Sunday, June 9, 2013

Summer is the Best Time for Cloth Diapering {$100 Kelly's Closet GC Giveaway}


Summer is my favorite time of year: great weather, trips to the pool or beach, grilling in the backyard, hiking (the list seems endless). Summer is also my favorite time of the year to be cloth diapering my baby.  This is the perfect time to show off those adorable new cloth diaper prints.  I love pairing summery T-shirts with a cloth diaper and a pair of baby leggings.  When you're on the go, you don't want to be struggling with hauling along extra clothing and you certainly don't want your baby to get overheated.  The T-shirt/diaper combo also seems to be the perfect solution for quick diaper changes.  Cloth diaper prints are so fashionable, that you'll probably be creating some buzz around your baby's adorable bottom.  Plaid prints are becoming a must-have for summer fashions, and you'll have an easy time matching colorful summer T-shirts with the recently released Quinn and Dexter prints.



Besides creating an easy, and fashionable look, cloth diapering also makes me feel a little nostalgic in the summer.  We always line dry our diapers, but drying them in the drab confines of our laundry room can become somewhat of a dreaded chore.  I love having an excuse to get outside with a handful of clothes pins.  Not only does line drying diapers in the summer sun reduce the appearance of stains, but the UV rays have a sterilizing effect on your diapers giving them a fresh summer scent and abolishing lingering odors. Line drying diapers outside can also be beneficial for your baby because it exposes them to would-be allergens and allows their immune system a chance to experience nature.  I find hanging diapers outside to be a bit therapeutic in an overly busy world.  It forces me to take a moment and reflect as I perform the simple task of hanging diapers to dry.  I may notice a small dragonfly fluttering through the air and landing breathlessly on a clothes pin.



Lastly, much of our summer is spent at the pool or lake. While this could make for a wet and messy trip home, cloth diapering parents have a secret weapon: the wet bag.  Perhaps you could get away with containing your soaking swimming suits and towels in a plastic bag, but can your reuse that bag? Wash it? Dry it? No.  Your wet bag is an easy solution to beach-time woes, and when you get home, you can dump all it's contents into the washer and start planning your next trip to the lake.  Cloth diapering also allows for some spontaneity.  Maybe you weren't planning to let your child splash around in the shallow water during your walk along the beach.  No problem.  Use your diaper cover or shell as a swim diaper by removing the absorbent material. 


Summer is my favorite time of the year for many reasons, but nothing can compare to kicking off your sandals and enjoying life as a cloth diapering parent.

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39 comments:

  1. We fill the a splash pool with a little water and make ice cubes with food coloring, and basically anything we can find in the house that can be considered a water toy! My son's favorite is a big yellow cup that I fill with plastic spoons, hard plastic chew links, a little shovel, and rubber ducks. That cup is his mortal enemy, and dumping everything into the pool and filling it back up is his favorite thing!

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  2. this will be my first summer as a mom!! how are we planning on staying cool? Sundresses with snazzy cloth diapers!! We also are planning on purchasing a kiddie pool to hang out in on the weekends and a family vacation to the Wisconsin Dells :)

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  3. Swimming is number one way to cooling off.

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  4. My little one is just under a year and we all love thw mini swiming pool and the dogs also lobe the sprinkler :P

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  5. We did the lake yesterday with our cloth diapers and wet bag!

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  6. This summer I am going to delve back into cloth diapering my 3 munchkins. :) We took a break from it to move and have our 3rd baby, but summer is a great time to go back. Hanging diapers in the sun in therapeutic somehow.

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  7. I am so ready to start cloth diapering. You all make everything sound so fun. I have a small diaper stash started for our first baby, that is due in Oct. I have stripped all of them and sun dried them once. now that it has finally gotten warm, I am going to sun them a few more times to see if I can get the stains out. Any suggestions would be great 😊 Thank You Christi

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    1. Sunning should do wonders for them! If the stains are really set-in, some people have resorted to using a little bleach on just the inserts. Try the sun first, and don't worry, your baby is going to be making plenty of new stains for you so waste time trying to get them perfect ;). Congrats on the new addition!

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  8. We love visiting our local spray parks or splashing in the water table or pool in the back yard. :)

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  9. Since my husband is not a fan of the baby legs, we do t get to show off the bum often. If my next baby is a girl I will be all over dresses with the cloth booty showing off!

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    1. Oh that is so funny! I love baby legs, and honestly I get too frustrated trying to put those tiny baby pants/shorts on during diaper changes. I think our daycare appreciates onesies and baby legs as well since they save time.

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  10. My baby is due in five weeks and I can't wait to cloth diaper him! Even better I get to start off my cloth diaper adventures during the summer so we'll be able to enjoy showing off those cute diapers right off the bat!

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  12. I won't be cloth diapering until the fall when "Baby Thor" is due (not his real name, he's just a really powerful kicker!) but I can't wait. We love going to the beach on the really hot days, so next summer he can crawl around the sand in style! I can see the diaper addiction forming already... :)

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  13. We use our sprinklers A LOT to stay cool during the summer!

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  14. We have a pool for the LO, she loves anything to do with water and I'm super excited to fill it for her. I just wish I was home more with her during the day.

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  15. We live where it's always summer. That means it's always an excuse to run around in just a diaper.

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  16. My baby isn't due for another 6 weeks, but then I'm sure we'll end up in the shade at the park watching Daddy fly kites!

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  17. We visit the local water parks, which are free. We also go to the children's museum and walk around the mall.

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  18. We live in Washington and haven't experienced any "too hot" weather!

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  19. we will be having fun at the base pool.. cant wait for 4th of july patriotic diapers

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  20. Love to make homemade watermelon popsicles and swim on hot summer days!

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  21. We have a local splash park that we love to go to on the really hot days.

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  22. We have a small plunge pool and of course AC!!! This will be our first summer with baby so we'll see how both go :)

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  23. I set up our sprinkler or go check out the new waterpark that was built in our city!! :)

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  24. Our LO is due the end of July, and we've got our patio all set up as a stay cool place for her. A swing with shade canopy, and we're planning on a camp fan to get a good breeze going. But I can't wait until next summer when she'll be big enough for the pool and her first trip down the shore!

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  25. Summer is the best time to show off baby boy's fluffy bum! Cloth diaper, knee socks and a cap! Good to go!

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  26. Light clothing, friends' pools, and air-conditioning work for us!

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  28. Air conditioning and indoor activities. It gets to be about 110-115 where I live and it's not safe to go outside while the sun is up.

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  29. We love swimming for hours on end. With lots and lots of sun block though!! That or hanging out in the nice cool garden :)

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  30. The baby growing inside me and myself are going to avoid the summer heat at all costs lol. Air conditioning and fans!

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  31. My favorite part is the fashion ;-)

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