I so enjoyed participating in last week’s Cloth Tushie Tuesday that I’m doing it again! This week’s topic is: How do you pack your diaper bag when using cloth diapers? Do you use cloth even when out-and-about, or do you switch to disposables?
First of all, I want to start by saying that I LOVE CLOTH DIAPERS! This weekend I was out of town and used regular old disposables. What a disaster! By the second day I only had one clean outfit for Isa – she had pooped through five outfits in 24 hours! All weekend I was constantly worried about changing her before an explosion happened. By the time we came home she had a crazy rash all over her bottom, despite a constant slathering of Burts Bees rash cream. I don’t think I realized how much I loved cloth, just for cloth, until this weekend. Man oh man, I am never going back.
Now, back to today’s topic. I do use cloth diapers when I go out. If I didn’t, I’d be using disposables for part of every day and that seems to defeat the point. It’s actually quite easy to use cloth out in the world and I’ve never had a problem with it.
To successfully cloth diaper out on the town you need the following:
- cloth inserts (one for every hour you’re out)
- shells (I would say one extra for every two hours you’re out)
- wipes (I use biodegradable wipes out and cloth wipes at home)
- a wet back (big enough to hold all your wet diapers for the day)
- Optional: cloth-diaper-safe cream (more on what I use soon)
I keep my inserts in one little cloth bag and my shells in another. My wipes are always in the side pocket of my diaper bag, along with a thing diaper-rash cream (which I hardly ever use but like to have with me).
I have two travel sized wet bags so that one can be in the wash while the other is being used. They both hold about eight diapers and have drawstrings. I kind of cheat with the wet bag and use compostable food waste bags inside my wet bagso I don’t have to wash it so frequently. It’s also nice because I can put my very wet inserts in the compost bag, inside the wet bag and just tuck the wet shells in the wet back as well. That way waste from the inserts doesn’t make it’s way on to the soiled shells.
When I get home I just separate out my wets inserts with my soil inserts and put them in their respective pails. Finally I dump the soiled shells in their wet bag. I usually re-use the compostable bag once, but they don’t last long, as they are made to biodegrade.
When I go out for a very long day, that involves a lot of walking around with the Ergo, I might bring biodegradable inserts to use with my shells. I LOVE the GroVia biodegradable inserts, they are amazing. After my experience this weekend, I will never be going out in just disposables ever again.
If you want to learn more about traveling with cloth diapers, check out My Little Slice of Mommie Heaven!