When I got pregnant with my first child in 2007, I made a unilateral decision that diaper bags were too damn expensive, and I had a closet full of bags anyway so I wasn’t going to get one. I thought long and hard about my diaper bag needs and selected one from my collection that I thought would serve me best: the gunmetal gray student backpack I’d bought to lug books around campus in grad school. Yep. Instead of a SkipHop or Petunia Picklebottom, I was carrying the same backpack that had held my reading packets for courses like the Legal Environment in Public Policy Making. (What? That course was really interesting!). It was not cute. It was not stylish.
It worked though. Really well. The three-pocket design gave me ample room for all the different stuff and mom and baby both need to have at easy reach. And the non-frivolous look of it meant my husband had no issue slinging it over his shoulder. The backpack style meant I was hands-free — very important when taking public transportation — and stains didn’t show on it. Plus, it’s big enough that I’ll be able to use it now as a baby/toddler bag.
I did load my backpack up with some great diaper bag accessories to take it from laptop friendly to poop-blow-out ready. Here are some of my favorite add-ons:
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