Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cloth Diapering on the Road

Thank you for joining me again. This is the second of a travel with children series written by experts as guest bloggers. A new topic and expert will be posted every Tuesday for the next 5 weeks. From making food part of your child’s travel experience to how to use music as a travel & language prep tool we’ll cover topics that will enrich and enhance your travel experience. I’ll be featuring experts & parents sharing their best tips and advice with you. Please come back every week and if you like the info share it on your social media and with friends. If you missed last weeks blog you can see it here. Happy Travels!

When my daughter was two months old I started to notice she had very sensitive skin and after some research on detergent I found that a local store carried a laundry detergent I wanted to try for my wash to see if it helped her. That's how I first met Brooke and came to Eden's Baby. When I walked into the boutique I notice they had a large selection of cloth diapers and my fascination with cloth diapering began. I didn't take the plunge at that time because I was convinced that our schedules and care arrangements were too hectic for cloth diapering… I mean you have to be a stay at home mom for that, right? (WRONG) So I dismissed it and continued to use disposables. I kept researching and kept thinking these would be great if only….

Well, my daughter is now two and I am now using cloth to potty train her. From pull-ups with snaps or pull-up style pocket diapers to cotton trainers we have stocked our drawers and are giving it a real go. Should we be blessed with a second child we will be cloth diapering them for sure but in the meantime as I have blogged about how to best travel with kids I have been asked on more than one occasion about my suggestions for traveling with cloth. Of course since I haven't walked in those shoes myself I didn't want to offer my assumed advice so I went back to Brooke. I attended a diaper class and was that more convinced that traveling with cloth is no harder than making it fit into my kind of schedule… it's all about preparation! Please read on to see Brooke's tips and feel free to contribute more of your own.

Cloth Diapering on the Road

When I was asked to write about traveling and cloth diapering it occurred to me, my cloth diaper adventure began while traveling.  My husband was deployed so my 7 month old son, two 95 pound German Shepherds and I set off for a cross country adventure.  It was in my first stop that I met some Moms who introduced me to cloth diapering.  After months of horrible diaper rash and countless doctor visits I decided to give it a try.  Happily for me and for Tristan's poor heiny within one week of our switch his rash had cleared.  
I have learned a lot in these past few years of cloth diapering at home and on the road.  We typically travel by car, but have made half a dozen plane trips as well.  If you are planning a trip this summer or anytime there are a few important steps to take to ensure that your vacation and cloth diapering goes easily.  First, you really need to study your child's diaper routine for a few days.  Right everything down.  You will want to figure out how often you change your child, how many wipes you use and what type of diapering accessories you can't live without.  Once you figure out your daily needs you will need to decide if you want to wash while on vacation or wait until you return home.  Now is the time you need to decide if you will cloth diaper full time or use a hybrid system like g Diapers or Flip
I don't have set diapers I take while traveling.  I plan my diapers around our travel plans.  If we are going to be visiting friends or family then I would take my normal home diapers (for me an assortment of pocket and all-in-one diapers).  You may want to make sure who ever you are visiting is OK with you using their washing machine or that your hotel has access to a machine.  However, if we will be traveling by air and paying ridiculous fees per bag, then I would opt for a flat diaper and covers.  Flat diapers take up very little room and can be folded differently to fit both a newborn and a toddler.  Another good option is a one size diaper.  I really like these diapers for families that have more than one child in cloth at a time.  If your vacation plans call for a lot of activities you may prefer to use one of the hybrid systems during the day and your usual night time diaper.  In general you will want 2-3 days worth of diapers, a dozen or so wipes, a wet bag for day use and a pail liner or large wet bag for the hotel.  Plus, your detergent, any diaper creams or ointments and a wipe solution and perhaps the most important, a flushable liner to aid in clean-up. 
My favorite tips:
  • Wash out your diapers and air dry until you are able to wash.  This will prevent any unwanted smells lingering in your hotel room.
  • Pack a separate suitcase for all your diaper needs.  It helps keeping them all together.  If traveling by car you may prefer to use a basket for easy access.
  • Don't try a new system on the road.  My first plane trip in cloth ended with both of us being soaked because I didn't know the new diaper I bought required a cover.
  • Check to see if there is a diaper service in the area.  For a nominal fee you will have everything you need without any extra work.
Whatever you decide don't be afraid to try cloth on vacation.  It is surprisingly easier than you would think.  Your baby will feel better and you will be helping the environment.  For more inspiring travel diapering tips (including one mom's rain forest adventure) visit the Real Diaper Association for stories and advice from Real Moms using Real Diapers on Real Babies.  

Brooke Matherne is the co-owner and founder of Eden's Baby in San Antonio, TX.  She has been full time cloth diapering her two children since August of 2007.  She is currently training to become a RDA Diaper Circle Leader.  She teaches monthly cloth diaper classes in San Antonio and around Texas.

Green Acre Designs (GAD) Snap Pocket Cloth Diapers (Medium, Kiwi & Butter)


JMN said...

Found you on Tag Along and am now following! Hope you will check out my blog too :)


Jackie at 3littleones said...

thanks for the post - I havent traveled w/ cloth yet - that's when I go out and buy disposables. oh well - maybe someday I'll get the courage.

followig u from tuesday tag-along at twee poppets


glenda09 said...

Thank you for stopping by, leaving a comment and following!! I hope you are having a great day! Don't you just love cloth? I really really need to get me a wet bag though! I'm following you now as well. Oh and join me losing weight. If you go to my blog and read the April 13th I tell how I did it before went from 232 to 126 in about 7months. I just had a baby Jan and whenI was going to have her I was 202 when I got out of the hospital I was 186 and today 165.8!! If you check it out let me know!

Gucci Mama said...

I am too afraid of germs and mess and smell to try cloth diapering, though I'm sure those fears are unfounded. The thing about irrational fears though...well, you know. ;)

Very cute blog! Following you back!

Traci66 said...

I came over via Tuesday Tag-Along and decided to follow you. I hope you will come see me. I am #4 Traci66 on Mr. Linky or http://traci66.blogspot.com I am lining up some reviews and giveaways from some various businesses, these will be starting soon. Maybe Monday. I hope you will come join me for some fun. Happy Tuesday.

Raymonde said...

Hi Lili, thank you for the follow, I am following back.

About the nuts in the banana bread, I would think so. The only thing I would do I would drop them on top just before I put them in the oven.

Have fun. Take care. xxx

Raymonde said...

Sorry I mis-spelled your name in previous comment.

Have a beautiful week. xxx

Twee Poppets said...

Hello! Thanks for tagging along this week at the Tuesday Tag-Along blog hop hosted by Twee Poppets! I'm a follower of your blog! :)


Gina F said...

I love those cloth diapers. I like the different colors they come in too. I will definitely tell my niece about these. She just had a baby 3 weeks ago. Thanks for sharing and posting too. HAVE A BLESS TUESDAY!!!

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Ocean said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and following me! :) I am now following your blog!

Amanda said...

Hi! I love the advice you give- but I must admit- I was always scared of cloth! I know it's silly-but that is the truth! I am following- Have a great day!
Amanda@The Modern Brady Bunch

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

Following you back from Tuesday Tagalong! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mayra, mommy to Pooh Bear said...

Thanks for stopping by, now following. =)
It's posts like these that make me want to try cloth diapers. It was my initial choice..ughh idk what happened. Great post!!

Have a lovely weekend!!

simplymerry said...

another hybrid is gro-via. i like flip overall, but i think i would prefer gro-via for traveling.

and their biodegradable inserts are so much better than disposables!!