Monday, August 23, 2010

My Quest for the Perfect Diaper Bag

Now that my due date is looming and I have come to the realization that I will have two children under 2 in about 12 days, both of whom will be in diapers, I am now on a quest for the perfect diaper bag. I still have 2 diaper bags from Peanut but these in no way will meet my needs with the new baby. I guess I was being optimistic when several months ago I believed that Peanut would be potty trained by the time the new baby got here. Now I realize that milestone is months away, as I don't really think I will be able to attempt to potty train her in the first few months of caring for a newborn.

With Peanut we purchased a gender neutral, smaller diaper bag that worked for what we needed at the time. My husband wanted to have a diaper bag that he felt comfortable carrying when he was out by himself so I agreed to get a hunter green bag. It is really ugly and does not have a lot of space. I quickly realized that everywhere I went, I had to carry a diaper bag and my purse, and that was a pain in the butt. We also got a free bag from the hospital we delivered at, this one a bit more spacious, but still with the name of the hospital printed on the outside. Not very fashionable.

For the past several months I have just been putting Peanut's stuff in a large purse I have and carrying that. While I feel more fashionable this way, it still presents a few problems. First, there are no compartments in this bag so everything settles to the bottom. There have been many times where I have been at the grocery store and had to pull out a stack of diapers, wipes, books, ect. just to get to my wallet. Secondly, if I am going out without Peanut this bag looks so sad flopping emptily with just my wallet, phone, and keys in it after I have taken all the baby stuff out. It's just not practical.

This now brings me to my quest for the perfect bag. The first thing I am looking for is space. It needs to have several compartments so that I can separate the new baby's stuff from Peanut's stuff. And if I am going out for a full day this includes diapers for both, lots of wipes, toys, changes of clothes, bottles, ect. I am also looking for space for my stuff as well so I can just slip my wallet, keys, phone, and coupons into a compartment when I go out with the kids, and then easily transfer them to a purse when I am not with the kids.

The next thing I am looking for is a fashionable bag. I am not the most stylish lady on the block and I certainly don't carry designer bags. I do however try to feel like a girl on most days. And with a fresh c-section scar and breast milk leaking from your nipples, I think that is the time to want to feel a little good about yourself. That is why I want my diaper bag to feel like a really stylish, over-sized purse. I don't really care for the messenger style of diaper bag because it makes me feel like I am in school again. I just want something that looks and feels nice to carry.

The third thing I am looking for is affordability. The problem I have been finding is that this bag exists, but it comes in the $100 plus price range. There is no WAY I can see justifying spending that much money on a bag. Even in my pre-baby days, I could not see spending that much money on a purse for myself. Now with two kids and trying to save up money to go back to school, there is even more incentive not to spend like a wild-woman on a bag, especially when I have two at home that I CAN use in a pinch.

Tell me, does this bag that I am looking for exist? Can I afford it? Does it have enough space with separate compartments? Is is fashionable? Can I carry it like a purse? Help!!!


  1. How do you feel about Vera Bradley? -this one has a few discontinued colors that are even on sale. Plus they have a new bag that's more tote style as well- . Love Vera because it's fairly reasonably priced, comes in tons of colors/patterns, and it is usually machine wash and dry. Have to say though, with #2 I switched to a large purse as soon as he was off bottles and only keep diapers, wipes, a zipper bag of snacks/milk powder (I need soy milk for #2), and a couple of toys. Mine is hobo-style with a zipper compartment in the middle (for all of my purse stuff) and snap compartments on either side for the kids' stuff. Anything else that I need has always gone straight into the car, since I found that it was usually stuff that was only used in case of accident or emergency. Good luck!

  2. Jaclyn - check this site out.... I know of a person that has a 3-year old, 10-month old twins, and now a newborn. She uses the backpack pictured at this site and loves it.

    Or maybe something from the Bumble Collection:

    Or... here's a selection of the top 10 diaper bags for multiples....

    Good Luck. Let us know what you decide on.

  3. Jackie - I got 2 diaper bags for my baby shower. One I love, one I hate. The one I hate is tall and vertically deep. AVOID THIS. I never have things sticking out the top but it doesn't seem to open wide enough to find the one item I'm looking for.

    The one that we like is shorter but wider. If something does go to the bottom, it's easy to find. It has 8 exterior pockets :) Can u imagine?! The honest one negative feedback is that there is no zipper/button/magnet to keep it closed. Now, if I wasn't so lazy, I could have fixed this issue by now ;) But, it is a wonderful bag. Mom bought it from me from "31". They have a website (google 31 purses) but I didn't find it very intuative to get you a pic of what I'm talking about. Good luck and Hope this helps.

    No matter what you choose, my advice - short and wide

  4. When I had my second baby in April (by older child being 19 months) I had the same problem! I succumbed to a diaper backpack. I got one from One Step Ahead that has a pocket for everything and there are never any bottles hanging out and I know where everything is. Plus my husband loves it. For a backpack it looks fantastic, but fashion forward...? Here in Colorado I guess outdoor gear is a sort of fashion :)

    Following you back from the blog hop!