September 4, 2012

Nipping Diaper Rash in the Bum

Tips for preventing unwanted diaper rash!

I was always told that if I used cloth diapers my baby wouldn’t get diaper rash. So what is a mom to do when out of the blue, my little baby’s bottom started to turn red. “Oh know” I thought, “this isn’t supposed to happen with cloth diapers”, but it did. So what are you supposed to do if baby comes down with diaper rash in cloth diapers…or better yet, how can you prevent diaper rash?

Here are a few tips that will help you keep diaper rash at bay…and with the birds!

1) Change your baby often. Since cloth diapers aren’t filled with chemicals (like disposables) that keep the baby from feeling/getting wet, you baby will get wet. We all know that one cause of diaper rash is being wet for an extended period of time. So change baby every 2-3 hours. This time frame is only an estimate. Newborn babies and some teething babies may need to be changed more often.

2) Invest in a good cloth diaper safe rash cream/ointment/balm/coconut oil. When using cloth diapers, you cannot use a regular rash ointment such as balmex or desitin. These ointments can bind to your diapers making them ineffective and cause them to repel moisture.

3) Let your baby Air it Out every once in awhile. Throw down a towel and let baby crawl around naked. This will help circulate air to the potential rash area.

4) Try Babylegs. Strut that cute bum with matching leg warmers! Baby legwarmers allow for air to circulate in and around the diaper area.

5) Try Wool or Fleece. You may think that wool or fleece may be too hot for baby, or even lock in moisture, but in reality, both wool and fleece allow for air to circulate through the bum.

Have you struggled with diaper rash in cloth diapers before? What are your best tips to preventing and treating it?

Bio: Julie is a semi-stay-at-home mom to her handsome son J.T. who is 7 months old and wife to hubby Jered who is a teacher and pastor. J.T. provided her motivation to start Cloth Diapering! Not wanting to expose his little bum to all those chemicals in disposables and not returning to work full time, she was looking for a safe and inexpensive alternative. Cloth Diapering were her answer! Julie considers herself an advocate for cloth diapers and with her blog, My ClothDiaper Stash, she hopes to share her passion and help others reap the benefits too.


I never thought of using babylegs or wool! Thanks for the post.

If I do wool or fleece what kind of diaper should I put on? Cotton , Hemp, Bomboo?

We've struggled with diaper rash off and on. Our little guy has several food sensitivities and when I'm not careful, he pays the price. :( I try to use fleece liners to keep the diaper creams off of the diapers just to be safe (even with "safe" creams).

But for rashes besides that type, I've found that sometimes a rash is an indicator that I need to strip my diapers (due to detergent build up, generally). This happens most often when I'm using a new detergent, changing the washing routine, or using a new washer and am still figuring out how things work with that set-up.

my son was sitting in a soiled diaper all night and woke up with the worse rash I've ever seen! These tips came just in time! Thank you so much and I'm going to give the wool a try ASAP!

Thanks for the tips. How does babylegs help with diaper rash?