September 26, 2011

Diaper Rash, It's bound to happen eventually so prepare yourselves!

Guest post by Bert

It happens. Diaper rash, and especially when your child starts eating solids. (Babies are typically less apt to get a diaper rash when they are exclusively breastfed.) The question becomes, once they start getting diaper rashes, how do you choose a rash cream when you use clothdiapers?

First things first you need a cream that will not leave any kind of oily residue behind on your diapers. If this happens a build up will occur and it will lessen the absorbency of the diapers. You will also want to choose a diaperrash cream that is not staining. There are specific diaper rash creams that have been made for cloth diapers, however, if you use pocket diapers you’ll still want to strip your diapers once the rash has run its course. This is because the kinds of fibers that are used in pockets are synthetic. “Stripping” diapers removes any build up or residue that might be left behind. This is usually done with the original blue Dawn soap; you know their commercials do say that they’re excellent grease fighters!

If the cream is not made for use with cloth diapers you can create your own fleece liner that will serve as a protective barrier for the diaper. I made mine by using old fleece blankets. I took a newborn insert, laid it on the blanket and then cut around the blanket. Once I had my liners cut out I washed them in natural and unscented detergent so they would be good against my baby’s skin.

You can also purchase fleece liners to use, they're inexpensive and usually very light to have shipped to you.

Simple, huh? It is. When you use your liners it is imperative that you not wash them with your diapers. Again, it’s back to that oily residue issue. Also you really shouldn’t wash your cloth wipes that have been used when you’re using diaper rash creams and in the same load as your diapers. I have to admit that I have done this before and it didn’t ruin my diapers. I wouldn’t recommend doing it but we’re moms and we’re busy and sometimes sleep deprived so we make little mistakes!

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This July, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.