|The fully stocked diaper bag... sitting at home alone.|
But I saw I had the trusty back up Flip cover and 2 stay dry inserts in the car, so I knew we were fine. The disposable wipes I keep in the car as backup were dried up, but I knew I could just use wet paper towels if/when I needed to change his diaper.
After a couple errands, we had lunch at In N Out Burger. Yum! The boys ate well, and drank lots of lemonade. Then off to the mall to play for the boys to run off some of their boundless energy.
I changed Eli into the Flip cover and 1 stay dry insert, and put the extra insert in my purse. Just in case. I didn't think we'd need it. After all, they were just going to play for a bit before going home.
Fast forward 20 minutes when I smell something stinky when E came to get a drink. But I knew we had the extra Flip insert, so we were okay. A quick change in the family restroom and a "borrowed" bag from Gymboree, and the boys were playing again in no time! Crisis averted.
It was almost time to leave when I smelled it again. I checked, hoping it was another kid, but I knew it was Eli.
Okay, now what? I don't have any blankets or shirts in the car, but we are at a mall....
We went over to Sear's, bought some receving blankets, and I changed Eli again. I just pad folded a blanket like a flat cloth diaper and reused the same Flip cover (which was still clean enough to use -- no poop got on it!). And now we have some uber cute "flats"!
|Three of the four adorable new "flats" we have.|
Bonus: they were on sale!
I called Ryan on the way home and told him how glad I am we cloth diaper! Our day would not have been so productve otherwise.
If we still used disposables, I'm not sure we would have finished running our errands today. Once I realized I left the diaper bag at home, I probably would have just gone home. If we had made it as far as the mall, I know I could have asked someone at the play area for a diaper. But we would have gone straight home after the first offense. Instead, they got to stay to play!
Making the switch to cloth diapers has made me realize that there are so many things that can work in a pinch! Blankets, towels, t-shirts, pretty much any cloth item! So if you're ever in a bind, be resourceful!
From now on, I know that the one cover and 2 inserts are not enough. In addition to those, I will also keep several flats (either blankets or actual flats), cloth wipes, and a gallon ziploc bag in the car. Enough for a full day out in case I forget the diaper bag again.
What have you used as a diaper in an emergency situation (of the real kind, or like my situation today)?