Do reusable nappies cause diaper rash?

April 3, 2016

Reusable nappies are superb for the environment because they reduce our carbon footprint. Plus they're much cheaper than disposable nappies simply because you can use them over and over again. Another benefit is that you can clearly tell how many wet diapers your baby is producing, which allows you to double check that that your newborn is getting enough milk (disposable nappies are so good at soaking up moisture that it can be tricky to tell if they're actually wet or not!) .

But do reusable nappies increase the risk of nappy rash?

As long as you change your baby's nappy regularly and ensure that the delicate skin on their bottom isn't in contact with irritants for long periods of time you should be fine with reusable options. After all, before disposables came about everyone used cloth diapers anyway.

One thing to bear in mind is the laundry detergent and softener you use to wash the nappies in. Some babies have sensitive skin, which can be easily irritated by chemical washing powders and fragrances. If you find that you're changing your baby's nappies regularly and they're still getting rashes you might need to switch to another brand or choose eco-friendly options made with natural ingredients.

The best way to treat nappy rash is to apply a soothing emollient to the area that protects the skin from becoming further inflamed. Baby's Everything Body Balm is the perfect salve for diaper rash because it's super-gentle and is immediately effective at soothing pain and discomfort. Apply it to the affected area and watch your grumpy baby's frown turn upside down in an instant!

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