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do i need to use baby powder with cloth diapers?

i read that you didn't need to because the diapers are absorbent enough that baby won't get a rash but i just want to make sure

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:39 AM on Jul. 19, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • DO NOT USE powder, it causes rash on some babies. It is unnecessary, besides the powders gets into babies lungs very easily. Use AD ointment or Destin or even better petroleum jelly to prevent a diapers rash. I personally used only Vaseline on my twin babies and they never had a rash. Urine just repels because the Vaseline is slippery. Good luck.

    Answer by AdrianaS at 4:46 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Nope.
    And it could cause a buildup in your cloth diapers, so try to stay away. Actually, it is often recommended to stay away from any diaper creams. They repel water, so if they get in your diapers, they repel water from your diapers. Not what you want.

    Answer by jdanielle82 at 4:58 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Don't use powder Ever!!

    Answer by MizusT at 5:05 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • NO petroleum based products on cloth! Or baby powder. If baby gets a rash try stripping your diapers, adding in a fleece liner, or using an approved baby ointment. Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm is great and wont cause buildup.

    Answer by Arisce at 8:35 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Don't ever use baby powder or put petroleum byproducts on skin.

    You can use a bit of corn starch, olive oil or coconut oil

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:43 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Ditto to rkoloms. Especially don't use powders that say "talc" or "talcum powder" that's even worse.

    Answer by amileegirl at 10:07 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • I wanted to mention the only preventative against diaper rash is AIR. Disposables more often cause a diaper rash from the chemicals in them and the fact that they don't breathe. Cloth diapers breathe! Make sure your baby's bottom is dry after a change (I don' recommend baby wipes, they can also cause a rash. use cheap baby wash cloths and plain water or you could make disposable ones yourself easily with papertowels and a quick solution -- though cloth is better) .

    FAN your baby's bottome with the diaper or other cloth. Give AIR TIME everyday. Do not use powders, lotions, or creams. If you see some irritation you can use a little aloe or a pure oil like olive oil, raw shea butter, or virgin coconut oil. A mix of shea butter and olive or coconut oil makes a very nice mix, i used it to protect the bottom from acidic marathon poops when they occured. You can also do part time elimination communication - no diaper=no rash

    Answer by amileegirl at 10:16 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • No powder! (Cloth or disposables). Also , I never put Desitin (or other diaper creams) on unless baby was getting a rash. It can be hard to get out of the cloth diapers, and I would just use a little if needed. It depends a lot on the baby. My DD never gets any kind of a rash. I think the fleece lined cloth diapers help (we are using BumGenius 3.0).

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 1:43 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Powder can be dangerous too, best to avoid the stuff regardless of what diaper you use. If it's inhaled it can be fatal, not something you want hanging around a nursery.

    Answer by RhondaVeggie at 5:37 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

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