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Cloth Diapering Through The Seasons in India

Cloth Diapering Through The Seasons in India

Welcome to The Nestery's series of blogs on cloth diapering.

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In our blog post today, we cover cloth diapering through the seasons of India.

India is a country with tropical and temperate climates. This means that some parts of the country have hot and humid weather throughout the year with months of heavy rains and other parts have distinct seasons spanning dry hot summers, and freezing winters.

Now, you may be thinking - is cloth diapering suitable for Indian weather?

And our answer is - YES, it is!

Cloth diapering in India need not be complicated or different throughout the seasons - you just need to keep a few points in mind.


Cloth-diapering in Indian summers:

Indian summers can be two kinds of hot - hot and humid or hot and dry. There is no escaping the heat no matter where you go. The main problem with diapering in summers is rashes. Your baby's bum can be prone to rashes during this season irrespective of the type of diaper they are in. Cloth/disposables. The reason being that the outer cover of the diapers trap in the heat and moisture making it a haven for bacteria/fungus that cause rashes in babies.

So, how do you prevent diaper rashes in summer?

  • Diaper free time - Provide as much diaper free time as possible. This could means for a few hours everyday or at least a few minutes before every diaper change.
  • Keep skin dry - Ensure that there is a barrier between the baby's bum and diaper. This could mean coconut oil or a cloth-diaper friendly diaper rash cream that does not contain zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is a common ingredient in diaper rash creams, but it is NOT cloth-diaper friendly. It causes repelling in the fleece lining of the diaper.
  • Go PUL free - The PUL outer layer of the diaper is a breathable material. This means it allows air in but it traps moisture locked in. This creates conditions conducive for rashes.  Skipping diapers with the outer PUL can be a great idea for heavy summers.
  • Best diapering solution - This could mean that baby will be in training pants / nappies/underwear/fitteds/ flats or pre-folds. For infants, we recommend a combination of flats and prefolds. For the ever-exploring toddler, we recommend fitteds or training pants that have the ability to withstand one pee. Using these without an outer PUL and changing the diapers more often than usual, interspersed with diaper free time is a great recipe for success in summer time diapering
  • Choose alternatives to PUL - Choosing wool covers to beat the heat may sound counter-intuitive but they regulate temperature, plus wool is a breathable fabric.


Cloth-diapering in Indian monsoons:

Indian monsoons are beautiful and the best of times but can be troublesome for caregivers with a cloth diapering routine. The main problem during this season is that diapers don't dry out in time. In some places, they also develop mold because of constant exposure to dampness.

So, how can you manage cloth diapering in monsoon?

  • Choose the right diaper - The ideal diaper stash in monsoon consists of pocket diapers and diaper cover systems. This is because the time taken to dry a diaper is considerably lesser if there are no in-built inserts. All-In-Ones (AIOs) with sewn in inserts take time to dry, so are best avoided during monsoons. AIOs with tongue-shaped inserts are recommended due to quicker drying times.
  • Use trim inserts - Bamboo cotton inserts and hemp inserts take the longest to dry and are the least preferred inserts in monsoons. Microfiber and charcoal bamboo insert combinations are the most preferred in the monsoons as they absorb quickly and dry quickly. Soakers/Boosters are smaller, trimmer versions of the inserts that can be used in monsoons to reduce bulk of the diaper.
  • Pick diapers with heavy absorbency - This is required in this weather because babies pee more often in the cold weather
  • Wash routine - If you normally wash diapers every alternate day, then in monsoons, ensure that you wash them every day. This helps in preventing mold formation.
  • Keep the baby's bum dry - Do this by creating a barrier layer using coconut oil or a zinc oxide free rash cream.


Cloth diapering in winters:

Indian winters can be non-existent to chilly depending on which part of India you live in. The chief problem faced during this season with cloth diapering is dry skin and the weather itself.

What we hear often is that babies may feel wet and cold in a cloth diaper, so can you actually cloth diaper in winters?

  • Pick diapers with heavy absorbency - This is required in this weather because babies pee more often in the cold weather.
  • Have a decent sized stash - Drying becomes a problem in this weather as well. Spin cycles in the washing machine are your best friend along with the balmy winter sun.
  • Keep baby's skin dry - You can do this by adding a barrier using coconut oil or zinc-oxide free rash cream. You can boost this by adding fleece liners or disposable liners as an additional barrier that wicks away moisture from the baby.


So, in conclusion, cloth diapering in India through the different vagaries of the weather is possible, and need not be a pain point!


We hope that our blog helped clear some of the doubts or apprehensions you may have had about cloth diapering in India. Cloth diapers are reusable, eco-friendly and easy on the pocket as well, in the long run!

Watch out for our next topic on cloth diapering next week!

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