I second Neal's Yard Remedies - I used it for both DCs. But I only started using it once they were at least 2 months and started going for longer at night between feeds and not changing wet nappies until the morning. One of my DCs only got spot of nappy rash once, and then I used Bepanthen for a few days until it went away.
I think it's all about prevention. I would just buy the cheapest tub of zinc cream from Boots and use it even when you don't need to as a means of preventing nappy rash. I got a big tub for about £2 when DD was born and we're still on it, seven months later.
Sudocreme if you are buying in advance. Some babies never get nappy rash. DS only ever had bit of a pink bum a few times and a bit of Sudocreme sorted it out very quickly. It has a millon other uses too, very good for scrapes and rashes, and spots!
Sudocreme for daily use and then metanium cream when he was teething and had bad nappy rash - He is 2.3 now and gets ecsma (sp) on his bum cheeks so I use the cream the doc gave us - But he has a peachy bum which I put down to constant use of sudocreme.
I would say whatever you use make sure you buy about 4 tubs of it, bag, bedroom, nappy box and spare - Bloody sudocreme costs a bomb, we are nappy training this week and I look forward to not having to shell out £6 for a tub of cream! As has already been mentioned prevention is definitely the best thing - I used it at every nappy change and he only ever got sore when he was teething and even that was minimal!
Thanks ladies! So a bit of a mixed bag - but I think I might go for a tube of sudocrem, and pleased to hear that you get a mini pot in t bounty pack!! Metanium is clearly popular choice so will check that out too..also t burts bees - always nice to have a nice smelling cream!!
Love t tip about having 4 pots - that's right up my organised street!