Best Diaper Rash Cream: Ointments that Protect & Relieve Pain

by Nicole Justus |

My top recommendation for diaper rash cream is Triple Paste primarily because of the ingredients which I’ll discuss later.

Have you as an adult ever had a rash down there? (Yes, I mean down there.) You don’t have to admit it, but if you have, you know how painful it can be. As a distance runner, I have had a few after long runs that left me wincing for days. Well, imagine being a baby and feeling like that! It’s terrible! No wonder they cry! Both of my children have had diaper rashes that make parenting a nightmare. A great diaper rash ointment and some good hygiene can make the world of difference. So which of the creams work best for these rashes?

The top 5 creams for diaper rash are:

  1. Triple Paste
  2. Weleda Calendula
  3. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee 100% Natural Diaper Ointment
  4. Earth Mama Angel Bottom
  5. Bordeaux Butt Paste

First of all, let’s talk about what causes a diaper rash. It is irritation of the skin that is caused by one of several things like:

  • Moisture
  • Friction
  • Antibiotics
  • Teething
  • Certain foods eaten by baby or by a breastfeeding mother

So what do the creams do for the rash?

The ointment needs to be able to create a barrier between the skin and any urine or stool that it will come in contact with (like zinc). It should have some ingredients in it that help relieve inflamed skin (such as aloe). Some rash creams even have antibacterial properties (Calendula). You want to limit the chemicals and fillers that are in these products since they are coming in direct contact with your baby. You also need a rash cream that is going to stay in place as well as rub on easily, right? Well, now you are starting to sound picky. Let’s explore the top 5 creams and see exactly why they are my recommendations.

Triple Paste

Image of the Triple Paste Medicated Ointment for Diaper Rash, 16-Ounce

4.9/5 stars with 66 reviews on Jet.com

5/5 stars with 137 reviews on Target

Pros

Triple Paste is great for diaper rashes because it contains 12.8% zinc as well as beeswax and petrolatum. It is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, which is great for delicate skin. This cream is not as greasy as other products, so it does stay in place after it is applied. (When I say it doesn’t stay in place, I mean you apply it, but when you change your babies next diaper, you see that all of the cream is gone.) The company promises a full refund if you are not happy with their product.

Cons

Since this cream is so thick, it can be difficult to apply to a baby’s bottom, especially if they are squirming all over the place and upset. It is in the middle of the price range for diaper rash cream, however the directions on the bottle state to apply it thick to your baby, which means you will go through the product faster and spend more money. There has been a problem with advertising the wrong size on certain websites. They charge for a 16oz tub, but only send a 10oz tub, which is frustrating.

Weleda Calendula Rash Cream

Image of the Weleda Diaper Care Cream with Calendula 2.8oz

4.5/5 stars with 1,023 reviews on Amazon

Pros

This fair trade blend contains calendula, which is made from marigold flowers. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It also contains 12% zinc, almond oil, sesame oil, and beeswax. There are no preservatives, petroleum, or added fragrances in Weleda Calendula. This product stays in place after it is applied and does help to clear up rashes quickly. (As a matter of fact, it will leave their butt white for a long time and is hard clean off, even with a bath!)

Cons

The cream comes in an aluminum tube with a screw top lid, which is a hassle. First of all, it is hard to squeeze all of the product out, and secondly, a screw top is almost impossible to put on and take off when you are wrestling with an upset baby. Weleda Calendula is pretty expensive, and it can be hard to find in stores. I actually couldn’t find it anywhere around me and had to order it online. Also, the essential oils that are in the cream can cause a reaction for babies with super sensitive skin, so trying it in a small area is recommended. Lastly, although there are no added fragrances, the product does have a smell. It didn’t bother me, but it did bother my mom.

FYI: This cream was my lifesaver when my son had a bad rash last year. Someone recommended it to us and I swear it was a miracle drug. The only reason it is not number 1 is because of the risk of reaction and the aluminum tube that was a little bit of a pain!

Burt’s Bees Baby Bee 100% Natural Diaper Cream

Image of the Burt's Bees Baby Bee 100% Natural Diaper Rash Ointment - 3 Ounce Tube

4.9/5 stars with 225 reviews on Target

Pros

Burt’s bees contains no fillers and has Vitamin D, almond oil, proteins, lavender oil, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and 40% zinc oxide. It smells great, and is 100% natural. Also, the product spreads out very easily onto your baby’s bottom. Burt’s Bees is priced in the middle of price range of diaper creams. It works very quickly too, which is fantastic for both parents and babies.

Cons

Unfortunately for cloth diaper lovers, Burt’s Bees leaves a white residue that does not come out. I have accidentally gotten this on clothes before and it is frustrating. This ointment can be hard to squeeze out of the tube. (Hence why I got it onto my son’s clothes.) Another downside is that the newer formula of this product doesn’t seem to smell as great as the old one. In my opinion though, as long as it works, I don’t care how it smells.

Earth Mama Angel Bottom

Image of the Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm, 2-Ounce

5/5 stars with 39 reviews on Target

Pros

This cream is free of just about everything. It has no toxins, no petroleum, no mineral oil, no Vitamin E, no phthalates, no zinc, and no parabens. (So what does it contain?) It does contain antibacterial and antifungal organic herbs, shea butter, and pure essential oils. These don’t create a barrier and they allow the skin to breathe. Another great thing about Earth Mama Angel Bottom is that it is safe for bug bites, scrapes, and rashes. It is also safe to use with cloth diapers.

Cons

This diaper cream is one of the most expensive ones on the market. The essential oils can also make rashes worse or cause babies to break out if they have an allergy or have sensitive skin. Also, the smell of the product can be a little too strong for some people. Lastly, Earth Mama Angel Bottom melts to a liquid on your babies bottom (think just like coconut oil does when it hits your skin). This means that it may not look like it is staying put like some of the thicker creams.

Bordeaux Butt Paste Maximum Relief

Image of the Boudreaux's Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment - Maximum Strength - Contains 40% Zinc Oxide - Pediatrican Recommended - Paraben and Preservative-Free - 4 Ounce

4.5/5 stars with 508 reviews on Amazon (A Best Seller!)

Pros

Bordeaux Butt Paste has a regular relief and a maximum relief product. I really like the maximum relief one because it contains 40% zinc versus 16% zinc in the original formula. The cream goes on easy and comes off easy. The smell is okay and you can purchase it in either a tub or a tube, whichever is easier for you to apply. It is pretty cheap too, which means you don’t feel guilty about caking it on to relieve your baby’s rash.

Cons

There are some ingredients in this product that stink. It contains boric acid, mineral and castor oil, white wax, and petroleum jelly. Also, just like any other diaper ointment, some babies may be allergic to the product and have a worsening rash after using this. (I feel like I just keep repeating myself with some of these cons!)

Overall Recommendation

I recommend the diaper rash creams in the order that they were listed above:

  1. Triple Paste
  2. Weleda Calendula (But I love this one best!)
  3. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee 100% Natural Diaper Ointment
  4. Earth Mama Angel Bottom
  5. Bordeaux Butt Paste (Maximum strength)

If you do have a baby with sensitive skin, I advise you to use caution when trying anything new. Only apply the cream onto a small portion of their skin until you know that they won’t develop any welts or blisters.

If you are in the middle of experiencing your baby’s first diaper rash, it can be frustrating and scary. You feel guilty and that it’s your fault. Relax, take a step back, and realize that we all go through this! Here are some simple tips on how to treat a diaper rash:

  • Keep your baby in clean diapers. Change them whenever you notice that they are wet. Stool and urine make the rash worse!
  • Use absorbent diapers that pull urine away from the skin and into the diaper. Aldi’s diapers, for example, don’t do as great of a job keeping the skin dry. (You can read about those here.)
  • Wash your baby’s bottom with gentle soap and water.
  • Avoid wipes with alcohol or a fragrance to them. They can sting and irritate your baby’s bottom.
  • Leave the diaper off as much as possible to give the skin time to breathe.
  • Add 2 tbsp of baking soda to bath water to help soothe the skin.

Good luck to you and hope the rash goes away quickly!

 

 

Nicole Justus
I am a working mom with 2 kiddos and number 3 on the way. I believe that all parents are superheroes and that laughter makes life easier.

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