Disposable diapers, like anything lined with non-breathable plastics, are HOT! In fact, according to the Archives of Disease in Childhood, disposable diapers can lead to a total breakdown of normal cooling mechanisms; something which has been linked to the rising infertility rates in males.
The summer heat can also contribute to diaper rashes. According to the Journal of Pediatrics, 54% of one-month old babies using disposable diapers had rashes, with 16% being severe rashes.
Diaper rashes are caused by a number of elements, but a hot, dirty diaper is one of the most common causes.
Cloth diapers are much cooler than disposable diapers, and necessitate more frequent changes; keeping your baby cool and dry for these hot summer months.
My suggestions for keeping baby cool and dry this summer?
- Look for a fitted diaper - they don't require diaper pins or a Snappi, and are ideal for families with active summer schedules. They are made with organic cotton, soft and stretchy fleece and knits and 100% custom milled cotton.
- If you aren't afraid to learn a few cloth diaper folds, you can hardly get cooler or more economical than prefold diapers (PF's). Comfortably soft and absorbent, Green Mountain Diaper PF's are the perfect trim, stand alone cloth diaper as summer heats up!
- Don't forget the diaper covers! The trimmest, coolest diaper cover is the simple, yet efficient, Bummis Super Whisper Wrap. Made from a very lightweight, breathable, waterproof nylon, this diaper cover is BREATHABLE. Waterproof, yet breathable - THAT is simply smart.
With all the cloth diaper choices for keeping baby's most sensitive areas cool and rash free this summer, there is no need to turn to the paper pulp and plastic disposable diapers. Today's cloth diapers are soft, plush, and absorbent without chemicals, but best of all, they will keep baby's skin healthy as the heat rages on.
For more info on this subject, see my cloth diapering page on my home site.