April 16, 2008

Cloth Diaper Extras

Recently I have been having some wicking (moisture breaking through the waterproof material onto the outside) issues with my Happy Tushies wetbag. I bought the Happy Tushies wetbag last summer and it was the only one I had until last week. Last week I bought the extremely popular Leslie’s Boutique wetbag that I have been reading about for months. On diaperswappers, Leslie has received rave after rave and of course it was only a matter of time until I jumped on the wagon :)

It took me a while to figure out all the lingo I was reading in regards to wetbags. Here is a picture of the inside and outside of the Happy Tushies wetbag:

The outside fabric is a woven cotton print with a thick PUL inner. The wicking culprit can be seen in the second picture. Notice how the seam is exposed on the inside of the wetbag? Having cotton anywhere near wet items is not a good thing. The cotton will absorb the moisture and it moves along the fiber. So what was once on the inside is now creeping to the outside of the bag. I never really had a problem with this bag until I started filling the bag to the top. Most of the time I only put 1 inside. But when I stuff 3 or 4 wet diapers inside they reach the top, soaking that long seam. I found it to be an annoyance but not something that I was ticked about. For reference this bag is 11 1/2″ x 12″.

After reading dozens of reviews for Leslie’s Boutique wetbags I figured there had to be a difference between her bags and the one I had. I learned that Leslie sews the layers separate, hiding all seams. She also uses wooly nylon thread which prevents wicking as well (cotton thread will absorb moisture). Here is a picture of the outside and inside of a Leslie’s Boutique wetbag:

Despite my horrible camera making the picture above look dark and blurry, you can see that there is no exposed seam by the zipper. This means that there is no cotton waiting for contact with moisture. Another huge positive with Leslie’s Boutique wetbags is the increase in size. I bought a medium and it measures 13″x15″. This allows me to put in at least 2 more diapers than my Happy Tushies.

I have never used the handle on either bag but I will mention that the Happy Tushies has a snapping white cotton handle (not a standard feature) and the Leslie’s Boutique wetbag has an elastic handle covered with matching fabric. The handles would be used when you hang the bag in your laundry room, bathroom or near the changing station to store diapers until wash time.

Since my purchase of the Happy Tushies wetbag they have improved their design to include a hidden inner seam. This would eliminate the wicking problem that my old style bag has.

I bought the regular sized Happy Tushies at a local boutique and paid ~$22. My sized M Leslie’s Boutique Wetbag cost ~$20 (that includes priority shipping).

One more difference I noticed is in the fabric choices. Leslie’s Boutique offers in demand designer fabrics with coordinating PUL inner. Happy Tushies has hundreds of fabrics to choose from but only at the end of choices did I see a couple of popular fabrics. It’s all a personal preference though.

I’m really enjoying my new wetbag and I’m definately spreading my raves! But, I’ll have to give one of the new Happy Tushies a try… you can never have too many wetbags!

Now for the trivia… what is the fleece tab inside my Leslie’s Boutique Wetbag?? I have read something about an oil tab, but I can’t find any info. Please educate me.


About Autumn Beck

Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. You can read more from Autumn over at https://www.facebook.com/beautifullyblessedlashes.

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5 Responses to “Wetbags”

  1. Ingrid Says:

    I love the Bumkins Dirty Duds bags (wet bags) as well as the water tote bags. It is a USA made product and it has a unique water proof coating ath is safe for our babies and they have amazing prints, http://www.bumkins.com/shop/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=115&idproduct=5609.


  2. Cyndy Says:

    Thank you once again for a great review. I have been using a waterproof laundry bag, and just washing it with the load…it is working all right, but it certainly isn’t going to last too much longer and it does leak through –apparently the makers weren’t thinking of wet diapers when they made it. As I was getting all my gear lined up, this was the one area I tried to save money…I started with a dry pail –didn’t like it, now this laundry bag…I could have already bought a wet bag and been done with it. Oh well. Now I have my wish list ready.


  3. Autumn Beck Says:

    MESE you are a genius! That is probably exactly what that fleece tab is for! See that Master’s degree is working for ya ;)


  4. Melisa Carter Says:

    I had the same exact question about my new Leslie’s Boutique wetbag! I was just waiting to ask you when I next talked to you. Bummer! Hope someone can fill me in. Maybe you can use it to put essential oils on to make the bag smell better??? Just brainstorming.

    I have another drawstring, smaller wetbag that I like made by one of my favorite WAHMs. I like to put this one inside my Leslie’s bag and use it for dirties.

    BTW… I’ve been trying the open pail. Love it so far -at 75 degrees. I don’t notice any smell when I walk in the house after begin gone. I’ve just trained my family to keep it closed for so many years that I have to keep opening it whenever I walk by. Someone has closed it. LOL


  5. Autumn Beck Says:

    I have never tried a snapping one. I think I’m a bit too scared to try it LOL. It’s kinda like the open pail thing.

    It was SO SO hard for me to choose a fabric at Leslie’s Boutique! I am always drawn to damask, toile or paisley but opted for something bright and fun this time.


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