Originally published on the Knickernappies Blog
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 cloth diapers?
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 diaper rash 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 liners or buy them and then 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) is a stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for She Thinks Media. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Ben, her son Buggie, and daughter Lady Bug. When she's not trying to convince Buggie to expand his interests beyond Thomas the Train or put his pants back on she's writing about her experiences as a mom on her blog, First Time Mom (FTM). After all, Bert maintains there's a first time for everything, even if you have more than one child!