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Guest Post: Summer Diapering {and BabyKicks Beach Bash Giveaway!}


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This post is part of the BabyKicks Beach Bash ’13 in celebration of the NEW BabyKicks limited edition prints (Baby Safari and Outfoxed) and swim diaper (Anchors Away)!

The swim diaper is available in sizes S–XL  to ensure a perfectly snug fit on your little one’s bum.

As part of the celebration, the BabyKicks Ambassadors have gotten together to bring you some informational cloth diapering posts filled with tips, tricks and information to help you diaper during the summer months. I’m hosting a guest post by blogger, BabyKicks Ambassador  and long-time cloth diaper veteran Lisa from Read It Again Mama. If you’ve ever questioned using cloth in the hot summer months, Lisa has the answers you need!

Summer Diapering

There are many reasons that families may choose to cloth diaper – environmental concerns, to save money, or even just the cute & cozy factor.  Cloth diapers are so soft and supple, really no matter what type of cloth diapers you choose.  This very reason for choosing to cloth diaper can become a concern during the hot summer months.  Some families are concerned that baby will become overheated in a cloth diaper and are tempted to switch to disposables.  I am here to dispel that myth and share with you how you can keep your baby comfortable during the hot months in their cloth.  I’m not saying you have to have separate seasons of cloth diapers (ha!), but there are definitely ways to keep baby more comfortable using what you already have.

The key to diapering in the heat is breathability. Diapers are made from synthetic (polyester) materials or natural materials, often times both.  Synthetic materials include suedecloth, microfiber, microterry and polyester fleece.  Synthetic materials have their advantages, but they are not breathable.  Natural materials include cotton, hemp, & bamboo and are breathable.

One diaper company that focuses on using natural/organic materials is BabyKicks.  Their Premium Pocket Diaper has a PUL outer, but a super soft bamboo velour inner.  A great feature of the Premium Pocket is what Babykicks calls “air gussets”.   These are fleece leg gussets that allow for airflow, breathability and temperature regulation throughout the diaper.  Fleece is a great material that is known for containing leaks and blowouts as well.  I have been using this diaper on my daughter (currently 13 months) for a few months now and have never experience a leak, blowout or red marks.

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The insert in the Premium Pocket is BabyKicks’ popular product, JoeyBunz.  The onesize JoeyBunz is made of six layers of hemp/organic cotton jersey and is both trim and absorbent.  If you haven’t used hemp products in diapering, I encourage you to try them.  According to Natural Life Magazine, “(h)emp’s fiber molecule has a shaft-like structure that allows it to wick moisture off the body… and dry quickly and keep the wearer cool, comfortable and fresh, even in very hot and/or humid conditions” (http://www.naturallifemagazine.com/0906/hemp_fiber_makes_a_comeback.htm).

Another option for summertime cloth diapering is to use fitteds and/or prefolds without a cover.  This would be more difficult if your baby is in daycare or if you are out of the house, but if you are staying home (and out of the heat!), it is very easy to use fitteds and prefolds without a cover. BabyKicks makes an organic cotton fitted that has a pocket and includes a one-size JoeyBunz insert.

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I use this diaper on my daughter all the time without a cover.  The key is just to be cognizant of when baby wets so you can change her promptly.  The BabyKicks hemp fleece prefolds are amazing as well.  They are made of 2-3-2 layers of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton.  They are seriously luxurious and absorbent.

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You really don’t need to worry about using cloth diapers in the summer heat.  As I’ve shown, there are options out there to keep baby cool and comfortable in their cloth all summer long.  But even if you choose to use diapers with synthetic materials (for example, a pocket diaper with a PUL outer and a suedecloth inner, stuffed with a microfiber insert), your baby is still no warmer than if you used a disposable.  There was a study published that investigated the effect of commonly used diaper types on scrotal temperatures on normal, healthy young boys.  This study showed that “scrotal temperatures are the same whether the child is wearing disposable or reusable cloth diapers with a protective cover.”  In fact, “the only situation in which scrotal temperature were found to be lower is when the cloth diaper is used alone without a protective cover…”. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12423546)

In other words, a disposable diaper is in no way cooler than cloth!

Big thanks to Lisa for sharing her expertise and inspiring us all to stick with cloth year round. And now, you can do just that with the new diaper prints and swim diapers from the folks at BabyKicks…they’re available to the public TODAY! 

Don’t miss the Rafflecopter form below where you can enter to win a limited edition BabyKicks Summer Bundle of your own. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I’m bringing you this event as part of the BabyKicks Ambassadors Team. I use BabyKicks on my kids, and I hope you’ll try them, too!

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My alarm went off at 2:45am this morning.

I do believe that is what is referred to as the “butt crack of dawn.”

I have it all worked out: If I set the alarm for 2:45, I actually get up at 3. I throw on clothes, then change and feed my boy if I can stir him enough to nurse (a lot of this depends on him…if he wakes at 1 or 2 and eats then, the whole plan is shot.) Then, I try to pump a bottle before heading off to work with both of my boys snuggled in their beds. This way, I can get almost a full day in at work and they hardly know I’m gone. They get to spend the morning together, and I’m home by 1 or 2pm, ready for a fun Saturday. (What I really mean is nearly comatose, halllucinating and dying for a nap, but whatever.)

Do I have a choice? Yes, but I think it’s best this way. There will come a day when my child has no interest in spending the day with his Mom. I’m gonna take it while the gettin’ is good. 

Breakfast? Doughnuts! ….just kidding. What I meant to say was: Mammoth Oats!

No, there is no actual mammoth in my oats. I’m not a big breakfast-meat eater. Just a mammoth portion of oats, almond milk, PB, raw almonds, cranberries, cinnamon and a fat nanner. (Has anyone posted the Doughnut Oats recipe yet? Come on, people. I know it’s out there.)

It isn’t actually all that big a portion…it’s just in a flat, thin container. :) A little over 1/2 cup of oats with a bunch of junk on top should keep my tank full for a while.

And it’d better, because these are just a few of the choices at the Cafe de la Office Caf:

-Double Pork Chop Sandwich

-BBQ Rib Flavored Potato Chips

-”Big Az” fried fish sandwich

-Every king size candy bar known to man

-Fruit parfaits! Made with pie filling, cake and pudding.

…and there’s a machine that will actually cook and bun up a cheddarwurst or hot dog for you. :| It’s magical.

To their credit, there is a wellness program that points out healthy choices with a lovely, very healthy-looking, little green leaf. Where might one find this leaf, you ask? Why, next to the Lean Cuisine, Twizzlers (!), SnackWells cookies (?) and a lone container of 8 baby carrots for $1.75, of course. Ack!

Pass, please.

So, after a morning in editor mode, I’m ready to switch back to the more comfy and oh-so-much-more-cuddly-and-yummy mommy mode.

On the radar for today: shopping for diapers (we’re making the switch to cloth!), some garden fun, and whatever other adventures that happen to divert our attention (which, at some point, will mean food!! Gotta love Saturday food.)

I’ll fill you in on all the haps, right after I wake up.

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What is the lunch atmosphere like at your office/workplace? Are healthy options offered? Does anyone want them?

What’s the best food day of the week (for you)?

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