Diaper Rash and Cloth Diapers

When one uses cloth diapers, a diaper rash should be a rare thing, right?  After all, isn’t a huge draw of using cloth diapers the absence of diaper rash?

It turns out, though, that while a diaper rash is less common when using cloth diapers than it is with disposables, they do still happen.  When you’re using disposable diapers, a diaper rash is easy: slap some Boudreaux’s Butt Paste on the rash and go about your day.  It’s a little different with cloth diapers.

Diaper Rash Cream

Most popular diaper rash creams (like Boudreaux’s Butt Paste) are barrier creams.  What they do is repel water.  That’s great for the baby’s bum, but may not so great for your cloth diaper stash.  The cream will get on the diaper and may cause your diapers to repel water instead of absorb it.  It’s fixable, but it’s a pain.  If it does wash out, you’ll still be left with a stain.  The easiest way to get around it?  Just use a liner.

Diaper Safe Cream

Diaper Rash and Cloth Diapers (Cloth Diaper Addicts)There are creams out there that are safe for your cloth diapers.  Your favorite cloth diaper store probably sells some.  Bri at Eco Baby Mama Drama has had some great things to say about Grandma El’s and Julie of A Year with Mom and Dad thought highly of CJ’s Butt Butter.  But me?  I’m really partial to just plain old simple coconut oil.  It takes care of most diaper rash issues.  That’s important in my house since Eudora gets a diaper rash (even in cloth) if you look at her bottom the wrong way.

Recurring Diaper Rash

Are you running into a recurring diaper rash in your cloth diapers?  That means that there’s a problem.  It could be a diaper rash related to teething.  (Extra drool impacts the acidity of diaper deposits, which can affect the bum.)  It might be related to diet.  It could be a yeast rash.  Or it could be due to some sort of build up.  If your rash is related to the diapers themselves, then it’s time to take care of the problem by treating the diapers.  How to treat for diaper rash will be coming up in another blog post!

Have you ever had to treat your diapers for rash?  What caused them?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. We have recurring rashes that sometimes turn yeasty so I have treated my diapers more times than I would like. It is starting to become apparent that the cause of the rashes is acidic poo and we haven’t been able to find the thing(s) that causes it except that he eats a lot of fruit.

  2. Anne Sweden says:

    I love a natural cream that Tiny Tuchus makes, and fortunately it comes in a regular and a yeast formula. It’s worked so well with our cloth diapers. The only other thing I’ve used is Calmoseptine when we are dealing with something super nasty or stubborn, and then we opt for flushable liners.

  3. My 2 year old son used to get a diaper rash ALL of the time in cloth but it turned out to be caused by being in a cloth diaper for 12 hours at night. Ammonia issues. Now I use cloth during the day and disposables for him at night and no rashes. My 6 month old uses cloth at night with no problem.

  4. We don’t get much in the way of rashes here, but CJ’s is our fave! Thanks for the post.

  5. Gina Hodges says:

    I just switched to CD and have tried the GroVia roll on stick and received CJ’s in a few scents but have not tried those yet. I haven’t heard of using plain coconut oil for diaper rash I will have to try that out!

  6. janie vezina says:

    i recently found out about the coconut oil, since there isnt any cloth diaper stores locally other pastes can be hard to find

  7. Rachel N says:

    I really like the grovia magic stick for little rashes and earth mama angel baby bottom balm works well on really irritated skin. I have had to deal with rashes when my kids are teething.


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