Cloth diapering on the go. It’s not really as scary as it seems.
The first day I started using cloth diapers, we actually packed Bubs up and went to my in-laws. Not a big outing, but still a learning experience. Especially when I had never used cloth before!
It really isn’t hard though. You just need to be prepared, and plan ahead to make sure you take all of the supplies you’ll need. Unfortunately you can’t pack up your diaper sprayer for a day of shopping, but anything you can pack up you should bring along.
I’ve found I have different ways of diapering for different trips. If it’s a short trip, like going to church, I’ll pack our pocket diapers because they’re simple and quick to change. Since I only need to pack a few it’s not a big deal that they take up more space. If we’re going out for the entire day I will either pack a separate bag of diapers, or pack flats since I can roll them up and fit a lot of them in my diaper bag with a couple extra covers.
I pack a diaper for every 2 hours we’ll be gone, and then add an extra couple just in case. So if we’re planning to be out for 6 hours, I pack 4-5 diapers. This is usually overkill, but I’d rather have too many than not enough! Don’t forget a wet bag to store your dirty diapers! I have forgotten a wet bag more than once and plastic shopping bags just aren’t a great substitute. If you’re using cloth wipes, pack them up in a small wet bag along with your wipes spray.
Now the big question you’ve all been wondering. What do you do with a poopy diaper while you’re out and about? If baby is exclusively breastfed, you don’t actually have to rinse the poop off of the diaper, so you can just pack it in your wet bag. If baby is formula fed or on solids, you need to rinse the diaper. The easiest option is to line the diaper with a biodegradable, flushable liner. When changing the dirty diaper, peel off the liner and flush it down the toilet. If you don’t have a liner, try and dump what you can into a toilet and flush. What’s left you can dunk and rinse in the toilet or scrape it off with toilet paper. Not fun, but better than waiting until you’re home to take care of it!
You have diapers, wipes, a wet bag (or two-they come in handy for dirty clothes too), and some liners. Anything else? No, it’s really that simple.
Confession time. I have never used cloth diapers on an overnight trip. I could. I just never have. It’s intimidating to me. Have you?? What’s the longest trip you’ve been on while using cloth diapers? Do you have any tips or tricks?