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Using Cloth Diapers in the Summertime

Posted by Becca on 5/24/2012 to Cloth Diaper How-To

Summer and Cloth Diaper Use

Warm weather has arrived, and with it comes the opportunity to wear tank tops, shorts, and flip flops!

For babies, it means sun hats, sunscreen, and little or no clothing.

I remember how my mom used to strip the baby of the family down to their diaper when we were little. I remember my littlest siblings riding in the shopping cart wearing nothing but their little, white diaper and how I was so jealous because they were definitely more comfortable than any of us!

Now that I’m the mom, I’m excited at a chance to let my daughter run around in a cloth diaper and her birthday suit—especially since her cloth diapers are so cute—and I’m excited to give her the freedom of near nakedness!

So which diapers will work the best? I guess that depends on what you are looking for in your diaper!

Pretty Diapers

Of course, if your baby is going to show off their little bum, you might feel that your prettiest colors and prints are the most suitable for summer. Whether they sport nothing but a diaper or they wear it with a shirt or a dress, that colorful fluffy bum is sure to turn heads! The new bumGenius artist series or Thirsties prints would both be a great showy option for this summer

Go Coverless

If you’re going to take the heat as an opportunity to skip the clothes and show off the diaper, you might as well go coverless with a fitted diaper or even a flat or a prefold. Going coverless has lots of perks. First of all, you get to show off the pretty diapers that are normally covered. Second of all, it gives you an opportunity to get to know your baby’s pee and poop schedule. But the my favorite reason to go coverless in the summer is that it’s nice and cool on your baby’s bum because it allows the diaper to breathe even when wet. I prefer Happy Heinys Sherpa Fitteds and Indian unbleached prefolds in addition to my handmade fitted diapers.


Wool is a step up from going coverless. It is still cool and breathable, but without risking wet sheets or clothing. Besides, it’s completely natural and gentle against your baby’s skin. Sustainablebabyishsloomb has some great covers as well as Kissaluvs and Imse Vimse. Of course, you could also ask someone to handknit you a wool cover as well.

Swim diapers

The summer is a great great opportunity to use your swim diapers! They’re cute and bright and colorful and the perfect diapering solution for a cooling swim! My favorite swim diaper is made my Kushies. I also have a Bummis swim diaper that works great. Of course Rump-a-rooz, Happy Heinys, and Apple Cheeks all suggest using their pockets without inserts as swim diapers as well.

So, parents, go ahead and break out the sundresses and the sandals, the shades and the swimsuits but don’t forget to deck your baby’s bum with some summery cloth! It’s still the best option for that gentle bum, no matter the season!

Guest post by Becca