Apologies to parents if this brings up painful memories of diaper rash, but...
During social hour today, a woman in our church mentioned that when her kids used cloth diapers they tended to get rashes while when they used plastic ones, they did not. Any ideas as to why this would be? We're getting ready to buy our first round of diapers, and we still haven't decided which kind we're going to buy.
I had a friend who used to line the clothe diaper with a woman's maxi pad (sorry guys). It would help wick the wetness away from the baby's bottom thereby helping to prevent diaper rash.
Also, clothe diapers tend to need to be changed more frequently.
Another contributor to the diaper rash could be: 1) the laundry detergent being used; 2) not enough "rinse" cycle in the washing machine; 3) the fabric softener.
I would suggest a non-perfumed detergent, rinse twice, and air dry the diapers. I would also suggest greasing up that little 'bottom' with a good thickness of petroleum jelly after every diaper change.
Just my .02. Cheap as usual. Mother to 2 adult children who managed to survive my inept parenting...God's grace in action!