I always say about diaper bags and baby carriers that it’s the MOM’s accessory, not the baby’s. So I avoid “baby prints” and pastels, which have never been my thing. Why would I want to carry a diaper bag that says “It’s a boy!” with blue teddy bears and balloons on it?
My current big purse/diaper bag is a a “day tripper” bag in a print I personally enjoy. I have a smaller bag that’s a brown super-soft-leather purse, but it also works great as a short-trip diaper bag when I need it to.
Besides looks, here are some things I want in a diaper bag:
- Lots of pockets, but EXTERNAL ones more than internal ones. My day tripper bag has a large internal compartment (which I use for actual diapers/training pants, my changing pad, etc.), but it also has two easily accessed side pockets that can hold a lot. I typically use one for Anneliese’s snacks and the other for myself — my water cup, sunglasses, whatever. It has one front pocket that I use for my phone and wallet — things I need to access frequently and/or quickly.
- A strap length that is comfortable for me to throw over my shoulder. A lot of people prefer messenger-bag styling, but with the amount of babywearing I do, that never seems as useful or as comfortable to me.
- A D-ring on the outside of the bag. I have my keys on a carabiner and always clip them onto the outside of the bag immediately upon taking them out of the ignition, so that I don’t lose them. I spent SO MUCH TIME digging through my big bags looking for my keys before I developed this habit. This is definitely a must-have diaper bag feature for me.
But I see so many people with different types of diaper bags that work great for them. So I’m curious — what’s YOUR ideal diaper bag? What seals the deal and what’s a deal-breaker? Do you consider the bag to be your accessory or your baby’s? Have you developed any little habits or tricks (like my key-carabiner trick) you’d like to share
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