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Cloth Diaper Wet Bags – Which Brands Are the Best?

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Wet bags are an important cloth diaper accessory–especially if you ever plan on leaving the house! Wet bags hold your wet and soiled diapers in a bag designed to keep the moisture from wicking out of it. You will need wet bags for running errands, going on trips, and for daycare if your child goes to one and they accept cloth diapers. Having good quality wet bags will make cloth diapering on-the-go much easier.

What Makes a Good Wet Bag?

There are many features I look for when evaluating the quality of a wet bag. First of all, it has to be made from a waterproof material. You do not want everything in your diaper bag to soak up the liquid from soggy diapers or clothing that the wet bag was supposed to contain.

Next, I look for ease of use. I don’t want to have to be messing with stuck zippers or extra layers when I’m holding a poopy diaper!

The last thing I look for is the price. I want to pay a price relative to the quality and the product. I do not want to be paying lots of money for something that is just supposed to hold dirty diapers. Since most wet bags are just made from PUL and have no absorbent materials, I want to make sure that it is reflected in the price.

After trying many kinds of wet bags, here are my top 3 personal favorites based on their quality and affordability.

Third Choice: Alvababy Wet Bags

alva-wet-bagAlvababy (aka Alva) makes a great wet bag option for those that want to spend as little as possible on their stash. You can get these wet bags in a two-pack on Amazon. This wet bag has two zippered pockets you can use–you can keep dry clothes or diapers in one pocket and the soiled diapers in the other. I prefer to keep soiled and clean diapers completely separate, so I do not use the second pocket for clean diapers. However, some people love this feature and use it all the time! If I do use the second pocket, it is usually for a spot to keep wipes.

Alva wet bags have a loop near the zipper for easy hanging. They hold 5-7 diapers, so they are technically a bit smaller than the other wet bags in this list, but they don’t feel that way! These wet bags work just fine for errands or when you’re going to be out of the house just a short while. They may also be enough for daycare, it just depends on how many times your baby is changed and how long you are at work for.

These wet bags also have a practical purpose outside of cloth diapering–I use these to also store dirty rags and dishtowels in while I’m cleaning. I keep these wet or soiled cleaning/kitchen items in the wet bag all day and then bring the wet bag upstairs to our main laundry baskets in the evening. It saves me from having to run up and down the stairs all day!


Second Choice: Planet Wise Wet Bags

planet-wise-wet-bagsPlanet Wise makes both pail liners and wet bags. They are my favorite choice for pail liners, but my second choice for wet bags…UNLESS you need a large bag! Planet Wise Wet Bags are my favorite choice for large-sized wet bags. The large holds about 16 cloth diapers. They have a small and medium-size as well, but I find the large much more practical in the long run.

The Planet Wise wet bags have an inner bag made from PUL and an outer shell made from canvas material. These are great for keeping the wetness contained. The inner layer is stain resistant, and its seams are sewn in a way so that they aren’t visible, which is helpful to keep any liquid from seeping out.

This particular brand also does a better job containing odors. I find the smell of my dirty diapers are much less noticeable when I use this bag over some of my other brands. They also have a convenient strap by the zipper that can snap into a loop as an easy way to hang it up, or it can be used for folding and wrapping around the wet bag to keep it contained.

One of the best things about these large size bags is how practical they are even when you are done cloth diapering. I can bring it to the pool with us and fit the whole family’s swimsuits in it when we are done swimming. That is awesome for keeping the rest of our pool bag dry and avoiding the use of excess plastic bags.

planet-wise-inner-layerThe reason that it receives the number 2 spot is that the inner bag will come out in the wash (I’m sure it’s an intentional design to help with drying time) and it can be kind of annoying to stuff back in. However, it takes all of 5 seconds to do that, and this wet bag does exactly what I need it to do, plus it’s one of the very few quality brands I can find in a large size, so I still love it!

This inner waterproof layer also seems to be a little thicker than the PUL on other wet bags, which is a big plus for waterproofing and holding in odors. It is one of the “sturdier” feeling wet bags out there.

First Choice: Thirsties Wet Bags

thirsties-wet-bagThirsties wet bags earn my number one spot!

Thirsties Wet Bags are a medium size bag, holding about 8 cloth diapers and their inserts. I love these because they have a wider design than other medium-sized wet bags, making them easier to shove soiled diapers into when you’re trying to avoid a mess.

These wet bags are made from a waterproof material, and the inner seams are taped to prevent moisture from wicking through them. These bags are 100% polyester with waterproof TPU, which means they rinse and wipe clean extremely easily.

They wash easily in the wash, and there is no separate inner layer that I need to tuck back in. All around, I find these the easiest to use.

Thirsties’ prints are adorable, too! They have so many to choose from, and most of them are available on many products, including their diapers and their wet bags. Thirsties also has a strap by the zipper, much like Planet Wise. This strap can be used as a way to hang it, or it can be used as a way to secure the wet bag once you have rolled it up.

Thirsties wet bags take up less space than other wet bags I’ve tried, which is another reason why it is my favorite. I can easily throw it in the diaper bag or my purse and it takes up hardly any space at all.

The zipper on Thirsties is also my favorite zipper out of the wet bags I own. It is solid, high-quality, and has never gotten stuck on me. I can’t say that about all of my wet bags!

Take Your Pick!

You really can’t go wrong with any of these wet bag choices! If price is your deciding factor, go with the Alvababy wet bags. If you would prefer a larger wet bag for overnight trips, or whole family usage at places like the beach, you can’t beat the Planet Wise large size wet bags. Lastly, if you just want medium-sized, easy-to-use wet bag made from high quality materials at a reasonable price, and a wide variety of prints to choose from, pick the Thirsties wet bags!

Which one do you think sounds right for your family? Do you have a favorite wet bag that I didn’t review? Let me know in the comments!


Holly Lee

I'm Holly and I'm the mom of two awesome young boys with a girl due summer 2020. We have been cloth diapering for 6 years. My family and I live in Minnesota with our dog, Ruby, and cat, Gherkin. Outside of Rocking the Cloth, I am also a middle school teacher. Thank you for visiting Rocking the Cloth--feel free to email me at holly@rockingthecloth.com if you have any questions or concerns. I'd love to help!

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  1. Nicole Stiles says:

    I’m not sure what brand my on-the-go wet bag is but it looks the same as the alvababy. Wet bags are a must for everyone, even those not cloth diapering. If your little one has a blowout, where do you put the poopy clothes? In the wet bag. We have great big wet bags for around the house from Kanga Care. I love them so much. We’ve even discovered they work great as laundry bags for big people when traveling and visiting family.

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Yes, wet bags are so practical! I love them. We use ours for non-diaper purposes all the time!

  2. Ann says:

    Hi there Interesting article which I’ll pass to my friend with a new baby. I’m so glad to see some responsible people moving away from disposable diapers and back to cloth. Too much stuff ends up in landfill nowadays. And what a great idea these wet diaper bags are. I like the selection you’ve given, particularly the large one that can be good for travelling and overnight stays which I’m sure my friend will use. 

    1. Holly Lee says:

      No problem, Ann! Glad you found it helpful! Wet bags are great to have on hand just for children in general, even once you’re out of diapers! I use them all the time.

  3. Billy says:

    I read the article on picking a wet bag for soiled cloth diapers. There is a lot f work that goes into making those bags. What is PUL?

    I am a father of 6 and we used cloth diapers with our first four. The last two we used the disposable diapers for. There was never the thought of storing the diapers and then washing them later. You put the diapers in a pail to soak and wash them at the end of the day.

    I am not a proponent of using these cloth diaper wet bags myself. Do you sanitize the wet bags? 

    I hope these comments help out.


    1. Holly Lee says:

      Hi Billy! PUL stands for polyurethane laminate. It’s simply a type of fabric that is waterproof.

      Wet bags can be used at home, but most people use them for when they are out and about and have to change a diaper. What did your family use to store soiled diapers when you were out of the house?

      Soaking in a pail after changing did used to be the “thing” to do with cloth diapers, and for natural materials that is probably okay, but for modern cloth diapers it is actually very hard on the diapers to be constantly soaking and they wear out faster. The water bucket also becomes a cesspool of bacteria and germs. Here is a post on a washing routine for cloth diapers that may address some of your concerns. Hope it helps! Cloth Diaper Washing Instructions -A How-To Video

  4. Babsie Wagner says:

    Things sure have changed now with Cloth Diaper Wet Bags.  We used to use plastic bags, and it was always a bit of a nightmare, so I ended up using disposable diapers when I would take the babies out.  If we had had these when my kids were young, it would have made such a difference.  I love your site, learning about all the new products for my new grandbaby.

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Glad you found it helpful Babsie! These are definitely more convenient and work better than plastic bags! Though those work in a pinch, too, but these contain the mess better, plus reusable is a plus!

  5. Nicki V says:

    All of these products look great!! When I was a little kid, my mom used to help out a friend of hers when her diaper service and we would have to go to people’s houses and pick up their bags of dirty diapers and those bags were just cloth bags which always stunk really badly!

    I know my sister-in-law is considering using cloth diapers on her baby once he/she is born, so I will definitely send her your link so she can check out the different options for bags and all of the other goodies you’ve mentioned on your site 🙂

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Thanks Nicki! It is definitely a perk to have these waterproof bags available to us nowadays. Really helps contain the mess much better.

  6. Rob S. says:

    We are going to have our first grandchild in a few months and my daughter is going to be interested in these for sure!

    I think these are a great idea for those wet and soiled diapers. It’s very stressful sometimes raising babies and when you’re on the go, you need these to bring along with you for sure.

    I’m going to share this with her but I’m sure she’ll want one that is not that expensive but does the job!I agree with you. From what you’ve described, the Thirsties Wet Bags seem to be the obvious choice! 

    Thanks for some great information!

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Thanks Rob! Congrats on your first grandbaby. 🙂 I hope you daughter finds this helpful!

  7. Claire says:

    Wow, what a great article.  I used cloth nappies with my first baby because disposables were soooo expensive!  It’s so fantastic to see all the great options out there now with cloth nappies.  Plastic bags were the “go to” for cloth nappies when we were out and about and it was really yuck having that smell in the bag along with baby bottles etc.  Love your article.  It would be so incredibly helpful to young moms out there choosing to go the cloth nappy way.  Great job!  

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Thanks Claire! I agree that it’s nice to have a dedicated wet bag for dirty diapers–it’s nice to keep it separate from everything.

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