Traveling with Daughter, Flight was Delayed, and She's Running out of Diapers! What should I do?

Bella - posted on 12/10/2014 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Alright, basically I'm at the airport right now with my daughter Bailey and I checked her diaper bag last time I changed her (she's still potty training but has frequent accidents when traveling because she usually gets very excited and forgets to use the potty) and noticed she only had four diapers left and that was about an hour ago. She wet the one she has on right now, but not enough for a change. Our flight got delayed so we have to stay at the airport for another six-eight hours. There are no stores in the airport that sell diapers and, the nearest store to the airport is miles away; I'm not carrying a card or nearly enough money to get a taxi and come back because I put my purse in my check in bag which had my phone changer and my phone is dead took some money with me so I could travel as light as possible, but I still have a lot with me (only have thirty dollars, and yes, I know it wasn't the brightest thing to do, we were in a hurry, didn't realize what could happen). We're traveling to Sweden from America so it'll be a a long flight. I'm assuming she'll need a change in the next hour or two or she might start to complain. We're a bit too far away from any bathrooms (it's a fairly large airport and I don't think I could possibly be any farther away from a bathroom where my gate's at) so I can't take her to one constantly. I can only take her every time it's time to change her because I'm carrying two roller bags and a diaper bag. What should I do? I'm afraid she's going to run out of diapers towards the begging of our flight if I keep her in them, but, if I take them off until she gets on the plane she'll probably pee herself and more then likely mess the only pair of clothes she has that's with us and I'll have to carry her (I usually bring a extra pair of clothes for her but, like I said, we were in a hurry)! Should I change her diapers as frequently as I did before, or should I try to get as much out of each diaper and let her use them a bit more before changing them due to the circumstances? I've never been in a trickier position, does anyone have any ideas; I need help and, ideas fast!

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Michelle - posted on 12/13/2014

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Sorry but with all my children I have always packed extra. I have never packed my purse in my check in luggage because that can be lost/stolen. When you travel you have to expect delays so you really should pack your hand luggage appropriately.
Hopefully you have learned for your trip back.
I regards to the other person Dove was talking about, yes we had someone else who's sister looked after her 4yo daughter for a length of time and she ended up back in diapers because she still had accidents.
Sound similar to your story about your sister?

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Bella - posted on 12/13/2014

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I only have one child but, and she was actually three at the time when my sister was watching her but, that does sound funny. At the time, I was potty training my daughter and I had to attend to a business trip for a short time so I spoke to her and told her that she was still being potty trained and asked her if she could continue doing so. She didn't have any experience with children at the time so she ended up just allowing my daughter to use her diaper instead of even trying to go to the potty, although I seriously can't blame her, like I said before, she has very little experience with kids, so, I should have seen that coming. Although yes it sounds somewhat similar, so I completely see as to why Dove figured that.

Bella - posted on 12/11/2014

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She used three diapers during the delay and, the flight was only seven or eight hours, but yes she did have to manage with the diaper that she was wearing for the remainder of the trip surprisingly there were no leaks. She ended up falling asleep for a little while on the plane after a few hours.

Dove - posted on 12/11/2014

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But she did use up 3 diapers in your 6-8 hour wait and managed to make one work for a 10 hour flight...

Bella - posted on 12/11/2014

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If someone went through the exact same situation, with a four year old daughter, with the same circumstances that I was in, and posted it here then I don't blame you for being skeptical, I would be too, lol. Although, as for four diapers not being enough I kinda see where you're coming from but, at the same time I don't. My daughter usually goes through about four to six diapers a day depending on how much she drinks and eats. When we usually travel she gets very hyper so, she drinks a lot more, and I'll usually give her, her sippy cup to occupy her and keep her busy. Probably wasn't the best thing to do in that situation, but it was the best way to keep her busy while I was frantically running around trying to get someone to help.

Dove - posted on 12/11/2014

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It just sounds highly suspicious when you posted in your response almost the exact same 'situation' for a relapse that she did... And your daughter is the same age and having the exact same potty training troubles and.... We'll see though I guess. Time will tell, huh?

Personally unless a kid has digestive issues I have no idea how 4 diapers weren't enough for the time frame that you had at the airport... I've never had a kid (even a newborn) need to go through so many diapers so quickly unless there was poop involved.

Bella - posted on 12/11/2014

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Uh.... Okay? I'm really confused, but okay... That's kinda weird if someone actually spends time to "troll" a forum for mothers.... I came here for help for a dilemma I was having but, if you think everyone who posts about a issue is just trying to get a kick out of it, it doesn't affect me. I'd just like to add that this post had to do nothing with potty training, so I don't even know why you mentioned potty training.... Next time, please read the post before making assumptions about a issue that someone may actually need help with.

Dove - posted on 12/11/2014

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Now that I've read a couple of responses... You are our 'potty training troll' back under a new account... aren't you? If not... dang, remarkable coincidences to 'her' potty and diaper obsession.....

Ev - posted on 12/11/2014

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I think the next time you travel this way you should prioritize things a bit better. Having a child that still needs diapers is more important than being on a computer.

Bella - posted on 12/11/2014

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Well, we're about to land now.... Sadly, after changing her into the last diaper that was in her diaper bag, she ended up going potty in it a short time before boarding the plane. Although, surprisingly she didn't complain that much about it and just played with her toys the whole flight. Needless to say, that was one of the uncomfortable flights having to deal with the smell of a poopy' diaper and the occasional diaper change request to change from my daughter? Thankfully the passengers around us didn't complain, that would have been a bit embarrassing. Thanks for trying your best to help ladies, I guess I've learned my lesson here, you can never pack enough diapers. I can only hope that my bags arrived on time when I get to baggage claim area. Also, to answer your question Gena, the duty free shop thing was available, but the diapers there weren't in her size; they only had size three diapers and she wears size five. Anyways thanks again, and best of luck.

Michelle - posted on 12/11/2014

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A long shot would be to ask another parent if they can spare any. I guess you're on the plane by now so any more ideas aren't really useful.
Hopefully you've learned to pack more in your hand luggage next time.

Gena - posted on 12/10/2014

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Not even a duty free shop? Or somebody that works there and understands your problem and is willing to help out with getting some diapers? The airlines should even have some diapers for incase.

Bella - posted on 12/10/2014

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I packed my laptop in my carry-on bag and, the airport that I'm at has internet access but, they charge a fee to use it for a day. Anyways, my daughter just turned four a few days ago, she had some potty training setbacks about a few months ago after a couple issues occurred after having her stay at my sister's house for the weekend when I had to take a business trip and, I strongly regret having her stay over there. She ended up allowing her to potty in her diaper instead of continuing to potty train her like I asked her to. Although to be honest, if she was potty trained but, still having accidents, I would still have had her wear a diaper during the trip, better safe than sorry right? Anyways, I really need suggestions, my flight should arrive in the next hour to two hours or so, and there's only one more diaper left other than the one she's wearing and she wet it a while ago and if I'm not mistaken she literally just went potty in it again.... There's still about ten more hours left until we get to Sweden. I'm getting up to change her in a second so, please, please, please I'm begging you if you have any suggestions you can give me I would be very thankful. I'm thinking the best decision might be to just have her stay in the last diaper after I change her in a moment and wait till I get to Sweden to get a fresh diaper out one of the check in bags and just change her at the airport.

Ev - posted on 12/10/2014

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If you are at the airport, how do you have access to internet or phone to do it if your phone is in the check in bag with the purse that you should have kept with you. How old is your child?

Bella - posted on 12/10/2014

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I've just explained to them the issue but, they said they didn't know how they could help me.... I would call my friend but then I remembered I only had her number saved in my phone, not sure what else to do, any other ideas?! I'm freaking out! I have no idea what to do!

Michelle - posted on 12/10/2014

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How about you go and ask at the customer service desk. They may be able to help you out.

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