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Travel and Diapers
My 15-month-old daughter is still wearing cloth diapers with wool covers most of the time although we have done pottying/elimination communication parttime with her since she was 2.5 months old. When we are very attentive, she can go diaperless and she will cue us before she needs to go. If she has had any wheat, she is ''incontinent''. When it's cold, we leave her in cloth diapers most of the day, and she doesn't cue as much. Anyways, we are going to New Orleans in June where the weather is 80-90 degrees and most likely staying in a hotel so laundering.... not sure.
What should we do about her diaper situation? It seems too hot to put her in diapers. I'm of half a mind to let her go about in training pants and deal with any misses as they come. We haven't done EC/pottying on the road before. I do not want to do disposables because she like me has sensitive skin and will get a heat rash in that kind of weather. (I am only looking for responses from people who have experience with cloth diapers or EC.) let the good times roll...
I didn't like the idea of it, but my son did fine in the disposables- in fact, I must admit, he actually can go much longer in a regular disposable without getting any diaper rash than in cloth (that chemical gel has a purpose). But we generally used Tushie's disposables (no gel, no bleach(wood and cotton), hardly any plastic except at the tab and not on the skin) and they were great.
I guess I am suggesting you give yourself more diapering options while you travel. Bring a few disposables, but also bring the potty trainers and the cloth diapers. If you have a long day out and about the disposables will really shrink your load. I would plan to put on the disposable during any times you might see some poop or could not manage a dress change! Use the trainers for when you are relaxed and can take a little extra time to change clothe. Swap it up as you need. Oh and If it's going to be really hot (not in A/C areas), I might also look into a trimmer diaper cover than the woolies- maybe like a g diaper cover- those are handy in the summer because thier bold cotton colors look like baby bloomers so that you can dress her in just those and a summer top. lola
I didn't get if you are traveling by air or car, So what comes to mind is to try again to use some disposable diapers,usually by this age they outgrow some skin sensitivity (my daughter was sensitive as an infant but not as much as a toddler) I'll get some pull ups, that way is easier for you. Actually the wool cover will keep her warmer.
I have the portable potty you can use just anywhere in the plane or car.Try to have her seat every 2 hours and I think since she's use to it she'll go. A pink potty works wonder too! You can build some excitement about it! Can you tell how often she needs to go? You can try to sit before you hit the road, or board the plane. In the road, you can lay a plastic bag and 3 cloth diapers in the car seat, and you can use 2 gerber training pants, with 2 it will absorb most of the pee. Also I did my own training pants, I sew more cloth from my cloth diapers into the gerber training pants, and that was what we used for some time. About poo does she have a schedule? If so, you'll have to stick to it or she might get constipated. In the hotel if you go with cloth, the training pants dry faster than the cloth diapers, actually the cloth diapers will never dry unless you dry them in the sun or dryer. WOW really lots of things come to mind,Please send me and e-mail if you have more questions. faby
Oh one note we did fly with diapers, just couldn't deal with the possibility of a squishy seat.
If you don't want to fully train then I would suggest bummis whisper wrap outers with the prefolds inside. They are very light, dry quickly, and breathe really well. Those are the ones I use on a regular basis and found my daughter was pretty comfortable even in the hot LA summer heat. lex
We're planning a 3-week canoe trip this summer, in the desert canyons of Utah, with our 2.5-year old. We've done such trips before, before my son's arrival, and he's done a lot of camping with us, so we've got most of the drill down. But I would love suggestions on what to do vis-a-vis diapers. We will not be anywhere near a trash can to throw out disposables (which we use now), so we'd have to pack 'em in and pack 'em out (yeck). However, using cloth could be difficult - we switched to disposables because he was getting all-body rashes from the cloth (probably from the relative roughness of the material, but we've never known for sure). A fairly brief period in cloth would probably be okay, but it would entail lots of washing, diaper-boiling, etc. He has used the potty a few times, but I'm not betting on him being trained by the time of our trip at the end of May. Any suggestions as to approaches to take? Anyone ideas or tips on how to make either kind of diaper work better for us? Chris
If you must take the cloth diapers, I know people who have taken a camping pressure cooker (available at REI) and boiled their diapers. But then you get into the trade-offs with fuel consumption and extra work, and potential pollution. Personally, I would use the disposable ones for any kind of trip like this. Have fun, Amelie
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