Fast forward a few months and Ian was moving around on his own, crawling on our very dirty porch (dirty because it's a porch that's outside and on a semi-busy street and there is NOTHING I can do about that) in just a diaper, baby legs, and t-shirt. He looked adorable. It was one of my less favorite diapers, a white bumGenius. I prefer the colors to the white diapers. To be clear, I adore all of our bumGenius diapers but the white was my least favorite color.
Anyway, he went about crawling all over the porch, pulling himself up at times, plopping down on his little white bum at other times and that diaper got grey!
"It'll wash out," I told myself.
Only it didn't. And that's when I learned what a play diaper was. Just like that, as I stood there holding this dingy diaper straight out of the washing machine, the words "play diaper" flashed through my mind and I knew.
A play diaper is a diaper that you don't care all that much about. It's a diaper that can get dirty and grimy and you won't freak out about it.
- Choose an older diaper that is still functional but has seen better days.
- If all of your diapers are PUL, then you have to figure that going without pants is going to result in some staining. Choose wisely or cover that diaper.
- Onesies can serve as great covers for diapers while still allowing the legs to go free in the hot summer.
- Fleece doesn't stain as easily so a pull-on fleece cover might be a good choice. Plus, they're really breathable which is a bonus on the rashier days.
- If you don't have any diapers that staining won't make you cry about, either don't do the whole pants-free thing, or aim for a darker colored diaper. The darker color may help disguise the staining you're bound to incur. In other words, don't follow my example and use a white diaper outside unless you really don't mind the stains.