Traveling With Our Baby :: How We Made Cloth Diapers Work
Posted on June 07, 2010
- 16 prefolds (versatile, easy to pack, easy to wash)
- 2 fitted cloth diapers (overnights)
- 4 diaper covers
- 10 cloth wipes
- change pad
- diaper cream
- Nature's Clean detergent in a ziplock freezer bag
- waterproof diaper tote & 2 wet bags for day trips
- infant bathing suit
- Prefolds: We started off with a diaper service so we're used to prefolds. The nice thing about prefolds is that they're versatile, serving sometimes as a bare-bum playmat and other times as a diaper - this was perfect for the hot weather. Also, because prefolds are flat, they dried quickly (good in a humid climate) and didn't take up too much room.
- Overnights: We packed a couple fitted diapers for overnights. The fitteds took up a little more room but they also came in handy on the flight home, saving us from an in-flight diaper change (ever tried to change a diaper on a plane?).
- Washing: Ahead of time, we changed our initial booking from a hotel to a cottage with a washer and dryer (and it was cheaper!). It turned out that the cottage, which also had 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, and a pool, was perfect for travelling with a baby. I should also mention that we don't have an in-suite washer at home, so this alone was a treat (and another post for another time).
- Swimming: rather than buying the disposable swimming diapers, we took along an infant bathing suit that was purchased at our local pool. The prefolds fit nicely underneath so we didn't have to worry about buying disposable diapers for swimming.
- Day trips: For the day trips we just did as we do at home and took along our wet bag.
- Easier Diapers: We'd bring at least 5 all-in-ones or pockets for the grandparents. My mom has Parkinson's Disease and sometimes the snappi/prefold/cover combination was a bit much. My dad didn't even bother. Needless to say, after a little time on Google my mom is the new biggest fan of AMP's all-in-one diaper (which we have but didn't think to bring). "This is it? Made in Canada, you say? Fantastic!"
- In-Flight Diapers: We used disposables on the way to Hawaii thinking it would be easier. In the end, it was quite the opposite. For future trips I think we'll just stick to a super absorbent cloth diaper to minimize the in-flight diaper changes.
- Back-up: Unsure of our system, we did bring along some disposables. However, following the advice of others, next time I think I'd bring along some Flip Disposable Inserts instead.
- Relax: I wouldn't worry so much. Cloth diapering is surprisingly easy and it was just as easy on vacation.