Mini Matters AIRflo cover in action
Summertime is something every cloth mom looks forward to. Fewer clothes equal less laundry, and we get to show off those pretty cloth bums.
A common concern from parents is whether cloth nappies are hotter than disposables and whether they are comfortable for babies to wear in the hot South African summers. The good news is that, while cloth nappies may look bulkier and have more layers than disposables, they are hands down the cooler option, because they are made from fabric and not plastic. Compare wearing your regular clothing to wearing a plastic, non-breathable layer of clothing, and we would all agree that the feeling of cloth against the skin is far more comfortable.
There are certainly some cloth nappies that are better than others at breathing and helping our babies to feel more comfortable. Here are some tips on what to look for in a cloth nappy:
- Choose natural fibres. As a rule (there are exceptions), natural fibres breathe better than synthetic fibres. For the absorbent part of your nappies, something that is made of 100% natural fibres is first prize. Cotton is my favourite choice as it is durable, absorbent, and affordable. Be weary of bamboo fabrics as they are often blended with polyester. Stay away from microfiber altogether, as these are very synthetic. Some good choice examples are cotton flats, cotton fitted nappies, and pocket nappies with all natural inserts.
- Ditch the liners. Liners are totally optional when it comes to cloth diapering. They offer some benefits in terms of clean-up and a stay-dry feel, but most babies don’t mind the feeling of natural fibres against their skin at all. Polar fleece is a popular choice for liners, but will make the skin feel hot, which is why we wear fleece jackets in winter. If you have a baby that absolutely hates wetness on the skin, or you feel like a liner is not negotiable for your laundry routine, consider an alternative to fleece, such as suede liners. These are thinner, cooler, and more breathable.
- Choose your cover/outer carefully. This is probably the part of the nappy that has the most potential for heat to build up. This layer keeps the moisture in and prevents the nappy from leaking, so it is naturally less breathable than the other parts of the nappy. Thankfully technology in textiles has come a long way and there are breathable options available. We recently launched our AIRflo cover, which is one-of-a-kind in South Africa. It uses clever fabric engineering to offer the utmost breathability and comfort for your baby without compromising on waterproof protection. You can read more about this technology here. These covers are suitable for both day and night use.
- Lose the clothing. Cloth nappies are beautiful and don’t need to be covered by clothing. A cloth nappy can take the place of a pair of pants or trousers any day!
Summertime is a fun time so get outdoors with your little ones and show off those cloth bums with pride!