Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Traveling With Cloth
Our next two trips we drove and used ‘sposies in the car but mostly cloth once we were at my parent’s house. The nice thing about staying with family is the availability of a washing machine. My mom used cloth on me so she didn’t have any hesitations about me washing our cloth in her machine. Our next trip we used cloth in the car but there were times when other people changed him and used disposable wipes and diapers. I don’t know if it was a combination of climate change and the disposables, but the end of this trip and a few days after being home and solely using cloth diapers and wipes, my poor son had “baboon butt”…aka bad diaper rash. It didn’t seem to bother him much, but it was a sad sight.
I am proud to say that our last trip “home” over Mother’s Day weekend we did not use a single disposable diaper or wipe on my son’s bum! My husband and I did most of the changing and when someone else would change him I would just set out a pre-stuffed pocket diaper (generally FuzziBunz Perfect Size as I find that those are the easiest to snap) and tell them what settings to snap it on.
My biggest fear, in the beginning, about traveling with cloth was how to pack it all. The system that has worked incredibly well for us is rolling all of our pre-stuffed pocket diapers into a tote bag plus some flats (for extra night time stuffing), doublers, a small container of laundry soap, come cloth wipes, a spray bottle, biodegradable liners, coconut oil (for his eczema and as a barrier at night) , and a large wet bag. I made a “changing station” by hanging the wet bag on the closet door and kept a spray bottle of water and cloth wipes close by. While out and about I just carry a small wet bag filled with 2 pre-stuffed pocket diapers, 4-5 cloth wipes, a small spray bottle filled with water, and a couple of plastic grocery bags for the dirties. I was able to wash the diapers every other day just as I do at home. For traveling home, I just left the dirties in the large wet bag and stuffed them in the trunk with the rest of the luggage. I did make sure to do a wash the night before heading home so that I didn’t have many dirties.
So don’t worry if you relapse to ‘sposies here and there, we sure did. I am so happy that we are now comfortable traveling with cloth and our confidence in doing so got stronger with each trip.
Happy Cloth Diapering!
By Michelle P.