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Best diaper rash creams of 2020

Best diaper rash creams of 2020

Diaper rashes are an unpleasant but common part of baby life. Luckily, diaper rash creams can treat rashes and even prevent them. To find the top five diaper rash creams recommended by parents, we combed through threads from moms and dads in the our site Community and added our own research and experience. Here are the our site Love It winners for the best diaper rash creams.

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  • Diaper rash cream basics

    What you need to know

    Babies have sensitive and delicate skin. No matter how often you change your baby's diaper or how gentle your diapers, wipes, and detergent are, diaper rash can still occur. It can be caused by wetness, chafing, or sensitivity to chemicals in diapers and wipes. Sometimes, trying new foods or taking medication can lead to a rash.

    There are a few ways to both treat and prevent diaper rashes. Changing your baby's diapers as soon as they're wet or soiled will help. Let your baby to go au natural when possible so his skin can get some fresh air. Consider trying a different brand of diapers, use fragrance-free wipes or a squirt bottle of warm water and soft cloth to clean your baby, and use diaper rash creams.

    Diaper rash creams create a protective barrier between your baby's skin and her diaper to prevent and treat rashes. Diaper rashes usually take a few days to clear up, and may come back. If you're not seeing success with over-the-counter creams and other treatment and prevention methods, talk to your child's doctor.

  • Quick look

    The best diaper rash creams

    Parents' Picks - recommended by parents

    Diaper rash creamour site Rating
    Desitin Maximum Strength Original Paste

    Most recommended

    Boudreaux's Maximum Strength Butt Paste

    Highly recommended

    The Honest Company Organic All-Purpose Balm

    Highly recommended

    Burt's Bees Baby Diaper Rash Ointment

    Recommended

    Organic Diaper Balm by Earth Mama

    Recommended

    Editors' Choice - chosen by our site Editors

    Strollerour site Rating
    Weleda Diaper Rash CreamHighly recommended
  • Desitin Maximum Strength Original Paste

    Our site Parents' Pick

    Many parents swear by this purple tube to treat a diaper rash. The formula in the Maximum Strength Paste is 40 percent zinc oxide, which is the highest concentration you can buy over the counter. Its consistency is thick and creamy, and it forms a protective barrier on your baby's skin to reduce discomfort and irritation.

    Heads up

    Some parents find the scent of this cream overpowering.

    Parents say

    "Desitin Maximum Strength is creamy and it works great. We use rash cream nightly after my son's bath because he wears a diaper for 12 hours at night (great sleeper) and gets a rash really quickly if we don't."

    "I always try to be very gentle with wiping and use Desitin – it worked great with my first baby."

    "When my son's rash is at its worst I use Desitin Maximum Strength after each diaper change. You need to apply it liberally, especially at bedtime."

    Specs

    • 40 percent zinc oxide
    • Hypoallergenic and free of parabens, phthalates, dyes, and soap

    Available at Amazon starting at $9.19

  • Boudreaux's Maximum Strength Butt Paste

    Our site Parents' Pick

    The brand with the funny name, Boudreaux's is no joke when it comes to treating and preventing diaper rash. Like Desitin Maximum Strength, Boudreaux's Maximum Strength Butt Paste has 40 percent zinc oxide. It's made with just six ingredients, and is free of parabens, talc, dyes, and preservatives.

    Heads up

    Some parents complain that this cream is so thick it's difficult to get off their hands, cloth diapers, and clothes. (Boudreaux's sells a silicone applicator to use instead of your hands if you prefer.)

    Parents say

    "I use Boudreaux's Butt Paste and it clears up rashes in two days or less every time."

    "I'm a first-time mom, but I work in a childcare center and I like Boudreaux's Butt Paste the best. I like the thick consistency of it, it works well for the majority of the children, and it clears up the rashes quickly."

    Specs

    • 40 percent zinc oxide
    • Free of dyes, parabens, talc, and preservatives
  • The Honest Company Organic All-Purpose Balm

    Our site Parents' Pick

    Many parents use this balm on pretty much everything – their baby's dry skin and hair, eczema, diaper and other rashes, and even on themselves. It's certified organic and made without petroleum, phthalates, mineral oil, or synthetic fragrances.

    Heads up

    This is an all-purpose balm, not specifically a diaper-rash treatment, and it doesn't contain zinc oxide. Your baby's diaper rash may require something stronger.

    Parents say

    "It's a thick balm and works wonderfully."

    "Honest Company Balm: I use it for everything. It's a little greasy but it doesn't get all over."

    Specs

    • Made with organic sunflower seed, olive, and coconut oils
    • Hypoallergenic; free of synthetic fragrances, phthalates, mineral oil, dyes, and petroleum

    Available at Amazon starting at $12.81

  • Burt's Bees Baby Diaper Rash Ointment

    Our site Parents' Pick

    Burt's Bees makes a diaper rash ointment that's the best of both worlds. It has plant-based ingredients to soothe and moisturize skin, and also contains 40 percent zinc oxide to treat diaper rashes. It's safe and gentle but strong and effective. It contains shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and lavender oil, and the lavender scent is soothing and relaxing for babies and parents.

    Heads up

    This ointment may leave residue on cloth diapers. Use a liner or proceed with caution.

    Parents say

    "I love Burt's Bees Diaper Rash Ointment. For cloth diapering, I use it with a fleece liner and if for some reason it doesn't wash out, I just toss the liner. A warning about this: It has a strong lavender scent. I love it, but if you don't like strong scents, this might not be the cream for you."

    "We use it and haven't had much trouble with diaper rashes. It's super thick and lasts a long time. We got a tube as a shower gift and it's not even half empty yet!"

    "My daughter rarely has diaper rash, but when she does I use Burt's Bees. I apply a small amount, and it's gone overnight. Love that stuff."

    Specs

    • 40 percent zinc oxide
    • Made with shea butter, lavender oil, and jojoba seed oil
    • Free of parabens, phthalates, and petroleum

    Available at Amazon starting at $8.18

  • Organic Diaper Balm by Earth Mama

    Our site Parents' Pick

    Made of organic and herbal ingredients including olive oil, calendula, and shea butter, Earth Mama Organic Diaper Balm is a comforting salve for your baby's skin. Your entire family can use it! It does not contain zinc oxide, the active ingredient in many other diaper rash creams, but some parents say it works just as well or better.

    Heads up

    The oil-based balm does a great job of creating a waterproof barrier on your baby's skin, but leaves your hands especially greasy.

    Parents say

    "I've had a lot of luck with Earth Mama Diaper Balm for diaper rash and also for other rashes and extremely dry skin."

    "I researched for hours and checked the EWG (Environmental Working Group) database before choosing Earth Mama Diaper Balm. It clears anything my daughter has within a day."

    Specs

    • Made with ethically sourced, organic beeswax, and organic oils and herbs
    • Free of petroleum, parabens, and artificial fragrance

    Available at Amazon starting at $16.49

  • Weleda Diaper Rash Cream

    Our site Editors' Pick

    Weleda makes plant-rich products that are safe for the entire family. In fact, this diaper rash cream works wonders on all dry or irritated skin, not just baby bottoms. It contains calendula flower extract and chamomile to soothe skin, and almond oil to moisturize. The active ingredient is zinc oxide, though its 12 percent concentration is less than what you'll find in maximum-strength diaper rash creams.

    Heads up

    Some parents report the tube doesn't hold up well – it cracks and leaks cream. Others say the cream works well as a preventative measure, but isn't great for treating diaper rash.

    Editors say

    "It took until my third baby to find the perfect diaper cream. First, this works really well to prevent and soothe a rash quickly. It has a smooth texture, is easy to wash off, and has a pleasant smell. It's good for sensitive skin, and has natural ingredients and no preservatives."

    Specs

    • Contains 12 percent zinc oxide
    • Botanical extracts soothe skin, and almond oil moisturizes it
    • Free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances, colorants, and mineral oil

    Available at Amazon starting at $10.49


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