Cloth diaper creators are always innovating. So, I wasn’t completely surprised to hear about a new product a couple of years ago from one of the local cloth diaper companies, the Fluffy Penguin Company. That product was cloth diaper “pods”.
My first question was of course, “What the heck are cloth diaper pods?” Diaper pods are a cute alternative to travel wet bags. Like wet bags they are made from water-resistant PUL or TPU fabric. What makes them unique is their square, “pod” shape.
What’s Better: Wet bags or Diaper Pods
Diaper pods are so new that I think the jury is still out on whether or not they are better than wet bags. I think it will end up being one of those things that just comes down to personal preference.
Though I haven’t used and abused a diaper pod to the point of being able to create a “best of” post yet, as I have for wet bags (you can read my buying guide for wet bags and hanging diaper pails here), I do have a few initial thoughts on how they compare as well as some notes from the Cloth Diapers for Beginners community:
- Many come with two pockets so you can separate clean (dry) and dirty (wet) items (so only need one)
- Can get squished and lost in your diaper bag
- Great for dirty diapers because easy to turn upside down into washer/diaper pail
- Only one pocket on current models I can find (so many need two)
- Easier to find and pull out of your diaper bag
- Great for clean diapers to keep them neat
- Seems to hold more than a wet bag (current standard sizes)
Where Can I Find Diaper Pods?
Diaper pods are still a new product really and aren’t yet available at all retailers. It’s still more likely you’ll find them at your local cloth diaper shop than any big-box retailer. To find a local cloth diaper retailer near you, you can check out the cloth diaper directory here.
But here are some options that I’ve found at a few small retailers I know and trust:
As I mentioned earlier, the Fluffy Penguin Company was the first place I saw to carry them, and they have a large variety available on their website now.
Mama Koala diapers also has a HUGE selection of diaper pods you can check out here. Mama Koala is known for their cute prints so I’m sure you’ll find something you love there.
April DuffyApril is the founder of Cloth Diapers for Beginners and author of The Cloth Diaper Wash & Care Handbook. Since 2015, April has helped well over 75,000 parents and caregivers cloth diaper their children through this website, her book, her YouTube Channel, and the Cloth Diapers for Beginners Facebook Group.
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