Generally, day to day, we like to use a variety of pockets, all-in-ones, and flats and covers. At night, we add some extra hemp liners and throw on some fleece pants or wool shorties. I wash my diapers twice a week and hang them up to dry. At this point, our system is pretty stable. When we travel to visit friends or family, I can usually stick to this routine, but as I contemplated the 6 of us in a tiny room at sea, I realized that I needed a plan B.
Our cruise ship room had a shower, a tiny sink, and a toilet. There would be no way that I could soak and hand wash more than a few flats at a time - this would certainly not do. I refused to give in to a complete disposable diapering siutation so I compromised by buying three packages of disposable Flip inserts and using them with our covers. I interspersed flats here and there to give his little bum a break but, for the most part, he did fine with the switch.
We were gone for about 8 days so I brought 3 packages of disposable Flip inserts, 8 covers, fleece pants, wool shorties and longies and some Charlie’s soap. I tossed the Flip inserts into the trash and rinsed and hung the covers to dry on the clothesline in the bathroom. As needed, I soaked the covers in some Charlie’s soap and water in the bathroom sink and gave them a little bit of an extra scrub.
swim diapers - we love the ones from Bummis. At the beach, he just wore a regular Bummis swim diaper and at the pool, we put a disposable swim diaper underneath the Bummis swim diaper to give us an extra layer of protection.
All in all, our adventure went well! The kids loved the trip, I was able to modify our cloth diaper routine just enough so that we could enjoy our vacation and not feel too guilty about using some disposables. If you have a trip planned soon, definitely check out your options with inserts!
By Erin Brighton