The Minimalist Mom's Guide To Cloth Diapering Part 5: Cloth Diapering On the Go

I have already written a post about traveling with cloth diapers, but I wanted to include in my guide what I do when I just run out for the day... plus what I use for a diaper bag.


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Now let's just put this out there, I don't leave my house, like, ever.
It's not something I enjoy, at all. But there are things that force you out, like running out of food.

I really like to cloth diaper even when running out, because every time I do, that's two less disposables wasted.
I will admit, I do use disposables occasionally when we go out. I'm a huge advocate of cloth doesn't have to be all or nothing.
Anytime we are driving an hour or more, I generally will use disposable because they just hold more, longer without leaking.

Otherwise, depending on where we're going, I pack fluff.

Unless we are going straight to Grandma's,  I put a more absorbent insert in the diaper.
I like my Buttons cotton hemp inserts, my Thirsties hemp used as a booster, or heck, even a cloth wipe to help absorb extra without over-fluffing their bum.
This will get me longer without having to change any diapers when we're out. I'm not a fan of that, and avoid when possible.

If we're out more than a few hours, I pack a couple clean diapers and a travel wetbag in our "diaper bag" - this cute cheap guy I bought off of Amazon (I love using a backpack because it leaves my hands free).

(Pretend there's a nice photo of it here. I'm a busy mom, guys. Sometimes I don't achieve all my goals)

If I'm going for a long day, I pack a second bag of just diapers.
This is the downside of cloth: it's not super compact.
(But all-in-two diapers definitely take up less space than any other kinds.)

If baby needs a change, I put on a clean diaper, seal the dirty in the wetbag, and I'm set to keep going.

If it's poop, I plop it in the toilet, if that's a possibility.
If it's not possible, I close up the diaper on itself like this and deal with it when I get home:


This is also a great way to store dirty diapers if you forgot your wetbag. I've done it with wet diapers when I've forgotten mine.

If your diaper doesn't have cross snaps, buy a different brand.

Just kidding.

But they are super helpful.

If you don't have a wetbag, a grocery or ziploc bag will do the job.

Though I swear to you, a good wetbag will allow even your poopy diaper to go incognito in your bag. Seriously, been there.

Cloth diapering when out is really not any harder than disposables, and it's just like at home.
The only downsides of cloth over disposables when you're out is:
1. they do not hold as much a disposable, and
2. they take up more space.

So,
1. use a more absorbent insert
and,
2. well, I've seen the diaper bags out there, they're huge, so I really don't think this will be an issue for most people. Extras can always be stashed in the car, too.

NEXT
I will be sharing my cloth diaper storage cover covers, inserts, and accessories. 

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