I decided to do a review of diaper rash creams in the blog when my husband and I had a lengthy discussion about the pros and cons of several different brands recently. Yes… we are that exciting. Over the years we have used many different brands. Currently, my daughter is teething so she is getting the lovely diaper rash that goes along with that. Her poor hiney is so red and chapped. Luckily, I’ve figured out what works for us and would love to share my thoughts with you! I wish I’d read more about this when registering for my first baby’s baby showers! Also in the posts you’ll notice a link to the Environmental Working Group: Skin Deep website. This is a great tool for researching the environmental and health impact of common products. It is amazing which products you think would be fairly safe that aren’t at all. I recommend this website for any product you use fairly often. A great resource!
Okay, the first on the list is just your standard Vaseline. When I had my first child one of my best friend’s told me that her mother used Vaseline on her younger sister all the time to prevent diaper rash. I found that this was a cheap option that seemed to work well! I think Vaseline serves as a great diaper rash preventative. It is also nice to have Vaseline around the house to use for taking rectal temperatures or to put around the mouth for a chapped face. I purchased 3 big tubs of it on Amazon and it lasted for a while! More recently I bought a store brand from Walmart or Target and it works just as well!
EWG rating: 1
Aquaphor Baby Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment
Second on the list is Aquaphor. The Aquaphor I have tried is the Aquaphor Baby Advanced Therapy Healing ointment. I really like Aquaphor as it is very similar to Vaseline. It has Petrolatum (petroleum) as the active ingredient. Unlike Vaseline, which is pure petroleum, Aquaphor has other ingredients (Panethenol, Lanolin, etc.) that help with the consistency and healing of the skin. It comes highly recommended by dermatologists. I have also bought Aquaphor for my children’s cheeks. My son and daughter are both very faired skinned and their cheeks chap easily. I cover their cheeks in the winter with Aquaphor before playing out in the cold wind and at night when they’re sleeping. I like Aquaphor for a rash that isn’t terrible. I feel like it can help a rash that is starting to resolve quickly without getting worse. For more intense rashes, I look to other ointments.
EWG rating: 2
Desitin Rapid Relief Cream
Desitin is the diaper cream that my mom used with my little brother when he was little. After having kids she would say, “You need to go get some Desitin… Desitin works so well!” When I registered for gifts for my baby showers I included a ton of Desitin per my mother’s request and I have to say I was a little disappointed –Maybe because my mother built it up to be a cure all. When I used Desitin it was just okay. It didn’t dramatically fix my kid’s diaper rash. It didn’t last very long and seemed to go on pretty thin. I personally prefer a diaper rash cream that is thick and will still be there when I go to change my baby’s diaper. My final thoughts on this cream… if someone gave it to me I’d use it, but I most likely wouldn’t buy it.
EWG rating: 5
A+D Zinc Oxide Cream
A+D was the diaper rash cream we used often with my son. I think A+D is very similar to Desitin. We tried the kind that was for the treatment of diaper rash that is made with Dimethicone and Zinc Oxide. I think that A+D works fine, but like Desitin Rapid Relief, I feel that you have to put it on constantly. It seems to go on thin and wipe off easily. I felt like this didn’t help my son and daughter’s rashes. I personally wanted something much thicker. Again, like Desitin, I would definitely use A+D but I don’t buy it myself anymore. I prefer other creams over this one.
EWG rating: 5
Boudreaux Butt Paste Original Diaper Rash Ointment – 2 oz
I have a love/hate relationship with Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. I think it works pretty well. The color is a bit weird. There is no unpleasant scent. I definitely have a tube of it at my house and use it fairly often. One thing about this diaper rash cream is that it will stain furniture if you have an accident. We found this out the hard way when my son sat on it on my mother in-law’s couch. It took a lot of elbow grease but it finally *mostly* came out. It is an oil-based product, like other creams, so it WILL stain clothing and furniture. This is just something to keep in mind. Honestly, keep this in mind with ALL diaper rash creams. We’ve had a few too many accidents with diaper cream. I’ve stepped on it, sat on it, etc. I prefer this over Desitin or A+D, mainly because it is thicker and stays on a bit longer.
EWG rating: 1
Burt’s Bees Baby Bee 100% Natural Diaper Rash Ointment, 3 Ounces
Okay, I saved the best for last. Burt’s Bees Baby Diaper Rash ointment with Zinc Oxide. I absolutely LOVE this diaper rash cream. The smell is amazing. It has a good amount of Zinc Oxide (a product most of these diaper rash creams include) which really helps the toughest diaper rash. I think the best thing about this diaper rash ointment though is that it is really thick. It is very well made and goes on thicker than any other cream on this list. You don’t need very much of it to cover most of the diaper area. It is a little pricier than other creams on this list but not by much and because it is thicker it lasts longer. Sometimes I buy the gift set that comes with Baby Wash, a small bar of soap and Baby lotion. I’ve found the gift set on Amazon for as low as 15 dollars before, so it is a great deal. (Prices fluctuate from day to day.) I highly recommend this cream, and most other products from Burt’s Bees honestly. Their products are gentle on the skin, smell great and have a pretty good Environmental Working Group: Skin Deep rating. We always keep this in the house and reserve it for the worst of diaper rashes! It is very effective!
EWG Rating: 1
I hope you found this helpful! These were the most common creams I received at baby showers before my first child was born. Like most baby products, it takes some trial and error to figure out which products works best for you and your baby. Do you have a diaper rash cream recommendation? What works best for you? Leave suggestions or thoughts in the comments.