Cloth Diaper 301

It’s time to get the show on the road! This post is about how to use your cloth diapers when you are out of the house.

Here’s my diaper bag. Isn’t it fancy? Yes, you are correct, it is the free one I got from the hospital when I checked out!
“But, Jen,” you ask, “why do you always carry around a bottle even though Elizabeth far prefers to scream like a maniac instead of allowing a bottle to touch her lips?”

“I have no idea,” I answer. “It just fits so nicely into that little bottle sized pouch.” Plus, this way we can waste a lot of formula by mixing up bottles for her and then throwing them out later when she screams like we are trying to poison her. (Note: we have stopped bothering with this. But we tried it a LOT before we gave up. Then I gave all the additional formula to Cali, who I don’t believe is using any of it either.)

Okay, that little sidetrack had nothing to do with diapers. Here is the actual equipment you need to use your cloth diapers when you are out of the house.

It is a cloth diaper that lives constantly in the diaper bag, a wet bag, a changing pad, and a pack of wipes.

Yes, those are regular disposable wipes. I suppose I could use cloth wipes when we are out, but then I’d have to worry about the whole water aspect of them, either carrying around a spray bottle (and having it potentially leak inside my bag) or finding a convenient sink. When I get sick of paying for wipes over and over again, I may try the cloth wipes on the go, but I only just recently finished up using the pack of free wipes I got from the hospital when Elizabeth was born, so that there is the first pack I have purchased.

Anyway, here is the main star of the on the go cloth diapering. A wet bag! I got mine from Target.

You can see that it is fabric on the outside but is lined with a leather like material that is waterproof. It has a zipper closing at the top. When changing diapers out, you just stick the dirty diaper in this bag and zip it up. I highly recommend taking out your insert and fastening your laundry tabs at the same time, firstly because it is second nature at this point and secondly because it is much more pleasant to handle fresh diapers.

When you get back home, you just turn this bag inside out (you don’t even have to touch the diapers!) into the washing machine and wash it with your diapers. My bag is quite small and it has never filled up with diapers when we’ve been out a whole day. (Note: do not dry on hot, the liner of my bag shrank!)

And here, because it is cute and my Mommy made it for me from scratch, is my changing pad. It rolls up all cute with the green froggy fabric on the outside and ties shut, and then has this cute frog and bugs on the inside when it is open. (And delicate soft flannel fabric to stick the naked baby butt on.)

When we first opened this from the mail, Matt exclaimed that we could not possibly use it because it was way too cute to let Elizabeth pee on.

But I do not believe in having things and not using them, plus getting pee on it is its intended purpose, so into the diaper bag it went. And in gratitude, Elizabeth has never had an accident on it.

(My mom rocks. She discovered that I’m using ladybugs to decorate for Elizabeth and she’s planning on making a ladybug changing pad too, for when this one is in the wash.) (Note: I don’t really need a second changing pad. But this is the first grandbaby, so she gets a lot of sewing.) (Note: I am updating this post a year later and my mom never did make me this second changing pad. So she only rocks 99.7%, I remove .03% of her rockiness.)

Okay, next we will have a post of Questions from You about Cloth Diapers and their various accompaniments. So far there haven’t been many questions and I refuse to believe that is because I’ve explained everything so well. So ask away. Also, is there anything else diaper related that you would like to see pictures of that I have not already photographed for you?