Most people who have babies these days, create a registry and register for a diaper bag. There are so many options out there. But then you have your baby and you carry your diaper bag around for a few months and then you start to get diaper bag envy. You see other new moms with their diaper bags and you become jealous because their diaper bag is better, shinier, has more glitter and pizzazz. I don’t think I am alone in my quest for the perfect diaper bag…
Here are some of the problems…
1) You don’t want to look like a hot mess carrying around a bunch of different bags so you need a bag that can serve as a diaper bag and a purse and a makeup bag and a lunch bag sometimes.
2) The older your baby gets, the more stuff they need… when you have a newborn, all you really need are some diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, a burp cloth or two, maybe a pacifier or two, a bib, some bottles (if you’re not breastfeeding) and a blanket or something to use as a nursing cover. As they get older, you need to start carrying books, toys, blankets to lay them down on, things to distract them, baby food, spoons, sippy cups, etc. the list just seems to get longer and longer.
3) It’s best if the diaper bag can clip onto the stroller in some way so you don’t have to carry it… those things can get heavy!
4) Mama wants a bag that’s girly enough that she looks cute carrying it around town but Daddy wants a bag that doesn’t have big pink flowers all over it!
So in my time paying attention to diaper bags, here are some of my thoughts…
This is the diaper bag we had been using up until a couple of weeks ago:
It’s a good diaper bag for a little baby. It has a folding changing pad that comes out, is made of a very durable material, is neutral so Dad can carry it around without it really looking like a diaper bag. The side pockets are really nice because they hold water bottles for Mom & Dad or they can hold baby bottles for baby. There are a couple of inside pockets that are a good size for carrying things like chapstick, hand sanitizer, lotion, etc. and the outside pockets are good for things like pacifiers that you might need to get to in a hurry. I really like the fact that the bag has special hooks that allow it to hook onto the stroller. The problem with this bag is that it isn’t really big enough to carry much more than some diapers, wipes, a couple changes of clothes and a nursing cover.
So a few weeks ago, when I was getting ready for my trip to Baltimore with Julia, I switched us over to another diaper bag… this was one we received as a gift for one of my baby showers. Ours is a different pattern, but this is the basic design of the bag we have. It also comes with two separate pockets–one is designed to hold a baby bottle, and the other can be used as a wet bag–for dirty diapers, dirty clothes, etc.
This is a nice diaper bag for a couple of reasons… the material is basically plastic, so it can be very easily wiped off if it gets dirty. It has a bigger folding changing pad which is nice now that Julia is a little longer and rolls around a little more while we are changing her. Some of the problems: it’s HUGE. It’s a little too huge for just every day use. It was great to use on the plane since I brought a LOT of stuff with us on the plane, but for just an average day out and about with the baby, it’s too big. It’s too big to fit in the basket of our stroller and it’s too big to hang from the handles of the stroller, so I end up having to carry it around, which is a pain in the butt.
Those are the only two diaper bags we actually have… but here are some other diaper bags I have had my eye on for a while… and if money were no object, these are some of the bags I would consider getting to add into the rotation:
This is one of the diaper bags I have been coveting for a while:
And this is another one that I would get if money were no object:
But alas… we can’t all afford $300 diaper bags, so I’ll learn to live with the ones we have, at least until I win the lottery!