It almost goes without saying that when you become a new parent, your item load for a simple trip to the supermarket quadruples. No longer is there such a thing as a 2 minute woolies dash, grabbing your keys, phone and wallet on the way out the door. Now you also need to ensure you’ve packed extra clothing (both warm and cool), snacks (if they’re off the boob), something to keep them entertained, stroller or baby carrier, and of course nappies and wipes.
But what if you’re using Modern Cloth Nappies I hear you ask? We’ll it’s pretty simple, swap out those disposables for reusables, add a few handy Cloth Nappy accessories into your nappy bag, and you’re set to go!
So that you too can master using modern cloth nappies when out and about, we’ve broken everything you should know into 4 easy steps.
Step 1: Be prepared.
Organisation is key when using modern cloth nappies and heading out with your bub. There are a few cloth nappy accessories that make life so much easier. Make sure you have enough of these to get you through to washing day each week.
Step 2: Pack an extra nappy or two.
Make sure you pack enough nappies to get you through your excursion, and a couple of extras for good luck. Somehow bub always knows
Step 3: Wet bags, Wet bags, Wet bags!
The most common question I get asked about using Cloth Nappies when you’re not at home is ‘What do I do when they poop?’. Well, my friend, wet bags are your best friend.
When you find yourself in this situation, your first option would be to dispose of the solids in a toilet nearby. However as we all know, this isn’t always the case. Option number two (no pun intended!), is to roll your soiled modern cloth nappy up, before snapping the hip tabs together, fastening it in a neat little bundle. Then place the dirty nappy in your wet bag, zip it up, and deal with it when you get home. If you’re worried about smells, *most* of the time, a wet bag is enough to contain it. However if you’ve got an extra wiffy one on your hands, you can always double bag it in a mini wet bag before placing it in a larger one.
Wet bags are not only great for dirty nappies, but have so many other uses too! Put simply, they are really just reusable plastic bags, so the sky is your limit. We usually have at least three on the go at once - one with clean spare clothes, one with clean cloth nappies, wipes etc, and a third for soiled cloth nappies.
Step 4: Easy changes on the go.
You never know when/where you might need to change your baby, so it's super handy to carry a reusable change mat with you. These are made from the same water resistant fabric as the covers of your modern cloth nappies, so it not only protects baby from any untimely change places, but also protects nana’s plush rug from mid-change accidents.