7 Easy Tips for Cloth Diapering in the Summer
March 23, 2017 Cloth Diapering
One of the common concerns parents seem to have about cloth diapering relates to cloth diapering in the summer…won’t my baby get too hot? Will my baby’s bum get sweaty? Will it lead to rashes and infections?
In fact summer is the best time for cloth diapering. Disposables may seem light and thin, but remember that they are made up of synthetic materials and chemicals that convert pee into a gel-like substance which ends up retaining heat inside.
The primary concern about cloth diapers stems from the waterproof PUL outer shell which is often mistaken for plastic. Sure, plastic would get unbearably hot. But PUL is not plastic; it is a breathable fabric which allows air circulation to an extent. Still if you prefer to avoid PUL altogether, there are several other ways to go. Here are a few easy-peasy tips to make cloth diapering in summer a breeze.
P.S. If you find any of the terms in this post new or unfamiliar, fear not…we have got you covered! Just keep this Cloth Diapering Dictionary handy.
- Change diapers frequently, every 2-3 hours or as soon as they have been pooped in. Keeping the diaper area dry will go a long way in preventing rashes and infections
- Wipe baby with a wet cloth in between changes and allow it to dry before putting on the next diaper
- Look for natural fabrics – organic flats, prefolds, fitteds, organic fiber inserts. Last summer we exclusively used cotton flats / prefolds + cover during the day. This year with Baby N being a super active toddler who won’t stay in place long enough to put on fancy folds and Snappis, we intend to use organic fitteds and AIOs.
- This does not mean that you should be putting all your pocket diapers away in storage till summer is over. You can always use flats / prefolds padfolded into a pocket (in fact you may find that organic prefolds end up being more absorbent than your microfiber inserts). Of course you can still continue using your microfiber / charcoal bamboo inserts. Just ensure you follow point #1 and change the diaper often.
- If you still want to avoid PUL but are not ready to go coverless, consider using wool covers. Yes it sounds strange…isn’t wool used for providing warmth during the winter? Well, wool has a property by which it can absorb moisture and release it into the atmosphere, thereby keeping the diaper area cool and dry. It is also natural, light, porous and breathable allowing air circulation. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties so if you are worried about infections, try wool covers.
- If you are still concerned after this, you can give your baby some diaper-free time during the day. I have never done this because I was always pretty bothered by the thought of pee getting all over the house. For me, diaper-free time was essentially a prefold without a cover for about 5 mins. If you are like me and cannot imagine your toddler running around the house completely bare, you can experiment with combinations such as flat / prefold without cover (add a booster for additional absorbency during naps), flat plus cotton undies, training pants etc.
- The best (and worst) thing about summer is the sun. Make the most of this time by giving your diapers some sunshine. Sunning is the most natural and effective disinfectant and bleach.
To sum up, maintain good hygiene, choose fabrics that allow air circulation and most of all, choose whatever seems to make your baby most comfortable and you are sure to have a chilled out CDing summer!