Diaper Creams and Cloth Diapers
Hi everyone! Tamara here!
One of the most common questions we are asked here at Lil Helper is whether or not diaper creams can be used with cloth diapers. And if not, then what on earth is a caregiver supposed to do when their wee one’s booty needs help from a bit of cream?
First and foremost, here at Lil Helper we advise our customers and followers to never ever use creams, lotions, ointments, or even natural oils with cloth diapers. Yes, that includes products which claim and are marketed to be “safe” for cloth diapers.
As far as we are concerned, no diaper cream/ointment/oil is truly 100% cloth safe. In fact, using diaper creams or oils with your Lil Helper diapers can void your warrantee! Yikes!
This is because residue from creams, lotions, ointments, and oils can form an impenetrable barrier on your cloth diapers and inserts which is very difficult and sometimes downright impossible to wash off. The barrier will make your diapers water and fluid resistant, and a water resistant diaper only means one thing: LEAKS!
The last thing on earth that you want your cloth diapers to be is water resistant!
Fortunately, most folks who cloth diaper their children report a dramatically reduced occurrence of diaper rash. Which means that you’re not likely to need to use creams very often in the first place. Horray!
Ok, but what about the occasional time when your cloth-diapered babe does have a rash and would benefit from a cream or ointment? What do you do then?
For those times when you must use a cream or ointment, we suggest using a disposable diaper liner.
Lil Helper Disposable Bamboo Liners are ultra soft and mega comfortable. The liner will serve as a barrier between baby’s bum and the diaper itself, protecting the diaper from the diaper cream.
Just make sure that the liner covers the entirety of the creamed skin, and then some. You absolutely do not want any of that cream to transfer onto your precious cloth diapers!
An alternative would be to make a very temporary switch to disposable diapers for a day or two. It may not be ideal, but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures.
Also, do not underestimate the power of fresh, clean air on an irritated booty. Let your rashy-wee-one go diaperless as much as possible while the worst of the rash persists.