I was so interested in your comments and suggestions about infant carriers, I hope you don’t mind if I bring up another baby gear topic: diaper bags. I don’t really need to buy a new diaper bag, but I do like considering the various possibilities, and who knows—maybe the Perfect Bag is out there, just calling my name.
The bag I chose before Riley was born is a plain black messenger-type style, easy to wipe clean and not too big. It works just fine, although I found I didn’t really carry it all that often; most of the time I just crammed what I needed (a diaper kit [diaper and wipes stashed in a Ziplock bag, which doubles as your garbage container], a washcloth or two, a bottle) in my normal purse. Or stashed a go-to bag in my car that also contained a larger selection of stuff: change of clothes, Tylenol, bibs, etc. I didn’t really want to put everything I might possibly need in one giant accessory and haul that around, but I can see that even lightly packing for both a toddler and a baby might necessitate a larger carryall.
Diaper bags seem kind of like weddings—you can go the utilitarian route or the fancy blowout extravaganza, and whether it’s collectively agreed upon as practical or not doesn’t really matter as long as you’re happy with your choice. I find myself lusting a bit over the more baroque, expensive options, just because some of them are so damn pretty, but I have to remind myself: do I normally carry an overly decorative, fancy-ass purse? No, because I like accessories that can go with a ratty pair of jeans and Danner boots, if necessary. So in my case, simple is probably better, despite the tempting cuteness of some of the higher end brands.
Enough blah-blah, let’s go to the bags!
Dahlia Shoulder Bag, Petunia Pickle Bottom. Oh, these bags kill me. They’re just so adorable and ridiculous and uberfancy. I love that the strap on this model has a cell phone holder. “Oh, hi, I’m just scraping milk-barf out of my chenille-filigreed bag. What’s up with you?” $175.
Mothership, Fleurville. Insulated bottle holder, padded shoulder strap, multiple pockets . . . this one’s got a lot of features, in addition to being easy on the eyes. I like the fabric options. $150.
Lexington, Reese Li. Waterproof, wipeable, straps to a stroller, and features a “signature pacifier dangler”! Well, this IS pretty cute, what with its spiffy stripes and all. $150.
Parent Survival Bag, Eagle Creek. I’ve read good things about this bag, it seems to offer a lot in terms of practicality: lots of pockets, backpack straps, and a diaper changing pad called, awesomely, the “Poop Deck”. $100.
Sport Bag, DadGear. I love the look of these DadGear bags, much more than the foofier DaisyGear products. Seems like lots of thought went into this design, with easy-access wipe holders, multi-use pockets, stroller hangers, etc. $67.
Vine Truckette, Queen Bee. Not technically a diaper bag, I know, but it looks like it could work quite well—the bag is vinyl, and the strap is a hardy seatbelt type material. I’ve been meaning to buy a Queen Bee bag for years, their stuff is consistantly neat-looking. $65.
Little Tripper, Land’s End. Another bag that seems to have a solid fan base—I like that it’s simple, not too big, and somewhat rugged looking.
So! Out of the eighty bajillion diaper bag choices out there, which did you go with—assuming you used one? Did you end up loving your bag, or hating it? Do you have a hot tip for the One Bag to Rule Them All?