One of the changes that some families are hesitant to make when switching to cloth diapers is the “no rash cream” rule. Although liners may be purchased, this is an additional cost and doesn’t always completely keep all of the non-cloth diaper compliant ingredients from getting on the diaper fabrics. You don’t want to go without rash remedies, yet you don’t want to spend the time stripping your diapers from build up every couple of weeks either. I would like to note, however, that when cloth diapers are used properly (meaning your child is changed regularly and cloth diapers are regularly disinfected) your child should need little to no rash creams in the first place.
I am not sure where some parents get conditioned to use thick rash creams at every diaper change leaving bottoms little time to breathe. I understand their desire to prevent rashes and discomfort from having a chance to occur, as no parent would want their child to have a sore bottom. I try not to use rash creams very often because I want my daughter’s bottom to have air to breathe and I try to keep a keen eye on any signs of an oncoming rash. There is a place for rash treatments or barriers on your little one’s bottoms, but you can’t just use any old tube of cream with cloth diapers. Isn’t there a way to have a balm that is both cloth diaper safe, can be used as a prevention or treatment, and allows their little bottoms to breathe?
The good news is I think that there is. I have been reviewing the Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm for about 2 months now, which is longer than most of my initial reviews, as I have been testing both its effectiveness and whether it is truly cloth diaper safe. I tested this Bottom Balm without any liners, so I could see if there was any build up or repelling issues with the diaper fabrics. I haven’t had any noticeable build up or staining from it and I feel great using it as a treatment as well as a preventative a couple times a day, because I know that the ingredients are top of the line and my daughter’s bottom can have some air. It goes on smoothly and very little is needed to cover a larger surface area so don’t be fooled by the small tub! We have been using it daily, 2-3 times a day for 2 months and still haven’t even used half of the 2 oz. tub.
My daughter has very sensitive skin and if she ever gets loose stools or eats something that is too acidic her little bottom is the first to show it. I felt this Bottom Balm was just as effective if not more effective as the dozen other brands and ointments I have tried since my daughter was born, but one of the only ones that is cloth diaper safe (without the use of liners) and does not contain zinc oxide.
Most diaper creams, even more naturally marketed ones, include zinc oxide as a key ingredient and it is what makes the creams characteristically white. This serves as a literal barrier between baby’s bottom and any urine or stools that may irritate it and is also one of the main ingredients that may cause “build up” in your cloth diaper fabrics. Feel free to do more research on your own, but zinc oxide is an inorganic compound that is nearly insoluble in water. You can see where this would be an issue preventing your cloth diapers to properly absorb since this ingredient will cause moisture to repel away from it.
In addition to being effective and cloth diaper safe, EMAB’s Bottom Balm, like all of their products are completely organic, toxin free and boast a zero (0) rating on the skin deep rating scale—they are the only mommy and baby skincare line to achieve this rating. These are products without fillers, artificial ingredients or anything that nature didn’t bless us with. Oh and did I mention that this product, as well as others in their product line, have been clinically tested and are hospital recommended? Not many natural or organic bath and body products can claim that and it leaves mamas like me rest assured that it truly a superior product suitable for my little princess. EMAB Bottom Balm is a daily staple in our home now as it is great for scrapes and other boo-boos too!
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