Diaper Bag Contents – Packing Light with Cloth Diapers

I don’t need to carry the kitchen sink when we go out.

I love chatting with other moms about diaper bag contents.  Sometimes I’m just amazed by the amount of things that moms pack.  Other times, I’m almost a little smug because my diaper bag contents are quite minimal.

When Norton was first born, my diaper bag contents were ridiculous.  We used disposable diapers on the go because there was so much to carry already that I didn’t want to add fooling with using cloth diapers to the pile.  I carried outfits, diapers, toys, burp cloths, wipes, scented bags for disposing of Norton’s diapers, baby powder, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, pacifiers, receiving blankets, bottles, and more.  Getting ready to leave the house with a baby required the same level of preparation as taking a family vacation.

It was ridiculous.  I never used the vast majority of those things.  Why on earth was I carrying so much in such a huge bag?

I didn’t make the same mistake with Eudora.  In fact, even with using cloth diapers on the go, I can still pack extremely light.  For a trip to my in-laws’, I can still get away with a small backpack roughly the same size as Norton’s Skip Hop backpack.  In fact, I’m thinking about getting a girly Skip Hop backpack to carry Eudora’s things because it’s just so much more fun.

Here’s what I carry for Eudora for an expected three hour trip to Grandma and Grumpy’s house:

*3 cloth diapers
*1 wet bag
*1 travel case of disposable wipes
*1 travel size bottle of baby powder
*1 changing pad
*2 changes of clothes
*3 receiving blankets and/or burp cloths
*2 bottles
*2 cans of Alimentum ready to drink formula
*a couple of toys

If Grandma is baby-sitting for a few hours, I pack three or four disposable diapers and leave the cloth diapers at home.

That’s it.  And it fits in one little tiny diaper bag, plus there’s room for my Coke Zero, my iPhone, and my tablet.  If she were less inclined to throw up constantly, then I could probably get away with packing even less.  It may sound like I under pack, but I’ve never been caught without enough supplies for a trip out.

Norton carries his own things to his Grandma and Grumpy’s in his Skip Hop backpack.  That’s only because he always brings a couple of toys, his iPod, a sippy cup, and his Pillow.

What do your diaper bag contents look like?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. For a trip to the park for a few hours or a day of errands: 2 cloth diapers and one sposie in case of emergency, small wetbag, a pack of wipes, sippy cup, snack pack – crackers, grapes/banana, and a granola bar in case of crazy hungry toddler (she pounces without warning!). Sometimes a hoody or light sweater if the weather is off… all fits in my JJB BFF with loads of room for my wallet, cell and water bottle 🙂

  2. I remember when I had to carry around a diaper bag, omg I had everything in that thing.. I think it depends on the age of the child also, as to how much has to be packed

  3. I haven’t carried on in so long, I can’t even remember! I know I ALWAYS had a change of clothes though for those blowouts or puke fests! julieann r

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  5. I am such an over packer. It is ridiculous. I need two bags one for clothes/snack etc and one for diapers.

  6. Karen Hewitt says:

    Totally agree with using the travel sized products in the diaper bags

  7. Allyson Bossie says:

    I don’t have one anymore, but I always have a tote of an extra set of clothes for each person in the trunk of the car. I update it as they grow, or seasons change. I can’t tell you the times someone gets sick on a quick trip to the store, or spills something, or or or. I am always glad I have those extra clothes just in case. When I did carry a diaper bag, I carried diapers, wipes, butt paste (I use coconut oil at home) bottles, formula, some toys, and pre fold diaper for wiping up throw up, etc. If we were making a longer trip, I put all the extra stuff in a tote. After baby was about 18 months, then I just throw a cloth diaper and a travel case of wipes in my purse and head on out 🙂

  8. When my son had severe reflux I was a huge over packer. Now, I carry one change of panties and pants for my daughter, 2-3 cloth diaper, a wet bag, change pad and 2-3 wash cloths and a small travel tin of bum bum balm. I also have a travel case of disposable wipes for toddler emergencies. My son gets 1 change of clothes now. sippy cup/water bottle for both. most of the time it stays in the car. If we are planning to be out all day I add a snack, a book or 2 and maybe a car and the ipad. Tons of room left over.


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