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

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 one diaper rash cream better than another? “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.