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!
Modern cloth diapers have brought it so much convenience and it’s been a wonderful journey all through 🙂 Today being World Environment Day, I consider this to be my single most contribution to the environment in terms of reducing my carbon footprint 🙂
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 🙂
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.
I carried about 30 diapers. It was almost 5 days worth of Diapers. I was just playing it safe 😂😂 it was raining and so I wanted to account for the delay in drying 😁😁
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.
3. We stayed in Paradise Island resort 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.
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 a wetbag without rinsing. Only pooped diapers were rinsed and let to drip dry before wash.
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 flat 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.
6. During night time, I stuck to our trusted Night time diapers from Bumpadum paired with hemp boosters. I used both variants from Bumpadum (Duet as well as 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.
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
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 🙃
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.
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 😊
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 😃
Malé 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! 😃
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 ☺
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 😊
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 😊
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 😊