There’s nothing cuter than a squishy little baby booty, right? There’s also nothing more frustrating for a mama than when then cute little booty is plagued with a diaper rash. Some babies make it through their first year with very few of them, and other babies just seem to be prone to getting them all the time.
Whether it’s one rash here and there, or a rash that seems to carry on for weeks, it’s a pain in the butt…
An even bigger pain is when diaper rash creams don’t seem to work. Even more frustrating is when you realize some of the harsh ingredients that are in diaper rash creams. It makes you wonder if the chemicals in the cream are doing more harm than good to your baby’s precious little booty.
About that… did y’all know that Desitin has talc in it? I didn’t know either until a few months ago. I was honestly shocked. I know the debate is heavy on the use of talc, and I also know that companies have lost major court cases recently regarding the use of talc in baby powder. It is also publicly known that the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies perineal use of talc containing products as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
So if we are going to sue baby powder companies and search for the most safe and organic baby powder replacement, why would we be okay with using a diaper rash cream that contains that same harmful ingredient? We shouldn’t be.
So where does that leave us?
We basically have to come up with alternative methods that are highly effective at healing our baby’s bottom, but that pose very little risk to their overall health. And that requires a lot of trial and error and sometimes a ton of research. I know it’s way easier said than done when your little one is suffering. No one has time to look for these things when their baby is in pain, and no one wants to ‘test’ different option when their baby’s butt is already raw.
Unfortunately for my baby, but luckily for all of you, my baby has had more diaper rashes than I can count in her short eight months of life, so I have put plenty of things to the test. I came up with a short little list that hopefully will help you!
- Don’t do anything at all! I know, I know, that’s not helpful. What I mean is, instead of jumping straight to a remedy, try airing out that little booty. If you have a controlled space where it won’t hurt for your baby to have an accident or poop on your floor, give your baby a little naked time! Giving your baby some naked time will allow the skin on their bottom to breathe, which helps it to air out on its own and eliminate moisture! This is definitely easier when they are not yet mobile, but it can be done even when they are crawling and walking around. Just keep them contained on tile floor and let them run free!
- Use apple cider vinegar! I talked about ACV in my post about acne, and here I am talking about it again. If you don’t have raw apple cider vinegar in your home, order some now! Adding a cup of raw apple cider vinegar to your baby’s bath water can seriously work a miracle for that little booty! Not only will the apple cider vinegar kill bacteria that could worsen the rash, it will also kill off yeast that is prone to cause a rash! You can also dilute a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water and wash your baby’s bottom with it each time you do a diaper change!
- Use oatmeal the same way! Fill a cheese cloth or nut milk bag with half a cup to a cup of oatmeal and steep it in your baby’s bath water. Then let your baby sit in the bath for at least 15 minutes! You can then use the water to finish rinsing your baby off! Why oatmeal, you wonder? The high amount of protein in whole rolled oats soothes the skin while also maintaining the natural protective barrier. Oatmeal is also rich in saponin, which helps remove unwanted dirt and oils from skin. AS a bonus, an oatmeal bath will make your baby’s skin softer than it ever was before!
Those are pretty easy tricks, right? Even with those tricks, however, there might be times where you need a diaper rash cream. If you find yourself in that position, just choose wisely! A diaper rash cream that is free of harsh chemicals will always be better for your baby’s bottom. We recommend this calming diaper rash cream from Beautycounter. It truly is the only diaper rash cream that has actually worked for our sweet girl! It is free of harsh chemicals, totally safe, and effective! Grab a tube for those times when you are desperate!
We are always open to new tricks and home remedies, so if you have your own remedy that you have tested and you love, share it with us in the comments below!