I remember scouring blogs, books and asking fellow Mamas galore on what the best stroller, crib or car seat was to buy. But one thing that is really up to your personal preference as a Mama is a diaper bag. It’s something that should be right for both you and your baby.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably bought lots of bags before. From designer bags to school backpacks to date night clutches to overnight totes. But none of that prior shopping experience will quite prepare you for the vast amount of choices of diaper bags that you’ll find on the market these days. It’s crazy out there, ladies! So many options, and so many specific features for so many different needs. I know I bought two styles of diaper bags before I finally settled on one I loved. And now that Bryce is a toddler, I’m carrying less baby items and considering changing bags yet again.
Since the “perfect diaper bag” is something different to everyone, here’s a list of some things to help you choose the right one:
What’s Your Style? How do you wear your bags? This will help you pick your style: tote & shoulder bag, backpacks & messengers or purse-like (crossbody)? Keep in mind you’ll be holding a baby, and something that’s easy to get at one-handed is a huge plus. Diapers.com has a huge assortment of bags to choose from in every style.
A Place for Everything: As a mom you quickly realize that you have to be prepared for every possible scenario—leaking diaper, runny nose, hangry baby—and when any of those situations strike, you want to have the solution at your fingertips. So that means cramming every snack, ointment and more into your bag, but in an organized way that allows you to find each item quickly when you need it. So look for pockets and compartments. Outside pockets are especially handy for the most-used items, like cell phones or pacifiers.
Stains be Gone! Keep in mind you will want a material will hold up well if it can be wiped clean or washed. Diaper bags also tend to be used long beyond the infant months, so look for durable fabrics i.e.- treat canvas or nylon.
Design & Color: Look for something that fits in with the rest of your wardrobe, because you will be carrying this around everywhere you go with your baby. If you are a jeans-and-t-shirt type, choose something casual and neutral. If you like bright colors and bold prints, there are plenty of those to be found too. But keep in mind– your husband will likely be carrying it too!
Extra, Extra! Many diaper bags come with fold-up changing pads, and most have insulated outside pockets for bottles. And some bags feature extra straps so you can hang your bag from the handles of your stroller, which I LOVE.
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