Many parents love using their cloth diapers at home, but the second they think about travelling with them they panic. The truth is travelling with cloth diapers is as easy as using them at home. With a little preparation, a level head, and the proper tools, parents will never break a sweat over travelling with cloth again.
How Many Diapers Should I Bring?
This is a common question and depends on how long you will be away. If it’s only for a few days, pack a couple more than you think you’ll will need in order to have extras as you wash soiled diapers. Note that these types of diapers do take up more room than disposables so plan for that.
The Wet Bag
If you are planning to travel, invest in a wet bag or pail liner to place soiled diapers. Flushable disposable liners are a great way to maintain cloth diaper usage, while also quickly discarding your baby’s waste. Flushable disposables are just one of the many advantages to cloth diapering in general. This gives parents an eco-friendly alternative to disposable diapers which take years to biodegrade.
Cleaning Your Cloth Diapers
Hopefully wherever you are going has a washing machine available. If you’re worried that the washing machine is unsanitary, you could always run it through a washing cycle with detergent before use. If your destination does not have a washing machine, then you might want to take a few traditional disposables along or use flushable disposables.
Bring the Detergent
Good luck finding the exact type of detergent you need to properly wash your diapers. Be sure to pack whatever detergent you use at home. Some parents travel with soap nuts to avoid the possibility of spillage or leaking.
More Helpful Cloth on the Go Accessories
A lot of parents who use this type of diaper also choose to use cloth wipes. However, this can be troublesome when you are travelling. Many parents use disposable wipes because they are easily accessible, pre-wet, and tossable. To use cloth wipes, pre-wet the wipes before leaving home, or bring a small water bottle to spray each one before use. These can also go into your wet bag or pail liner once they have been used. Please note that new federal regulations prohibit passengers from bringing liquid aboard the plane. If you are flying you can put your pre-wet cloth wipes in a wet bag already wet in hot water and a touch of baby shampoo for scent.
Hybrid Diapers are Lifesavers
Pocket diapers take up a tremendous amount of space in your luggage. Most people find travelling with a few hybrid diapers is the easiest solution to this problem. Hybrids consist of a cover and insert that is most often snapped into place. Once the baby has used the diaper, the insert is simply lifted from the cover, and the cover can be reused.
Learn to Change Diapers in the Vertical Position
You may have to change diapers at a moment’s notice, especially if you’re travelling on a plane or train. Often those seats are not conducive to horizontal diaper change, or what we are sitting on seems so dirty that we don’t want to lay our child down. In that case, practice how to change your baby while holding them straight up. This method minimizes the space you take up when changing your child, and gives you an alternative to seeking out sanitary surfaces to change your baby on. Many diaper bags come with covers designed to protect your baby’s bottom from unclean surfaces. However, towels will do the trick too.
Even though travelling with cloth diapers requires a little more planning and maintenance than traditional disposables, they are still worth the trouble. They are better for the environment than traditional diapers and will save you hundreds or thousands of dollars a year. Plus your baby is less likely to develop skin irritations.Remember the reasons why you made the decision to use this type of diaper in the first place and know that you’ve made the best decision for your baby, wallet, and the environment.