The 10 Best Diaper Rash Creams

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This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in January of 2017. Diaper rash is inevitable for most babies. Luckily, there are many creams to keep flare-ups to a minimum, or prevent them from occurring in the first place. Our selections include some that contain zinc oxide as well as all-natural, organic options for sensitive skin. You can experiment to find the one that works best for your child, and remember to always do a patch test first. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Triple Paste Medicated

2. Weleda Calendula

3. Earth Mama Soothing

Editor's Notes

August 03, 2020:

For our latest update, we wanted to keep the variety of selections that feature myriad ingredient types to provide a solution to babies of many sensitivities. We prioritized well-tested creams recommended by pediatricians and dermatologists and items with organic, non-GMO, and natural components that eschew synthetics, parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrance and dyes. That said, it's still important to do a patch test to ensure your little one isn't allergic to anything. Some options, like Aquaphor Baby Advanced Therapy and Boudreaux's Butt Paste, contain petrolatum, which is a safe cosmetic but derived from petroleum, which is far from eco-friendly.

If purchasing environmentally-friendly selections is important to you, then options like Earth Mama Soothing, Weleda Calendula, GroVia All Natural Magic, and Burt's Bees Baby Natural are the way to go. Because The Honest Company Cream falls into this camp quite closely, we felt we could part with it to include another high-strength, versatile choice in the Pinxav Fast Relief.

Pinxav uses a proprietary formula that is not only effective for diaper rash but a reliable treatment for a host of skin issues, making it a valuable tube to have around the house for all family members. Its pink-tinted cream can stain fabrics, so it's not ideal for cloth diapers, but its versatility more than makes up for this drawback.

July 26, 2019:

Whether you're using a cloth or disposable diaper on your little one, the likelihood of a rash is almost guaranteed unless you take preventative measures, among them using a good diaper rash cream, many of which can also treat flare-ups once they occur. We chose selections with a host of different ingredient types, as every baby is different and has his or her special sensitivities to account for. We favored creams that were tested by pediatricians and dermatologists, as well as certified organic, cruelty-free, and non-GMO.

We still love Era Organics Honeybuns but felt that Earth Mama Soothing would serve organically-minded parents better, and since CeraVe Baby ran into availability issues, we took the opportunity to replace it with GroVia All Natural Magic, an effective balm in a convenient stick form.

We also updated our old Boudreaux's Butt Paste selection with the company's maximum strength offering and added The Honest Company Cream to provide more selections for parents who want only all-natural ingredients going on their baby's skin.

Even the most natural formulas may still have an ingredient that irritates your baby, which is why we have to stress that parents do a small patch test before administering any creams to their child. This way you can know for sure if they'll react poorly to it, and spare you both from irritation. Ointments should always be kept where babies cannot reach them.

Special Honors

Baby Connect App If you're looking to keep tabs on everything from feeding schedules and nap times to instances of diaper rash, Baby Connect is a comprehensive tracking application that allows you to exchange information in real-time with your spouse, babysitter, nanny or daycare. You can record feedings, nursing, naps, diapers, milestones, pumping, the baby’s mood, temperature, and more. Users can compare with previous day and week averages and view data on graphs to identify trends. You can also access medicine and vaccine schedules and track weight, height, and head size and compare your findings against US or International percentiles.

4. GroVia All Natural Magic

5. Burt's Bees Baby Natural

6. Pinxav Fast Relief

7. Motherlove Balm

8. Desitin Daily Defense

9. Boudreaux's Butt Paste

10. Aquaphor Baby Advanced Therapy

Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.

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