Diaper rash spray is an alternative to diaper rash cream. You can make your own with just a couple ingredients and it is cloth diaper friendly. You can DIY this spray easily and affordably with essential oil.
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I’ve been using diaper spray for rashes on K, and it’s wonderful and easy to use. It is so convenient and it’s the only option I’ve discovered that doesn’t have my son trying to crawl off the changing pad to get away from me. I think it’s tough for them to sit still when you’re rubbing ointment into the raw, rashy area you’ve already cleaned with wipes. It’s a fair complaint in my opinion.
Since switching to spray, I’ve been able to heavily coat him bum with the spray without him crying unnecessarily. Happy momma.
My first exposure to diaper rash spray, rather than cream, was Dr. Smith’s Diaper Spray.
While it is good, we cloth diaper and I don’t believe this is cloth diaper friendly. I would use it for a bad rash and just use liners or disposables for a few diapers, but I wanted something simple for more frequent use. In the past, I made my own diaper rash cream and put it in an upcycled baby food jar by the changing table. We ran out. I wanted spray this time though so I started investigating how I could make a spray with the same ingredients. This diaper rash spray uses essential oils. Read “Essential Oils that are safe for babies and toddlers” for more information on essential oils for kids. Ask your doctor about using essential oils for your child. I am not a doctor. I use this mix on my kids and it’s fine for us, but obviously not all kids will react the same. I’ve heard not to use essential oils on children under 3 months old and that tea tree shouldn’t be used until 6 months old.
This diaper rash spray uses essential oils. Read “Essential Oils that are safe for babies and toddlers” for more information on essential oils for kids. Ask your doctor about using essential oils for your child. I am not a doctor. I use this mix on my kids and it’s fine for us, but obviously not all kids will react the same. I’ve heard not to use essential oils on children under 3 months old and that tea tree shouldn’t be used until 6 months old.
Here’s how I make my diaper rash spray.
Supplies for Diaper Rash Spray
- Fractionated coconut oil
- Tea tree oil
- A spray bottle: You can upcycle a bottle and sprayer to make the container for it or purchase a large or small bottle like I used in my photos.
DIY Diaper Rash Spray
All I did was fill my spray bottle with the coconut oil, add tea tree oil into it and stir. Screw on spray top, add label. So easy.For every 1 oz of carrier oil (in this case, coconut oil), you need to add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil.
Less is more if you’re concerned about your child’s reaction. You can do a skin test by placing a drop of the mix on their arm or leg and waiting 24 hours to make sure it doesn’t cause redness or any other symptoms.
So far, I’m pretty happy with this.What makes me even happier is that this spray doesn’t have much of a scent to it. I’m not a fan of the smell of Desitin and other creams. The Dr. Smith’s spray is the most pleasant ointment I’ve found.
Our pediatrician recommends washing a baby’s bottom thoroughly when they have a rash with soap and water. You could also use a spray bottle with soap and water if you wanted. I am not a doctor. If your baby has a rash and you’re concerned, contact your pediatrician. Some rashes need more than an over the counter cream, and natural creams don’t always solve every rash. We use disposables or a liner on our cloth diapers when we need to use non natural creams.