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When we first started cloth diapering, we would take disposables with us when we were on the go and didn’t even want to think about leaving home with cloth diapers.

After a month of cloth diapering at home, I purchased a wet bag  to store the soiled diapers in while we were away from home.

The only extra things you need to cloth diaper on the go are a wet bag and a wipes container. We use a disposable wipes container to hold our cloth wipes and a medium wet bag .

When I’m getting ready to leave the house, I put several wipes into the wipes container and grab diapers and a wet bag.

I tuck the diapers, wipes and wet bag into our diaper bag and we’re ready to go. The diaper bag also contains my personal items {wallet, keys, cellphone} in the flower print bag, an extra bodysuit for Weston and a muslin blanket which I use as a nursing cover. I also have stashed a burp cloth and 2 bibs in the outside pockets!

Cloth diapers take up more room in a diaper bag than disposables but if you try to pack lightly, it shouldn’t make that much of a difference. I can easily fit up to 4 cloth diapers in my diaper bag. The boys also have small backpacks that I send to church which hold 2 diapers, a wet bag and wipes as well as extra clothes and a sippy/bottle.

Changing cloth diapers while away from home is easy thanks to the wet bag. I simply place the soiled diaper into the wet bag and put the wet bag back into the diaper bag.

I typically change the boys in the car so I don’t attempt to dump solids, I just place the entire diaper in the wet bag. If I change the diaper in a restroom, I will dump any solids.

When I get back home, I take the diapers out of the wet bag and put them in the diaper pail.

Cloth diapering away from home really is easy!

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When you begin cloth diapering, you typically start at home and then once you get comfortable with it, you try leaving home with cloth diapers. After you’re comfortable with leaving home with your baby in cloth then traveling with cloth diapers is the next step!

We’ve visited our parents and taken a few overnight trips with the boys 100% in cloth and it’s simple. It just requires a bit of planning to have your diaper stash washed and ready to go when you leave.

Traveling with cloth diapers is really easy and saves money!

Do you travel with your cloth diapers?

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Organizing cloth diapers is a part of cloth diapering since I love organization! I’m basically using the same set up I started with when my first child was born, we’ve just added more diapers for cloth diapering two.

I like the open shelves on our changing table, it makes grabbing diapers and wipes simple.

The hamper to the right of the changing table is where I place the soiled diapers during a change. {You don’t want dirty diapers near your older baby or toddler…they kick and grab which can get really gross really fast!}

The top shelf of the changing table holds diapers, wipes and our wet bags. The diapers stored on the top are the diapers we grab most often so it makes sense to have them on the top. The wipes  are used for every change so they’re easy to reach on this shelf.

Our 2 wet bags and traveling wipes container are stored on the left of the top shelf. This smaller basket contains hook and loop diapers. I try to keep them separate from the snaps because it makes it easier to grab diapers to bring to church. {I always try to bring hook and loop diapers to church since they are so simple to use.} The cloth wipes are stored in an old wipes container.

The larger basket on the top shelf contains all of our bumGenius 4.0s. After trying several different brands and types of diapers, we’ve found that the bumGenius 4.0s are our favorites!

The lower shelf contains less frequently used diapers, doublers and covers.

We keep all of our pre-folds, covers and Flip stay dry inserts in one basket.

The bottom shelf also holds our Kawaii Baby Good Night Heavy Wetter and a basket with doublers.

Keeping our cloth diapers organized makes it easy to change diapers since I know where everything is!

How do you organize your cloth diapers?

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{This is a guest post from Rebecca of D&R Tabb about her cloth diapering experience!}

When my son was born 6 months ago, I was way too overwhelmed to even think about cloth diapering. I was so excited about it all through my pregnancy, but changing 12-15 diapers a day when my son was brand new made me way too scared to venture into the unknown. But after 3 months and plenty of research, I was ready to make my first move to cloth diapering.

I had done much of my research while I was pregnant, so I started out buying a Best Bottom diaper and a few inserts. I was so sure that I was going to love these diapers and wouldn’t need to buy any different kinds. To my surprise, I didn’t really like them at all. I didn’t like that there was not a stay dry layer to keep the wetness away from my son and the cover left deep red marks on his skin.

Rebecca’s bumGenius Freetime (left) & FuzziBunz Perfect Size (right)

I turned to my favorite bloggers and decided to try a few different brands. I started out with a few BumGenius Free Times and Fuzzi Bunz sized diapers. What a different experience! I like them so much more. Since then I have branched out to a BumGenius 4.0 pocket diaper, Kawaii Heavy Wetter diapers and a few Rumparooz pocket diapers.

Now my stash is almost built up to the point that we can cloth diaper full time! I love that we are reducing our waste and keeping my son in comfortable, soft diapers that we can use for several years and hopefully on future children.

My tips for new cloth diapering moms are:

1. You can start cloth diapering part time

Don’t feel overwhelmed and get the idea that you have to jump in to full-time cloth diapering right away. Starting out with 2 or 3 diapers is a good way to ease the transition and you can avoid investing a large amount in something you may not like.

2. Do your research

The Cloth Diaper YouTube Channel is a great place to find reviews on cloth diapers. Tons of blogs and cloth diaper websites are out there so start hunting! Read up on prices, features, etc. to narrow your choices before you buy. Video reviews are very helpful so you can see the actual product better than just reading about them.

3. Try several types of diapers

This may seem to be the opposite of what I said in point #1, but the idea is if you try a diaper you don’t like, don’t throw in the towel. Try another. With so many ideas out there, you are bound to find the one that works for you. And resale value is good on used diapers, so you can always sell what doesn’t work for you.

4. Buy used diapers or diapers on sale

I didn’t realize when I made my first purchases that many cloth diaper websites offer great deals on a regular basis. Any time there is a holiday, check for discounts and make sure to read the fine print. Another idea is to buy used diapers from a site such as Diaper Swappers. You will run the risk of the diapers not being cared for the way you might care for them, but the deep discount might be a good way to ease the strain on your wallet.

Rebecca is a former educator turned stay-at-home mom. She enjoys exercising, reading, and blogging about her life as a wife and new mom at D&R Tabb.

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