As a parent, you want to do what's best for your baby and the environment. Using reusable nappies is a great way to reduce waste and save money at home, but what about when you're on the go? In this blog post, we'll explore how to use reusable nappies when you're out and about.
Why Use Reusable Nappies on the Go?
Using reusable nappies on the go has many benefits. Firstly, if you're already using reusable nappies at home then you'll find it much easier to continue with this than to have to make the switch back and forth every time you leave the house.
Secondly, it's more cost-effective. ''Eco' disposables in particular can add up quickly, even if just using out of the house. By using what you already have out and about, you won't have to keep buying disposable nappies, sacks and wipes.
Thirdly, it really is no different to using disposables out and about - change as normal and place in a wet bag and carry on your day as normal.
How to Use Reusable Nappies on the Go?
Using reusable nappies on the go might seem daunting at first, but with a little preparation, it can be easy and convenient. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started:
Pack enough nappies
It's always better to have more than you think you'll need. Make sure to pack enough reusable nappies, wipes, and a wet bag to store used nappies. As a general rule of thumb, pack one nappy for every two hours you'll be out. You likely won't change this often but it's better to be prepared!
Prepare the nappies before you leave
If you are using two parts, pockets, or terries, make sure the nappies are put together and ready to go. The last thing you want to do is get to a baby changing area at the mall and realise you've forgotten the inserts. Many parents prefer to use pocket nappies or all-in-ones out of the house for ease.
Use a wet bag
A wet bag is a waterproof bag that you can use to store dirty nappies. They're compact and easy to carry, and they'll keep the smell contained. Look for a wet bag that'll hold 4 to 6 nappies, and preferably has a popper on the handle to attach it to your pram easily
Pack reusable wipes
You can pack your reusable wipes damp or dry, it's personal preference. My experience is that baby changing always has a sink to wet the wipes, and if you're outdoors you'll likely have a water bottle on hand anyway, so I chose to just chuck a few dry wipes in my bag each trip. But some people prefer to store them damp - I recommend storing wet wipes in a Nom Nom Kids Reusable Sandwich Bag. Remember not to keep wet wipes in your bag for more than a few days as you don't want them going musty.
Keep some emergency nappy sacks in your bag
Every cloth bum parent has done it - you change a extra smelly nappy and realise you've forgotten the wet bag! We were prone to this particularly when our toddlers were a bit older and we got more relaxed with the changing bag prep. Our solution was to keep a roll of Naty Compostable Nappy Sacks in our changing bag at all times to store dirty nappies on those days we forgot a wet bag. This gave us a smell-proof way to transport dirty nappies home in emergencies.
Pack a cloth-safe cream or liners
Keep a travel-sized version of your favourite nappy cream in your changing bag just in case. Make sure it's cloth safe, or ensure you're using fleece/disposable liners at all times if it isn't. My favourite cloth-safe travel nappy cream is The Solid Bar Company Calendula Nappy Balm. It's plastic-free, cloth-safe, natural and works wonders for sensitive skin!
Don't forget a change of clothes
Whilst reusable nappies are incredibly reliable for preventing leaks, they're impossible to avoid on occasion. And babies are known for being messy - whether it's spit up in the early days or pasta sauce when they start weaning - they're always covering their cute outfit in something! Be sure to pack a change of clothes for those times.
Emergency Nappy Stash
My best advice for all parents, disposable or cloth users, is to have an emergency muslin cloth or prefold in your bag as well as a basic wrap in case you are ever caught short. In an emergency you can even put some clothing such as a spare outfit in a nappy wrap to give you enough absorbency for the journey home. The Prefold & Wrap Starter Nappy Kit is an ideal emergency nappy kit to keep in your changing bag.
Using reusable nappies on the go might seem daunting at first, but with a little preparation, it can be easy and convenient. Not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, but you'll also be saving money and keeping your baby's skin healthy and happy.