Using Cloth Wipes On The Go

Cloth Wipes On The GoFor 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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Diaper Sprayers

ClothDiaperSprayersYou know one of the biggest reasons I hear when people object to cloth diapers?  Poop.  They don’t want to touch poop.  I laugh at this as a veteran mama.  Even before I started using cloth diapers, I touched some baby poop in my days as a mother.  All mothers and fathers and caregivers will at some point whether we mean to or not.

People who don’t use cloth are often surprised when I mention that no, you don’t actually have to touch poop to cloth diaper.  I don’t touch poop anymore than a mom who uses disposable diapers does.  In fact, because cloth diapers tend to stop blow outs, I probably touch it even less.

The first time I encountered a diaper sprayer it was on a coworker’s baby registry.  A friend and I were looking over it and we were both like what?!?  You have to spray the poop?  Where do you spray it?  Where does it go?  Ewww, cloth diapers are gross!  Fast forward a few years and I was several months pregnant wedged between my bathtub and the toilet, installing my own diaper sprayer.  Funny how time and perspective can change you.

A diaper sprayer works by connecting to your toilet’s existing water supply.  It has a little handle to turn the water flow on and off.  You simply take the poopy diaper to the toilet and spray the contents off the diaper and into the toilet.  It’s really that easy.  If I can install it while heavily pregnant, I’m sure most people can do it easy peasy.

The great thing about a diaper sprayer is that it aids in getting your diapers as clean as you can.  By getting as much of the poop off as possible, the pre-rinse and washing of your diapers is made easier.  They’re also great for potty training because you can spray off soiled underwear or even your child’s bottom.  I use our’s to aid in cleaning my toilet and since it’s right beside the bathtub, it is also fabulous for spraying down the tub after a bath or shower.

If you’ve had a baby, you remember the peri bottles they give you to use after each restroom visit.  A diaper spray can do this same job and you don’t have to keep up with a bottle.  It is also really nice for mama cloth and cup users.  You can easily spray off pads before putting them in the bin to wash.  If you keep your cup cleaning solution close by, you can use the diaper sprayer to thoroughly wash and rinse your cup between changes.  It can also double as a handheld bidet for anyone to use.  It really is a multi-purpose tool in our house and has gotten far more use than I ever imagined it would.

We’ve used cloth diapers for over 2.5 years now and only a couple of months of that time was without my diaper sprayer.  A diaper sprayer has made our cloth diapering journey a very smooth one and is definitely the one cloth diaper ‘splurge’ I would recommend.  It just makes cloth diapering easy in my opinion.  Do you use a sprayer?

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