While babies using cloth diapers generally will experience fewer and milder diaper rashes (if they get a rash at all), they can occur on occasion due to allergies, illness, teething, sensitivities, and for many other reasons not necessarily related to your cloth diapers. Do not use any commercial diaper rash ointments with cloth diapers as this will void any warranties and cause them to repel.
We recommend changing the diaper often and allowing the baby to air dry as much as possible. You can also use cornstarch based baby powder on baby’s bottom to aid in healing. If you need a “paste,” mix the powder with a little bit of water and rub onto the rash to give it more staying power. *Note: do not use cornstarch with a yeast rash*.
coconut oil is also great and safe to use with your cloth diapers as is lanolin if you prefer a nice thick moisture barrier (you know, that stuff you put on your nipples when you’re breastfeeding). Our personal favorite for helping to heal rashes is Therapeutic Blend Yum Bum Butter by Delish Naturals. It’s all natural and infused with therapeutic grade essential oils to soothe and speed healing.
Sometimes though a commercial or prescription ointment or rash cream is necessary and in these cases a liner such as Bummis Bio Soft Liners should be used between baby and the diaper to protect the diaper from the cream.
*Note: if your baby’s rash is persistent, severe, blistered or does not show improvement in a day or two. Please see your doctor.