Cloth Diapering in the Summer

Is it too hot to cloth diaper? One complaint we’ve heard about cloth diapers is that they’re just too bulky and warm for babies, especially in the warmer months. Here in Portland, Oregon, our heat waves don’t last too long, and I never switched over to disposables because I was worried about overheating my baby.

A quick search for “summer diapers” yielded only one result: the Blueberry Deluxe diaper in “blue summer.” While the pattern is nice and summery, it doesn’t appear to have any magical properties that make it more appropriate for the hotter months.

I’ve also heard of parents using Chinese prefold diapers with old-fashioned diaper pins in hot weather–without a diaper cover. This approach would make the diaper more breathable but would require vigilant parental attention. And it probably isn’t the most practical solution when you’re out and about!

Diapers 101: How Do You Put on Chinese Prefolds?

Question: How many ways can you fold a diaper? Answer: Let me count the ways. . . . There’s the newspaper fold, the bikini fold—the list goes on.

But both Joy and I always just folded a Chinese prefold in thirds, placed it on the diaper cover, and used the Velcro tabs to hold everything in place. (If the previous statement was Greek to you, check out our book, the Eco-nomical Baby Guide, which includes an illustrated guide to putting cloth diapers on babies!)

When we were writing our book, we thought about including the various folding instructions for prefolds and flat diapers—and quickly decided against it. We know that some parents fold the diapers up into complicated patterns and use a Snappi or good ol’ diaper pins to fasten the diapers in place. But we have to admit, this still has us puzzled. Isn’t it more work to bring origami folds and pins into the mix?