Although diaper rash is never something you want to deal with, odds are you've probably fought the good fight with this red, irritating and super common baby + toddler skin ailment more than once during your time as a mama.
Almost every baby suffers through diaper rash at some point during their first few years of life. Prolonged wetness, friction and sensitive baby skin combine into a recipe for disaster when it comes to baby bums and, although generally harmless, diaper rash can be pretty painful and irritating for those little tushes.
Enter diaper cream: A mama's best friend for treatment and prevention of diaper rash, and a staple on the changing table + in every diaper bag.
But with so many to choose from, you need to know which diaper creams actually get the job done. (Because let's be real, you're already spending enough time trying to wrangle your little one for a diaper change in the first place!)
All diaper creams are not created equal. Here are our 11 picks for the best diaper rash creams that soothe, heal and ultimately prevent diaper rash.
A longstanding favorite among moms, Triple Paste medicated ointment delivers the double whammy of not only healing diaper rash quickly (seriously, mamas, this stuff is magic) but preventing it, as well. It's fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Plus, a little goes a long way, which means one tub will last for quite a while.
Aquaphor is the stuff of dreams—from chapped lips to minor cuts + scrapes, there's hardly anything that this magical ointment can't help with. And diaper rash is no exception!
Aquaphor protects baby's skin from wetness, acidity and chafing, and unlike petroleum jelly, creates a barrier over the skin which heals while still enabling the flow of water and air. Added bonus—it also works great on mama's dry hands!
How can we not love a diaper rash cream with the slogan “let's kick some rash?" Developed by a pharmacist with four kids who wasn't satisfied with any of the diaper rash creams on the market, Boudreaux's is effective and is made without any harsh chemicals, which is a major win in our book.
Desitin takes a spot on our best-of list because it contains the maximum level of zinc oxide available without a prescription, making it a top choice for serious diaper rash. It's thick + rich, creating a strong protective barrier between your baby's diaper and her sensitive skin. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory, reducing the redness and pain that goes along with diaper rash.
This calming salve uses calendula—a flower used to treat inflammation + pain—to soothe baby bottoms and treat + prevent diaper rash. Infused with other herbs like tea tree oil and shea butter, we love it as one of the more natural diaper rash creams on the market.
Cetaphil is one of our faves for our own skin, so using it on our little ones' sensitive bottoms is a no-brainer. The soothing cream is filled with vitamins and other organic ingredients, and the fresh scent isn't overpowering.
Honest Company is about more than just adorable diapers. Made without phthalates, parabens, fragrances, dyes and other potentially harmful ingredients, this quick-acting diaper rash cream uses zinc oxide and other organic ingredients to relieve even the most stubborn of rashes. It also helps moisturize those tiny bottoms + is easy to apply.
Like a few of our other picks, this European brand also features calendula, along with other natural extracts and oils, to combat diaper rash. Because of its natural makeup, we've found this diaper rash cream to be especially effective for babies with super sensitive skin.
A+D stands the test of time as one of the best diaper rash creams around. The soothing ointment easily glides onto skin, so it's great to apply on-the-regular for continuous protection against a diaper rash.
Maker of some of our favorite baby skin care products around, California Baby has been known for over 20 years as a go-to for safe, natural, and effective products for babies + kids with sensitive skin. This preservative-free, fragrance-free and super concentrated cream uses zinc oxide and other natural ingredients to treat and prevent diaper rash. It's also safe to use with cloth diapers.
Rounding out our list is another diaper rash cream that's perfect for sensitive skin. With one of the higher levels of zinc oxide available, this cream protects even the most delicate baby bottoms. It won't stain, making it cloth diaper safe, and it's all natural and chemical-free.
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