Not all diaper rash creams are created equal. Some will be better for your baby depending on the cause of their rash, while others shouldn’t be used at all. Below is a list of diaper rash creams that are and are not recommended for use with cloth diapers. Those that are not recommended will cause buildup on your diapers and will cause them to lose absorbency and leak. For more details, check out the result of our test of rash creams on cloth diapers.
TIP: In general, most creams will wash out of cloth diapers made from natural fibers include hemp, bamboo and cotton. However, if you're using diapers with stay-dry, fleece or charcoal bamboo fibers, beware of creams containing Candelilla Wax, Microcrystalline Wax, Panthenol or Sesame Seed Oil. These creams will cause your diapers to repel. Additionally, creams containing cod liver oil and zinc oxide should be used sparingly as extensive use will reduce the absorbency of your diapers.
The following creams can be used safely with synthetic and natural fiber cloth diapers.
The following creams should be used sparingly with synthetic fiber cloth diapers - including fleece, stay-dry, minky and charcoal bamboo fabrics.
The following creams should not be used with synthetic fiber cloth diapers - including fleece, stay-dry, minky and charcoal bamboo fabrics.
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