Burt’s Bees Diaper Cream is Better than Desitin

Diaper cream is something some babies never need.  Other babies, though, get it slathered on at every diaper change in order to avoid diaper rash.  Audrey was somewhere in the middle of these two extremes.  We used Burt’s Bees diaper cream and preferred it over other brands we tried.  I got a tube of Desitin for free and hated it.  Sure, it worked, but it also left terrible stains on our cloth diapers.  The Burt’s Bees cream seemed to go on more smoothly, soothe the skin, and protect from moisture without leaving residues on the diapers.  It also smells much better than petroleum-based Desitin.

There are two things I dislike about Burt’s Bees diaper cream: 1, the price.  At $7 a tube, it’s more expensive than mainstream brands.  But since I hardly buy any baby-care products for my daughter, I decided the splurge was worth it.  2. Burt’s Bees is actually owned by Clorox, so I guess it’s also a “mainstream brand” disguised by cute packaging.  The ingredients are still pure and natural, but if you choose to support only eco-conscious companies, you may want to look elsewhere.  Still, I can vouch for the great smell and performance of this product.  For more Works for Me Wednesday ideas, check out Rocks in My Dryer.

Do you have to use diaper cream to prevent or treat diaper rash?  Which brands do you recommend–or anti-recommend?  Did you seek out a non-toxic, “natural” diaper cream?  Let us know!


  1. thanks for the review! 😀

    my 5 mo old tends to do best (right now) with vaseline. one time i put some bordeaux buttpaste cream on him and his poor tushy turned beet red, so i’ve been afraid to try anything else yet!

  2. Thanks, I will have to tell my daughter about it. She is having a girl in Jan 09. Have a great day.

  3. I really like the Burt’s Bees. It seems to last forever. Sure it’s expensive, but it seems more concentrated. I also really like California Baby. They both work really well on my son. I also like that they are both safe for my son. But they really do last for a long time. I bought 3 tubes in bulk when I first had my son 15 months ago. I still have all 3. Though 2 of them are somewhere between 1/4 to 1/2 empty. Still a long living product. Check them out in bulk online.

  4. I didn’t realize old Burt had come out with a diaper creme. We don’t need it often, but when we do, it’s good to have one that is natural AND works!

  5. Weleda’s Calendula Daiper Creme is wonderful, and Weleda is an all natural product. YOu can find it at your local health food store, and I’ve even seen it at my Fred Meyers. It’s spendy, but worth it. You’ll see a difference in a day and it doesn’t stain anything.

  6. Great tip!! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Thanks for the information. My son is 3 weeks old tomorrow and we haven’t started having to use diaper cream yet (hopefully we won’t). I’ll keep Burt’s in mind as we are probably going to use cloth diapers here soon! 🙂

  8. I love Burt’s Bees diaper cream. The smell is just wonderful, (which is nice, since we co-sleep, and I always end up with someone’s bum in my face… kinda like aromatherapy LOL!).

    I’ve found that it does leave residue/stains in our cloth diapers, which I really don’t worry about. If I’m going to be using a lot, for a bad rash, I have a few liners that I’ve cut out of fleece to use to prevent it.

  9. I used Desitin and conventional diapers for a good part of my daughter’s life. However, she kept getting these horrible rashes on her bottom. They went away when I used cloth diapers. However, she was in daycare and it became too much work, something that I hated. One day the rash would not go away, no matter what. She had developed a fungal infection as a result of a chemical burn. The diapers we were using were causing chemical burns on her bottom, exposing her to infection as a result of the chlorine in the diapers. The chlorine turned into chlorine gas when she peed. I immediately switched to chlorine free diapers and purchases burt bee’s diaper rash cream. It works, but I found that I never used it when I made the change in diapers. I also began using coconut oil for her bottom. I found that the coconut oil was cheaper, it created a good barrier on her bottom, it helped her heal when there was an issue and I only pull out the burt’s bees when she forgets to go to the potty to go poo, which is very rare. It does a better job, but is definitely expensive. The coconut oil works great. Also, if your baby has a really bad rash, give the baby a chamomile tea bath with honey and carrot juice. This concoction will clear up diaper rash in a few days. Make sure to put the honey in last, you don’t want it to get too hot. I hope that helps!

  10. Burt’s Bees is the only diaper cream we use too. It might be more expensive, but I find that is usually clears up a rash faster than other creams.

  11. I haven’t tried burt’s bees diaper cream, but thanks for the tip. My little one has a fairly sensitive gut and can end up with diarrhea and a sore bum easily. One thing a doctor that I work with in the NICU suggested to me last time he ended up with a yeasty bum rash was clotrimazole cream. Most medicated creams have miconazole in them and docs are seeing rashes resistant to miconazole. I found the clotrimazole in the athlete’s foot section and it cleared up his red, raw bottom within hours. Happy baby, happy me 🙂

  12. I have to say that I loved Desitin, and the old-fashioned kind, not the newer versions. Straight up zinc oxide is about as natural as you can get and really provides the best barrier. I wasn’t using cloth though but I am not too particular about stains, especially on the inside of the diaper. I always found the ones that go on smooth and wipe off easy didn’t actually protect that well. My kids both had extremely sensitive skin. I have found that both kids will still occasionally get rashes because they wipe their own tushies and don’t always do such a great job. I will just give them the tube and tell them to use it and it clears up.

  13. We tried EVERYTHING (Desitin, A & D, etc.) and finally settled on Burt’s, in spite of the price. However, I happily found out that their Herbal Defense Ointment (since discontinued!) is the exact same stuff as their diaper cream but way cheaper, so I stocked up on that when I found 3 tubes on eBay. If you have some of it around, give it a try– I use mine for everything and it works better than anything else…

  14. Desitin is what works best for us, but I’ve never tried Burt’s Bees. I’ll have to give it a whirl.

  15. Thanks for the review. We use coconut oil and it works pretty good. You know, Burt’s Bees is only recently acquired by Clorox. It did not used to be that way. But their formulas have not changed any. Maybe they just weren’t doing good on their own and needed the money that’s why they sold out…

  16. Thanks, everyone, for all these replies!

    Cinnamon, that Waleda’s cream looks great, but I think it is even more expensive than Burt’s. My diaper cream days are over now, but I was interested in hearing how Waleda’s product stacked up against Burt’s.

    April, yes, I guess I should have said that Burt’s didn’t stain diapers as much as Desitin did. If I put too much on, I did have some problems with it staining the diapers.

    Laura and Sarah, coconut oil seems like a great natural alternative to diaper creams!

    Gillie, I have never heard of clotrimazole cream. Joy should use this on her son if it helps prevent yeast-related rashes! (My daughter never had problems with yeast.)

    Thanks, everyone! Keep those comments coming!

  17. The weird thing is that my son has really never had a serious diaper rash. We’ve struggled with yeast infections at night, but otherwise he’s never ever had a red bottom with cloth. We have used clotrimazole cream lots of times for his yeast infections but I don’t think it should be used as a prevention agent rather than a treatment. Am I right?

  18. Shea Butter works well….I have not been able to find it in stores…100% pure that is. You do need to rub it around in your hand to soften it up to apply to the bumm. Have found it on line and love it….also love the coconut oil. Have never heard of “chlorine free” diapers…will have to look into that one. We won’t be having anymore babies…but have friends who are…would be a good thing for them.

  19. My baby is now 3 and no longer needs it – but I made my own diaper cream to use with him. Now my sister and best friend use it too. I like it better when I take the time to add a little beeswax to the mix, but what I used was 1 TBSP Olive Oil, a few drops of Vit. E, a few drops of stevia, a few drops of Black Walnut Hull Tincture, a few drops each of lavender and chamomile Essential Oils. In the winter I would add the coconut oil to make it more solid.
    My oldest would get terrible rashes – and we traced it to a dairy allergy. I’m talking hamberger raw blisters 24 hours after having dairy – it would suddenly appear and 3 days later just as suddenly disappear other than were the skin would break. The only think that worked for her was slathering her in Vit. E oil. At least the blisters didn’t break as bad. Worse even was the fact that those 3 days she always had terrible diarehha(sp) that smelled of terribly soured milk. I wish I had known about essential oils and such when she was a baby.

  20. Weleda! You can find their products in different websites. I used with my daughter and am using with my son. Pricey but worth it. Buttpaste is good too when you have a mild rash, the only downside is that stained my prefolds.

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