Most diaper rash creams are just not safe to use on cloth diapers. The reason why is that many creams leave a barrier on the cloth diapers (especially diapers with synthetic fabrics like fleece) and will make your diapers repel (leak).
Of course if you see your pediatrician and they recommend you use a specific product we recommend that you follow their advice but just be sure you know if it is safe to use while cloth diapering.
Diaper Creams to avoid– Any diaper cream that contains cod liver oil. A&D Original Ointment contains cod liver oil, micro crystalline wax, and paraffin just to name a few ingredients. This ointment is fine when using disposable diapers but not to be used with cloth. Desitin also contains cod liver oil. If you use either one of these ointments with cloth your diapers have a great chance of repelling as it will create a barrier on the fibers and your diapers will smell like a fish market! (Again-please note that if your pediatrician recommends these creams please follow their advice however we don’t recommend using cloth diapers when you do use them.)
Northern Essence Better Butt(er) Cream
My personal favorite! Riley hardly gets a rash but I do notice that if he goes a little longer between changes or if he is having a bad day with teething he does get a bit red. A very little bit applied and the redness is all cleared up. Receives a 5 star rating at Diaper Pin.
Other cloth diaper safe creams are: