The biggest challenge I received when trying to encourage new moms to cloth diaper has always been, “What will I do when I’m on vacation?” Well, you have a few different options. When making your cloth diapering choices, if you go out of town a lot:
- You could go the hybrid route. Even if you want to do a cool pocket diapering system the rest of the time, for a very small investment, you could still be super green and economical while on vacation. With these, you get disposable inserts and purchase about three covers for them. You one of the super comfy covers (much as you would have used the rubber pants in the old days) for several diaper changes, and only change the insert. When you’re done with the earth-friendly and chemical-free insert, you throw it away.
- You could make sure you stay at a hotel (or with family) where a washer is accessible to you. Call the hotel ahead of time and see. Often there’s a laundry mat nearby as well. Cloth diapers dry fairly fast, so it would only take about an hour and a half out of your morning every couple of days while you’re on vacation. This is a regular choice for many of us cloth diaper advocates, but I do understand for people on the go it is a less appealing than the first option.
- You could buy disposable diapers just for your trip. See, when you purchase a cloth diapering package, you don’t have to sign any contracts or promise to use them every day for the duration of your diapering career. There are no oaths that you have to take vowing off disposables forever. You will still be highly regarded as making positive choices, because the other 51 weeks of the year, you’re using cloth. Even if you occasionally use disposables, you’re still putting significantly less waste into the landfills, still saving enormous amounts of money, and still significantly reducing your baby’s exposure to toxic chemicals.
The really great thing with cloth diapering is that, with time, you’ll be able to save yourself enough money to pay for a trip to Disney World.