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Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 6/4/12 – Cloth & 2-Story Houses + Diaper Bag Packing

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Maggie says::

two questions…if in a multi level house, how many wet-bags, pails do you have…do you store diapers, cloth wipes, and wipe spray on each level

what do you pack in your diaper bag, and if cloth wipes and spray is there a bottle that stays in there or do you grab one from in the house?

These are great questions, and things that freaked me out when I started cloth diapering. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I like things to be very organized and planned, and I get very anxious when things are not that way. I was nervous about keeping diapers (clean and dirty) organized at home and in the diaper bag, and I had the same question about wipes on the go. I figured it out and it’s easy peasy!

We have a 2-story house, my laundry room is on the first floor, I do not use a diaper sprayer, and I change most of my diapers on the first floor. I do what works for me, but something else might work for you.

I have some diapers upstairs, along with a few cloth wipes and a bottle of wipe spray. However, I do not have a wet bag or diaper pail. If I happen to change a diaper upstairs, I just carry it downstairs with me. If you change a lot of diapers on your second floor, and spend a lot of time there, you might want to have a wet bag up there.

Most of my diapers, wipes and the like are in the family room. But, I don’t have a wet bag or pail there either! I actually have my hanging wet bags in the laundry room. As I said earlier, my laundry room is on the first floor, just off my kitchen. When I first started cloth diapering, I only had a few diapers, and I was washing twice a day to avoid using disposables, and added diapers to my stash as I could afford it. That got me in the habit of taking diapers directly to the laundry room, and the habit stuck. I often feel that dumping the bag in the washer is easier than it was to traipse through the house emptying stinky disposable diaper pails, then taking them to the trash outside, then taking the trash to the curb! For people who use a diaper sprayer, it is often handy to have a wet bag in the bathroom too.

For diapering on the go, I keep a Planet Wise wet/dry bag in my car with a diaper, planet wise wipes pouch, and travel size bottle of wipe solution. I didn’t do this until I had enough diapers in my stash to spare one, and I chose one that was a decent diaper, but not a pricey one and not my favorite. I’m not concerned about the heat & humidity damaging the PUL, elastic etc. since my car is in the garage most of the time. The wipe spray does get a little chilly in the winter, LOL! If I know we are going to be out longer, I will grab extra diapers & stuff them in the bag, but this way I am never left somewhere with a dirty diaper & no clean one.

I should mention too that with both of my boys, I never carried a diaper bag. I have a larger purse that fits all the little things I need, and I just bring diapers separately (since most of the time, there’s no need to drag a bunch of diapers around with me!) I had a big diaper bag when I had my daughter (though she wasn’t cloth diapered) and I found myself grabbing my wallet & keys & leaving the diaper bag in the car much of the time, since it was just too big to take everywhere. I bought my current purse when she was potty training, and I’m still carrying it more than 5 years later!

How about you? Where do you keep your wet bags and how do you do diapering on the go?

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  • June 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    thanks…right now we mainly take them to the basement where I washer is…sometimes they sit on the dresser and wait…which I don’t like, but most of our diaper changing is on the main level, like you, I do plan to make a wet bag for the nursery to store diapers in, especially if my 2.5 year old does potty train like he seems to half want…then I won’t be washing nearly as often…as for diaper bag I am always repacking it before we leave…it isn’t a hassle, but would be nice to just have something ready…I like the idea of leaving something in the car and I do have a bunch of diapers/wipes/and wet bags that I wouldn’t mind leaving out there…

  • Rachel N
    June 4, 2012 at 11:29 am

    We live in a bungalow so the multi level thing isn’t an issue for us. I change almost all diapers in my sons room and the diaper pail is there too. I keep 2 of my non favorite but functional diapers in the car at all times in case of emergency. They are cheaper dipes, a kawaii and a glow bug. I also keep some dry wipe (I figure water is a pretty easy thing to hunt down wherever I am to wet them), and a ziplock bag to put the dirty in since I don’t have an extra wetbag to spare for the car. I also pack a diaper bag wherever we go. I use tr grovia AI2 system for out and about. I usually take 1 extra shell and about 3 inserts if we are only going for half a day. For wipes in the diaper bag I usually just take them dry unless we are going to the park or something, then I pre wet them and take them in a wipes case.

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