Thursday, October 15, 2009

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Cloth Diapering on the Go

I clearly remember the first time I changed a cloth diaper away from home. It was June 2008, and I was out with my two sons, (then 26 months and 3 months old), and my mother who was visiting from out of state. We had just finished lunch and were headed back to the car when I noted that it was time to change the baby’s diaper. I proceeded to lay Brendan down on the floor of the van behind the driver’s side seat and pulled out my diaper bag. I grabbed a Moonbeam bumGenius One Size 3.0 pocket diaper, my wet bag and some wipes. (At the time I was very new to cloth diapering and hadn’t made the switch to using cloth wipes yet.) I changed his diaper, rolled the wet diaper up and tossed it into my wet bag for the ride home. It was just as easy as changing a disposable diaper and I didn’t have to look for a place to throw away the soiled diaper. My mom was quite impressed with the bumGenius diaper, as when I was a baby, she cloth diapered me with prefolds, pins and “plastic pants”.
Since that day, I’ve changed countless cloth diapers while out and about. Some of the more memorable ones include, various zoos, Disneyworld, an airplane bathroom, the beach…the list goes on and on. It’s interesting to see the reactions of some people when they see that my children are cloth diapered. I think the most common comment I hear is, “Wow, that’s a cute diaper, is that a special brand?” I think most are surprised when I tell them they are reusable cloth diapers. Of course, my printed Blueberry Minky One Size diapers tend to get the most comments since the jaguar and cow prints are just downright irresistible. I’m not sure if anyone has gone home to do research on cloth diapering after encountering my cloth diaper change, but I guess you never know, right?

Now that I only have one child in diapers, my diaper bag is pretty basic when we’re out and about. I usually carry 1-2 bumGenius One Size 3.0 pocket diapers or Blueberry One Size pocket diapers, a wet bag, 3-5 cloth wipes, and a bottle of wipe solution. Although my cloth diaper stash includes everything from flats and prefolds to fitteds, all in ones and pockets, I tend to grab my pockets for on the go use. They seem to be the most absorbent and easiest to deal with while away from home. If we’re going to be away from the house for more than just a few hours, I will also throw a few extra diapers and wipes in a canvas bag to keep and stash it in the van. I’d rather make a trip to the car to restock, than carry an overstuffed diaper bag all day long.

-- by Katrina W.

14 comments:

Upstatemomof3 said...

I also use pockets when I am out. For the reasons you listed and because they usually get the best reaction from other people.

Rocketgurl said...

I'm new to cloth diapering.. and hearing such stories make me less afraid to try cloth!! Thanks for sharing!

AC said...

I totally agree--cloth diapering while out & about is actually a ton easier (I think) than disposables! We always get comments & questions whenever another mom sees me changing Ellie's adorable diapers. We use BG 3.0's and prefolds, and I have had more than one person comment on the ease of using the Snappi to fasten the prefold rather than pins. I also love that when I take my daughter to a friend's house, I don't have to leave her nasty, stinky diaper in their trash can!

girlsmom0406 said...

I agree, it's just as easy to change cloth when out and about. BumGenius just so happen to be my go-to going out diaper too

Big Mama said...

I am new to cloth... and when I mean new.. I mean new.. as in this week! LOL I am using prefolds and covers b/c it's the cheapest.... so far I have not changed a diaper out in public... and our covers are just plain white.. so not fun.. :( That is why I need to win a friday contest! hehehe

Rebecca1217 said...

I made my first trip out of the house in cloth diapers today. Had to take little one to dr office for ear infection. It was super easy!

Hannah said...

A wet bag is on my wish list. Plastic grocery bags work, but I'm afraid they'll tear, they're not very environmentally friendly (I usually use cloth grocery bags anyway, so I don't have a ton of plastic ones on hand), and just aren't cute.

Bethany said...

Thanks for the advice!

Crystal B. said...

Cloth diapering is way easier now that I use cloth wipes! After stuffing my dirty dipe in a wet bag, it was such a pain to have to go looking for a place to throw away the wipe or else have to pick it out of the wet bag later after we got home! I also prefer pockets when I'm away from home because they go on and off quickly, there's no wiping a cover, and they're my favorite to show off if someone asks me about them!

Sarah, Ted and Eloise said...

I also use pockets when I am out and about. They are by far the most easy and absorbent....for us.

Gwenn S. said...

I am on week two of giving up disposables for outings and over-nights and I agree..after the initial shock of not having a disposable, the pockets are super easy to grab while out and about!

Anonymous said...

That's a good idea: the canvas bag. My diaper bag is always stuffed!

Laura C

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Arizona Girl said...

I still need to get myself a wet bag. Its really keeping me from wanting to do cd on the go.

ONCE upon a time.... said...

I love your list of places you have changed a cloth diaper....my craziest place is the bathroom ON the airplane! very challenging when you have a wiggly 6 month old and turbulance! LOL. Thanks for the post! :) ~camille