Is there anything more precious than a sweet, newborn baby’s bottom? The phrase itself is used as a description of extreme softness and charming delicateness. Therefore it comes as no surprise that a baby’s skin deserves the most exceptional and thoughtful care. This is why it’s important to use a natural diaper cream.
Regardless of diaper type and style, or frequency of changes, diaper rash is a risk of babyhood. Sweet skin can become red and irritated, causing an unhappy baby and distressed parents. Unfortunately, many people reach for a generic diaper cream at this point, exposing their delightful infant to a myriad of toxic chemicals and substances that are rapidly absorbed into a baby’s vulnerable skin.
But this exposure is unnecessary! There are a variety of effective and safe creams that function without the use of these harsh and unknown ingredients. With proper care, these outbreaks can be minimized and avoided altogether. But before you choose your care regimen, it’s important to remember that the skin is the largest organ of the human body and it is responsible for interacting with our environment. This is why it’s best to keep in mind for any skin care product that if you wouldn’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin. If it shouldn’t go in your body, than it shouldn’t go on your body.
Besides, many of the mainstream products available to soothe delicate, unhappy skin actually contain chemicals that are known skin irritants! So while they may seem to soothe for a moment, they often contribute to chronic problems that seem to require their perpetual use! Luckily there is no need to sacrifice effectiveness for safety if you go for a natural brand.
First, let’s look at what a diaper cream is required to do. Diaper rash is caused by moisture resting for too long on a baby’s delicate skin, as well as by friction developing when skin rubs against itself or against other materials. The purpose of a diaper cream is two-fold: to heal existing rashes quickly and painlessly and to prevent further irritation from developing.
This means that an ideal cream needs to provide a barrier between skin and whatever it is coming into contact with, while still being permeable to allow the skin to breath. It also needs to soothe and moisturize and should be able to reduce pain and inflammation. A danger with any diaper rash is that the exposed skin will be more vulnerable to bacteria and yeast growth, so a good cream needs to combat those effectively as well.
Here are some of the best product options to restore and maintain your baby’s bottom in perfect health.
Ora’s Amazing Herbal
This product was developed by Ora herself for her own beloved baby. Her formula was so effective that she put it on the market for others to benefit from as well. Power packed with organic herbs known for soothing pain and reducing inflammation, the salve is slow-infused in glass containers in the dark, where the healing power of the herbs can be best incorporated into the oil without any potential leaching from plastic containers.
Licorice root, calendula, comfrey, plantain, chickweed, St. John’s wort, burdock, and thyme all mingle in the non-GMO cream along with grapeseed oil, castor oil, coconut oil, and beeswax. A bit of non-GMO Vitamin E is added to aid your baby’s bottom in the recovery. Ora’s amazing herbal baby salve is unscented so you can heal your baby without covering up that beautiful baby smell.
This 1 oz cream is also recommended for soothing and cleaning out creases in your baby’s skin. Instead of washing out folds with water and wipes, which can remain damp and lead to more irritation, simply apply a thin layer into and over the area with this salve several times a day for clean, nourished skin. Necks, thighs, behind the ears, and around the bottom, this salve does it all.
This product is a multi-purpose tool. It’s a great addition to any mother’s arsenal. Effective against diaper rash, Motherlove diaper rash cream has a zero toxins rating on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics database. This means that it’s perfectly safe for your baby. Made with an extra virgin olive oil and beeswax base, this product is over 96% certified organic, food grade material.
This rating means that in addition to being a great diaper cream, it can also be used on mama’s hurting, nursing nipples. Many nipple creams can only be used in-between feedings, but this unique product is pure enough to be left on while a baby nurses, protecting and healing mother’s skin at the same time.
Motherlove also contains organic grape root and myrrh gum, both fantastic natural antiseptics. This means that while the salve is soothing and comforting, it’s also busy fighting off any potential growth of yeast that could lead to thrush in the baby’s delicate parts or the mother’s nipples. The product comes in a 1 oz. glass jar.
Certified USDA Organic, this diaper balm boasts an organic sunflower oil, castor oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil base. This mixture is soft and comforting, reducing any friction between tiny buns. Infused with the all-powerful calendula, as well as rosemary, vitamin E and chamomile, this balm is made to heal a bottom and keep it healed!
Era Organics Diaper Balm is free of mineral oil, petrolatum products, parabens, preservatives, dyes or other known irritants. For use on diaper rash, seborrheic dermatitis, and baby eczema, this is a product that you can feel good about putting on your baby.
It comes in a larger 2 oz. pot, making it a great value. This product also comes with a money back guarantee, making it a perfect choice for someone just starting to test out natural options.
This ointment is the only one that is hospital recommended. It was formulated by a certified Nurse Herbalist and has an organic olive oil base. Generously infused with calendula and St. John’s wort, as well as chickweed, plantain, shea butter, and lavender, this balm is the only one listed that contains the naturally antibacterial and antiseptic tea tree and myrrh oils. This makes it a great product for fighting bacteria and fungus.
Earth Mama’s Baby Bottom Balm is non-irritating and clinically and dermatologist tested, as well as vegan and zinc free, and free from any phthalates or parabens. It was found to have zero toxins by EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.
A great option for families with multiple kids, this balm can easily grow with you from diaper cream to first aid cream. It can be applied to itchy bug bites, as well as scrapes and bumps. It comes in a 2 oz. glass jar.
This final option is for those who don’t like to get their hands dirty! Treating and preventing diaper rash is often a gooey affair, but not with GrowVia’s Magic Stick diaper balm. It makes application simple and efficient. Mom and Dad’s hands stay dray so that they can stay on the move. The stick is also efficient because the balm is only applied where it is meant to be applied- no wasted product on the parent’s hands or anywhere else!
The Magic Stick is all natural and organic. The petroleum-free base is safe to use with any kind of diaper. It comes in a convenient 1.6 oz. tube that is great for when you’re on the go. It’s easy to stash and quick to use. A light layer will keep your baby smooth and comfortable for hours.