Last month my 8 month old daughter, Marguerite and I traveled to Europe and Africa together. Ordinarily we use cloth diapers for financial and environmental reasons and I had a hard time deciding whether to use cloth diapers or disposable during our travels. I went back and forth for weeks before our trip. There were so many things to consider…it just wasn’t and easy decision for me.
I wanted to use cloth because my daughter was exclusively breastfed at the time, which meant that her stools were watery and she was almost guaranteed to have a “blow out” if she had a bowel movement in a disposable diaper–yuck. The bumGenius! cloth diapers that we use are SO good at keeping poop from escaping and I was really nervous about traveling without the security of our bG’s:) I seriously had nightmares where visions of poop explosions in airports danced in my head. Let’s face it, there just isn’t time to deal with changing baby’s diaper and clothes and mom’s clothes when rushing from one plane to another.
BUT, we do not own 10 days worth of cloth diapers and I was doubtful about finding access to laundry facilities during our trip. So you can see my dilemma here. How does one use cloth diapers when traveling if there is no way to wash the diapers?
I did finally come up with a solution. I used a combination of cloth and disposables. I put a disposable on Marguerite with an unstuffed bumGenius! One-Size cloth diaper over the top like a cover. The disposables saved me from the diaper laundry dilemma and the bG! saved us from the dreaded “blow out”.
I know you’re wondering if putting the bG! over the top of the disposable really did any good:) Well, after the first couple of near blowouts (poop made it’s way out of the disposable diaper but was stopped by the bG! on top) I started keeping tally. In the end, the bumGenius! proved to be a Super Hero… saving mom and baby from poo-poo doom on *10* separate occasions!