Leaving the house with 2 babies is intimidating and overwhelming. With 2 babies there is twice the chaos, and twice the diapers. However, just because your leaving the house doesn’t mean you need to leave the cloth diapers behind.
This post is not directly sponsored. I did receive the Planet Wise wet/dry bag in exchange for my experience as a blogger. This post does contain affiliate links.
A surprising number of parents opt to use disposable diapers while running errands, going to tot group, and just when out of the house. Many reasons spring to mind, but the main objective seems to be convenience. Fear not, cloth diapering while out and about is just as convenient, if not more so (fewer trips to the store for diapers, always the right size, less change in routine, my list could go on).
Currently, I have two in cloth diapers. My youngest is 5 months, and my oldest just turns 2. He’s potty-curious, but we still use diapers when out and about. I’m hoping to start using trainers when out and about and work on that. Stay posted for a review of cloth trainers in the future. Let me know which ones you want us to try.
Worst Case Scenario
The biggest fear is you wont have enough diapers. When I am using disposable diapers, or disposable inserts, this fear is often diminished. Instead of anxiously counting out diapers, I just grab a handful and call it a day.
A handful of disposable diapers is easily 8-10 changes. A handful of cloth diapers give you only 2-3 diapers. The bulky difference of cloth diapers over disposable diapers makes getting out of the house with TWO KIDS in diapers a little more stressful.
I keep a back up diaper stash in my car – its a couple of older covers I don’t love, plus disposable inserts. These will always fit and do the job if we were to run out of diapers.
How many Cloth Diapers to Pack
I change diapers every 2 hours; therefore, I pack one diaper per kid for every 2-hour stretch and then an extra (or two).
If I’m going to be gone from 9:30-1:30, a total of 4 hours, I’ll pack 3 diapers per kid for a total of 6 diapers. That’s a lot of diapers.
Because I’m taking a hiatus from all-in-one (AIO) cloth diapers, I’ve opted to use my stash of flat diapers and smart bottoms prefold diapers with my Best Bottom covers. Instead of bringing ALL the diapers, I instead bring enough absorbency for 3 changes, a back up cover for each kid, and then ONE EXTRA cover (that can fit both kids). just in case the worst case scenario plays out.
What else to Pack?
Now you have an idea of the number of diapers you need, you also need to remember the cloth diaper accessories.
Depending on your diapering system, you’ll need to bring different accessories. If you’re rocking out in AIO cloth diapers, no need to fret. Grab however many you need, plus one (because if you don’t bring it, you’ll need it) and you are good. If you prefer to use a cloth diaper fastener with your prefold diapers or fitted diapers then you might need to stash one of those in the bag too.
I never pack diaper rash ointments. I rarely ever need it. My babies seldom have a rash to be treated, and therefore, I leave it at home.
Wipes for bums: you can’t forget to bring the wipes. I always forget, and end up mooching off other parents at playgroup. It is best if you just remember to pack them. This is evident in my photo of my diaper bag, where if you look closely you’ll notice wipes are missing! Often I stash cloth wipes in the corner of my bag. I run them under a little water in the bathroom and we are good. If there is no bathroom, a little water from a water bottle does the job. My husband prefer to use disposable wipes and more often than not I carry a half empty package of disposable wipes in my bag.
Lastly, don’t forget a wet bag!
With 2 in cloth diapers, and twice the stuff in my diaper bag, I have always yearned for a wet/dry bag. For months, I have been frustrated with my GroVia zippered wet bag single compartment, but now my problems are solved with the Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag. You need a Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag to store dirty diapers on the go.
Here are 5 reasons I love my Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag for cloth diapering 2 babies on the go.
- Wet AND dry compartments: If I can avoid it, I rarely bring my entire bag with me somewhere. I just want to bring what’s important – my wallet and diapers (and maybe a snack). The wet/dry compartment means I can carry all of my diaper needs in ONE single Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag for the ENTIRE day. I just simply bring the entire Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag with me to the change table whenever I need a change, and store the dirty in the dirty side. And since I store all my clean diapers AND wipes in the front dry pocket, I always have everything I need for a diaper change (no matter which kid).
- Snap Handle: Snap it wherever, the Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag does the job and hangs out wherever you might want it.
- Size: The Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag is just the right size for 2 in cloth diapers. My smaller bags never quite had enough room for all the dirty diapers after a long day out. My large hanging Planet Wise wet bags were always too big and cumbersome to bring along. This medium sized Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag is just right. Expect to be able to fit 5-6-7 or more clean and dirty diapers in here.
- Quality: I’ve only had my Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag for a short period of time. I have owned my hanging wet bags for two years and I’m continually impressed by the quality of product. They stood up overtime (and the print has not faded despite numerous washing).
- Made in the USA: Need I say more? I always try to source my products from brands and manufacturers producing local-made products and when I find them, I can’t help but shout it from the rooftop.
How do you get out of the house with 2 in cloth diapers? Do you bring the cloth? Do you use only certain diapers? Talk to me about your strategy and how it could use a Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag.
Where to find the Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag.
Kelly’s Closet (USA)
Diaper Junction (USA)