The problem with many conventional diaper creams is that they can contain questionable ingredients. Most of these ingredients are commonly used, but slowly more and more data is showing us that they have the potential to cause long-term harm to our children. So what is the best natural diaper rash cream?
Honestly, it comes down to preference. With no conclusive answers, I prefer to err on the side of caution and use safer products. Especially ones that are used on such small developing bodies on a regular basis, like diaper rash creams.
Potentially Harmful Ingredients in Diaper Rash Creams
Petroleum: Potential to cause organ system toxicity
Fragrances: Should be avoided in all baby products. Most “fragrances” are chemically based and have the potential to cause minor problems like skin irritation, to major issues like organ toxicities.
Methylparaben: Parabens are well known as endocrine disruptors. This study states
phthalates have been associated with a number of serious health problems, including infertility, testicular dysgenesis, obesity, asthma, and allergies, as well as leiomyomas and breast cancer. Parabens, which can be dermally absorbed, are present in many cosmetic products”
These are just the most commonly used, potentially harmful ingredients. With more research, I know you could find more. For now, you can find the products below with safer ingredients. Some with ingredients that even benefiting health, such as nourishing herbs (my favorite.)
Best all natural diaper rash creams
Some of these natural diaper creams include zinc, while others do not. Basically, the zinc helps to create a water barrier (or seal) on your babies bottom that prevents moisture from further damaging the skin (the usual cause of diaper rash.)
Non-zinc creams are usually referred to as ointments (softer) or balms (a bit firmer.) These moisturize the skin and offer a (lesser than zinc) barrier protection. They usually contain herbs or other ingredients that help the rash heal faster.
This all natural diaper rash cream has natural non-toxic ingredients. It’s mostly plant-based and includes sunflower seed oil & jojoba oil along with beeswax and infused rosemary. No phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, or SLS & EWG certified.
This organic diaper cream is zinc based, and many moms rave that it works wonders on rashes after one application. It has mostly organic ingredients (they state 95%) and is infused with Calendula (an awesome skin healing herb.) It’s free from Petroleum, fragrances, harsh chemicals and it’s gluten-free. Also, EWG certified.
One of my personal favorites. This is zinc-based but they use the non-nano form, which is the safer form of zinc. The rest of the ingredients are safe and all natural. Rated a 1 on the EWG harm scale.
Badger is a great brand for baby products. Their baby balm has chamomile and calendula infused oil worked into the product. These are great for healing skin naturally. They also make a zinc-based diaper balm here.
A bit more expensive then others, this cream is made with all certified organic, non-GMO ingredients. It’s rated well, and zinc-free.
Cloth Diaper Safe?
A note to cloth diapering mamas. There’s a lot of information floating around about cloth diapering and which creams are safe for the diapers and which are not. An article I found interesting on the subject is this one. Basically, she states that cod liver oil is usually the culprit for problems related to cloth diapers and creams.
I have personally used zinc-based products in my cloth diapers and have not had a problem yet. I have had other problems, but none that seem related to diaper cream. (Probably because I use these non-cod liver oil based ones.)
Interested in DIY diaper cream. You can try the recipe I use here. It’s a lot cheaper than buying premade, and not as hard to make as it looks.
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