TIPS for packing your CLOTH DIAPER bag!In many ways, packing a diaper bag for cloth diapers is similar to packing a bag with disposables. Of course, there are the essentials you will need to change your baby while away from home, but there are also some extra items you will want to bring along to make cloth diapering on the go much easier! Here’s a breakdown of what you will need.
First rule of packing diapers in a diaper bag - always pack more cloth diapers than you think you will need! You may end up staying out longer than planned or your little one may soil his or her diaper more often than normal. Some cloth diapering moms like to pack their trimmest diapers so they take up less room in the diaper bag and fit better under clothing while others like to pack their most absorbent or bulletproof diapers to minimize the chance of leaks. It may take some experimenting to determine which diapers in your stash are your best out-of-the-house diapers.
Whether you use disposable wipes or cloth wipes, be sure to pack enough for the number of diaper changes you have packed, as well as extras for wiping hands, faces, and clothes. If you use cloth wipes, be sure to bring a travel bottle of your wipe solution if you don’t plan to use plain water.
A changing pad not only provides a comfortable spot for baby to lay for a diaper change, but it serves as a barrier that protects your baby from contact with germs on dirty changing surfaces. You may also want to pack a small container of anti-bacterial wipes to wipe off changing pads after diaper changes. Often, diaper bags will come with a changing pad, but they can also be purchased separately.
Redness and rashes can occur at any time, so make sure your diaper bag is stocked with a cloth diaper safe rash cream, spray or stick. Most companies that make cloth diaper safe rash treatments offer them in small, travel-sized containers. Many moms find sprays and sticks to be much easier to use on the go than a bottle or jar of diaper cream. Figure out what works best for you!
While a disposable diaper can be thrown in the trash while away from home, a cloth diaper must be brought home to be washed. A small wet bag is the perfect product to store your soiled diapers while keeping the rest of your diaper bag dry and free of odors. If you plan to be out all day, you may want to consider bringing a larger wet bag to keep in the car and a smaller one for the diaper bag. A small wet bag can usually only hold 2-3 diapers but you may not want to carry a large wet bag in your diaper bag. Once your smaller wet bag is full, transfer those diapers to your larger wet bag.
Pack your diaper bag with at least one extra outfit in case of blow-outs, spit-ups, spills, etc. Many moms pick an extra outfit and simply leave it in the bag for whenever the need arises. Just be sure to swap out your extra clothes when seasons and sizes change! There’s nothing like needing a clean shirt only to find out the extra one you’re carrying in the bag hasn’t fit in a year!
You may also want to bring along blankets, burp cloths, bottles, lotion, sunscreen, snacks, anti-bacterial gel, toys, or books. Choosing a diaper bag with several compartments and pockets will make packing your diaper bag and retrieving what you need from the bag much easier.
Many of these items can be packed ahead of time and left in the diaper bag while others will have to be packed shortly before leaving. You may even want to have two diaper bags - one for short trips and one for longer outings. As long as you have these cloth-diaper bag essentials packed, cloth diapering while away from home will be a breeze!