An Emergency Diaper Kit is a very handy little item that can be left in your vehicle or at a grandparent’s home for unexpected situations where you may need an extra diaper. Inevitably, there will be a time when the diaper bag is forgotten, when you use more diapers on an outing than you expect, or when you simply stay out a little longer than you planned when you left the house. You can relax knowing your Emergency Diaper Kit is assembled and waiting for you.

You can choose to assemble it in one of two ways: “Cute and Coordinating” or “Frugal and Functional.” Both serve their purpose beautifully, which is to give you peace of mind.

In both kits, you will need the following supplies:

  • diaper
  • wipe
  • protective changing surface
  • bag for the wet or soiled diaper
  • diaper cream sample – if you happen to have one

In this tutorial, I reference pocket-style diapers but if you don’t use pockets, substitute whatever style you use.

Let’s start with the Frugal and Functional Kit.

Diaper: A one-size diaper will give you the greatest number of options. This is a great time to use a diaper that is older but still functional - one you don’t reach for from your stash quite as often. You may also choose to use a well-loved handmade diaper from your earlier diaper-sewing days. Include the necessary inserts, of course.  Again, this is a great time to use inserts that are nearing the end of their life, but still functional.

Wipe: Again, toss in an older cloth wipe (or two) or a washcloth from around the house. If you have a disposable wipe sample, your Emergency Diaper Kit is a great place for it.

Changing Surface: I suggest a couple of options. You may have an unused, leftover chux pad (plastic backed blue or green absorbent pad) from a home or hospital birth. This works very well as a changing pad and also doubles as an emergency car seat liner. Alternatively, you can use a piece of polar or microfleece which can simply be cut to size and left with the edges unfinished. A fleece baby blanket would also serve the same purpose.

Wet Bag:  Place these items inside a large, re-sealable plastic storage bag. I prefer to use freezer bags, as I find they are more durable and easier to wash for reuse. The bag will now keep your kit contained and can be used to transport your wet diaper home.

Now, the Cute and Coordinating Kit!

Diaper: Sew a diaper in your child’s current size using your favorite Babyville supplies. (Choose the larger size if your child is between sizes since this may not be used as soon as a diaper in your regular rotation would be.)  Instructions for making the diaper multi-sized by adding adjustable rise snaps can be found in the Babyville book, Cloth Diapers Made Easy. Include the necessary inserts.

Wipe: Make a cloth wipe (or two) using a favorite fabric. I like to cut squares 9" x 9" and then serge two together, cutting off about ¼" and rounding the corners as I go. Some fabrics that work well for wipes include flannel, cotton Sherpa, velour, bamboo velour, terry, cotton or bamboo jersey, or interlock.  However, you can use just about any absorbent fabric, woven or knit.

Changing Surface: You can find instructions for making a simple changing pad in the Babyville book, Baby Essentials Made Easy, or you can just wing it using a rectangle of Babyville PUL to coordinate with your diaper along with another fabric on the facing side. Some people like to use a non-absorbent fabric, such as microfleece or minky, along with the PUL and others like to use something absorbent. Either way will work, as the PUL will provide the waterproof protection needed. 

Wet Bag: Instructions for making a wet bag can be found in the Babyville book, Baby Essentials Made Easy.  Of course, use coordinating PUL and accessories to make everything cute and matching.  Be sure to make the bag large enough to contain the diaper, wipe and changing pad.  The dimensions in the book (approximately 10" x 12" finished) will make a large enough bag. Load all your items into the wet bag and your kit is ready to go!

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jean K.
25 April 2014

Make sure to keep the diaper kit out of direct sun (under a seat or not exposed). Naturally if you live in a VERY hot climate like the southwest, you might want to not leave it in the car at all times. Also, if you use it now and then, the diaper would get rotated with others and not the be same diaper in there all the time :).

25 April 2014

Hi there,This sounds like a great idea and I've thought of doing something similar, but won't the heat in the car ruin the diaper?

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