Are you looking for a natural nappy cream for your little one?
When I had my older son Leo nearly six years ago, I had absolutely no clue what to look for in a product for this tiny little baby who was dependent on me to make the right choices. I already found it difficult to find the right skincare for myself so I did what most parents do – I went for the product that was advertised on TV and in every parenting magazine or leaflet I was given as an expectant Mum. Sudocrem (the antiseptic healing cream tub) was that said product. Having the knowledge that I have today on skincare ingredients to avoid, I now wouldn’t buy Sudocrem because it contains a handful of ingredients which are considered potentially harmful (i.e. liquid paraffin which is a byproduct of the petroleum industry and can clog up pores, and propylene glycol, which can cause allergic reactions and has been linked to cancer). Sudocrem have since released a different product aimed specifically to treat nappy rash (Sudocrem Care & Protect ) but the ingredient list is even longer and still contains paraffin as well as PEGs). To help you understand different ingredients and make better choices, I’ve put together a handy one-page printable list of potentially harmful ingredients – you can keep it handy in your handbag or baby changing bag to use whenever you’re shopping.
So if you’re looking for a safer alternative, check out my top 5 nappy creams below:
1. Nom Nom Skincare Baby Butter (£13.00, 60ml)
Ingredients: Butospermum parkii (Shea) butter*, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil*, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Oenothera biennis (Evening primrose) oil*, Calendula officinalis (Marigold) flower extract*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E from sunflower)
*from organic agriculture
95.5% Organic of total. 100% natural origin
My view: I’ve written a separate review on this Soil Association-certified butter before but this is currently our favourite cream to use during nappy changes. It has a wonderful silky texture and also smells so lovely. As I mentioned in the other review, Max hasn’t ever had a ‘proper’ nappy rash which is what I put down to natural skincare used on him (as well as cloth nappies) but he has had redness on a few occasions and this cream works wonders. Every time, the redness is gone within a few hours.It’s definitely worth every penny! You only need a little of it as it melts when in contact with skin so a little amount goes a long way. Recently, I’ve also been using this butter on Max’s cheeks and chin as he’s teething terribly, dribbling on his chin while his cheeks get a bit dry.
Buy from: Nom Nom Skincare.
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2. Weleda Baby Calendula Nappy Change Cream (£7.95, 75ml)
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Zinc Oxide, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Lanolin, Glyceryl Linoleate, Hectorite, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Fragrance (Parfum: natural essential oils of Lavender, Orange, Rosemary, Sage, Ylang-Ylang), Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol. From natural essential oils (i.e. naturally present in the essential oils).
My view: We love many of Weleda’s products from their baby range and this nappy cream is their ‘staple’ product. And for a good reason because it’s very effective at treating nappy rash symptoms. It contains zinc oxide (which is used to calm soreness and has drying properties) so it’s a bit stronger than an ‘ordinary’ nappy cream, and we don’t use it if there’s no need for it. In terms of ingredients, you could question the ingredients in amber (i.e. which are known to potentially lead to allergic reactions) but having tested it on Max for nine months, I can vouch that it’s a very gentle cream.
Buy from: LoveLula
3. Green People Organic Babies Soothing Baby Salve (£9.70, 100ml)
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil^, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Olivate (From Olive Oil), Sorbitan Olivate (From Olive Oil), Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Aroma [Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Herb Oil^, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Herb Oil], Linalool, Limonene*.
My view: This Soil Association certified organic multi-purpose balm has a lovely silky texture and a beautiful subtle smell too. It has a wonderful ingredient composition and I’ve found it works really well to prevent redness between all those skin folds on Max’s upper legs. It’s very economical as well because you only need a small amount. This cream is also gentle enough to use on your face, hands and other parts of the body. It’s also recommended for grown-ups with sensitive or eczema-prone skin, as well as Mums to use as nipple cream.
Buy from: BabiPur
4. Fushi Wellbeing Virgin Shea Butter Unrefined (£10.00, 250g)
Ingredients: Organic Unrefined RAW Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter)
My view: In my post Skincare routine for a newborn, I mentioned the benefits of shea butter as a nappy balm due to its soothing and wound-healing properties, and we continue to use it for that purpose. Shea butter has brilliant effect on skin prone to eczema so it’s a staple product in our household. (You can do so much more with shea butter so if you’re interested to find out how, then check out my post 25ways to use shea butter.) This particular shea butter is also Soil Association certified.
Buy from: Fushi Wellbeing
5. Tiddley Pom (£7.99, 50ml)
Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cera alba Wax, Tocopherol, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Anthemis nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Linalool, Linmonene, Geraniol.
My view: This cream is similar to others in terms of consistency – it’s silky and melts on contact with skin so only a small amount is needed. It has some good ingredients and despite a few fragrance ingredients, we haven’t found it’s had any bad effect on Max’s delicate bottom skin.
Buy from: Holland & Barrett
And what are you using to look after your little one’s bottoms?
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