Changing baby when on the go, even with cloth diapers, doesn’t have to be a chore if you pack right and plan ahead.
Packing a diaper bag for cloth diapers is not that much different than packing a disposable diaper bag, except of course for the diapers, reusable wipes and wet totes. OK, we take it back, it’s totally different!
The first thing you’ll need is the diaper bag. Most mommas have this on hand from day one. When registering/buying a diaper bag, look for one that has roomy compartments for diapers. Cloth diapers are a bit bulkier than disposables, so you’ll want room for 2-3 diapers without the diapers consuming your entire bag.
Next, you’ll need the diapers themselves. Try to have the diapers stuffed and ready to go so you’re not fiddling with it when on-the-go. For day trips, two diapers generally work for us, but for longer trips, I sometimes bring 2-4 diapers or leave some in the car, just in case!
Disposables wipes are easy to carry in your diaper bag too – but don’t be scared to bring along reusable wipes if you’re going to have access to changing facilities. You can wet the wipes in the bathroom and then store them along with your dirty diaper in a wet tote. Now about that wet tote…. If you’re going to do it, you’ll need a reusable wet tote – maybe two – for sure! Consider zippered-top ones for keeping the mess and stink contained. If you don’t have a wet tote, you can use a large zipper bag; however, try to get a wet tote because it’s less wasteful and provides an easier experience for all (simply put the dirty tote and diaper in the wash when you get home!).
Now, for the actual act of changing the dirty diaper, here’s what I recommend. First, get everything order before commencing the change. Wet your wipes, get your diaper out and ready and have your wet tote next to you. Also put down your changing pad (if you have one) or wipe down the changing area with a disinfectant wipe.
Now for that soiled diaper – ick! If it’s only urine, it’s easy to simply put the diaper in the wet tote and be done. If it’s a poopy diaper, set aside and finish changing your baby. Once baby is fresh and clean, try to knock the solids off over the toilet before storing the soiled diaper in your wet bag. You’ll eliminate much of the odor that way. There you have it! Easy breezy diaper changing on the go– as long as you plan, pack a good diaper bag and think ahead for managing soiled diapers. After a few “practice” changes outside of the home, you’ll be confident changing baby when on the go!
What’s in your diaper bag that you can’t leave home without (besides the basic diapering and feeding accessories, that is)?
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