cloth diapers and all the essentials she needed for a day out. After that video, I was convinced that finding and filling my diaper bag with cloth diapering essentials would be easy, painless, and fun. While I was still pregnant, we decided to cloth diaper and I jumped in feet-first. I made all the initial purchases of cloth diapers, cloth wipes, diaper spray, wetbags, snappies, and more. In order to carry all of this stuff, I then set out to find a diaper bag that would fit my needs. I now have a newborn in cloth diapers and a (mostly) toilet-trained four year old. Since my older child use ‘sposies, we had a pretty small diaper bag for him so I knew the diaper bag for my new baby would need to be bigger and better in order to hold all my cute fluff, as well as some basics for my older kid. I set out to find the perfect diaper bag. I thought it would be just as fun as picking out all the cute fluffy stuff!
diaper changing mat; 3) big enough on the inside to hold at least four cloth diapers, wipes, and a wetbag; 4) have a long shoulder strap AND short handles; 5) be gender neutral (we didn’t know the gender of our baby before he was born AND my husband would also be carrying the bag so it would need to fit any and all situations). I would shop and find a bag that seemed to fit my criteria and bring the bag home to test it. I would pile up everything I wanted to put into the bag, then try to stuff it all in the bag and see if it fit while still being functional. In addition to the diapers and accessories I would need to carry, I also needed to fit in a receiving blanket, burp rag, a small container of disposable wipes, an outfit change and an extra pair of socks for the baby, and anything else I thought I would need for a day out. I’m a chronic over-packer so I tried really hard to only pack the absolute essentials.
changing mat; it has plenty of outside pockets for my wallet, keys, cell phone, and a few extras; and it has adequate inside space. The bag isn’t perfect (I don’t think I’ll *ever* be able to find the perfect bag) but it works pretty well. I’ve carried four pocket diapers, two prefolds, and a cover in the bag along with a wetbag, half a dozen cloth wipes, a four-ounce bottle of diaper spray, two receiving blankets, a burp rag, a small travel case of wipes, two onesies, two pairs of socks, a package of “pacifier wipes,” my wallet, my cellphone, my car keys, and a 20 ounce water bottle. I’ve also recently started carrying a ring sling in the bag as well. It’s certainly a tight squeeze and the bag doesn’t always zip closed, but it fits. If I ever two babies in cloth diapers or stop breastfeeding and have to carry bottles and formula….well, maybe I’ll just have to go diaper bag shopping again!