I like to travel. If I could, I would drop everything and just explore. However, I don’t have money, and I have two kids. #maybeoneday. Our last great vacation was a trip to Prince Rupert as a family. It was fantastic. However, my husband is out of personal days and vacation time, so we’re now limited to shorter excursions like a stay-cation (a vacation in your city).
This staycation had a purpose: to escape the clutter overtaking my house. Ever since we got in our big fat heads to downsize and move into something a little smaller, I’ve been a whirlwind trying to minimize our belongings. That process results in a lot of clutter, and chaos and stress. I needed to escape. And while I’m a cloth diaper addict, I also needed a break from laundry, and cloth diapers because I’m not perfect. #itsnotallornothing. So, I packed up my Charlie Banana diapers and disposable inserts, and we hit up a local hotel for a well-deserved break.
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I’ll admit, I love hotel beds. There’s something about the fluffy white duvet and the abundance of pillows that makes me giddy with excitement. Having stayed in my fair share of okay-hotels, this was a top priority for me and why I choose this Prince George hotel.
Diapering on Vacation
I might be escaping the chaos at home, but I’m still stuck with two kids in diapers. My youngest is for sure in diapers, but my oldest is potty trained when naked (you know that struggle?). So, I packed up Charlie Banana disposable inserts, just the shell of the Charlie Banana Cloth Diaper, Swim Diapers, and a pair of training pants.
There is zero shame in using Charlie Banana disposable inserts (or disposable diapers) when travelling and on vacation. It’s okay to enjoy the moment and not feel stressed about hauling out 10lbs of wet diapers or trying to figure out a laundry situation. Enjoying the moment is the number one reason I turn to Charlie Banana for my diapering needs.
Checking in with Charlie Banana Disposables
You can’t just pack disposable inserts, you also need to pair them with a cover. Naturally, Charlie Banana Disposable Inserts work best with the one size Charlie Banana Diaper. Their diapering system is a simple pocket made with a microfleece liner good for babies 6-35lbs.
The diaper is adjusted using adjustable elastics and buckle on the inside of the pocket. Lettering on the elastic outlines which size to adjust to your baby. This gives a perfect soft fit for baby. I never had any problems with tight elastics on the thighs or a leaky bum!
Normally, you would use one of their inserts inside the diaper, and then wash when soiled. But, on holidays, or even at home, or while running errands, using the Charlie Banana Diaper changes when using disposable inserts.
The Charlie Banana disposable insert just goes on top of the fleece and up against baby’s skin. When wet change, and let the cover dry out. It’s good to have a couple of covers on hand, and easily use just three over the course of 24 hours. If it’s poopy tuck it up in a wash bag for when you get home. If it’s going to be a while before I get home, I’ll do a little hand wash in the sink and let dry.
Poolside with the Charlie Banana Swim Diaper
A vacation isn’t a vacation without a little water action. I choose the hotel in town not only based on their pillows, but also off their water attraction. A pool PLUS slide was just what we needed to unwind and enjoy the evening.
While disposable diapers are “easiest” while travelling, a swim diaper si still convenient while on vacation. Not only is a Charlie Banana Reusable Swim Diaper convenient, but it’s sure to keep a mess better than disposable swim diaper. It’s tough elastics, and perfect fit help keep any unfortunate accidents out of the pool and let you keep enjoying some splash time.
Managing a swim diaper on vacation is simple. If a poop happens to toss it in the toilet and wrap it up for washing at home. I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty, so I would give it a good swish and swirl in the toilet and then hand wash it up in the sink before drying it.
While a poopy swim diaper is a rare scenario for me, I wouldn’t go on vacation with just one. No, you would probably need multiples. Good thing the Charlie Banana Reusable Swim Diaper is super affordable around $10 a piece. Because if you bring just one, then you will have a poop and you won’t be able to swim again.
Out for Dinner with a Charlie Banana Training Pant
I mentioned earlier my tiny toddler is mostly potty trained. #onlywhenanked. Unfortunately, he can’t go naked everywhere, so the Charlie Banana Training Pant helped us continue our mission of encouraging potty learning while leaving the room for dinner.
It’s challenging taking two kids out for dinner, let alone a potty curious toddler, but when there are two adults on board the task is easier. It wasn’t perfect, and we had an accident requiring a diaper change, but that’s the learning game. Lucky for us the Charlie Banana Training Pant helps keep some of the mess contained and dignity intact.
Our children still slept terribly.
We were still up at 6 am.
But I didn’t have to do diaper laundry, the beds were dry (no leaks) when we woke up, and I didn’t have to do the dishes.
How do you vacation with diapers and potty learning children?