When your diapering days are finally over, it’s time to pack up all the diapers and accessories, right? Well, maybe not! Certain cloth diaper accessories retain their usefulness long after your kids are using the toilet on their own. Maybe even after they learn to wash their hands without having to be reminded every single time.
My diapers may be packed away, but these accessories are not. So if you’re thinking about whether it’s worth it to purchase any of them, consider that you’ll be able to use them for more than just diapering.
1. Wet Bags
Wet bags are meant to store soiled cloth diapers while out of the house. But when the diapers are done, don’t put them away! I still use our wet bags regularly in place of plastic bags and take them pretty much any time we leave home. When we travel, I store our shampoo, conditioner, and other bottles in a wet bag in case of leakage in the suitcase. Wet bags are great for storing wet swimsuits and towels whenever we go to the beach or pool, and I always take an assortment of sizes when we go camping.
Big pail-size bags are perfect for keeping the family’s dirty laundry in. Smaller bags are useful for storing toiletries or organizing small toys, crayons, etc. Little ones can be repurposed for storing reusable menstrual pads while you’re out.
Keep a spare wet bag in the car in case anything leaks while grocery shopping or if someone’s clothing gets wet. In a pinch, you can even use it as a travel sickness bag (and yes, I learned that one the hard way). Best of all, every time you use a reusable wet bag, that’s one less opportunity for a plastic bag to find its way into the ocean.
2. Cloth Wipes
I’ve always preferred cloth wipes over disposable. I think they clean up messes better and since they’re reusable, they cost less and reduce waste.
Long after your diapering days are over, cloth wipes are still useful. They’re a good size for the kids to use in the bathtub, and they work better than paper napkins for cleaning sticky hands and faces at home or on the go. Whenever we go on a road trip, I take cloth wipes in a small wet bag for cleaning up along the way. You can even pre-moisten them for extra cleaning power! I always keep some in the car and a few in my purse just in case.
3. Diaper Sprayer
I originally installed a diaper sprayer for spraying the poop off soiled diapers before laundry day. But once we were done, I found it was still useful in case of potty accidents or for those times when I had to clean up other messes, like that time the kids caught a stomach bug. Turn the spray down a bit and it’s also a DIY bidet!
Not only will you get your money’s worth from continuing to use these cloth diaper accessories, you’ll also be reducing your footprint when you replace disposable options with reusable ones. It’s a win-win!
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