Now that you’ve learned about diaper pails, cloth wipes, some of the different types of cloth diapers and how to wash them, you’re going to learn how us crazy cloth-diapering mamas leave the house. Behold, my arsenal:
From left to right: backpack, water bottle, three cloth diapers, cloth wipes, two “wet bags.”
The two “wet bags” are where I put my dirty diapers when on the go. I change the baby like I normally do and just stick the dirty diaper and used cloth wipes in the “wet bag.” If I forget to put my washable “wet bag” in the diaper bag, I make sure I always pack a gallon-sized zipper style plastic bag. In a pinch, I could always use a plastic bag from a store and tie it with a knot. When I get home, I dump the contents of the “wet bag” in the diaper pail. I never have to touch anything any more so than if I were using disposable diapers.
I carry the water bottle around for two reasons: (1) I like to always have water to drink, especially since I’m lactating, and (2) if there’s no sink with which to wet the cloth wipes, I can always squirt the clean cloth wipes with water from my bottle. I keep refilling the same bottle with filtered water from the tap to cut down on waste.
In addition to the above items, I also pack: a travel diaper changing pad (got it free at the hospital after I gave birth), a blanket, a change of clothes for BabyBear, and a baby bottle with breast milk + formula in it (she refuses to breastfeed, and if I could fill the bottle with only breast milk, I would — I’ll go into that in more detail when I chronicle my breastfeeding saga in the near future). I don’t usually pack diaper cream because it may ruin the fleece (the white inside part) in the AIO pocket diapers by making it repellant. (It may not ruin it forever, though, so don’t fret if this happens to you. Stripping the diapers could fix the problem.)
I don’t use a traditional diaper bag because I like to pretend I’m still in college when I’m schlepping my baby around in public. Actually, I just think it’s practical. The one-strap diapers bags, as cute as some of them might be, are kind of cumbersome and weigh me down on one side. With a backpack (nothing fancy, just a regular old backpack), I can have both hands free for holding the baby. When we flew to Florida, I had my baby in a Moby wrap in front and put my backpack on my back and I still had my hands free to roll my luggage around in the airports.
Read more about cloth diapers at these other great cloth diapering resources:
- Diaper Pin (has honest reviews by actual cloth diaper users so you can figure out beforehand which diapers may be the best for your circumstances),
- The Diaper Hyena (great general cloth diapering resource),
- Real Diaper Association (informative site on cloth diapers and cloth diaper advocacy)
- Sew your own diapers, cheap!