Monday, February 28, 2011

A Diaper Bag Dissection; What's in your bag?

Retailer Contributed Article from the WeeLittleChanges Blog

Big or small, heavy or light, pink or blue, we all carry a diaper bag almost everywhere we go with our babies. But what should be in there? What’s considered essential and what’s just plain silly to lug around? If you have a tiny diaper bag, do you ever wonder what’s in those giant bags on other mommies’ shoulders? And on the other side, how do some moms travel with such a tiny bag, especially when cloth diapering??

I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m going to dissect my own bag. Keep in mind that I have four kids, only
one of whom is still in diapers.

First, when I’m going out for a couple of hours, say to church or a playdate, I like to carry two extra diapers. If it’s going to be longer, like maybe most of the day, I prefer to have four.  This dictates which bag I will use. Typically I use the bag pictured here for daily use, but I also have a bigger one if we’re going to be gone a while.  Here’s what I have in my bag right now:

  • a disposable wipes case filled with half a dozen wet cloth wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • diaper rash cream
  • a few disposable wipes just in case I run out of the cloth ones
  • spare pants for the baby
  • a wet bag to hold all the dirty diapers
  • a couple of toys
  • a tube of baby sunblock
  • 2 pocket diapers
  • 1 PUL cover
  • 1 prefold to trifold in the cover

Is all that necessary? No. The essentials in any diaper bag are simply wipes and diapers. With cloth, you
also need to carry either a wet bag or a plastic bag to carry the dirty diapers home. Everything else is extra.

So what’s in your diaper bag? Anything you know you don’t need? Something you’re dying to share with other mommies to make their lives a little easier? Tell us!

Kristi Stokes has been the mom behind the Wee Little Changes blog for nearly a year now.  She is a stay-at-home mom to four awesome kids and started cloth diapering 3 years ago.  You can visit Wee Little Changes, a Knickernappies retailer, at and enter to win a Knickernappies diaper each month at


Jennie {Clover and Violet} said...

Oh goodness! That bag is adorable!

Kristi26 said...

Thanks, Jennie! It's a Bratsack and I got it on Etsy! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that bag!! :)

mmonk1 said...

For me I have three Kids. One who is potty training and one who we just put in to cloth diapers. So I carry 2 covers and four prefolds plus pull ups (still looking for good reusable training pants). Along with disposable wipes until I get my next shipment of liners and wipe solution. I have two teether toys, a pacifier, hand sanitizer, wet bag and a change of clothes for the baby. But on top of that I have some none baby essentials like my on the go cosmetic bag. I try to keep it to a minimal and organized but with three kids it get unorganized quickly.

Julie said...

My bag is for my 3 month old, and I carry 4 or 5 pocket diapers, a prefold for spit-up and drool, 2 or 3 outfits (he has reflux so puke is a given), a travel wipes case with 4 cloth wipes in it, and a wet bag. It'll probably change up a bit once we introduce solids and the amount of diapers we go through goes down as he gets older.

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