Wet bags are a mom’s best friend

Wet bags are an ultra convenient bag made of a waterproof PUL or polyurethane laminate.  Think of all the great uses for a waterproof bag: wet swimsuits, sweaty gym clothes, dirty shoes, potty training accidents when you are out and about, small wet bags even make great lunch bags.  These bags contain all the icky, smelly messes we have to deal with but manage to come out of the dryer sparkling clean and ready for the next battle.  That’s right these bags can be thrown in both the washer and dryer on your normal cycle, they couldn’t possibly be anymore convenient.  There are several dozens of brands to choose from.  Most cloth diaper companies make their own wetbags but if you want some personalization there are plenty of stay at home moms selling wetbags on etsy and hyenacart that can even use your favorite fabric.  Here are our favorite brands:

Bummis: They make a small and medium size both of which are great sizes for travelling.  They fold up nice and small so you can store them anywhere until you need them.  I love the strap with the convenient snap so you can attach it to anything you want.  One of my favorite uses lately is to store a small changing pad, a travel pack of wipes and a couple of diapers and hang it on the handle of my stroller.  I no longer need to bring a diaper bag with me on long walks in the neighborhood.  This bag also has a zipper to contain everything so if someone makes a messy diaper and there isn’t a garbage in site I can throw it back in the bag to contain the stink.  Fabulous!  Check them out at bummis.com

Planet Wise: This company specializes in wet bags.  Its what they do and they do it well.  These bags are in two layers, an inside layer of the waterproof PUL and an outside layer of gorgeous fabrics.  They offer so many prints you are bound to find one to fit your style.  They also have bags that have two compartments; one for dry items and the second larger compartment for wet or dirty items.  These wet/dry bags come in two sizes: large or extra large.  Their more traditional wetbags come in small, medium and large.  They also have a brand new product out called the swim bag.  Its large like a beach bag but is waterproof and machine washable making those trips to swim lessons just a little bit drier.  Check them out at planetwiseinc.com

Sweet Slings: The name is confusing but its because Shanna, mom of three, started out making slings and soon moved on from there.  She still makes slings but my absolute favorite item in her shop are her kitchen wet bags.   Why do you need a wet bag in the kitchen?  Well in an effort to go green we have begun using birdseye cloth towels in the kitchen to reduce our paper towel use (which I am loving by the way).  Shanna has brilliantly designed her wet bags to hang from the oven door.  Now I can take a towel wipe down my self-feeding one year old, high chair, floor, tv and whatever else she managed to fling food onto and throw it in the wet bag for laundry day.  The zipper does a great job of preventing all those wet towels from stinky up your kitchen.   Shanna’s fabric choices are endless, literally.  If she doesn’t have a fabric for you then suggest one, her customer service is fantastic.  Like the planet wise bags there are two layers but sewn in such a way that the PUL layer will not have to be stuffed back into the bag after washing.  These bags also work great in the bathroom for washcloths after bathtime.  Check them out at sweetslings.net

We love our wet bags for their ability to look so clean and stylish while doing the dirty work for us mamas.

– contributed by Melissa

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Melissa Jarotkiewicz, Editor Melissa received a BS degree in Civil Engineering and is the proud stay at home mother of thing 1 and thing 2. Being the wife of an Air Force pilot means being the only parent for days, weeks and even months at a time. This chaotic and unpredictable life of a military mom calls for some serious retail therapy and Melissa puts her focus on baby gear and unfortunately for her husband the deal-a-day baby sites. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Melissa has lived in FL, OK, WA and just recently moved to Germany. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and watching college football in the fall. Go Irish!

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Carly Tribe

I love the planet wise wet bag! its very effective.


Hey Melissa,

Great post. Thought I’d also share with you WASP Bags – they are unique Water And Sand Proof beach bags. This is my little start up business of mine. They are made of a durable PVC tarpaulin so they can be treated rough (as kids like to do!). WASP Bags are also great for trips to the pool etc as they keep water out of your dry change of clothes.

Hope this is of some interest.