Diaper rashes seem almost inevitable when your kid is in a diaper 24/7. Some babies seem to be more disposed to them than others, while others are lucky and never get one. Sister has really sensitive skin, and she will get really bad rashes if I’m not careful. Little Man’s rear end doesn’t seem to be so sensitive. After diapering three kids, I’ve finally figured out a few tips for preventing diaper rash. It took me long enough! But here’s what I do to prevent rashes on my babies. Also I’m sharing about a diaper ointment I got to review that I love. These tips work whether you use disposables or cloth diapers.
Okay, that’s a no-brainer and I figured that out with my first kid, but it needs to be said. Change diapers frequently. Change poop diapers as quickly as possible.
I don’t care what you use, but clean that baby’s butt thoroughly when you’re changing them, whether it’s a poop diaper or just pee! I use cloth wipes and plain water most of the time (sometimes I’ll use a gentle wipes solution). You wipe after you pee, right? Make sure to wipe your baby after they’ve peed too.
Dry their butt.
I kind of do this at the same time as I’m cleaning their butt, because I use a sprayer to wet their butts directly and wipe with a dry cloth. This way when you do the next step, you won’t trap any moisture against their skin.
This can be anything, from an over the counter cream like Balmex (not recommended for use on cloth diapers) or something homemade. The point is to have something that protects baby’s skin. The diaper cream will be a barrier between the baby’s skin and what they ‘deposit’ into the diaper. No, it does not have to contain zinc or a powder. I didn’t always do this and when I started doing it at every single diaper change, it made a HUGE difference. Sister and Little Man have only had one rash since I started doing this (and I think it was because I was testing out a new detergent and hadn’t worked out the right amount to use yet, especially since it affected both of them).
An awesome ointment that I got sent to try is Eco Sprout’s Coconut Stick. It says on the package that you might want to eat it because it smells so yummy and they’re right! I suppose it depends on whether you like the smell of coconut or not (I do). I’ve been mainly using it on Little Man (Sister was testing another ointment), and it’s kept his little tush nice and soft! Like I said, we’ve only had the one rash since we started using this. There are only three ingredients in it (coconut oil, Vitamin E, and beeswax), which I love. It comes in a stick, and if you’ve read another review of mine, you know I love stick ointments. No mess and no having to clean my fingers off after! And so easy to toss in the diaper bag for on the go. I’ve used this to get rid of rough patches on Little Man’s feet with only a couple of uses. I love the Coconut Stick. My only complaint about it is that it goes pretty quick. We’ve used up almost the whole stick in less than a month. Oh and this stuff doesn’t cause any problems with cloth diapers.
That’s it. It’s that simple to prevent diaper rashes, whether you’re using cloth diapers or disposable diapers.
You can purchase the Coconut Stick from Diaper Junction (affiliate link). They retail for about $9.95.