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Published on August 17th, 2014 | by Brittney French


Cloth 201: Diaper Creams

There is a lot of information out there about diaper creams, oils, and lotions, and which is "safe" for cloth diapers.  Some of it's right, some of it's wrong, but regardless of what you've heard or read about diaper creams, we're here to set the record straight. 

With cloth diapers, specifically bumGeniusFlip, and Econobum, you CAN use a diaper cream to treat a rash, but under one condition: you must use it with a barrier.  Now, a lot of people think that because something is marketed as cloth diaper safe, like coconut oil, grapefruit oil, and tea tree oil, you do not need to use a barrier.  This is absolutely not true and will void your warranty, as it can lead to a whole slew of issues such as leaks, odors, and unnecessary wear and tear. 


Creams, oils, and lotions are designed to coat your baby's bottom and repel moisture.  These products will cling to the inner fabric of your cloth diapers the same way they cling to your baby's bottom.  As much as we'd like to eliminate diaper rash completely, we can't.  But if your little one does experience a rash, keep these tips in mind when using a cream, lotion, or oil with cloth diapers.

  • Use a fabric barrier to protect your cloth diapers.  Try bumGenius Stay-Dry Liners or Bummis Fleece Liners.  Be sure to wash the liners separately from your cloth diaper laundry to avoid contamination.
  • Try cutting up an old cotton flannel shirt or T-shirt to use as a liner in your cloth diaper.
  •  Keep a Flip diaper cover and a pack of Flip disposable inserts in your stash for a convenient diaper cream solution that won't add extra work to your laundry routine.51TR49xr4eL._SY300_
  • If your pediatrician recommends using a diaper cream and you are looking for a product with natural ingredients, try Angel Baby Bottom Balm.

So what happens if I get cream on my cloth diapers? 

Strip your diapers to remove the residue.  NOTE: You may need to scrub the affected area to remove all of the cream.

Remember, always consult your pediatrician for further assistance if your baby has a reoccurring rash. You can also try switching detergents to one that's free of additives like bumGenius and sanitizing your diapers if this continues to happen.

Give us a call at 1-888-332-2243 if you ever have any questions about your cloth diapers.

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About the Author

Brittney is a social media coordinator for Cotton Babies. She has three sisters, loves pizza and enjoys listening to obscure bands no one has heard of. Outside of posting on the Cotton Babies Facebook page, she babysits a few cloth diaper-wearing kids and cheers for her favorite sports team.

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