How I Cloth Diapered on Vacation

Am a full-time Cloth Diapering mom to my 15mo old baby. I started Cloth Diapering right from the hospital on Day 2 of his birth and it is a topic which is really close to my heart!

My Little ladoo in a Bumpadum Cloth Diaper

Modern cloth diapers have brought it so much convenience and it’s been a wonderful journey all through ๐Ÿ™‚ Today being World Environment Day, I consider this to be my single most contribution to the environment in terms of reducing my carbon footprint ๐Ÿ™‚

Recently we had been on Vacation in Maldives. It is such a beautiful country and a delicate ecosystem. While being on vacation, I did not want to add up to non-biodegradable waste from my end in terms of disposable diapers. I would like to share how I managed to 100% Cloth diaper my baby while we were there ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Carry as many diapers as you need for a minimum of 3 days whereby you can go without washing. Carry wet bags in various sizes and at least a couple of them in each size. They are so versatile and you’ll need lots of them especially while going on a beach vacation.

My stash of Diapers and wetbags that came on Vacation ๐Ÿ™‚

I carried about 30 diapers. It was almost 5 days worth of Diapers. I was just playing it safe ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ it was raining and so I wanted to account for the delay in drying ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

2. I carried a mixed stash of Pocket diapers, All in ones and a few fitteds. Each of these were also varied in their type and material lining.

Therapeutic laundry I say! ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. We stayed in Paradise Island resortย which is extremely child friendly. The villas were very spacious and comfortable with an outdoor shower area which also had a line to dry clothes. Although due to rain, I could not use the area at all times, it definitely helped to leave dripping clothes and diapers out for a while. In summer, am sure the diapers would have dried in a jiffy and it’s a huge plus always.

Outdoor area to dry clothes in our villa

How I hung the All in ones in a supported manner

4. I gave myself 30 to 40 minutes dedicated to Cloth diaper laundry each day of our stay. I stored the diapers post use in aย wetbagย without rinsing. Only pooped diapers were rinsed and let to drip dry before wash.

Wetbags used as laundry bags ๐Ÿ™‚

5. During day time I stuck to using pocket diapers to the max with maybe a Fitted diaper and changed them every 2 to 3 hours. I used padfolded birdseye flat/Terry flatย as inserts. This is because Pocket diapers and flats have a shorter drying time when compared to other diaper types. This is very useful in humid weather. Also, it was my observation that Suede lined pockets dry a wee bit faster than Fleece/Charcoal bamboo lined diapers.

Pockets and Flats hanging to dry on Shower Curtain rod

6. During night time, I stuck to our trusted Night time diapers fromย Bumpadumย paired withย hemp boosters. I used both variants from Bumpadum (Duetย as well asย Aviva) and as always they lasted us well through the night. My son had become a super heavy wetter during our stay there because of constantly drinking water and staying in air conditioned room but we still managed with our Bumpadums without much issue for 7 to 8 hours.

7. Wash Routine:
a. I usually washed either in the morning or at the end of the day when I was comparatively free.
b. I gave the diapers a couple of rinses first to remove all pee, then soaked up for about ten minutes with detergent.
c. I carried detergent (rustic art) in a sprinkler bottle which was extremely helpful. I just sprinkled in detergent to give just enough lather and agitated well and soaked the diapers.

The bottle that held the detergent (originally a herb container) I used only half the container of detergent for five days!

Sprinkler top

d. At the end of the soak, I again rubbed the diapers over themselves and agitating well. Then drained the water and rinsed about three times by which there were usually no suds and water was clear and diapers were smelling fresh.
e. I used either the bath tub/wash basin to soak and wash

Diapers having a spa treatment ๐Ÿ˜‚

f. #grossalert For poopy diapers, since there was no health faucet available, I had to use the toilet roll and wipe as much of it away before the rinse. It wasn’t all that bad though ๐Ÿ™ƒ
g. We had lots of hangers available and I made good use of them to hang the diapers to dry. It was also helpful to move the diapers from outdoors to indoors either in the bathroom/to the room to dry them under fan whenever needed.

I literally used every inch of imaginable space to hang the hangers ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

h. On the last day, we had to check out by noon and hence I washed all the previous day’s diaper in the morning and semi dried them for as long as I could. All the damp diapers were then packed off into wetbags and brought home. Since they still seemed to smell fresh, I just sun dried them and they got back into rotation ๐Ÿ˜Š

Post vacation laundry 1

Post vacation laundry 2

i. All the used diapers of the last day were placed in individual small wet bags and brought home. Individual wet bags help contain smell better in my opinion as you don’t have to open and close a big bag and spread the smell out each time you change. Once home, my usual wash routine was followed and all the diapers were brought into rotation.

8. I prefer to change my baby at airports rather than in flights as it is more convenient, so I usually hit the changing room before boarding. In Colombo my baby continued to sleep and I changed him as soon as he woke up, in the flight’s lavatory. You have to be quick and keep everything you need handy when you have to change in a tiny space with a super active toddler ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Malรฉ airport had a really nice and comfortable Baby care room with a changing table and also a special toilet for the tiny tots with a really really cute and tiny pot!! I was quite impressed with it! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

That special pot for Tiny Tots at Malรฉ airport ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Bengaluru airport has one of the best Baby care rooms in my opinion. It has individual cubicles for feeding, cots for laying small babies to sleep for short periods and also changing table. I always make use of the facility โ˜บ

9. The water in Maldives is desalinated and treated sea water. We stayed for 5 days over there and so far I haven’t noticed any issue in the diapers I carried. Carrying lots of Pocket diapers and flats in the stash is a good idea in case you aren’t aware of water conditions where you vacation as they are least prone to build up issues ๐Ÿ˜Š

10. Overall, we had a very nice stay and personally for me, it has been very satisfying for my conscience as I did not significantly add to the litter generated there ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope this post will help someone in some tiny way and give them the confidence to Cloth diaper when they are out and about! Do share your views with me and I’ll be delighted to hear! And do ask for any clarification, I’d be happy to help ๐Ÿ˜Š

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