There are many things to consider when selecting the right diaper bag for you. Whether it’s a grocery run, a stroll in the park, or a trip to the mall, diaper bags are incredibly helpful for parents on the go. And while ordinary catch all totes might be more stylish, any parent can tell you diaper bags have the necessary compartments and storage for all your little one’s needs. Here are my top things to consider when purchasing a diaper bag: storage, features, material, and style.
Storage: Hands down the most important thing to look for in a diaper bag. From diapers to bottles, to extra clothes and toys, there are so many things your little one will need. A diaper bag needs to have the space to hold all your necessities, while allowing for easy access to compartments for items you’ll need in a pinch. Look for a bag with internal pockets for everything from wipes to changing pads, external pockets for keys or cell phones, and insulated pockets for keeping bottles warm and snacks cool.
Features: Many bags offer extras that can make your everyday routine easier. Some bags tout features like padded shoulder straps, luggage feet, insulated pockets, and ease of use (think switching from shoulders to stroller). Other features to consider are weight, the lighter the better, and expandability, allowing you to expand storage for trips where extra storage is necessary.
Material: I can’t stress this enough, you want a bag that is easy to clean. Between spilled bottles, spit up, smashed snacks, and just everyday use, diaper bags see their share of dirt and grime. A material that makes messes easy to wipe clean are ideal. Look for bags constructed with water or stain resistant material and lining.
Style: From size, to color, to carry style, there are plenty of diaper bag options. Whether you’re looking for a shoulder bag, a messenger bag, or a backpack; a diaper bag that allows you to be hands free, so that you can tend to your little one, is key. Size typically depends on usage and your little one’s needs (i.e. if you’re using the bag for weekend trips vs a daily trip to daycare).
Ultimately which diaper bag fits you and your little one’s needs is a personal decision, but hopefully we’ve given you some things to consider. And in case you are wondering, I love my Skip Hop Versa Bag, its versatile, easy to clean, and stores everything I need.