When I was pregnant with baby girl, we decided to cloth diaper. It was a decision my husband and I made together. People around us thought we were crazy when they heard about this. But we simply didn't want the 2,000 kilograms of diapers our child would generate to be still present on earth in 2260 in the same form as they were disposed.
Long story short, we've been successfully cloth-diapering for two years (and targeting to potty-train her in the summer). At some point last year, we decided to take it to another level: we wanted to cloth-diaper while traveling. The first few trips with baby girl (including a week of Berlin when she was 2.5-month-old) were accompanied by disposable diapers. After a couple of trips, we decided that it didn't make sense. If we could cloth-diaper at home, we could cloth-diaper on the road. After many attempts, these are some tips we could share, in case you choose to travel in cloth.
Self-service laundry are now available everywhere (in Europe)Although it's something common in America, self-service laundry (with washers and dryers you can use using coins or tokens) were not too common in Europe until recently. Everyone has a washer at home. Lately the number of self-service laundry in Croatia had significantly increased. Our first attempt taking cloth diaper to travel was a summer holiday to Lovran, a small coastal town 2-hour drive from Zagreb. We were planning to stay for five days. We stayed in a youth hostel we've been staying in for the last three summers, right in front of the beach. As we never needed to do any laundry there before, we never noticed that they have their own self-service laundry. That summer with baby girl I went to ask the receptionist where I could find self-service laundry in town, and she appointed the other end of the lobby. Easy. We washed and dried the diapers just like at home.
Muslin are the best choiceOn our first trip with cloth, I packed different kind of diapers: the conventional ones (cotton diapers shaped like disposable that need a waterproof diaper cover), the all-in-ones (conventional cloth but with a waterproof layer already sewn on them) and the all-in-twos (only a waterproof shell that has pockets or snaps, so you fill it with muslin). Muslin (also called flats) is that light and thin cotton cloth you usually use as burping cloth or for swaddling. After a couple of trips, our best choice is: muslin! It's light, it's thin, it's high absorbent, and it's air dry quickly. We could hand-wash in case there is no washer around, if they're not soiled. The soiled ones, we keep in the wetbag until the day we're heading home. We did only-muslin diapers for Greece trip. With the abundant of sun and big balcony with constant gentle wind, it was easy to wash and dry them immediately. (More about our Greek trip in this post here). As for baby girl, her skin appreciates natural cotton material during hot summer days, way more than the plastic-like diapers.
|Summer holiday in Umag, baby girl wearing the waterproof shell from Close Pop-in filled with muslin|