Bum cream - mandatory?
fwiw if we have a hint that a rash is coming on (my ODD never had a diaper rash), I rinse well with water, pat dry, and put breastmilk on it. Then I give DD as much time diaperless as I can (she is not mobile yet and I am a sahm so we hang out with some trifolds on my lap or loosely pinned on her).
I wanted to add that I use Huggies Little Movers and I have never had to apply butt cream unless he had reall acidic poop (following a lot of mango or other fruit with more acid, for example) or if he's having some gastro problems . I definitely don't put it on every day. I also don't let my baby sit in a diaper too long, unless it's night time. Sometimes he will be a little bit redder at night, but I think that's from the warm wetness of pee all night long.
I only use cream when there's a reason. In fact with my 2 month old I don't recall if I've used any on him at all. We use cloth during the day, sposie overnight. (Well, I'm hoping to move my infant into cloth overnight at some point but I need to find time to sew diapers and I'm hoping to soon convince my toddler that the potty is so much better than dipes.)
Same as many of the pp. We use cloth, no cream needed here. We do make sure everything is dry (pat or fan the bum during diaper changes) before we put on a new diaper. If there is a bit of redness or rashy red spots (or an abrasion from velcro or my fingernails), we use a small amount of herbal salve (olive oil based) or make sure she gets an herbal bath before bed and that will clear everything up by the next day. I second using natural oils (coconut, sweet almond or even olive), they are not very costly an a little goes a loonngg way.