Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Traveling with Cloth Diapers

21 April 2012

Traveling with Cloth Diapers

When we started cloth diapering, I told myself and others that I would just use them at home and disposables when we were out of the home, but now use cloth when we are out and about. If you too decide to travel with cloth {for a short trip or long trip}, you might want to keep these things in mind:

What my diaper bag usually looks
like when I do errands.
Short trips {to the grocery store, park, library, friend's house, etc.}. I bring 2-4 diapers with you, a medium wetbag, and cloth wipes.  Confession: we still use disposable wipes more often than cloth.  This is usually when I bring my pockets and AIOs out.  I want something I can easily put on my daughter.  I also bring a prefold so I can put her on it, so her bottom does not have to touch the changing table.  If Charis poops, I don't worry about rinsing the diaper off then, I just roll the diaper up and put it in the wetbag and wait until we're home to take care of it.

Long trips {leaving the house for a few days}. I bring about 12 diapers, usually the pockets and AIOs along with a wool cover in case the inserts are not adsorbent enough.  Bring your laundry detergent.  I bring a wetbag and borrow a five gallon container from my parents.  Ask the person you're staying with, if you can use their washer/dryer to wash cloth diapers.  When we've traveled with cloth, we've stayed at my parents or my SIL's house.  My parents cloth diapered us, and my SIL is using cloth part time with her baby boy.  If somebody doesn't want you using their washer/dryer to wash cloth diapers, be respectful and either hand wash, go to a laundry mat, or use disposables.  Don't let others do cloth diaper laundry for you.  My mum put fabric softener in the laundry when I was washing cloth diapers last May.  Thankfully, I quickly realized it and just rinsed, rinsed, rinsed, and rinsed.  I did not have problems with buildup.

FYI: I don't use cloth diapers full time.  I probably use them about 75% and disposables 25%. It largely depends on the day and if I feel swamped or need to work that week which means I'm trying to keep the apartment as clean as possible because a day or two after working, I'm recovering from a 12+ hours shift.

Have you traveled with cloth diapers before?
What advice would you give?

1 comment:

  1. pretty diaper bag. :)

    We CD when we're out and about but use disposables for long trips.