ON THE ROAD WITH CLOTH DIAPERS
Tomorrow we will be packing the car and
heading North for a weekend visit with family and friends. Not only
will I be packing Easter baskets and finery, but I will also be packing up
a cloth diapering stash to allow my girls comfort while traveling. I
am wondering just what I will need, of course I generally take more than I
need, but I remember one visit that my eldest ended up using grandma's
dishtowel while her diapers were drying. We have been making almost
monthly visits North and have taken two extended vacations since beginning
our cloth diapering journey. Let me share my experiences and allow
you to have confidence in using cloth diapers on the road.
Needs for diapering on the road: Your
cloth diapering needs while traveling will vary depending on the age of
your baby and your baby's elimination routine. You know your baby
best and can use the following guidelines to develop the best arrangement
for your family.
Diapers - Evaluate how many diaper
changes your child requires in a day add two to this number for a safety
net. Use as many AIO or Pocket Diapers that you have. Plan for two days of diapering.
Diaper Covers: Covers generally
don't take alot of room. I suggest taking all the diaper covers that
currently fit your baby.
Cloth Wipes: I suggest 20 cloth
Wipes Solution in a bottle: Having
wipes and solution with you means you can change a diaper anywhere you
are a self-contained system. We use just a bottle of water.
Wet Bag: A wet bag gives you
a place to put any soiled diapers.
Diaper Changing Pad: I highly
suggest a cloth large enough to place your child on completely. A large
receiving blanket would even work. Some of the places provided for
changing diapers is unsightly. You may be changing in the seat of
your car. Be prepared. I recently changed my daughter on the floor
of a gas stations convenience store--serves them right for not having
bathrooms. I refuse to make my babies sit in poop! The
weather was too cold at the time to change her diaper in the car.
Diaper Detergent: A small travel
size of your diaper detergent should be taken. If staying longer
than just the weekend you will probably need to wash diapers. You
don't want to be running out looking for detergent or depending on what
your extended family may use.
How a weekend of cloth diapering goes:
We generally pack up our supplies into a large Rubbermaid tub. When
we get to Grandma's we just place it on the floor in the bedroom.
Diaper changes are done on the floor and all the supplies are easily
available from the tub. Dirty diapers are placed in our Bummis Wet
Bag and set aside. When we leave we can place the Bummis Wet Bag in
the tub and take it back out to the car. When we get home we wash
the diapers. We do take a small diaper bag with us to use if we are
out and about while visiting.
Our first extended road trip with cloth: On our first extended vacation as parents we visited
Pensacola, Florida. We took our cloth diapering supplies and my new
wool diaper covers; I figured I might as well try using cloth, if it didn't work
I could easily find disposable diapers at any local store. We stayed
at a hotel that had laundry facilities on-site. Using cloth diapers
on this trip was easy. I had cloth diapered at home for months and
this was the easiest way for me to diaper because it is what I knew.
How our road trips with cloth worked:
We definitely pick hotels that have laundry facilities on site. We
are usually out and about all day on these trips so each day we load up
6-7 diapers in a backpack along with a Wet Bag, wipes and wipes
solution. While we are out, Clean comes out of backpack; dirty goes
into wet bag and back into backpack. When we get back to the hotel
we wash the diapers collected and repack the backpack for the following
day. Night diapering is as easy as at home. We depend on
BabyKicks Doublers stuffed into a Fleece-Lined Happy Hempy Fitted diaper and PinStripes and PolkaDots Wool night
diaper covers for maximum protection.
Why I don't use disposables on the
- Friends have told me of severe
diaper rashes that don't clear up until they are back home.
- I am not extremely familiar with
- I trust my cloth diapers,
- My cloth diapering system is
self-contained. I never have a dirty diaper that I don't know
what to do with. I am prepared to change diapers anywhere.
- Disposable diapers smell really bad clean or dirty.
The smell of cloth diapers can be contained.
- I love cloth diapering!
Camping with cloth diapers:
I have not yet experienced this type of adventure but from the stories of
other women using cloth diapers while camping, I would determine
that using cloth diapers would be far superior than lugging out a huge bag
load of disposables after your week in nature. The comments seemed
to state that using cloth diapers and rinsing/washing them out was a more
sanitary choice. Disposable diapers did tend to attract nasty flies
and vermin. Caregivers using cloth diapers while camping actually
seem to prefer the Birdseye square diapers. Large square diapers
that require a lot of folding but wash and dry extremely easy.
Camping Tip #1: While camping, just
about everything can get wet....but you want your baby's bum to stay dry.
Diapers are exposed to everything too...even the falling Dew at night
(even in a tent). Keeping clean diapers in a wet bag prevents them from
wicking this moisture inside of them and protects them if the tent
leaks...maybe the only thing that will be dry is the diaper ;)
--submitted by Becca