The 12 Best Diaper Rash Creams for Soothing Your Baby’s Sore Bum

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Diaper rash is the worst! I remember once going through security on an international flight with my rash-ridden baby and they confiscated my diaper rash cream because the tube was more than 3 ounces. I threw a fit (just ask my husband)! I mean, diaper rash can be very serious, and we need our babies bums to get the best care possible to beat it.

There’s also nothing worse than diaper rash cream that sucks. One that comes out too runny or separates and does nothing to soothe or alleviate the rash. It is vital that you’re getting the right balm for your baby. That’s why I’ve put together a list of the best and most trusted diaper rash creams, because, whatever the cause (from prolonged wet or dirty diapers to allergic reactions) it is unbearable watching our babies cry out in pain.

Wondering what exactly it is that makes the best diaper rash cream? “For babies/toddlers prone to diaper rash, I feel zinc oxide is essential,” says Jody Levine, MD, Director of Dermatology at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC. “Petrolatum is important for acting as a barrier but I find that the clear-colored diaper creams [those without zinc oxide] are not as effective at clearing or preventing diaper rash.” Dr. Levine also recommends applying diaper rash cream generously, and at every diaper change.

So the next time you need to soothe your baby’s bum, turn to one of these best diaper rash creams. From environmentally conscious organic picks to drugstore steals, these are the12 best diaper creams to help your little one find relief.