For me, the scariest part of transitioning to cloth diapers was learning to successfully use them while we were out. Almost three years later, I can’t believe I ever felt like cloth diapering was difficult, even for the diaper bag. As a cloth diaper veteran, it all seems like second nature now. I often get emails, messages, and comments from parents who are new to cloth and feeling a bit overwhelmed when it’s time to take their cloth diapers on an extended outing or even a quick trip to the store. Let’s be honest, EVERYTHING is new when you’re a first time mom or dad. You over pack the diaper bag, or you forget key components altogether. It happens. Here are a few tips to make taking your cloth wipes with you while you’re out easy and stress free.
- Designate a certain amount of wipes for diaper bag use. Luckily, cloth wipes are pretty cheap whether you make or buy them. Make sure you buy enough wipes that you can leave a stash in the diaper bag . Obviously you’ll need to restock when the diaper bag stash is all dirty, but you won’t have to worry about leaving yourself with no clean wipes at home if you’ve purchased or made enough to have extras.
- Get a small wet bag to keep clean wipes in. It’s always easier to grab your wipe pouch when you need it than rifle through a diaper bag for clean wipes. A pouch keeps them together and easily accessible. It also allows wipes to be moistened before a trip.
- If you’re out and about daily, wet your wipes before you leave home. If you’re going to be out a few days in a row, go ahead and wet your diaper bag wipes before you leave the house. This way they’re completely ready to grab and go when baby needs a change.
- If you’re not out daily, store diaper bag wipes dry and take a travel size spray bottle. If cloth wipes are wet and left to sit more than a few days, they get stinky. If you and baby aren’t making daily trips out, it’s easier to store your diaper bag wipes dry and fill a travel sized spray bottle with wipe solution so you squirt the solution as needed. These spray bottles are easily obtainable at most dollar and big box stores.
- Keep a small stash of cloth wipes in your car. Cloth wipes can be made very cheaply which means you can afford to have extras. There will inevitably be a time when you forget to restock the diaper bag wipe box. If you’ve left a small stack of wipes in your car and you can get to some water, you can get your baby’s bottom (or sticky ice cream fingers!) cleaned up quickly and easily.
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