If you are planning to invest in a diaper bag, it is important to choose a bag that is both functional and practical.
Since you’ll be taking it with you for a while, you not only want the essentials on hand, but a quality that will serve you well during that time. Depending on the occasion (whether it’s a quick visit to the store or an all-day outdoor activity), you might see the need to invest in several.
Choose a changing bag that offers as many features as you need. Diaper bags, whether small or roomy, should be able to hold all the essentials for babies, toddlers and children. The size of the bag depends on the length of your absence. As a general rule, the further away from home you are, the more gifts you will need and the bigger the bag will be. However, remember that an oversized and bulky diaper bag can be a mission to lug around and hurt your back.
Opt for a waterproof changing bag
Look for waterproof bags with easy-access storage compartments that allow you to organize, separate, and find essentials like bottles, food, medications, diapers and wipes.
Mom can use these dividers for her cell phone, car keys and purse or keep a separate purse inside the bag to avoid rummaging for your personal items. A bag made from a durable, easy-to-clean material like nylon will last longer than a bag made from light-colored fabrics prone to stains and tears.
Remember that comfort is the key
With a baby in one arm and a changing bag in the other, you will need to choose a bag that is comfortable and practical to carry because it is stylish. Take inspiration from the type of handbag you use, this could be the first clue of your preferences when it comes to the fit of the changing bag, the length and width of the strap, although it should not exceed practicality. Look for padded shoulder straps or an adjustable strap system (Velcro) so you can convert a shoulder strap to a messenger bag or stroller bag.
- Traditional diaper bags are square in shape with long shoulder straps, but modern mothers can choose from a wide variety.
- Diaper bins have fewer pockets, dividers, and accessories, so they can be used for general-purpose shopping, business, or travel.
- Backpacks are ideal for leaving both hands free, especially sensitive for outdoor activities, and the diaper bag of choice for men to lug around.
- Messenger diaper bags (usually associated with delivery people) have a long, wide strap that allows them to be easily carried over the shoulder, distributing the weight of the bag along the length of the back and leaving both hands free.
Find a changing bag that compliments your style
Choose a changing bag in a style, color and pattern that matches your everyday tastes. If bright colors appeal to you, then have fun with intricate patterns, fun fabrics and trims, but if you’re on trend, go for a sophisticated and chic changing bag that looks like a handbag or a handbag. Play it safe with a neutral color so both parents will want to wear the bag (dad might not be as much of a fan of this cute floral paisley print as you are).