As we prepared to travel across the world to adopt our son, we had to plan to stay in another country for up to six weeks. I decided rather than packing six weeks of diapers for the little guy, I would try cloth diapering. I was excited to receive diaper covers and inserts from Buttons Diapers to help me with my cloth diapering adventure.
Cloth diapering can be really intimidating. First, there are tons of options to choose from like Ain1, Ain2, Pocket Diapers, Inserts, Prefolds, Flats, etc etc. Second, there is poop (seriously, ick!). I decided something easy to clean would be good, since I didn’t know the washing situation – so I ruled out a couple different designs, and decided I wanted to look into inserts and liners. So I could wash mostly inserts and reuse the covers multiple times before washing. Buttons Diapers fit the bill. Buttons Diapers feature diaper covers and snap in inserts that are made of absorbent micro fiber with a super soft layer of fleece.
Cloth Diapering while Traveling
It is suggested that you plan for up to ten dirty diapers a day with a newborn. So, I would definitely suggest at least ten inserts, if not ten, then WAY more. The one plus to being in another country was that I had time to spend to wash diaper inserts – so we actually got by with six Buttons Diaper inserts, three covers and a disposable at night while the others dried. When we are home and I have more commitments, I don’t want to have to wash diaper inserts every day and I will probably use more like 24-30 inserts. Cleaning the diaper inserts while traveling meant boiling water and pouring it over the diaper inserts and any of the covers that got icky and letting them soak. The process was a little time consuming, but it was so worth not bringing over 400 diapers in preparation for our stay. We hung the diapers to dry in our hotel room and made sure the air conditioner was blowing on them to help dry with air (and less humidity).
Another quick tip, a wet bag is SUPER useful when you are on the go with wet diapers. With a waterproof lining, you can throw in your dirty inserts so they are ready to wash when you get home but not stinking up the diaper bag before you make it back. I received a large wet bag from Buttons Diapers, it has the waterproof inner pocket and an outer pocket to store extra inserts in. The two pockets make it practically the only thing you need to pack for diapering when on the go during the day.
You can find Buttons Cloth Diapers at buttonsdiapers.com, if you wanted to go all in with cloth diapers, make sure to check out the cloth wipes too! On their facebook page, they have tons of ideas, tips and giveaways featured – so make sure to stop by and like the Buttons Diapers Facebook page.
Do you use cloth diapers? What has your experience been like?