Nappy Rash Creams: What to use, when.

As a parent, you want nothing but the best for your baby and this includes the products that you use on their delicate skin. With so many baby care products on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your little one. After 19 years in the baby industry and testing many products personally, one thing is for sure, natural ingredients are best for your baby and our curated selection of the best baby care products have got you covered. The products we recommend are tried and tested and serve different purposes, so here's our guide to what to use when.

What to use every nappy change.

The great news is, if you’re using cloth nappies you’re already one step closer to less nappy rash problems. Natural fabrics and stay dry layers are the best fabric against the skin but what should you use to keep nappy rash at bay?

Prevention is better than cure so a cream that is rich in soothing and calming properties is the best for each nappy change.

Melvory Baby Bum Balm is our go-to for keeping nappy rash at bay – gentle on that delicate skin, but full of luxuriously rich ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil, evening primrose oil and vitamin E, a little goes a long way and it’s an excellent multipurpose balm. Use on dry skin, cradle cap or little bottoms it’s the perfect option for nourishing the nappy area and preventing nasty red rashes from occurring.

baby on tummy with melvory baby bum balm in front

When the rash turns nasty?

There are a myriad of reasons why babies get that nasty red nappy rash – from teething, to change of your diet, to chemical based wet wipes, to reaction to fabrics or materials and we always advise to check with your health professional if you’re unsure about a rash as the first point of call.

A barrier cream that contains zinc is the best way to get nappy rash under control quickly. Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to regenerate the surface of the skin with new skin grow. There are many rash creams out there with zinc, but a lot are full of other chemicals. Our hands-down favourite zinc based cream is Calendula Nappy Rash Cream by the world wide experts Weleda. Loaded full of natural ingredients like calendula, sweet almond oil, beeswax, naturally occurring lanolin but with added zinc oxide, this one packs a powerful punch and will have that rash under control quickly.

Can I use zinc based creams on my cloth nappies?

Yes absolutely! If using a rash cream with a zinc based component,  it’s important to use a disposable or reusable nappy liner as the zinc can leave a thin layer on your nappies which can limit the absorption rates of your cloth nappies, so it’s always best to use nappy liners when using a zinc cream. Standard washing protocol with a good enzyme based detergent, 40-60 degrees will remove the zinc properly, but it can’t hurt to add an extra layer of protection.


One of the biggest concerns with commercial baby care products is the presence of harmful chemicals and toxins. These chemicals can cause irritation, dryness, and even skin allergies in babies. Melvory Baby & Weleda baby care products do not contain any harmful chemicals, such as parabens, phthalates, sulphates, or artificial fragrances. They are also vegan and cruelty-free, making them a great choice for conscious parents who want to use ethical products.

Using natural and safe products on your baby’s skin is essential for their health and well-being. Our curated range of baby care products are a great choice for parents who want to use natural and ethical products on their little ones. The products are gentle, nourishing, and effective in treating common baby skin conditions, making them a must-have for every parent’s baby care routine.

Always remember if a rash persists or turns raised, red raw or blisters then always consult your GP as a fungal infection requires a different, steroid based treatment.

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