What are wetbags?
Wetbags are made of PUL, the same material as the waterproof cover on your diapers. They come in a variety of styles and sizes, and in tons of colours and prints to go perfectly with your diaper bag. They usually close with a zipper to keep in any smells.
Which one do I need?
I have a couple of sizes of wetbags in my collection depending on how long I am planning to be gone for. I find the Dual Pocket a very handy all-around wetbag to have. Its also great if we are just popping out for a couple of hours, as it fits about 6-8 diapers, which is a better option as it can fit a full day worth of stinky diapers plus wipes.
If we are just going out for a short hop (e.g. the grocery store) I will pack some pre-moistened wipes in a plastic container and a couple of clean diapers in one pocket. I can change baby's bum, put the dirty diapers in one side and keep a small store of clean ones in the other pocket. This mini bum emergency pack means I don't have to pack and haul our big diaper bag all the time.
For longer trips, it is also handy, as we can put dirty clothes in one pocket and dirty diapers in the other, making it easy to sort out when we get home.
And of course, the final deciding factor is which print you fall in love with. Don't feel superficial - cuteness is one of my top reasons for recommending cloth in the first place!
What do I do when I get home?
Dump the dirty diapers into your big diaper pail, and throw the bag in as well. Wetbags can be washed the same as your diapers.
How many do I need?
It depends on how often you leave the house. If you go out daily, then two or three is a good number to get you between wash days. If going out is a rare occasion, then you can get away with one. If you have a child in daycare, you can send along a wetbag large enough to contain a day's worth of dirty diapers. 2-3 wetbags should work just fine for you.
Anything else I should know?
One word of warning - PUL is water-RESISTANT, not waterproof. If you put something completely dripping wet against it, you may get a leak. For example, if you are using cloth wipes, put the wipe inside a dirty diaper before putting it in the bag. If you chuck it straight in, it might make a wet spot where it sits against the bag. This isn't a defect in the bag, just a reality of the material they are made out of.
Another bonus to wetbags - when your kids are potty trained, they have tons of other uses. Wet swimsuits, dirty playground clothes, stinky gym shoes - you name it.