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Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Have Cloth, Will Travel

My husband and I have been cloth diapering our youngest son for almost a year. If it can happen in or to a diaper, we've seen it. And trust me, some things cannot be unseen. However, until recently we had never attempted to take our cloth diapering show on the road. Our first trip away from home since the birth of my second son would also be our first time traveling with cloth diapers. I have to admit that I was really nervous about the idea. Most of my reservations had to do with poopey diapers and how to deal with them. I felt a little overwhelmed and was considering just buying some disposables for the few days that we'd be gone.

My husband calmed me down and said "Why don't you just shop on your diaper site for something to help?" He didn't have to tell me twice! I rarely get the green-light to shop away on Kelly's Closet without either buttering my husband up or starting a campaign to convince him that we actually DO need that new bumGenius print because it's cute, that's why. Also, I wasn't sure which diapers would be the best to travel with. I did some research on the subject via The Cloth Diaper Whisperer blog, but there were so many varied recommendations I decided that we'd just experiment and bring a mix of pockets and inserts/cover combos.

Since we were not planning on bringing our sprayer, which is our method for dealing with poopey diapers at home, I searched for a cheap way to make dealing with poopey diapers easier on the go. I opted to try the Bummis fleece liners. They were affordable and seemed like something I could use when traveling for a weekend or just on a day trip. I especially like that in the product description it said the "solids will slide off easily". I packed my new liners, cloth wipes, wet bags, flip covers and inserts, and about half of my bumGenius stash for our weekend trip away.

On our first evening away we encountered our first "issue". My son had his post-dinner bowel movement which meant we got to see how our Bummis liners held up. Luckily for me, it was my husband's turn to change the baby. He went into our room and came back about ten minutes later in a new shirt looking a little upset. All he said was "I'm not doing that again." I figured that he had just experienced something akin to torture due to the look on his face, and knew that it would be my turn next. The following day poopey diaper #2 appeared, and it was my turn. For the most part the "solids" did slid off easily, however not everything landed on the liner. I ended up having to do a little dunking and swishing, which is not my favorite thing in the world to do. All in all though, I thought that the Bummis liners help up their end of the bargain and worked very well. Based on our experience it was easier to use the Flip system while we were traveling, and it helped us maximize our wet bag space.

Bio: Meridith Gray is a mother to two adorable boys and a USAF spouse. She's a stay-at-home mom and a blogger at

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