Cloth Diapering: Diaper Cream and Liners

We chose cloth diapers because of our experience with disposables.  Marshall consistently had awful, painful rashes.  The pediatrician recommended different creams and combinations before ultimately suggesting cloth diapering.  It seemed crazy to us then, but since exclusively cloth diapering with Vi we understand.  Cloth- when properly cared for with a good wash routine– really does cut down on the instances of rashes.  This far, I can probably count on one hand how many rashes Vi has had and none of them come close to Marshall’s bleeding, blistering rashes from disposables.  Really, the majority of the time she has gotten rashes was when we put her in disposables when on the road or for the occasional sitter.

One thing to keep in mind, though, is that not every diaper cream you find is cloth friendly.  It’s important to check ingredients and steer clear of the creams that will make your cloth diapers repel- namely petroleum products.  Fluff Love University has a great index to check out diaper creams.  It lists ingredients and whether the cream is cloth friendly or will cause staining or repelling issues.

I personally love using Aden & Anais Mum + Bub Soothing Ointment.  It’s a little bit on the spendy side, but a little bit goes a long ways!  I’ve had the same jar since April and I haven’t used even a quarter of it up yet.

Another good option when using diaper cream is utilizing a liner.  Diaper liners help prevent stains or repelling damage done to the diapers.  Some people cut up fleece to reuse when possible and toss if ruined by the cream.  I like the biodegradable liners, myself.  They come in a roll, as seen above, just rip along the perforated lines for a perfectly measured liner.

I like to put the cream on the baby’s rash and then lay the liner directly on the skin like a bandage.  Then simply put the diaper on as usual.

After the diaper is used, you can throw the biodegradable liner directly in the garbage or simply flush down the toilet.  The liners are supposed to break down in 8 days in a sewage plant or 20 days in a septic system; its best to allow a liner to sit in the toilet for a little bit to better absorb water and break down more easily after flushing.

It’s just that easy!  Like a lot of things with cloth, the idea of it always seems more daunting than reality.


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