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How to take cloth diapers on outings

Posted by Becca on 3/13/2012 to Cloth Diaper How-To
For many parents—even parents who cloth diaper—the idea of using cloth diapers when running errands, or on vacation is daunting. Face it, our culture has conditioned parents to think of diapering as a disposable thing. You change the diaper, you toss it, you never think of it again. It doesn’t faze parents to bring disposable diapers to change their babies, yet cloth seems far too daunting to attempt.

Using cloth diapers as opposed when out of the house is actually fairly easy. There is really only one key item that a cloth diapering parent will need to bring with them, that isn’t always necessary for disposable diaper changes—a wet bag. Why? Because the only thing that cloth diaper users do differently is that they save the dirty diaper.

Granted, some cloth diapers are much easier to use on the road than others. All in one Diapers and Pocket diapers are usually a popular diaper for travel because they require only one step—putting the diaper on. Of course, you can make prefolds and flats just as quick for travel if you pad fold them and lay them into your covers ahead of time. But honestly, it is possible to travel with any type of diaper successfully, no matter your diapering style.

Of course, once you know what you’ll need on your trip—be it short or long—and how to pack properly, cloth diapering in any and every situation can be a cinch! Here are a list of things that should be in your diaper bag (most of them things you’ll need no matter what kind of diaper you’ll be using)

1. Cloth diapers (also bring things like covers, snappis, pins, if you’re using flats or prefolds, or fitteds)
2. Cloth wipes you’ll find using cloth wipes with cloth diapers when out of the house much easier because you won’t have to put your wipes and your diapers in separate places once used)
3. A Changing Pad preferably a large one that will protect your baby from whatever surface you may have to use to change them.
4. Rash ointment, Choose a cloth diaper safe variety such as CJs Butter or Grovia’s Magic Stick.
5. A change of clothes, just in case—though this is much less necessary if you’ve stocked your bag with cloth diapers rather than disposables because cloth diapers contain leaks and blowouts much more safely than paper diapers.

Once you’re in a public place such as a restaurant, the grocery store, or a church building, find a changing station in the bathroom, or another private place to change your baby. All you really need is a flat surface and your changing pad and you’re set to go. Most changing stations in public restrooms have little grooves in the table where you can hang your diaper bag so you don’t have to place necessary items on the germy floor. This is also a great place to hang your wet bag so it’s ready for safe storage of dirty diapers. Of course, if certain restrooms are particularly gross or if a changing station isn’t available, a reclined front seat of the car or the tailgate will work just fine. As with disposable diapered babies, you can change a cloth diapered baby anywhere!

Preparation is key - have what you need at hand and take along your confidence! After a few outings you'll be ready to take your cloth diapers on your vacation the next time you head out of town! But beware, you’ll definitely get a couple of stares and spark up a few fun conversations about cloth diapers as people look at your baby’s fluffy bum with envy. You might even make some converts!



Cassandra Weiner
Date: 3/13/2012 11:26:51 AM
Another suggestion...use easy, or as some like to call them "Daddy/Daycare Friendly" diapers. We used to use pockets exclusively for nighttime, but since our son has turned into a little wriggler we ourselves using them more and more on outtings. Don't get me wrong I still love my prefolds/flats, but it becomes too much sometimes when you are out and about...trying to keep him from rolling over/off the changing table that of course doesn't have a strap, while digging through the diaper bag wit
Date: 3/19/2012 12:18:45 PM
Another helpful thing I've found to include in the diaper bag is an extra flat-fold diaper. This can be used as a diaper (of course) but it also comes in handy in a pinch for extra coverage to lay the baby on to change, to wipe up an exceptionally poopy mess, as a blanket to cover the baby, or as an impromptu "wetbag" to wrap up the dirty mess in if you can't get to your wetbag or if you've forgotten one. Really they're helpful for so many things and easy to just toss into the bag!
Victoria Anderson
Date: 7/16/2012 10:53:47 AM
In a couple months I am going to a wedding that is 10 hours away - we are driving. I would like to cloth diaper, but I am not sure how it is going to over having stinky diapers follow us around for 3+ days. Any suggestions? I love my cloth diapers and I want to use them. My little one will be 5 months old then!
Date: 3/8/2014
I'm planning our first trip away at the end if the month. My LO will be three months old. I'd love to keep using cloth but I don't have enough to last 3 days away plus laundry day (plus the day before we leave since I won't be able to launder those ones. How do people do it? You must have to find a laundromat while on vacation. And who wants to spend their vacation in the laundromat? Any advice?

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