Choosing a Diaper Bagby Katlyn Joy | August 4, 2011 8:49 AM
Choosing the right diaper bag is akin to choosing the best baby name. The bag your next door neighbor fashionista insists upon will most likely not be the one your sister in law, the already-soccer mom, swears by. However there are some essential buying tips and elements that a diaper bag purchase should involve.
Size. It does matter, as you know. If you are going out regularly on long treks with baby, or packing off baby to the sitter for your work day, you'll need a bag of substantial size. If however, you are a stay at home mom who will be dashing off for short walks or visits, your diaper bag doesn't need to hold a portable nursery.
Material. Some parents prefer something vinyl and antimicrobial while others like a bag they can throw in with a load of laundry. While you might like fashionable materials, don't forget you'll be hauling some stinky loads in there, and baby will be drooling on it or dragging it behind her eventually. So while you love an embroidered silk look, make sure it is stain resistant too.
Durability. Any diaper bag worth carrying should last until potty training. Look at how the bag is made, paying attention to areas that will take the most impact such as the straps and the bottom.
Comfort. Yes, comfort. You'll be toting this thing around for a year or two. Do you prefer a backpack model or a messenger bag? Do you like fanny packs for hands free carrying or do you like a basic bag with extra long straps? Consider what you find comfortable in carrying.
Don't forget Dad. You'll either want to purchase a separate Dad-bag or find one that doesn't insult his masculine sensibilities or overtly pink, lacey baby ducks and hearts. If you want Dad to like the bag, find some suitable options and let him choose for himself. Don't however, bring in a catalog of choices and expect cooperation.
Organization. Your diaper bag should have a sensible arrangement of pockets and storage areas. What is sensible to you however may differ from what works for others. Just make certain you have room for the items you know you'll be carrying most the time. If you need room for multiple bottles, you'll require a different bag than a breastfeeding mom who uses cloth diapers, for instance.
Baby Corner Top Diaper Bag Picks
Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.5 x 1 inches ; 3.5 ounces.
This bag is meant to be used in conjunction with other bags or you can clip it to your wrist or it can attach to the stroller. The changing pad is extra wide for real live babies, unlike those narrow small ones that seem better suited to dolls. The Pronto also features a front zipper pocket for your things, like phone, keys, and so on as well as a mesh pocket that can hold four diapers. Like many bags, a wipes holder comes with it, but a cool bonus is a comfy pillow for baby. This is a minimalist bag to be sure, and will appeal to men and women alike.
Dimensions: 13"W x 4.35"D x 13.75"H
This is the bag for those who want to carry a lot and keep it all sorted and easy to find. The Duo features a unique shuttle clip which allows the bag to convert from a shoulder bag to a stroller bag. It contains a cushioned changing pad, a shoulder strap with removable padding, and eleven pockets to keep everything organized. It's made of a durable ply-canvas material and has magnetic closures. The Duo even has contrasting material inside to make things easier to see, and thus find.
Dimensions: 16 x 4 x 14 inches.
Parents can find a bag to hold all the essentials without killing their backs. This ergonomically designed diaper bag is worn across the chest and was specifically designed with dads in mind. The Dude Diaper Bag has all the important elements; changing pad, bottle holder area, cell phone holder and key ring plus plenty of room for extra outfits, blanket, and has three exterior zip pockets for easy access. The Dude is easy to carry for both Mom and Dad.
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