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TIPS for packing a cloth diaper friendly diaper bag!

Posted by Julie on 9/23/2014 to Cloth Diaper How-To

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. diaper bag,cloth diapers


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!



Amanda Olson
Date: 9/23/2014
What bag is in the picture?
Date: 9/23/2014
I've found that cloth diapering away from home is simplest when you don't overthink what you may need. As long as I have diapers and wipes on me, everything else is just extra.
Stormy Abrams
Date: 9/23/2014
I've had to bring back out my big diaper bag now that I'm cloth diapering. Just two cloth diapers take up as much space as a half dozen huggies lol.
Date: 9/24/2014
Now that I'm cloth diapering I'm finding my diaper bag isn't big enough for all we need to carry!
Date: 9/24/2014
I still need to find a diaper bag! My baby is due in November! I think I need multiple wet bags for to on the go! Thanks!
Jamie Layton
Date: 9/24/2014
Great list! I had been wondering what i would need that i wasn't thinking about :)
Bianca Norman
Date: 9/25/2014
Yes to everything! Sometimes I forget the changing pad though. opps. we use both disposable and cloth wipes.
Date: 9/25/2014
Yes to all of the above! I have found that for going out, we love our Best Bottom shells and inserts. They are slim and trim and easy to stuff into the bag. We'll take an extra shell or two, and lots of inserts. It takes up much less space than an entire bag full of pockets. I do wish that I had a roomier/lighter diaper bag. I have a Lassig Metro and I do love it, but it's a bit heavy, even when it's empty.
Date: 9/25/2014
Good list! I haven't ventured out with cloth yet so I'm so glad I found this!
Elizabeth Elsbree
Date: 9/25/2014
We seem to forget the wet bag most often. I think because we don't always use all the wipes and diapers so forget that we need. Something for the new dirty ones
Ashley Seymour
Date: 9/25/2014
I've been cloth diapering for 21 months. I'm 8 months pregnant and have been forgetting a wetbag for the last few months! Makes things interesting without one, lol!
Anna S.
Date: 9/26/2014
I have watched a few youtube videos about this so I found this helpful to read. Thanks!
Date: 10/1/2014
Helpful for me! Just starting to look into cloth diapering
Elizabeth W.
Date: 10/5/2014
Great list to use while setting up my bag. I'm still looking for a trim diaper that can last with a heavy wetter. As well as hoping that my boy doesn't choose our outing to have a nice bit of he always does!
Mesha C.
Date: 10/9/2014
I like this list and how you organized it.
Megan Wesley
Date: 10/10/2014
Thanks for the tips! We are new to cloth diapering and I wanted to make sure i wasn't forgetting any of essentials. But basically this list covers pretty much everything you'd also bring with you if You were doing disposables. Only thing new is the spray bottle if you're using cloth wipes as well. The wetbag could be Equivalent to those plastic bags some moms take to wrap and Toss stinky diapers.
Elizabeth Green
Date: 10/25/2014
Very helpful
Rachel B
Date: 12/22/2014
Great post! I've never packed a diaper bag, let alone a cloth one. These are great tips I'll keep in mind.
Peta-Gaye Daniel
Date: 1/4/2015
Nice, practical article/post. Thanks!
Theresa Hover
Date: 2/5/2015
I'm new to cloth diapering, so this is a very helpful article. I bet packing multiple prefolds with a couple covers, would be the trimmest option.
Jilliann M
Date: 8/3/2015
Good tips. I almost feel like I need a checklist every time I go out. I'm always forgetting something!
Date: 8/29/2016
Pack enough inserts/prefolds "diapers" for 1 per hour that you'll be gone. I pre-load my covers before I leave. If I'm gone for 4 hours I pack 4 diapers. Even though the cover may not get dirty it's easy to fold up and put in the wet bag, then when I get home I toss the insert/prefold into the diaper pail and reuse the clean covers for the rest of the day until they are soiled. I also used liners, even with breastfed newborn it keeps stains from happening. Those can also be washed and used 1-2 more times.
Date: 10/20/2017
I’ve come to just bring along doggy bags too.. if I forget the wet bag I stick them in a doggy bag and then we’re good to go.
Date: 3/19/2019
I use cloth diapers at home and to go out, disposables. It’s intimidating for me to go on an outing with reusables. Anyhow, I enjoy cloth diapering. I have never purchased a wet bag. This list is great!

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