We continue to use cloth diapers with Bo. I recently discussed how easy they can be on my latest post on The Cloth Diaper Whisperer.
One challenge that many parents new to cloth diapering face is the issue of traveling. Granted, lugging around cloth diapers is not quite as simple as taking disposables, but it actually isn’t that much harder. Here is how we manage it:
Bo uses about 7-8 diapers a day at 8 months old. When I go on a trip, we always pack at least one extra for a day. For a weekend trip, that means we are packing about 18 diapers. I find that prefold diapers or flat diapers take up a lot less space than pocket diapers. However, pocket diapers are much simpler to use while at someone else’s house.
If I will be gone for longer than a weekend, then the diapers have to be washed while we are gone. Some people don’t like you to wash diapers in their washing machine. I would always ask if it was OK before bringing the diapers. If your host objects, you can take disposable diaper inserts or wash the diapers at a laundromat. My parents used cloth diapers themselves, so they don’t care if we have to wash diapers there. But always ask first!
My Traveling Cloth Diaper Bag Contents:
|A one-day trip diaper bag. I also have 3-4 back-up diapers in my purse.|
- 15 day diapers
- 2 night diapers (I use a double-stuffed prefold)
- Diaper liners
- 6 wipes
- Changing pad
- 1 large wet bag
- 1 small wet bag
- 1 small container of detergent (if we will be gone longer than 2 days)
We have a striped backpack that is our traveling diaper bag. I put all the diapers that will fit into it, and the rest I stick in my purse. I put the small wet bag into my purse and the large one in the diaper bag.
When I arrive at our destination, I create a diaper changing spot. I don’t really like to use the floor as a changing station, but I have in a pinch. I set all the diaper changing supplies in that spot. From there, our diaper changes proceed as normal! I flush any solids down the toilet along with the liner. Dirty diapers are placed in the wet bag and washed as soon as we get home.
And that’s it!
Do you cloth diaper on the go? What solutions do you use?