Many parents believe that reusable diapers are to be used primarily at home. They use them at home during day-time while for nights and for going out; they prefer to use disposables because they are, as the name suggests, easy disposing off. However, cloth diapering out of home is much simpler than you think.
Here are 4 ways to make cloth diapering out of home a success for you.
1. Decide how long do you plan to be out and figure a few things out
Depending on the time duration for which you plan to be out, you will have decide on the type of diaper you choose.
If you are going to be out for long, at a place where there may not be proper changing facilities, you may want to use high-absorbency diapers such as Superbottoms Plus All-in-ones.
If you are sure there are changing rooms available, you can use regular diapers too.
Using covers with cloth diaper soakers/inserts are good for out of home diapering if you have changing facilities.
You can carry extra cloth diaper inserts and a few covers and simply change soakers and reuse the outer. That way, you have to carry lesser number of diapers
2. Carry a wet bag
Wet bags are waterproof bags that are especially convenient to carry wet / soiled diapers post changing.
Carrying wet bags makes like very simple when you are cloth diapering out of home.
3. What do I do with the poop?
This is one of the biggest concerns parents have when they cloth diaper out of home. So when your baby poops, like with disposable diapers, you need to wipe your baby’s bottom clean first.
If you have the facility to, knock off the poop in the pot and flush it down. You can keep the diaper in the wet bag / waterproof bag to carry home. Ensure that the bag is tightly sealed and closed to avoid stink.
If you do not have the option of knocking off the poop, it is okay to tightly close the diaper and store it in a waterproof bag, sealed shut.
Once you are home, you can wash the diapers clean as usual.
4. Cloth Diapering on Vacation
While this calls for an entirely separate post (that we will put up eventually), cloth diapering on vacation requires a bit of planning but it is certainly doable!
As we always say, figure out the washing and storing facilities. If you are on a homestay vacation, choose one with a washing machine. If not, hotel bath tubs / wash basins work just fine.
Ensure you carry enough cloth diapers and your favourite detergent and you are good to go!
Cloth diapering 100% is doable and great for your baby and the environment.
When you can get the convenience of disposable diapers in the goodness of cloth, why let plastic touch your baby’s bottom?