Going on holiday with Cloth Nappies? Here’s how…..

Whether it’s a vacay or staycation many of us are committed to the cloth nappy life and don’t wan’t a little thing like a holiday to disrupt that.  Shear determination, medical or ethical reasons, whatever the motivation, it CAN be done!

This is not to say that anyone who does want to use disposables while away shouldn’t, it is pretty much what they were designed for anyway. In fact, 31 years ago my Mum saved up to be able to afford disposables on holiday so she didn’t have to take the terry towels with her!

Tickle Tots Prints
Tickle Tots Prints

It all depends on the nature of your holiday…….. One of the first things I look for is whether the place I’m staying has a washing machine, it’s just habit now!

Let’s see what the right option for you is………

Cloth Nappies on Holiday Flowchart
Cloth Nappies on Holiday Flowchart
Option 1

Carry on exactly as you would at home. Store wet and dirty (poo removed as much as you can) in an extra large wet bag or two. When you get home wash the nappies across two loads with plenty of detergent at 60 degrees after a rinse cycle or short cold wash.

option 2

Invest in Prefolds and Muslins to bulk out your stash and use inside wraps a few times before you need to change the wrap . If you have already used the wrap on your travels you can hand wash to allow you to use a second time with a different insert.

option 3
Grovia Biosoakers
Grovia Biosoakers

Buy some biodegradable soakers, for example Grovia Biosoakers. These will bulk out your stash and allow you to use wraps before changing.  If you have already used the wrap on your travels you can hand wash to allow you to use a second time with a different insert. Dispose of the soakers responsibly.

option 4

Use the facilities to wash your nappies. If you see signs to say that washing nappies is prohibited (unlikely) ask staff if it acceptable to wash wet only nappies. Many campsites and similar accommodation would much rather you used and washed your cloth nappies than fill their bins with disposables!Remember the machine is going to be different to yours so check dosage and keep an eye on them.

Some things to keep in mind….

  • If you will be spending time in water each swim nappy us one less nappy option
    Bambino Mio Swim Nappy and Rash Top
    Bambino Mio Swim Nappy and Rash Top

    you need to factor in. Reuseable swim nappies can be hand washed/rinsed, dried and reused incredibly quickly and easily. Remember they are not absorbent!

 

  • Your choice of nappy will make a huge difference, packing lots of All In Ones for example will not only take up lots of luggage space but will be a lot harder to hand wash if you need to. Two Part nappies with an insert and wrap take up much less space, are easy to hand wash and dry really quickly.
Close Pop-in Nappy Liners
Close Pop-in Nappy Liner
  • Even if you don’t use them usually, disposable liners might be handy to deal with solids more easily when you are not changing baby near a toilet.

 

  • Wet Bags are your friend! When you are packing store all clean nappies in an extra large wet bag, take another empty extra large wet bag with you. As you change nappies put the used ones in the empty bag and as one gets full the other empties. Take as many smaller wet bags with you as you can for changing out and about.

 

 

 

 

  • Leave a couple of clean nappies at home to use on your return!

How to hand wash your wraps and pocket shells…..

Remember we are not trying to wash anything absorbent so we don’t need to worry about detergent build up or any unseen yuckiness. We just want to remove any urine or faeces if you are unlucky from the surface to get another use out of them before you get home.

Handwashing nappies in a bucket
Handwashing nappies in a bucket

If you have access to a bath, that is perfect. A sink or bucket will do the job but you might need to do a few batches at a time.

Step 1. Rinse. Use a shower head, a jug or sluice in the bath or sink.

Step 2. Scrub. Use soap, shower gel, shampoo it doesn’t matter too much. You don’t need to use a lot at a time.

Step 3. Rinse. Get rid of all the suds. If sluicing you might need to change the water a few times.

Step 4. Wash. Fill whatever vessel you are using with water as hot as you can manage to have your hands in. Add some detergent, they usually give hand washing dosages. Give the wraps a really good sloshy wash. Rub things together and agitate as much as possible.

Step 5. Rinse. Last rinse to remove suds.

Drying nappies while camping
Drying nappies while camping

Step 6. Wring out and hang to dry. On a nice day this won’t take more than a few hours maximum.

For peace of mind you’ll naturally want to give everything a really good ‘strip’ wash in your washing machine when you get home but this method will definitely give you a clean wrap or shell to use again.

Et voila! You have successfully achieved a great holiday and used cloth nappies on your little one throughout! You’ve continued to achieve all the environmental and lifestyle benefits you were at home! Give your self a BIG pat on the back and here’s 100 golden cloth nappy points for normalising cloth nappies!

Grovia Hybrid Hook and Loop Shell
Grovia Hybrid Hook and Loop Shell

 

Reuseable Wipes: Get the Lowdown

 

It’s time to stop flushing wipes to let our rivers run
https://www.theriverstrust.org/2019/01/15/its-time-to-stop-flushing-wipes-to-let-our-rivers-run/

The images of fatbergs in sewers and beaches and river beds strewn with flushed wet wipes are everywhere. How do they make you feel? Guilty? Annoyed? Frustrated? And how did it get that bad?

The thing is wet wipes are handy things! So useful, so easy!  Most people seem to have a pack in each room of the house and one in the car and use them for cleaning up all kinds of spills, for dusting, wiping surfaces, freshening up hands and faces. You name it a wet wipe will clean it. But it’s because they are so easy to use the amount that most families get through is astounding. It’s understandable that thinking of not having them around is very daunting. An alternative MUST be as easy and as effective.

Fortunately reuseable cloth wipes ARE. Ask anyone who uses them, one cloth wipe does the job of 3 disposable ones.  It’s the practical use of them that can be hard to get your head around so I’m going to break it down for you.

For use at home there are two popular methods. The first is to have a small pile of cloth wipes already damp and ready to use. Running them under a tap for a second, a quick squeeze and storing them in a wet bag or container takes seconds. I would say if you are changing many nappies a day and have lots of sticky hands and faces to wipe this method is going to be easiest for you.

The second method and probably more popular with parents of toddlers and older children is to ‘wet as you go’. Store your clean wipes dry and then grab one or two to use, wet them and off you go.

For either method used wipes can be put into a wet bag ready to be washed, just as you would with nappies.

It’s a popular idea to have different sets for bottoms and hands and faces, colour coding helps.

You will notice that if you are already using cloth nappies that not only does using reuseable wipes mean that you aren’t throwing those away it also means you don’t have to buy and throw away disposable nappy sacks that you would be putting your wipes in to put in the bin.

So, you’ve got that sussed but *deep breath* What about using them out and about??? It’s OK, you can exhale, I have news:

IT IS JUST AS EASY.

You know the wet bag or container I mentioned earlier? Just take that with you. As you are putting your nappies, spare clothes, snacks and kitchen sink into your changing bag, just put that in as you would a packet of disposable wipes. If you have pre wet them you are good to go, if not you might like to use a small spray bottle. When you have used one just put it into another wet bag, probably the same one you will be putting your used nappies into.

You are sensing a theme here right? Wet bags! A few small ones, a medium or large one for dirties out and about and an extra large one for home makes the whole system work.

So there you have it, ditch the throw away wipes, you won’t regret it.