I am currently cloth diapering two children and this means I need some serious space in my diaper bag. Although they do take up more space, cloth diapers are not hard to use when out and about.
I currently use Vera Bradley’s diaper bag that I got on an after Christmas sale a couple of years ago. I love the roominess and built in pockets. I love that I can put in several pockets/inserts and still have room for my wallet, wipes, and other necessities. Another plus is that this bag came with a cloth diaper changer that is machine washable.
Here are some things I include in my diaper bag: wet bag, 2+ diapers per child, Grandma El’s diaper rash cream (I have a child with food allergies, and rashes on his bum are part of the fall-out), cloth wipes, ring toys for the baby, lightweight change of clothes, nursing clover up, a burp cloth, crayons, scrap paper, and bubbles. I always keep extra things to do in the diaper bag for those “moments” we all have as moms. Travel size bubbles, like those given out at weddings, are a GREAT distraction for my kids. I simply re-fill them when they run out or get spilled. There isn’t enough in them to be any great problem if they do spill, and it is soap water…no harm done!
I keep the “extra” stuff in my interior side pockets, and my diapers/wet bag in the main part so I can easily grab them. My wipes I usually keep on the inside also, but it can also be beneficial to have them on an outside pocket…always those times where little hands and noses need wiped. Cloth wipes are great for just that. I love that my cloth wipes (I make my own solution from a recipe I found at Kelly’s Closet) don’t have added chemicals, so I feel free to wipe their faces and not worry. I keep my cloth wipes in a “regular” travel wipes container. I check them before we leave the house and if they are dry, just add a little more water.
Sometimes though we are just taking a quick trip to the library or grocery, and I don’t really need several diapers. In that case, cloth diapers are SO handy. I simply take along a small wet bag. Into the wet bag I put my wipes container,, a one-size pocket, and an insert. If someone does need a change while we are out, I simply snap my one-size to whoever needs it and adjust the insert accordingly. My Bum Genius diapers work great for this very thing!
I know other cloth diaper moms who only use cloth them at home, not out in public. I find that not only do I continue to help the environment/our budget/their bums by using cloth outside of the home, I also am able to answer questions others have about cloth diapering and help spread the love!