Many parents who attend our workshops want to know how to use cloth diapers when they are away from home. They can visualize how the system would work at home, but out and about or more far fetched – away on holiday or camping? How does that work??
It can be done! Here are our best tips for daytrips & outings, vacations and camping.
Daytrips and Outings: Not hard – at all. And you don’t need to bring a suitcase of stuff. What’s in our diaper bag? We carry 2-3 one step diapers (pre-stuffed pocket diapers or all-in-one diapers), a travel case of cloth wipes, a bottle of water (to drink or use on the wipes) and a wet bag to carry home the diapers we take off our little one.
Vacations: If you have access to a washing machine, whether it be in-suite, in building or at a laundry mat, cloth diapering can be done. Consider how often you can access the washer and then bring enough diapers to get you through. So you may only need one day’s worth of diapers or you may need three. Store your dirties in a drawstring diaper pail liner for easy transport and containment. Use flushable liners for poop management.
Camping: You can handwash your diapers and hang them to dry – we’d recommend a prefold diaper or pocket diaper system with this scneario, though. All in ones are best left to a washing machine’s skilled agitation to get really clean. Another alternative is to use a compostable gDiaper insert in one of your pocket diapers. This would allow you to use your pocket shell as the cover and either lay a gDiaper insert inside the diaper or stuff it inside. We have had good results with laying the gDiaper insert inside of the AMP Duo or stuffing it in the Duo or bumGenius Pocket. With this method you toss or bury the insert (use common sense, please, not by a water source and don’t throw in an outhouse) and all you have to rinse/wash is the pocket shell. There is minimal hand-poop contact if you use the insert on top of the diaper shell instead of stuffing it inside.
What’s in your diaper bag?