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Out & About In Cloth Diaper : Travelling Gets Easy!

Soon, the Hari Raya is coming and most of you, including us no doubt would be in your hometown for quite some time, right? Well, if you are new in cloth diapering, there’s likely minor reason for you to skip cloth diapering. You can still maintain it at go once you know how after reading this notes. Just give it a try.

As for myself, few number of times, say 2 to 3 days-3 nights whenever we return to my parents’s house, we still managed to keep cloth diapering our lil tot. But, this time soon, it would take longer than that, so actually this note applies to us as well and thanks to Farrahim again, most of the points here taken from her & I’ve edited it a bit here & there. (Far, your note panjang sangat-lah. He,he).

Here goes as promised!

Ask yourself these questions :-

* Travelling purposes & destination.

If the purpose mainly family business & destination revolves around your family, go ahead. If for official purpose like work, check your schedule & the plan. Will you be around to take care your baby? If for vacation, go ahead if you are not always on the move like backpacking. Why? Think about the extra luggage you need to lull about.Light travelling requires? Then, cloth diapering is not that possible.

* Travelling duration

If it is longer than 4 days, 3 nights, you can always mix with disposables. If the days less than that, totally in CD is possible.Unless you want to opt for laundry service but afraid that they might use harsh detergent which is unsuitable for CD.

* Mode of transportation

If you are travelling by car, you can just pack & dump enough CDs in the car unless your car is too packed with people.

If you are travelling by plane, no problem either as long as you pack enough not excessive to avoid baggage penalty.

If you are travelling by bus, it depends whether you need to hop on & off many destination. You decide whether it is convenience for you.

* How many child are using CDs?

Well, if it is just one, why not? If more, you have to decide wisely.

* Age of child

Toddler is easier than baby & baby is easier than newborn. As they get older, it gets easier.

* Types of cloth diapers

Bring only your best performance CDs.It should last at least 4 hours before the next diaper change & there are many brands cater for long hours. Look for brands that do recommend can be used overnight, about 12 hours, so this you can used while travelling too.

I like AI2 type as you need to bring extra soakers & the shell can be reuse. Besides the shell dries faster if you wash them while on the go.

* How many diapers needed?

Bring enough. How many diaper change within 24 hours?Possible bring super thirst diapers that made for nighttime diapering or claimed suits heavy wetter.

Types like AI2, the shell reusable & diaper cover too, but please ‘air’ them in between usage.

* To wash or not to wash?

Like myself, at home, I wash my tot’s CDs every 2 days. So for up to 3 days, you still can miss washing them. Just chuck them in a good wetbag. If you are worry about the smell, you can sprinkle some Dettol or Tea Tree Oil in the used wetbag.

If you want to wash then, bring your own detergent. In fact, you can just rinse them without detergent as we know washing CDs require less amount of detergent. If you using the laundry service, do the same by instructing them, how
to wash CD the correct way. Perhaps you can provide your own detergent as we want to avoid detergent with enzymes, bleachers & so forth.

* Poop handling

Dunk the poop into the toilet bowl before you toss that soiled diaper into the wetbag.

If your baby still has runny poop, use flushable nappy liners so you can just flush the soiled liners into the toilet bowl.

If you like, you can rinse off the soiled diaper before tossing it into the wetbag. Usually I would only rinse off my soiled diapers if the poop is soft and mushy.

If you plan to mix with disposables, then bring enough of them too.


All in all it’s all in your mind. As long you think cloth diapering is not ‘leceh’ (hassle), you will be having fun. Like me, ‘sudah biasa’ (used to it) & it is easy-peasy for me. But, don’t be too hard on yourself if the situation is not so convenient & you must use disposables instead.

Happy Cloth Diapering!

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Cloth Diapering, Green Living, Hanz's Notes | 11 Comments

Teach your child how to expand use of sign language

There’s never too early or too late to learn signing yourself and then teach it to your child.

As a parent, you can begin using simple signs with your babies and toddlers just as they would spoken words. Identifying favourite foods or objects with a single sign is a good way to start. Holding up a stuffed toy like lion and making the sign for ‘lion’, or pointing to Papa while signing ‘father’.

Using signs labelling emotions & feelings is a logical next step. Signing ‘baby sad’ or ‘I’m happy’ can affirm your young child’s perception of what is happening in & around them. It won’t be long before your child is offering up signs of their own to communicate how he is feeling in the moment.

Learning signing is a good way to help your child become multilingual.

Children of preschool age group are actively expanding their receptive skill. They will be able to understand signed communication quite naturally with practice. Finding songs to sing, sign & dance to will help remember signs & provide a great deal of fun.

An older child can serve as a model for a younger brother or sister by identifying familiar objects with sign. Learning to fingerspell, or spell out words using the signed alphabet, can assist your child in learning the alphabet & later in learning to spell. Signing the alphabet while signing letters uses both sides of the brain & maximizes learning. Practicing spelling words by finger-spelling is a fun way to learn spelling.

Older children can also enjoy sign language. Having a secret ‘second’ language to share with others can build friendships. Learning & teaching others how to sign at this age coincides with a child’s developing sense of self as an individual with special skills & talents.

Sign language can also be a fun way to enrich the relationship between you & your child. Incorporating a few key phrases into your everyday family such as ‘Don’t forget to brush’ or ‘I love you’.

This is also a time when your child become more empathetic & increasingly aware of the needs of others. Finding a deaf friend or visiting a club for the deaf can expand your child’s view of the world & can build compassion for others.

In other words, sign language can be an important interpersonal skill.

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Baby Sign, Just Baby, Just Preschooler, Just Toddler, Natural Parenting | 3 Comments