Once you decide you are ready to start cloth diapering, another major decision is how to store your dirty diapers once they are dirty until laundry day. There are two main types of dirty cloth diaper storage a wet bag or a pail.
Types of dirty diaper storage
designed for cloth diapering are a little different than those designed for disposable diapers. Most disposable diaper pails are designed to keep air (and smells) out. When thinking about storing dirty cloth diapers, one of the key things is to make sure you have air flow. This air flow helps to prevent mold from growing on your damp dirty diapers. Many pails designed for cloth diapers have a filter
to prevent any smells from filling the room. The second thing to consider when choosing your diaper pail is size. We recommend washing every other day, so your diaper pail will need to hold those diapers for you until laundry time. If you have more than one little one in cloth diapers, you may need a larger diaper pail
. You may also choose to line your diaper pail with a washable fabric liner
, to make clean up a little easier.
are another option for storing dirty diapers. These bags are also made to allow air flow; they are available in a variety of fabric types, colors and prints and usually have either a drawstring
closure. Wet bags come in a variety of sizes also. Large wet bags
can be kept at home instead of a diaper pail; smaller wet bags
are designed to fit in your diaper bag to hold just a few dirty cloth diapers for a short outing.
How you choose to store your diapers is a personal decision for your family.
Things to consider when choosing how to store your dirty diapers:
- Where you will change your little one’s diapers
- How much space you have in your home
- How many children are currently wearing cloth diapers in your home
- How far you have to carry the dirty diapers from the changing area to the laundry room
The key to dirty diaper storage is to make sure your dirty diapers are not completely sealed up; so air can flow around your diapers to help prevent mold. How do you store your dirty diapers until it’s time to wash them? Do you prefer a diaper pail or wet bag? What is your favorite brand of pail or wet bag?