It’s easier – yes, easier – to cloth diaper on the road if you’ve got cloth wipes to go with the dipes! Here’s how to travel with cloth wipes.
I confess, I didn’t always travel with cloth wipes. In fact, someone gave us a super-size box of disposable wipes from Sam’s club as a baby gift for K, and you know what? I used it.
Granted, I *only* used it for travel. At home, it was always cut-up flannel receiving blankets and baby washcloths as “wipes” using my homemade wipes spray. I packed those disposable wipes in my diaper bag – and I *just* ran out of them a few months ago!
Once they ran out, though, there was no question about whether or not I’d buy more. I once sat down and did the math to see if I were really saving very much money by not buying wipes, and since it didn’t seem like an impressive number that I came up with, I further timed myself caring for the wipes to see if it were really worth it to do all cloth all the time. Conclusion? When I calculated my hourly rate, including washing and folding the wipes, I was makin’ bank by not buying disposable! All I needed was to figure out how to travel with cloth wipes.
Of course, transitioning to cloth on the road took some thought. There are lots of options – and some might work for you! – but I tested some of the options and really didn’t like them. I first tried putting dry cloth wipes in my wipes case and carting around a cleaned, upcycled mini hairspray container full of wipes spray. Meh. I didn’t love it. It was okay, but it added a few steps to cleaning my baby – not something I’m a fan of when I’m out shopping (two under two, trying to make sure no one steals one of my children or my purse, hurrying so they won’t touch anything nasty in the public restroom – *not* a time I want to be messing with another bottle!). Instead, I decided to just pre-wet the wipes. This turned out to be the easiest route to go!
I don’t advocate pre-wetting wipes for home use, since you probably won’t go through them quickly enough, and the ones on the bottom can get mildewy, but a wipes case only holds so much. You’ll probably replenish your wipes, as I do, after a few trips out and about.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Make 1/2 cup of a “simple cleaning solution.” I don’t make the full wipes spray recipe; I just fill a pint jar with water and 2-4 drops of tea tree oil. (A pint jar makes about two batches; I just cover the leftovers and save it for whenever I need to replenish my wipes case.
2. Load your travel wipes case with folded wipes.
3. Slowly pour the wipes solution over the wipes, letting it absorb.
4. Stop before the wipes seem fully saturate. This is important! If you let them get soaking wet, your wipes will leak in your diaper bag. Get the top half pretty wet, and then just close the case and let it sit for a few minutes. The water will seep through, making them evenly wet.
And that’s it! You’ve got travel wipes! I actually find this easier than using the disposable wipes. Since I usually travel with cloth diapers, it’s easier to just toss the soiled wipe in my wetbag along with the cloth diapers than it is to throw *just* a wipe in the trash.
So, this is how I do it – if you’re a CD-ing mama, how do you travel with cloth wipes? Or have you not tried it yet? Leave a comment letting me know!