So you’ve decided that cloth diapers are the way to go – good for you! You’ve narrowed it down to the right cloth diaper system and the right materials. You know which features matter, which you can skip altogether and how you’re going to clean and maintain those diapers. But wait! Have you thought about diaper creams? The truth is, some diaper creams just aren’t compatible with cloth diapers. Luckily, it’s as easy as scanning the ingredient list. Here’s what to avoid in your diaper creams and which ingredients will work just fine.
The No-No List
One of the main issues with these diaper cream ingredients is that they cause repelling, which means the diaper is unable to do its job (and you’ll have pee everywhere). Greasy or especially pasty diaper creams and ointments can cause the fibers to stop absorbing moisture properly thanks to residue build-up that won’t wash away without serious scrubbing. And who has time for that? Avoid the entire problem by avoiding these diaper cream ingredients altogether:
• Zinc oxide not only causes repelling, it’ll stain cloth diapers as well. This is a common ingredient in conventional diaper creams.
• Calamine is as bad as zinc oxide, but the stain will be pink!
• Cod liver oil causes repelling with the added insult of a fishy smell.
The Iffy List
Other common ingredients in diaper creams include paraffin, petroleum jelly and mineral oil. We wrote about some of these ingredients in our post about prenatal skincare, and why it’s safer to skip them completely. When it comes to diaper creams, the inclusion of these ingredients means a greater potential for – you guessed it – repelling. Don’t risk ruining your cloth diapers – read on for the safe list!
The Safe List
Cloth-friendly ingredients all share a common characteristic. Because they aren’t exceptionally greasy or thick, they’ll rinse away in hot water without the need for extra scrubbing. They also tend to be completely natural – ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, olive oil and vitamin E. And as it happens, every single one of those “safe list” ingredients can be found in our Intensive Baby Balm, an organic balm that soothes, restores and nourishes sensitive, irritated skin. That means it not only provides instant relief for angry little bottoms, it won’t damage cloth diapers either.
• Coconut oil is highly moisturizing thanks to its combination of fatty acids. It’s also incredibly soothing with high levels of antioxidants.
• Shea butter also has high levels of antioxidants and fatty acids, making it great for repairing damaged skin.
• Beeswax is a natural anti-inflammatory that is antibacterial and anti-allergenic. It’s also wonderfully moisturizing.
• Olive oil contains antioxidants and is a gentle moisturizer.
• Vitamin E is high in antioxidants and helps skin maintain its natural moisture.
We round out the ingredient list in our Intensive Baby Balm with a few other moisturizing and soothing ingredients, including neem and castor oils, St. John’s Wort, lavender oil and calendula, for a product that is incredibly gentle yet truly effective. Even better, it won’t destroy your cloth diapers.
When it comes to diaper creams, remember that natural fibers will always wash best. If your only option is a cream with a suspect ingredient or two, use a disposable liner as a precaution. And stock up on the good stuff! Your cloth diapers will thank you, and so will your baby.
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