I was blown away by the amazing selection of diaper bags on the market. I remember when my friends first started having kids; their choices were limited to bright, obnoxious-looking bags that screamed “new parent”. Nowadays, a lot of diaper bags resemble high-end handbag, but with a lot more space for Mom. A good diaper bag should come with a changing pad, space for extra clothes, a cooler for bottles, and a little pouch for Mom to carry her cell phone and money for those times where she has to venture out with baby.
Here are some of the diaper bags I considered before finally settling on the Charlie bag made by Timi & Leslie!
Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag, $58.99 Target
When I first started looking at diaper bags, this was one of the first bags that caught my eye for its spacious and chevron design. This bag, unlike earlier versions of the Skip Hop bag, comes with a zip-top closure that is super important if you tend to stuff your bags to the very top but don’t want to lose anything inside! This bag also comes with 10 pocket diaper bag (enough to store bottles, diapers, wipes, and extra clothes), a changing pad, a space to hold Mom’s tablet, and an adjustable holding strap to fit both Mom and Dad’s comfort level.
Of all the bags out there, this is one of the more affordable versions that give you great value. And according to a good friend of mine, this bag is extremely durable and she would buy it again. So add this to your list of diaper bags to consider if you’re looking for an inexpensive diaper bag with all the bells and whistles.
Diaper Dude Original Style Messenger I Bag, $59.99, Buy Buy Baby
I chose this bag because Dad’s usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to essentials for babies. There are a lot of diaper bags on the market and yet they all tend to be on the feminine side in terms of looks and design. I understand that Moms are very important in a child’s life, but can we expect Dad to take the kid out some days without Mom being around? The answer…hell yeah! So wouldn’t it be nice to have a bag that Dad can wear without hanging his head in shame??
This bag does not come with as many pockets as other brands (it only has three exterior pockets and a large pocket on the inside), but it does come with a bottle pocket, a changing pad, stroller clips, and a space for diapers. It’s a win-win for Dad’s everywhere!
Cevan Metro by Allen Ave, $62 – $93, Sears
Allen Ave has some interesting designs for those who are fans of sporting graphic prints on their bags. If you’re trying to avoid a feminine or masculine look for your bag, I would suggest this truly unisex looking accessory. It has a very simplistic look outside, only offering two pockets, but the inside has twelve pockets to store all your must-have baby items.
The company does note that you can use this bag for work, school, baby items and more, so the bag does not offer the same sorts of staples like a changing pad, bottle holder, or stroller clips. Be sure to buy these necessities and stash them away in your stylish bag.
Tory Burch ‘Marion’ Messenger Baby Bag, $350, Nordstroms
Futility be damned! I’m a huge fan of all things Tory Burch, so when I saw this “baby bag” in Blue ink…it was love at first sight! It doesn’t offer anything to suggest that this could be helpful in any way to a new Mom looking to manage her baby’s belongings, but it does look amazing. Don’t get me wrong, there’s space to store diapers and a bottle or two, but it pretty much is a purse that they’re saying is a baby bag. But it still looks great…#dreambag.
Timi & Leslie Charlie Diaper Bag, $159.99, Timi & Leslie
I purchased this bag because it has everything a new Mom could hope for. We’re talking a changing pad, a mesh pocket to store diapers/cream/wipes, a zippered sac for dirty clothes, a clutch for Mom, an insulated bottle tote to keep baby’s bottle warm or cool (depending on your preference), stroller clips, and detachable straps. I also purchased it because it’s cute…who am I kidding? This bag comes in like 8 different colors (black, gray/navy, cinnamon, sand/cinnamon, light brown, teal, mustard, and pewter)!
I know it’s a tad on the pricey side, but just think to yourself that you can always use it for Baby #2, #3, and #4…if you’re into that sort of thing. If you aren’t a fan of any of these, or are looking for something a bit less expensive you could try the list of recommended diaper bags here.
Images: Timi & Leslie, Skip Hop, Sears, Nordstrom, and Buy Buy Baby