Road Tripping and Cloth Diapering
This is not my usual topic for this blog, but today I wanted to talk a little bit about cloth diapers. Yup. If you think about it, this is not as off topic as it might seem. I care about the earth and care to continue my foraging, and gardening for many more years so I feel being as close to zero-waste as I can is important. Vital, even. Let's just say that all the disposable diapers you wore as a baby are still sitting in a landfill somewhere. Just hanging out. Basically completely intact. No matter how old you are. That grosses me out way more than washing a soiled diaper ever could especially with how hassle free cloth diapering companies make their products.
If you've seen my Instagram, you are probably aware that we love using cloth instead of conventional diapers. This is a huge way we can reduce the garbage that comes along with raising Little Forager, and it is also a major help financially since we are not always buying diapers. I don't want to spend all my time here talking about why cloth diapering is the way to go - there are many other resources you can find on that topic via a quick google - rather I wanted to talk about whether or not it is practical to use cloth diapers when travelling
As enthusiastic as we are, we are not cloth diapering purists by any means. There are often times we decide that a disposable diaper is needed. If we know we are going to be visiting somewhere that doing laundry is going to be really inconvenient for us or our hosts we leave the cloth at home and buy as eco-friendly an option as possible. This time we knew we knew the laundry wouldn't be a problem, so we decided to pack up the cloth and try them out on a really long road trip and blog about how it went.
This is basically all of my stash. For the most part we use a combination of Mother Ease and Nuggles diapers. The Mother Ease diapers (one size fitted diapers with their "air flow" covers) we bought used at a very reasonable price. These are not the fanciest diapers - there are other styles offered that are, however - and they don't have the trimmest fit, but they are so durable. We are the second to use them and after two years of our use you can barely tell they are getting on a bit. Most of our Nuggles products are accessories (Tuck-Wrap-Go covers, wet bags, wallet), although we do have one of their Simplee diapers and it is amazing. We are seriously considering adding more of them to our collection. We also have a couple reusable swim diapers, use basic washcloths for wipes, Delish Naturals Therapeutic Yum Bum Butter, and Bummis flushable liners (indispensable now that we have a toddler eating solids), and that basically sums up everything we use for diapering.
The biggest challenge I figured we would have is changing Little Forager during the driving. Thankfully the travel sized wet bag (pictured above) makes this just as convenient as it would have been using conventional diapers - if changing a wriggling toddler in a public place is ever truly convenient. The only thing that I had to remember is that since we just use regular baby washcloths for wipes, I had to get them wet first at a sink before I started the whole process. I could have planned ahead and carried pre-moistened washcloths in a container, or there are even plenty of DIY wipe solution recipes people have made available on the internet. These wet bags are awesome, because there is a front pocket where you can keep clean diapers, and the back pocket is made of waterproofed fabric (the same kind of thing as the diaper covers) where you can throw the dirty stuff and leave it there until you get a chance to do a load of laundry. The best part is how well they contain the smell! I'll be honest that it's not completely 100% smell-proof if you get up close, and if you have dirty stuff and clean stuff in at the same time for a while you're going to want to air out the clean stuff a bit before using it. Despite those minor concerns we drove all the way from Kamloops, British Columbia to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and you couldn't tell there were dirty diapers in there.
There were a few times we went to the park, or stopped at a water park, and that was all super easy as well thanks to the Nuggles Reusable Swim Diaper and their Simplee diaper which are both really easy to use on the go. Thanks again to the travel sized wet bag no one knew we were packing dirty diapers along with us!
Well, thanks for bearing with me through all my gushing about cloth diapers. It really was easy to use them even on a long road trip, and I really think it's important to do as much as we can to reduce our garbage.
Nuggles Diapers and Mother Ease have provided me some of their products free of charge, but all thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.