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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Want to know a secret? For the first year or so that I cloth diapered, I rarely used cloth if we were going out. I kept a small stash of sposies for outings. Why? Well, to be honest, it was easier. No wet bags, sposies take up less room in the diaper bag, and I could just leave them in a diaper bag whereas I’d have to pack cloth with each outing due to our smaller cloth stash.
With two toddlers still in diapers, I now take our cloth on the go most of the time. I love our cloth so much more than a disposable diaper and I’m very comfortable using it. I just had to find the right on the go system for us. Snapless fitteds with covers were bulky for the diaper bag, but AIOs are easy peasy. Below are a few of the cloth diapers that make outings and travel with cloth easy.
AIOs are my first choice for on the go cloth diapering. After trying several systems, I found this the easiest for us.
- My favorite AIO is the Thirsties AIO in aplix. It is also available in snaps, but I feel like the aplix makes it even easier to change. The new aplix is super strong. My boys are heavy wetters so I slide a hemp doubler under the sewn in tunnel-style microfiber soaker and we’re good to go. I don’t have to unstuff them before I throw them into the wet bag because the doubler will fall out in the washer. So they can go straight from the wet bag to the washer or diaper pail with no fuss. They are also one of the most affordable AIOs out there. See why they’re my favorite?
- Bottombumpers is another AIO that I like. It’s pricier, but it really is a nice diaper. The side snaps make is super trim in the front, very easy to fit jeans over. I also add a hemp doubler to ours, just laying it inside the diaper. The soaker inside is snapped in instead of sewn in, but this helps the diaper dry more quickly.
Covers and Flats
Covers and flats are my second choice for on the go diapering. They probably pull into first place for camping or short weekend trips because they can easily be hand washed.
- Flips and flats. Flips and flats are perfect diaper bag material. They’re slim and you can reuse a cover several times before washing it. I padfold our flats with a doubler hidden inside so when it’s time to do a diaper change, I throw the dirty flat into a wet bag and pop the new one into the cover. Easy peasy!
Pocket diapers are also pretty easy on the go. Just prestuff them and throw them in the diaper bag. The only reason they rank third on my personal list is that I have to pull the insert out of the diaper before I throw them in the wet bag.
- Kawaii’s and Imagine Baby are some of my favorite pocket diapers. They’re one of the most affordable and they work well. You can get them in pretty solid colors and fun prints.
There are a few accessories that make cloth diapering on the go very easy. Find a good wet bag, a simple spray bottle for cloth wipes, a reusable container to store dry cloth wipes, and some sample sized or spray cloth diaper safe rash cream. That’s it! Super easy.
So, have you made the transition to using cloth while you’re out and about? I promise, it’s not scary! We get lots of compliments on our diapers. I have answered questions about them in many public bathrooms so cloth diapering on the go is a great way to advocate for cloth. When others see how easy it can be, they’re intrigued.
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