Back to Basics: Stocking your Diaper Bag - Cloth Diaper Edition

I feel like every mom struggles in the beginning with what to pack in her diaper bag. I had my diaper bag packed way before my son was even born! I tend to over pack in general (diaper bags, road trips, my purse). I am always prepared. So, what exactly do you need in your diaper bag and what can you leave at home?

This can be a bit of a personal thing. There are things in my diaper bag that I would say are necessary, while others would disagree.

My diaper bag:

  • One or two cloth diapers: I try to pick all-in-ones in fun colors and prints so I can show them off if anyone asks (no one ever does). *I pack more if we'll be gone for more than a couple hours.
  • Diaper cover and a couple flats: These are my back up, emergency diapers. Flats are so versatile. I've used them to clean up spills, clean noses, changing pad, whatever! Plus, they don't take up much space!
  • Stack of dry cloth wipes
  • Spray bottle of wipe solution
  • Cloth diaper safe diaper cream
  • Wet bag: I forget this one a lot! I have an abundance of them, but always seem to forget to put a clean when in my bag when I take a dirty one out. This can be dangerous with a gross, poopy diaper on the go!
  • Flushable Liners: This is a new accessory I've discovered! Great for full day outings when I don't have access to a sprayer!

I asked some other cloth diaper experts what their diaper bag cloth diaper necessities are and here's what they had to say!

Julie, My Cloth Diaper Stash
"Wet bag, cloth wipes, mini spray bottle for wipes solution, mini diaper cream (CJ's samples are perfect), hand sanitizer."

Sarah, Life as a Wife, Mummy, and Nurse
"Prefold (to change my daughter on), cloth wipes, wet bag, wool longies/shorties (doubles as a cover and an extra pair of pants), pocket diapers, CJ's Butter (cloth diaper safe and to moisturize my hands)."

Shannon, Mommy of One and Counting
"Wet bag, wipes, diapers for both kids, CJ's or other cloth diaper safe cream, changing pad, and hand sanitizer."

Celeste, Thinking About Cloth Diapers
"Two wet bags, one size cover (at the bottom of my bag for back-up, along with 2 hemp doublers), a small wet bag with cloth wipes (either add water before we go or if I know we're going somewhere where I can change in the bathroom, I don't), plus two more cloth diapers that I think we'll need, a change pad (love my KangaCare one that can get washed with the diapers and they're not bulky at all)."

Amy, Confessions of a Messy Mama
"Wet bag, change of clothes, cloth wipes and wipes solution, diaper rash cream that is safe for cloth diapers, and cloth diapers, of course"

Karine, SAHM of Drama Queens & a Prince
"Extra inserts, wet bag, Grandma El's, a cover, wipes, emergency prefolds, change pad."

Amy, Stay at Home Cloth Diapering Mama
"Wet bags, wipes, CJ's or Scarlett's Hiney Honey, and of course diapers! Also, extra inserts if I'm using an all-in-two."

Savannah, Eight Days a Week
"Wet bag, cloth wipes, mini spray bottle with wipes solution (also good for general messy hand and face cleaning), and a diaper!"

So there you have it! A little trial and error and you'll figure out what you need too! What cloth diaper essentials do you keep in your diaper bag?


  1. I'm surprised nearly everyone had diaper rash cream on hand. I didn't even have any cloth safe stuff until recently, and ordered a couple samples to see what all the fuss was about, but very rarely do I even need anything like that, so I'm surprised it's cited so often as a 'must have' for every outing. *shrug*

    I like to poke a diaper in the back seat, and often leave a spare wetbag somewhere too (and in general, I always have an empty walmart bag poked into the side pocket of the door, which would be a backup, backup) I also leave a spare set (ugly) clothes in the pocket on the door in an approximate size as well. I don't even take a diaper bag unless we're going to be gone for more than 2 hours, or more than say 1/2 hour away from home. I guess we figure if we've had to use an extra diaper AND extra clothes, we sure as heck better be heading towards home!!

    On long journeys though, I usually pack diapers, a wetbag, dry wipes, one wet wipe in a plastic case on the outside pocket of my bag for emergencies, and sometimes a changing pad, but not always. Which is hilarious because when we used sposies the first few months and just had one kid, the diaper bag was STUFFED with every single extra. I guess experience has been our best teacher. Also having a big sister helps, she is better than any toy a baby can have! Lol.

    1. I actually agree with you on the diaper cream. The tub of CJs in my diaper bag is the same tub I've had since day 1, 16 months ago. I rarely use it, but I am always grateful to have it on hand when those rare occasions that I need it pop up!

    2. I use my CJ's for other things as well not just diaper rash...such as...little/minor cuts, scrapes, dry skin, or even lip balm. Cj's is all natural and a multi-purpose balm! Plus it's a great lead-in into cloth diapers:-)

  2. Oh, I'm SO glad I"m not the only one who regularly forgets the wet bag! I do always leave some plastic bags in my car or stuffed at the bottom of my bag for backup. I also figure that most likely wherever we are out and about, I could get a plastic bag, too if I needed it. We use plain coconut oil as our diaper cream, and it works great as a preventative, so I apply every diaper change. I tote it around in a small baby food jar.

  3. Wow. Maybe I have some sort of new mom syndrome. I always bring 3-4 diapers (we use AIOs primarily), cloth wipes in a tiny wet bag, a large wet bag, an extra set of clothes, a bigger set of clothes that fits over her regular clothes in case it's cold outside, an extra pair of socks, an extra shirt for me in case she spits up or dribbles milk all over mine, two small blankets (one so I can set her down, and the other as a backup) and a bottle of water. The water is mostly in case I get thirsty but also an emergency source for wetting wipes.


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