I recently attended the ABC Kid's Expo in Las Vegas and was pleasantly surprised to see so many green and natural products there! I got a ton of samples while I was there, and was excited to give some of them a try.
I had heard great things about Grandma El's diaper rash and prevention ointment but I had never tried it. I grabbed a few samples while at the expo and they could not have come at a better time. I had several different kinds of diaper cream samples, but the majority of them were not compatible for cloth diaper use. Things like beeswax or zinc can seriously damage your cloth diapers and cause repelling issues. This particular product does contain petrolatum and lanolin, which /may/ cause repelling over time... but so far I haven't had any issues. Some mom's have complained of staining, and while it does say on the package that it might stain clothing, I haven't seen any staining on our diapers just yet.
My daughter had been recovering from a ear infection and also teething. Shortly after we got home from the expo, she got a tummy bug that completely tore up her digestive track. Her poor little rump was beet red and she was in sooo much pain.
Now, we've never had much luck with other diaper creams. They were all either to clumpy, to thick or sometimes to thin, smelled bad, or just made her rash worse. We typically use pure, organic, coconut oil for her rashes, as it is cloth diaper safe (thought there is some rumors about it's reaction to PUL) and worked like a charm...
But I reached for my little packets of Grandma El's to give it a shot.
I did like that it wasn't that nasty white creamy paste that most diaper rash remedies have. Instead it's a amber colored vaseline looking concoction. It doesn't have a bad smell, it actually smells a little fruity. It spread on nicely, and my baby didn't start shrieking in pain like she does with other creams that contain zinc. I used it as directed, putting a little on with every diaper change and by the next day her rash was gone. I was pretty impressed.
Now, I haven't used it for 2 weeks straight yet, because I ran out. So I can't really give you a definitive answer on if it will stain/repell or not. However, it /does/ work and it works well. So I would suggest if you are wary of any complications, to simply use some sort of liner in your cloth diapers to prevent them. As for me, I'm going to get some more from my favorite retailer, Sweet Baby Bottoms when she restocks. You can also get it at Target, and Babies R' Us, however I prefer to support my fellow WAHM.
So overall, I would recommend this product to those looking to ditch the nasty white paste and want a quick, safe, natural alternative to other diaper rash creams out there. Just be sure that if you are really worried about any repelling issues, you use a liner.
Next week, before I go on vacation, I'll be doing a review of a pretty awesome chemical free baby soap I got from the expo. So sad they won't be in Vegas again next year, because I sure had a lot of fun and got to meet a lot of cool people.
Until this, hug your little ones close, and enjoy every moment as if it were your last.