Friday, October 11, 2013
Getting ready to travel with cloth diapers
The weekend is almost here, and I am excited because tomorrow I am taking my son up to Pennsylvania to see my family. My husband is not able to go with us, so it will be just the two of us, plus our two dogs. Fortunately, it is only a 2 and a half hour drive, and if I time it just right with his usual morning nap, we might even make it without having to stop. Maybe.
I am also excited - and a little nervous - because this is going to be our first time traveling with cloth diapers. The first few times we went away overnight, we used disposables for the sake of convenience and because we did not have anywhere to launder the diapers or enough diapers to go without washing for the length of the trip. This time, we have my mother's washing machine available to us should we want to use it, but we also probably have enough to make it through without washing.
Traveling overnight with cloth diapers does require a bit more planning than using disposable diapers, but I think it is manageable. I am definitely taking all of my BumGenius diapers from Kelly's Closet and my SmartSnugs because those are, by far, the best in my stash.
I have several BumGenius Freetime diapers, but I have even more BumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers. The 4.0s are my absolute favorite diapers. I use them as my son's overnight diapers and any time we are going out or doing something where I know I cannot change him as often as I do at home. I can leave them on him for as long as I would leave a disposable because the material wicks away moisture. Even when his diaper is soaked, his skin is not.
I also have several SmartSnugs pocket diapers, including 1 NatureSnug and 3 SimpleSnugs. I love them all, but I do think the Nature Snug does just slightly better at keeping my little man's tush dry over time. I use them with the 6-layer Bamboo Charcoal insert, which is one of the best inserts I have found. It defies logic because it is thin, absorbs a ton, and somehow dries super fast after washing. I don't know how it works, but it does, and that's good enough for me.
For storage, I am taking my Bambino Mio diaper pail, which I absolutely adore because the lid locks, which makes it great at trapping odor and travel-friendly. It is just the right size to hold about 2 days of diapers, which is perfect for me since I do diaper laundry every other day. I am also taking my SmartSnugs wet bag. I wish I had more wet bags, but hopefully in the future I can snag a few more. So far, one has been enough, but I think traveling may change that.
Finally, I am taking along my Bummis Super Whisper Wrap and some prefold cloth diapers, just in case my son has one of his poopy days. (Being breastfed, he only poops every 5-7 days, but when he does, it tends to happen in three's, and it tends to be ferocious. I'm still not sure which is the better way to go - regular small poops or rare but deadly poops.)
The Bummis Super Whisper Wrap is something I never would have purchased on my own, but it came with a big stack of prefolds that I purchased from another mommy. This is my absolute favorite diaper cover. I have 3 of them in medium, but they fit my son well before he reached the minimum weight. They are so easy to use, and I love being able to just lay a prefold into the cover and put it on. They are also super trim, and they fit so well under my little guy's clothes. I use them with his one fitted diaper, too.
And that's it. I am doing up all my laundry today and using as few of his "good" diapers as possible, so he will have plenty that are clean and ready to go in the morning. If nothing else, it should be interesting, and I am hoping to influence my sister a bit, just in case she decides to go for baby #3.
Have any tips for traveling with cloth diapers? Please share them in the comments below. Thanks, and wish me luck!