Let me begin by saying that, if you are going to pay attention to the ingredients in any personal product, it might as well be one of the products that comes in contact with your baby's private parts potentially several times a day (diaper cream, baby wipes, diapers, etc.). Now let me tell you about
My Journey to a 100% Natural Diaper Cream
1. A+D Diaper Rash Cream
Baby #1 was VERY rashy -- in disposables and in cloth. We used A+D diaper cream because my husband's sister gave us about 15 of their pumps (which she loved, obviously). When I heard about phthalates, I called A+D (because "fragrance" is on its list of ingredients, and phthalates can be one of the secret chemicals in "fragrance") and they told me, "no phthalates." So, despite my reservations about its ingredients, I kept using it.
2. Method Diaper Cream
When the A+D ran out, we bought Method diaper cream. Method is a line of affordable green personal products and cleaning products available at Target and other stores. Their diaper cream is very reasonably priced, spreads really easily, no super-troubling ingredients, mild pleasant smell. By this point I had switched from disposables to cloth diapers. We always had a liner (diaper sheet-ish thing) between the diaper cream and the cloth diaper, so the diaper cream didn't get smeared all over the cloth diaper.
3. Burt's Bees Diaper Cream
With Baby #2, I have not yet used liners with her diapers, so I needed a diaper cream that would wash off my cloth diapers in the laundry. I'm not sure Method Diaper Cream would wash out of cloth well. I now use Burt's Bees diaper cream, which is one of the diaper creams that my favorite cloth diaper shop (Jillian Drawer's) said was OK to use with cloth.
Here is what you need to know about Burt's Bees diaper cream
- One very small tube is about $8, but a little goes a long way.
- Like other Burt's Bees products, you can buy it at Target.
- Burt's Bees diaper cream is quite thick, but spreads very easily.
- It is 100% natural!
- It does have a pretty strong smell, which some folks might not like.
- Ingredients: Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, zinc oxide, beeswax, lavandula hybrida (lavandin) oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, tocopherol, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) oil, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, canola oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil
I have used about 1/3 -1/2 of the tube and Baby #2 is now 10 months old. Of course she hasn't been as rashy as Baby #1. We put the cream on her bottom when it is a little red and the redness quickly goes away. We've never gotten to the bumpy red spots with her. If I were more adventurous and experimental, I might just use olive oil. My mother-in-law told me she knew people who did that back in the day. But I'm not really experimental. Once I find something that works, I stick with it.
I highly recommend Burt's Bees diaper cream. Find recommendations for other natural diaper creams here (scroll down to Diaper Creams heading).
This post is part of Things I Love Thursday.
What's in your favorite diaper cream?