Cloth diapering can be a lot of fun and there are many accessories available to enhance the whole experience. This list represents my top 3 cloth diaper accessories. We’ve been cloth diapering for over 6 months and I have definitely developed some preferences for my accessories. I love anything that can make the process easier, faster, and stink proof!
#1 – Wet bag or wet/dry bag
I have 4 of them, all from Planet Wise. 3 are regular wet bags and the other one is a large wet/dry bag. I love the ones from this company. They are high quality and have tons of great patterns to choose from. I have a small and medium one that I use in rotation in my diaper bag. They are the perfect size when you’re on the go and can be used for diapers, soiled clothes, wet things, or just about anything you don’t want stuffed in your bag with everything else. The other 2 are for my soiled diapers. Again, I use them in rotation, whenever one’s in the wash, I use the backup. The wet/dry bag is useful when we go on long trips. We often use it to store clean diapers.
I think having 2 of each is practical. As much as I try to stick to my ideal wash routine, I often end up with having to go out of the house while my wet bag is still drying – the backup one comes in handy in those situations.
You can find wet bags anywhere these days and most cloth diaper companies sell them.
#2 – Diaper sprayer
This is THE item I simply cannot live without! My youngest doesn’t poo very often but boy am I glad to have the diaper sprayer when he does! It is a bit on the expensive side but worth every penny. There are a few models by various companies available but they essentially all do the same thing. If you cringe at the thought of having to dunk your diapers in the toilet to rinse them, get a diaper sprayer. Now, I have a confession to make. I know that breast milk poo is 100% water soluble, which means that the diapers can go straight into the bag. But, the thought of putting poo in my wet bag just makes me feel a little queasy, so I rinse everything off. It really just takes a few seconds. It never washes away completely but enough so I’m able to feel comfortable putting the diaper in the laundry bag.
To be honest, it may not be the most appealing contraption to stick to your toilet, but trust me, you’ll be thrilled to have it for those massive poop explosions!
#3 – Cloth diaper detergent
I truly believe this can make or break your cloth diapering routine. After figuring out which diapers I was going to get, the second biggest thing I had to research and determine was which soap I was going to use. What I have learned is this: cloth diaper wash routines are extremely personal and vary according to SO many factors (type of water, wash cycles used, type of soap used, quantity of soap used etc.). You may have to try a few to determine which one works best for your situation. Although a bit of a hassle, it is worth taking the time to choose the one that will answer your particular needs. This way, you should keep stink issues at bay.
I personally use Nellie’s All-Natural Laundry Soda. It has worked great so far minus a few stink issues that I’m still trying to tweak – I think this issue now comes from the fact that I have a lot less diapers to wash compared to when my son was a newborn. I probably have to adjust the quantity of soap I use but that is still to be determined.
Some people prefer to use soap specifically tailored to cloth diapers while others use regular soap. I heard that Tide is a popular choice. Again, this is so personal and you’ll have to put in a bit of work to try and find what works for you and your family.
Which cloth diaper accessory could you not live without? Are there any that you wouldn’t recommend?