Here's what I pack in my newborn diaper bag for cloth diapering and elimination communication. I love watching "What's in my diaper bag?" videos and reading packing tips, so I wanted to share this with you. Read all the way to the end for the video version!
I pack my newborn gear in the Lily Jade Lorie lifestyle bag in Camel & Gold, but any backpack style diaper bag will do! When choosing what to pack in my diaper bag, I try to select natural and reusable baby products. I like to keep in mind the goal of raising a zero-waste baby, but I am by no means perfect.
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Cloth Diapering Essentials
First of all, here are the cloth diapering essentials that I pack. I use a Planet Wise wet/dry bag to keep them organized. I pack the clean items in the dry pocket and as they get dirty I move them to the waterproof "wet" pocket. I tend to be out for about half a day (3-4 hours), but I normally don't know for sure how long I will be gone when I leave the house. I like to be prepared just incase I stay out longer than expected or it's an especially poopy day. I bring about one clean diaper per half an hour, so 6-8 diapers.
For cloth diapering a newborn I pack:
- (6) Newborn fitted diapers (you could also use prefold diapers)
- Green Mountain Diapers is an excellent source for Cloth-eez diapers.
- (1) Snappi fastener
- (1) Newborn diaper cover
- (1) Logan and Lenora change pad
- (8) Cloth wipes
- (1) Small spray bottle of water for wetting the wipes
- (1) Planet Wise Travel wet/dry bag for packing the spray bottle
You may also want to read my post on building a Newborn Cloth Diaper Stash for Elimination Communication.
Clutch with Extra Clothes
I also like to pack a Planet Wise wet/dry clutch with a spare outfit and reusable options for cleaning up any messes. Bringing along a burp cloth and washcloth helps me avoid the need for disposable wet wipes or Boogie Wipes. I was surprised that most diaper bag packing videos recommend packing at least three types of disposable wipes! I realized after my first baby that bringing cloth baby wipes for diaper changes works just fine and I always brought along a wash cloth instead of disposable wipes for face and hands. Be brave - take a step towards a zero waste lifestyle - skip the disposable wipes!
In the spare outfit clutch I carry:
- Newborn kimono shirt
- Rock-a-Thigh Baby socks
- Burp cloth (my sister-in-law sewed these for me!)
- Wash cloth
Wet Bag and Top Hat Potty
Since we practice elimination communication (a gentle method of allowing a baby opportunities to use the potty), I pack a top hat potty in my diaper bag. The most difficult item to find for my diaper bag was a wet bag for storing the top hat potty. I finally found the Bambino Mio wet bag, which is the perfect size and shape for The Baby Potty. After my baby uses the top hat potty I dump it in a public toilet, rinse it in the sink, and put it back in the wet bag. I wash it more thoroughly when we get home.
Everything Else in my Diaper Bag
The other items I pack in my newborn diaper bag include:
- Woombie Organic Cotton Air-Wrap Blanket
- Reusable grocery bag
- Babyganics Mineral Sunscreen Stick
- Hylands Arnica Tablets
- EOS Organic Lip Balm Stick, Vanilla Bean
- Cell phone
- Wallet with keys inside
What Didn't Fit in My Diaper Bag
I'm not able to fit absolutely everything that I would like to in my diaper bag. I've debated whether a larger diaper bag would be better, but I'm afraid I would pack a larger bag too heavy.
I usually leave the house wearing my baby in our Lillebaby Complete soft structured carrier. I keep my baby's sun hat in the outer zip pocket of the Lillebaby. I bring along a foldable bag for storing the carrier when I take it off. My water bottle usually rides in the cup holder of our Veer Cruiser Stroller Wagon.
- Lillebaby Complete Carrier, Woven
- iPlay Baby Sun Hat
- Foldable cotton bag
- Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Water Bottle, 21 oz
Here's the video showing in detail what's in my newborn cloth diaper bag:
That wraps up what's in my newborn diaper bag for cloth diapering and elimination communication. You may also want to read my tips on building a Newborn Cloth Diaper Stash for Elimination Communication, choosing Cloth Diapers for Elimination Communication Backup or Preparing for Elimination Communication with a Newborn.
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