Traveling out & about while cloth diapering
As some of you may know, I recently began cloth diapering (CD’ing) part time for my little guy who is almost 3 months now. I wasn’t aware of all the challenges & tips needed when venturing out with a LO while CDing so I asked Blog writer Jenny Cooper of Cloth Diaper Diary to share her knowledge. Below is her post which you can find at My Cloth Diaper Diary: Cloth to go
In this blog I will be sharing what I’ve learned so far about cloth diapering on the go. We have yet to go on any long road trips or overnight trips since we started cloth diapering, so my experience is limited to mainly common everyday outings and day trips to grandparents, family or friends houses, but I hope it will be helpful to some of you.
When I first started using cloth I had only a small one-two diaper wet bag. This worked/works fine for a quick trip to the store or park, but I quickly realized was not enough for longer outings, such as a few hour outing to friends of families houses or church and lunch. I bought a medium bag and still it was not quite enough for events that turned into all day or sometimes even half the day events. I recommend a large wet bag. You rarely need that much space, but it’s always nice to have extra space as apposed to not enough. I also think it’s helpful to have at least 2 so if ones in the dirty clothes you have a back up.
In the beginning I also was unsure how many diapers to bring on outings. Since cloth diapers take up significantly more space than disposables I recommend, one, having a bigger diaper bag and, two, stashing a few extras in the car. When you’re more experienced with how many diapers your baby goes through in a given period of time or at certain times of day, you can plan how many you think you’ll need for the amount of time you think you’ll be gone, but again extra is always better.
I would say 2 of the biggest challenges about cloth on the go is rinsing poopy diapers out and having to worry about storage of dirty diaper while dealing with a squirming dirty bottomed baby. I have learned a few things that help with these issues. Firstly I get everything I need out before I take the soiled diaper off; wet bag, wipes, new diaper. When I take the diaper off and wipe the baby down I make a careful pile of trash verses things that will go into the wet bag. I pick the trash up with a clean wipe toss it in the wastebasket and throw the diaper in the wet bag, then re-diaper the baby. Some people do this for all diapers, I prefer to make my best effort to have soiled diapers as clean the situation and environment will allow.
I use what I have to rinse the diaper as clean as I can most places this means dunking and swooshing in whatever toilet is available, but I’m also very grossed out by using a public restroom toilet. For rinsing some may want to keep a pair of rubber or disposable gloves in a Ziploc or wet bag for rinsing and ringing out diapers. At public restrooms I wipe what I can with the wipes and try to get home sooner to rinse them thoroughly. The best thing has been the flushable liners, once baby is having more solid BM’s this is the best solution it helps get a lot and even sometimes all poop from getting to the actual diaper.
Now that my daughter is potty training age one thing I started doing and I think can be done even at much younger ages is I try to get her to pee on the potty before we leave the house. Even on little ones that don’t known anything about peeing on the potty can be sat down for a reasonable amount of time to see if they can go before you leave the house. This helps maximize the amount of time before they’ll need another diaper and helps prevent them from have a soiled diaper in the car, which my daughter hates.
For church Sunday school we always put her in disposables so the staff doesn’t have to deal with cloth. I don’t know what we’d do if she had to go to daycare, but I have heard of some cloth friendly daycare’s, so far we’ve been lucky enough that Grandma and Grandpa have always been able to watch our little one when we’ve needed a sitter. I recommend using AIO (All In One) diapers for sitters, they’re the easiest for inexperienced cloth diaperers. I also recommend using all the same type/brand so it’s less confusing for sitters not having to learn a new snap setting or Velcro direction for each new diaper.
I’ll let you all know how it goes whenever we do a road trip or overnight somewhere that’s at a hotel not just families house. We recently went camping, but I figured a camping trip with a toddler in a tent is tough enough without having to figure out where to wash out my cloth diapers and I also don’t think I have a big enough stash to last for 3 days. Till next time happy diapering!