Before your baby came into your life, you could carry everything you needed fairly easily. Now that you are a parent, however, the days of traveling light are behind you. Even a quick trip means taking diapers, bottles and spare clothes. A sturdy, well organized diaper bag will make your life much easier!
When purchasing a diaper bag, there are a number of things to consider:
- Style matters. You will be toting this bag with you almost everywhere you go. Be sure that it is something that you find attractive.
Pockets, you'll want lots of pockets! It is much easier to find what you are looking for if the diaper bag has sections for various purposes. A bag with only one or two large sections means that the smaller items will work their way to the bottom of the bag, making them hard to find. All too often you will have only one spare hand; having many pockets will ensure that you know right where everything is.
Look for a bag that is durable. It is likely that you will use your diaper bag on a daily basis for 2-3 years. Choose one made from a long wearing material such as canvas and check to see that it looks well-constructed. Seams should be strong and straps need to be well attached.
If more than one adult will be using the bag, look for one with adjustable straps. Many diaper bags offer nicely padded straps -- a wonderful idea! Some diaper bags even allow you to convert them from a satchel to a shoulder bag to a backpack.
Accessories can make all the difference. Some are almost a necessity, such as a changing pad and an insulated area to keep food and bottles at safe temperatures, while others merely make the bag more user-friendly. Look for a bag with a sealed section for soiled clothing or diapers.
Size matters. Consider what you will be using the bag for. If you regularly need to pack for an entire day, you should look for a sizable diaper bag; for quick shopping trips, a small tote will do.
Double duty. Many mothers find that they prefer to stop using a purse and carry everything in one bag. Many diaper bags now feature credit card slots, a cosmetic bag and a cell phone holder.
Safety first. It is a good idea to store any medicines, ointments and grooming tools in a sealed section of the diaper bag. Babies are naturally curious and you will want to be sure that these things stay out of their reach.
Consider buying two bags. Many families keep two fully stocked diaper bags -- one for each parent. This can be a big time saver if your routine varies from day to day. No more trying to remember which car the bag is in and both parents are ready to drop off or pick up their child from daycare.
A more expensive bag isn't necessarily a better bag. Shop around -- there are many quality bags available that won't have you spending the baby's college fund!