What are Diaper Pods?

Cloth diaper creators are always innovating. So, I wasn’t completely surprised to hear about a new product this past Black Friday from one of the local cloth diaper companies promoting their big annual sale, 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 new 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.

Diaper Pod
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Wet Bag

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:

Wet Bags

  • 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

Diaper Pods

  • 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 aren’t yet at all retailers, and it’s more likely you’ll find them at your local cloth diaper shop than any big-box retailer (especially at the time this post is being published). To find a local cloth diaper retailer near you, you can check out the cloth diaper directory here.

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.

There are a couple of pods available on Amazon as well, but not nearly the number of prints available at the Fluffy Penguin, yet.

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