Here in Canada, the end of fall means that winter's coming. The first
frost, and later the first snow, are a sign that Christmas is just
around the corner. When I was a child, Christmas couldn't come soon
enough. Now that I'm older, it's amazing how quickly that special time
of year sneaks up...
This year, I've sworn that I'm going to be more organized when it comes to Christmas! We're also traveling to see family this year, the first Christmas trip we've made since my little boy was born. That means I'll definitely have to be more organized! How about you, how do you celebrate the holidays? Do you travel or stay home?
The holiday season is often a great time to get together with friends and family. While it can take a bit more planning (and yes, courage!) you really can rely on cloth even while traveling.
While some cloth diapering mommies are more purist in their approach to diapering than others, please believe me when I say that it's okay to use disposables! There are definitely times when convenience outweighs costs, environmental concerns, and even comfort! So in your internal debate, please keep in mind that it's only your own pride and beliefs that you need to manage if you decide to use disposables when you're out and about.
Once you get used to using cloth, traveling with cloth diapers won't seem so scary. The main difference is that instead of leaving your dirty diapers behind in someone else's trash, you'll have to carry them home with you. Planning for it will make all the difference!
Read on for some more considerations:
As far as diaper styles go, anything goes! That said, packing hybrids, all-in-twos, and prefolds is sometimes a bit more efficient - you don't need as much bulk since you can re-use the covers if they're not soiled!
Tip: bring an extra wet bag if you have one. If not, throw in a large ziploc bag, or even a plastic grocery bag.
inserts (our favorite is the fully compostable g-Diaper insert, which
we've tucked into just about every shell and pocket we own!) are also an
It doesn't matter what the package says... If you decide to use disposable inserts inside of cloth shells, don't try to flush them down someone else's toilet. Their plumbing may not be quite as good as yours, or they might be on septic. Who knows - but if you don't know, don't wear out your welcome! Dump off solids, and then throw them in the garbage. If your friends are green-minded (and don't have weak stomachs or overactive imaginations), ask if they would mind if you put them (wet-only!) in their compost bin!
Are you using cloth wipes yet? Do you love them? You don't have to leave them at home! We often travel with cloth wipes. They make clean-up much easier, they're so much softer on your baby's bum (or hands!), and they don't have to be sorted out of cloth diapers.
If you want to travel with cloth wipes, buy a small wet bag, and tuck some cloth washcloths inside. Add a small amount of water, and tuck them inside your diaper bag. If you're going for longer than a day, you can always pack extra dry cloths in your bag and use them to restock your wet wipe stash later!
The perfect diaper bag? Last year, we highlighted some recommendations for cloth diaper-friendly bags and totes that are big enough to haul all your cloth diaper essentials. Since the article is almost a year old, I would love it if you could flip me a note if you have any other suggestions we should add to the list!
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Did you know that long after it's impossible to get lotions and creams out of your squeeze tubes, there's still lots left? One easy way to make sure you're not wasting money on un-used product is to cut it open! As shown above, simply snip the tube open about half-way up. You can fit the top and bottom back together to keep the lotion from drying out before you use the cream up!
Keep in touch! If you have a question, or an idea you think we should share with other busy moms in an upcoming Cloth Diaper Column, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to drop me a line!
That’s all for this month! Thanks for hanging out with me!
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