Can you use petroleum jelly for nappy rash?

Got a little one still in nappies? This one's for you!

We recently saw a question that got us thinking: 

“Can you use petroleum jelly as nappy cream?”

Petroleum jelly AKA Vaseline is something that lots of people already have in their medicine cabinet. It works by creating a moisture-sealing barrier on the skin which makes it useful for things like 

  • Moisturizing
  • Helping heal minor cuts and scrapes 
  • Dry noses and lips in winter 

So, why not take advantage of this great multi-use product for nappy rash as well?

In reality, petroleum jelly isn’t actually that good as a nappy cream alternative! 

It makes it difficult for the skin to breathe and easy for bacteria to get locked into pores, which can actually sometimes make diaper rash worse. 

In comparison, our Baby Botty Barrier Cream contains zinc, castor oil, rosehip, avocado and aloe vera to both protect and heal your baby’s delicate skin. It is also just as multi-functional as Vaseline- perfect for dry skin spots, scrapes, bites and suitable for sensitive skin types! 

But don’t just take my word for it 😉👇


“I've tried a dozen nappy creams and this one is the best by far, both as a nappy cream and as an all - round soothing cream for scratches, dry spots, mild eczema and cracked skin. I love this stuff and wouldn't be without a tube in my house.”- Lucy 


“Fantastic stuff! My daughter has had bad nappy rash in the past, but since we've been using this barrier cream she's been nappy rash free. It's really good on eczema and lasts for ages” - Vicky 

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