Cloth Diapering On The Go

ClothDiaperingOnTheGoWant to know a secret?  For the first year or so that I cloth diapered, I rarely used cloth if we were going out.  I kept a small stash of sposies for outings.  Why?  Well, to be honest, it was easier.  No wet bags, sposies take up less room in the diaper bag, and I could just leave them in a diaper bag whereas I’d have to pack cloth with each outing due to our smaller cloth stash.

With two toddlers still in diapers, I now take our cloth on the go most of the time.  I love our cloth so much more than a disposable diaper and I’m very comfortable using it.  I just had to find the right on the go system for us.  Snapless fitteds with covers were bulky for the diaper bag, but AIOs are easy peasy.  Below are a few of the cloth diapers that make outings and travel with cloth easy.

All-In-Ones (AIOs)

AIOs are my first choice for on the go cloth diapering.  After trying several systems, I found this the easiest for us.

  • My favorite AIO is the Thirsties AIO in aplix.  It is also available in snaps, but I feel like the aplix makes it even easier to change.  The new aplix is super strong.  My boys are heavy wetters so I slide a hemp doubler under the sewn in tunnel-style microfiber soaker and we’re good to go.  I don’t have to unstuff them before I throw them into the wet bag because the doubler will fall out in the washer.  So they can go straight from the wet bag to the washer or diaper pail with no fuss.  They are also one of the most affordable AIOs out there.  See why they’re my favorite?
  • Bottombumpers is another AIO that I like.  It’s pricier, but it really is a nice diaper.  The side snaps make is super trim in the front, very easy to fit jeans over.  I also add a hemp doubler to ours, just laying it inside the diaper.  The soaker inside is snapped in instead of sewn in, but this helps the diaper dry more quickly.

Covers and Flats

Covers and flats are my second choice for on the go diapering.  They probably pull into first place for camping or short weekend trips because they can easily be hand washed.

  • Flips and flats.  Flips and flats are perfect diaper bag material.  They’re slim and you can reuse a cover several times before washing it.  I padfold our flats with a doubler hidden inside so when it’s time to do a diaper change, I throw the dirty flat into a wet bag and pop the new one into the cover.  Easy peasy!


Pocket diapers are also pretty easy on the go.  Just prestuff them and throw them in the diaper bag.  The only reason they rank third on my personal list is that I have to pull the insert out of the diaper before I throw them in the wet bag.

  • Kawaii’s and Imagine Baby are some of my favorite pocket diapers.  They’re one of the most affordable and they work well.   You can get them in pretty solid colors and fun prints.


There are a few accessories that make cloth diapering on the go very easy.  Find a good wet bag, a simple spray bottle for cloth wipes, a reusable container to store dry cloth wipes, and some sample sized or spray cloth diaper safe rash cream.  That’s it! Super easy.

So, have you made the transition to using cloth while you’re out and about?  I promise, it’s not scary!  We get lots of compliments on our diapers.  I have answered questions about them in many public bathrooms so cloth diapering on the go is a great way to advocate for cloth.  When others see how easy it can be, they’re intrigued.

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Cloth Diaper Budget Plans: Flour Sack Towels and Covers

FSTCoversIf you browse through our cloth diaper section you’ll find plenty of resources for cloth diapering on a budget.

Here are a few plans based on the premise that you need 18 diaper changes to cloth diaper one child and wash diapers every other day.  That number is pretty generous for most babies and toddlers, but may only get you through 1.5 days with a newborn as they tend to go through more changes.

These plans  all use flour sack towels (FSTs).  The plans below do not include diaper pins or other fasteners as they operate on the assumption that the flour sack towels will be padfolded and laid in the diaper (see how to do various folds here).  If you do want to use fasteners, they will add $1.50 (pins), $3.97+ (snappi), or $5.99+ (boingo) to your budget.

FSTs and Covers

  • Four 5-pack flour sack towels from Walmart, Target, or most other big box retailers.  Cost approximately $4.98 per pack – $19.92 plus tax.
  • Four wipeable covers that can be reused if not soiled.
    Options include:
    Kawaii One Size Cover Cost approximately $7.99 per cover – $31.96 plus tax.
      –Sweet Pea One Size Cover  Cost approximately $10.95 per cover – $43.80 plus tax.
      –Imagine Baby One Size Cover Cost approximately $10.95 per cover – $43.80 plus tax
      –Econobum One Size Cover Cost approximately $11.95 per cover – $47.80 plus tax
    Flip One Size Cover Cost approximately $14.95 per cover – $59.80 plus tax.

    16 Day Changes and 2 Night Diapers:  In this scenario, you would use two flour sack towels at night giving you 16 daytime changes (or 8 per day) and two night diapers.
    Total Cost:  $51.88 to $79.72

FSTs, Doublers, and Covers
If your child is a heavy wetter like mine, you’ll need to add something to the single flour sack towel to boost absorbency.  Here are some affordable options for using FSTs and covers with a doubler.

Doubler Options

  • Mainstays two 18pk washcloths from Walmart.  Cost approximately $4 per pack – $8 plus tax.
    These are what we used as doublers when we started cloth diapering. Fold two together and sandwich inside the FST.  This will give you 18 doublers, you could even add one to each night diaper if you needed a little boost.
    16 Day Changes and 2 Night Diapers:  In this scenario, you would use two flour sack towels at night with the double washcloth doubler giving you 16 daytime changes with doublers (or 8 per day) and two night diapers with doublers.
    Total Cost:  $59.88 to $87.72
  • Microfiber cleaning clothes from Walmart.  Cost approximately $12.80 for a 24pk.
    We have also used this.  With this option, we can actually get even more changes.  Just MAKE SURE that the microfiber is not touching baby’s skin.  It is too absorbent to be directly against the skin so it must always be wrapped inside an FST.
    18 Day Changes and 2 Night Diapers:  In this scenario, you would use one flour sack towel at night with two microfiber towels wrapped inside giving you two night diapers.  This will give you 18 daytime changes (9 per day).  Your daytime changes would consist of one FST with one microfiber towel wrapped inside.  You’ll still have two microfiber towels leftover if you want to purchase additional FSTs or have pocket diapers to put them in.
    Total Cost:  $64.68 to $92.52

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