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Are you using diaper cream?? I've always read you shouldn't use and shouldn't have to use it with cloth diapers, but Emmy was getting a pretty bad rash so I started using weleda calendula diaper rash cream. I've used it about 2 weeks now and it doesn't seem to be affecting the absorbency of the diapers. I know too much detergent can cause rashes but I really don't add much (Charlie's soap) AND I do an extra rinse at the end of the wash cycle.
So what are you other cloth mamas doing? Cream or no cream?
I don't use cream most of the time. If I feel she needs some I use one my mothers sends from Canada which is cloth safe. Usually though a rash clears up with just changing their bottom more often and letting them go cover-free for a bit.
How do you let her go cover free?? Lol. Emmy would pee everywhere! She pees so much. I'll try to change her more often but af this point it's already every 2-3 hours. I did read there are some cloth safe creams... Weleda is supposed to be ok although not great for CDs. Thanks for your input!
I put a layer of cream on him to prevent rash for long stretches (night time) and just put a strip of fleece between his bottom and the diaper. If he gets a little red, I usually turn up the heat and let him hang out diaper free for a little bit (just keeping a towel or pre fold under him just in case). I've also read that breast milk can help with diaper rash and gave it a try once when nothing else seemed to be working. The rash was completely gone in 3 diaper changes!
Haven't used any cream as fortunately Maxmilian has been rash-free, but my cousin-in-law uses coconut oil on her CD LO. We use california baby diaper area spray & I feel like that has been good a preventing rashes. It is CD safe & I love the smell haha.
I went to a cloth diaper workshop that said petroleum jelly is okay as long as it's a thin layer. We got a lot of diaper creams for my shower, though. I use disposable wipes and often don't separate them from the diapers before washing. I'm left with this cloth-like material so I think that I might use the washed disposable wipes as a barrier to use up some of the other diaper creams I have. The only problem there is I'll have to remember to separate those!