WHEN parents think about the amazing times they’ll have with their baby, changing nappies and wiping bums doesn’t come top of the list.
Nonetheless, it is something you’ll spend a lot of time doing, so prepare yourself by stocking up on a top baby rash cream.
We’ve done the dirty work (literally) and smeared many of these baby rash creams on our very own babies.
We’ve also scoured the web for the top-reviewed and best nappy rash creams to bring you a comprehensive list of every cream (and ointment) you need to know about.
Nappy rash can be caused by lots of things, from certain baby wipes and baby washes to nappies rubbing against baby’s skin.
It can also occur when baby isn’t changed frequently enough and their sensitive skin has been in contact with wee and poo for a while, so remember to change nappies regularly to minimise it.
If your baby has nappy rash, keep the area as clean and dry as possible.
You can also try airing out the area by letting baby spend some time without a nappy on.
Nappy rash can take different forms: typically, you will see redness, spots or blisters.
Once you’ve started nappy rash treatment with a recommended nappy rash barrier cream, things should start to improve.
Not every cream works for every baby, so it may be worth trying a couple out.
If your baby still has nappy rash after a few days – or if the rash has spread, or developed white pustules, it may be a sign of infection.
Take your tot to the GP to check if they need a fungal cream (like Canesten) in addition to the barrier cream you’re using.
1. Best all round baby rash cream
- Sudocrem, £3.50 for 250g at Morrisons – buy here
Every household needs a pot of Sudocrem, which not only acts as a barrier cream when your baby has nappy rash but also helps soothe eczema and sunburn.
Even when they have severe nappy rash, a layer of Sudocrem can help them sleep through the night without waking in pain every time they wee – trust us, we’ve been there.
The one downside? It can easily make a mess.
2. Best nappy rash treatment on-the-go
- Bepanthen, £2.50 for 30g at Asda – buy here
This handy-sized tube is perfect for chucking into your nappy bag to have with you when you’re out and about.
It’s easy to apply, with a thick texture so it stays on without rubbing off.
Bepanthen’s nappy ointment not only helps alleviate painful nappy rash by forming a transparent layer to protect delicate skin, it contains Provitamin B5 to keep baby’s skin happy and hydrated, so it can be used at every nappy change as a preventative measure.
Bonus – it reportedly works wonders on fresh tattoos, too. Just sayin’.
3. Best cream for natural ingredients
- Weleda Baby Calendula Nappy Cream, £5.40 for 75ml at Amazon – buy here
Weleda’s products use lovely natural ingredients including organic almond oil, organic calendula and chamomile to create gentle, soothing solutions (Weleda’s Skin Food is, quite simply, a miracle moisturising product).
This cream features lanolin and zinc oxide to act as a barrier, while the calendula boasts anti-inflammatory properties.
Parents like that a little goes a long way and swear by its effectiveness.
Bonus points for no nasty chemicals.
4. Best baby cream for pampering
- Cowshed Baby Cow Organics Buttery Bottom Balm, £10 for 75ml at The Hut – buy here
This free-from-nasties cream has organic lavender, chamomile and hemp seed oils to protect from nappy rash and works a treat as a soothing moisturiser.
Since we’ve never met a Cowshed product we didn’t like, we predict mums will be stashing it in their bags to use as a hand cream.
5. Best multi-tasking cream
- Lansinoh nipple cream, £8.95 for 40ml at Amazon – buy here
Mums swear by Lansinoh not just for its ability to soothe dry and cracked nipples as a result of breastfeeding, but also for its remarkable healing prowess as a barrier cream.
This is why is makes a great choice as a nappy rash cream too.
It also makes an incredible moisturising lip balm. Stock up.
6. Best free-from-everything cream
- Naturalus My Little One Happy Bottom nappy barrier cream, £13.95 for 100g at Amazon – buy here
This Australian cream is a hit with UK parents, too, thanks to its creamy combination of shea butter, zinc, calendula, oatmeal, aloe vera and paw paw (papaya).
7. Best nappy spray
- Harry & Rose Baby Nappy Spray, £5.50 for 50ml at Harry & Rose – buy here
Made with natural ingredients (aloe, calendula, witch hazel), this barrier spray is a well-reviewed, free-from alternative for those who don’t want the mess and fuss of a cream.
Smells good, too.
8. Easiest baby rash cream to wash off
- Mustela Baby Vitamin barrier cream, £8 for 100ml at Amazon – buy here
This three-step formula prevents nappy rash, relieves irritation and repairs broken skin.
It’s also easy to rinse off so is a good minimal-mess option.
9. Best nappy rash cream for cloth nappies
- Purepotions Lavender Nappy Salve, £8.99 for 60ml at Amazon – buy here
If you’re a cloth nappy aficionado, you need to be careful which nappy cream you choose to ensure the nappy stays absorbent.
Natural nappy creams like Weleda (see above) work well.
Purepotions is another favourite – not only does it heal nappy rash, it can also be applied to cuts and grazes.
Plus, parents swear it’s the best choice for babes with ultra-sensitive/allergy-prone skin.
10. Best value nappy cream
- Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment, £8.99 for 210g at John Lewis – buy here
Even though the brand makes a separate nappy cream, we’d recommend buying this all-rounder ointment, which has soothing shea butter, making it perfect for use on baby’s bum as well as any other dry areas.
An all-around winner.
11. Best old standby rash cream
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- Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm, £9 for 45ml at Boots, buy here
Aquaphor is a bit like the US equivalent of Sudocrem, but in ointment form.
It does everything, from helping to heal scrapes and burns to soothing red and sore baby bums.
Note: it’s very, very thick and, according to reviewers, “amazingly effective.”
12. Best baby barrier cream for mums
- Neal’s Yard Remedies baby barrier cream, £8 for 100g at John Lewis – buy here
This award-winning cream gets rave reviews from parents who like the combination of organic beeswax and calming camomile – and the fact that a little bit of this cream goes a long way.
A must for your nappy bag – and one that mums will definitely be using on any sore spots they may have. It’s that gorgeous.
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