Not so many years ago, diaper bags were designed to be just too adorable; something special for baby and something that everyone knew at a glance was for baby. Times have changed quite a bit, however, and so has the styles of diaper bags. Some women want diaper bags that look like purses and there are even diapers bags for dads.
Now, most parents are on the go constantly and both mothers and fathers alike will have practically equal needs for using the diaper bag. So if you don’t want to buy two separate diaper bags you will need something that is practical, durable, and doesn’t cause any embarrassment for dad but still meets your need for style and appearances.
Popular Diaper Bags
There are literally hundreds of diaper bags on the market today. Many are still those classic pastel bags adorned with little characters, but there is a whole new world available beyond that. More and more, companies are producing bags that are trendy for the chic mom on the go or rugged for the Mr. Mom in your life. If you want design options, you’ve definitely got them. There is a bag for any personality or taste.
But what is more important than how the bag looks is how it fills its purpose. A good diaper bag will have enough space for everything you need to take with you without being overly bulky. It will have plenty of compartments to stay organized and even a space for parents to stash their belongings such as keys, cell phones, and iPods. Diaper bags tend to serve double duty as baby’s bag and mom’s purse, so it is important that it is both spacious enough and divided enough that this arrangement doesn’t create chaos when an item is needed at a moment’s notice.
Choosing Your Diaper Bag
While it may not seem like finding the perfect diaper bag could possibly be that difficult, consider that you are likely to spend at least the next 2 years carting this thing around with you. It only makes sense to spend a little extra time finding something that you are comfortable with and know will stand up to the test. You may find it extremely helpful to test out a few bags before you make a purchase. If you are using a less traditionally shaped bottle, you’ll want to be sure that the pockets designed to hold bottles will accommodate the style you have chosen. The changing pad should be easily accessible and equally easy to unfold with just one hand.
You’ll also want to make sure that there is enough room in the large compartment to accommodate an adequate supply of diapers, even as baby gets older. Diapers for a newborn may be tiny and you might be able to fit an entire package of them in the bag, but diapers for a 2 year old are considerably larger and will take up more space. Consider your lifestyle as well to make sure a bag is going to work for you; if you are a minimalist kind of person, you can probably get away with a smaller bag, especially if you only take 3 or 4 diapers and a travel package of wipes with you.
But, if you like to be prepared for anything, you are definitely going to need something that can handle the week’s supply of diapers, large wipe tub, 2 changes of clothes, a spare pair of shoes, 5 toys, extra bottles, formula, pacifiers, and snack packs. You’re also going to need for it to keep all of these items very organized so you aren’t digging through all of it trying to find what you need.
Ultimately, the bag that is right for you and your family will depend a little on your sense of style and a lot on your lifestyle. That little pink bag with the monogramming and the absolutely adorable teddy bear may fit right in with your idea of what looks like the perfect diaper bag, but if it starts to come apart after only a couple of months or doesn’t hold everything you need it to then what good is it? Invest in quality first, functionality second, and then consider how it looks. But you won’t have any trouble finding something that will play to all 3 needs; you’ll only need a little time to compare them.