Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cloth Diapering "on the go" : Tips for traveling with cloth!

When I first started cloth diapering, I was scared to death of traveling with cloth. I still purchased disposables so that I would always have them when I needed to be out and about for more than just a couple of hours.

I have since come to my senses, and wanted to share a little bit of how we make it work while we travel. It would be fun to hear all of your travel tips as well, as I am always on the lookout for things to make my CD world a little easier.

First of all, having the right kind of diaper is essential. I mean, you can travel with AIOs, but it will be harder to deal with the laundry if you aren't near a washer that isn't off limits to poopy diapers (mother-in-laws house, for example).

We like to use flats and prefolds so that I can wash out diapers in a sink or bathtub easily if I have to. I don't do pins or snappis, just fold and lay in pockets or in covers.

The other essential is a very good wet bag. The size of the wet bag will be determined by how long you will be out of the house. I have been stuck before with a wet bag that only held 3-5 diapers, and needed more room. It was an ugly sight!

Finally, there are the wipes. I keep an old bottle of baby wash filled with my wipes solution. If I am going to be gone for more than just a day or two, then I try to use just water for the wipes when available, and save the wipes solution for really poopy bottoms, and when I don't have easy access to water. I just squirt/pour a little solution on the wipe right before I use it, and never have to deal with stale wipes.

On to the nitty gritty:
I bring along one rubber glove in order to wash out any sticky poo in the potty of whatever hotel or house that I am staying at. (I use a diaper sprayer at home).

I just rinse/wash the diapers (pee ones, too) in the sink/bathtub if I am going to be away from a washer for very long. That keeps the stink (even in the wetbag) down to a bare minimum. I really try to bring enough diapers with me to cover the bums until I get home and can wash the dipes in my own home with my own washer. If that isn't possible or reasonable, then you can easily wash flats out in the sink and they will dry overnight over a shower curtain.

I actually really like not having to hunt for a trashcan, running out of wet wipes, stinking up my friend's trash cans, and all of the other pains that come with using disposables on the road. Plus I know that my little one's tush is nice and comfy in her car seat!

Hope that helps someone with at least a few ideas.

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Crissy said...

Thanks for the tips. We'll be traveling for Christmas and I want to take our diapers with us. So I need all the tips and advice I can get.

Mindy said...

I was just talking with a friend about traveling with cloth the other day. The only time I want to deal with disposables now is with our babysitting exchange with friends. Other than that, I take my wet bag shopping, to church, to a friends, etc. and use cloth diapers. I've changed poopy diapers in all of these places and it's been just fine. I've never done a long trip, but so far it's been great to simply let go of any dependency on disposables!


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