It’s summertime! Everyone loves what summer stands for: enjoying beautiful weather, sunshine, warm nights around a campfire, swimming, sweet corn, watermelon, berry picking and staying up late catching fireflies. What else could make summer great?
Summertime is the best time to cloth diaper. The number one reason we love summer is because we live in the North and get limited sunlight the rest of the year. So, out comes the drying rack and many of our diapers soak up the UV rays to save on energy costs of using the dryer. It also helps the diaper last longer as there’s less wear and tear on the diaper when it’s not tumbling around in the dryer.
You can get creative with how to dry diapers in the sun. One of my other favorite ways to sun dry is to take pants hangers (the plastic kind with the clips you bring home when you buy clothes) and clip the diapers in them. This prevents diapers from blowing away on windy days and/or landing in dirt below your deck or yard (needing another wash)!
But did you know that the sun is a natural bleaching agent? So not only will it dry your diapers, but it will also bleach away stains, all by itself. You can actually do this with any of your laundry (anyone have EBF stains on a favorite baby outfit? Get that puppy in the sun!).
The trick to bleaching in the sun is that the diaper (or clothes) need to be clean and wet. So wash as usual, and then lay the diapers directly in the sun after pulling them out of the wash. It will naturally kill bacteria and get rid of smells as well. I’ve also put lemon juice on the wet diapers in the sun to get rid of hard stains, which I appreciate because it’s a natural stain remover.
Another way to save during the summer is to use a reusable swim diaper. Swim diapers are really just meant to keep in solids in case of an accident. Even the thin disposable swim diapers don’t hold much urine. You can save a good amount of money by purchasing one or two swim diapers and washing and reusing them versus buying packages of throwaway swim diapers. Our swim diaper is on its second child and is holding up really well! I’m thankful not to be adding 2-3 swim diapers to the trash every week that we play at the pool or out in the sprinkler.
I’m an ambassador for BabyKicks, and this month we got the exciting news that they are adding swim diapers to their lineup of products! The swim diaper is sized (small through XL), has snaps on one side, and a mesh/athletic lining on the inside. It’s an adorable anchor/marine print that is perfect for the water. And the price is $13.95 super reasonable.
We’re planning a week at the beach in a few weeks and I can’t wait to play in the sand with the kids and show off our adorable swim diapers. I hope you get a chance to try out a swim diaper and make great use of it this summer!
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Blog Contributor : Tiffany works from home and is a full-time mom to two beautiful boys, 2.5 and 1, with baby #3 expected in January. Cloth diapering was exactly what her firstborn with eczema needed, and she’s never looked back. She’s passionate about reading, eating well, and being an informed parent in all things child-related.
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