexible silicone, perfect for smearing on the diaper cream, and it wipes clean with a baby wipe when you're done. It even has a suction cup on the bottom so it stands up and keeps the mess contained until you can clean it.

If you're using cloth diapers for your baby, you'll need to take extra care in selecting a diaper rash cream. Not all diaper rash creams are designed to be used with cloth diapers, and some may have ingredients that could damage the diaper fabric or cause the diapers to repel moisture. Some of the diaper creams shown below are cloth-diaper-safe.

These diaper creams below are some of the best available today. Severe or persistent diaper rashes should be evaluated by your baby's doctor, of course.

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    Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy feels more like a traditional diaper ointment going on, but it has a nice, clean scent instead of the medicinal smell of older types. This diaper cream comes in a tub and is very solid to begin with. The warmth of your hand softens the ointment enough to apply it to baby's skin. I suggest skimming your fingers over the top to get a small amount of this cream, rather than trying to scoop it up. If you want a traditional diaper cream that is a bit oily to...MORE keep moisture away from baby's skin, this is a great choice.

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    The name of this popular diaper cream is inelegant, but this remedy works fast and is easy to find in stores. Boudreaux's Butt Paste comes in a jar or tube. The tube size is really handy for tossing in a diaper bag. Many moms who use this diaper cream say that Boudreaux' Butt Paste is also good for soothing other skin irritations or skin dryness.

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    Since it's made by GroVia, a company that makes cloth diapers and hybrid diaper systems, this diaper rash cream is safe to use with both cloth diapers and disposables. It's easy to apply since it's in stick form. Just swipe it on and there's very little mess. The Magic Stick has all natural, organic ingredients including grapeseed oil, meadowfoam oil, jojoba oil, shea oil, rosehips, plus essential oils. It contains no petroleum.

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    Luxurious, soothing, and full of natural ingredients, this fragrance-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free diaper balm is great for everyday use to prevent chafing and irritation, as well as for calming diaper rash. It uses organic bees wax, sunflower oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, olive oil, chamomile, and calendula to soothe baby's bum. With this diaper balm, the lack of fragrance doesn't mean it has a weird waxy smell, either. It's virtually scentless.

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    Weleda grows their own calendula flowers in their organic company garden in Germany, so they have control over the quality of ingredients in this diaper cream from start to finish. Calendula extract is a natural anti-inflammatory, and it joins sweet almond oil, sesame seed oil,  fair trade beeswax plus non-nano zinc oxide to form a soothing barrier cream that not only reduces irritated skin but helps prevent new rashes from developing. This diaper rash cream has no preservatives, no fragrance,...MORE and no petroleum in it.

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    This cloth-diaper-safe rash cream is packed with naturally antibacterial and antifungal organic oils and herbs, along with rich shea butter, to help soothe inflamed skin without the use of petroleum, phthalates, or parabens. Bottom Balm includes naturally anti-inflammatory calendula, plus St. John's wort, chickweed, lavender, jojoba, tea tree, and myrrh.

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    If your baby has a lot of irritation in the diaper area, this extra-thick rash cream may be the right choice. It uses zinc oxide, beeswax, cornstarch, lanolin, and oat kernel extract to soothe rashes very quickly. Many parents report improvement overnight! The lanolin, zinc, and beeswax are a potent combination for skin, but they can easily coat cloth diaper fibers and cause the diaper to stop absorbing very well, so you may want to switch to disposable diapers for a short time if your baby...MORE needs Triple Paste for a diaper rash.