When I was pregnant with Cullen, one of the things that remained on my “things to do before baby comes” checklist the longest, was buying a diaper bag. I had no idea what to look for – size, style, accessories – because I had no idea how much I would actually need to carry around with me. I ended up buying a relatively inexpensive, bulky and boxy diaper bag that my husband and I picked out together. I decided that I wanted something that was neutral enough that we could both use it. That was my first mistake.
Why did I think my husband was going to spend significant time carrying around a diaper bag? Don’t get me wrong – he’s a great dad and spends every waking non-working minute doting on his family. But I think he’s probably carried a diaper bag twice. There is just no need. After trying to haul my massive diaper bag around for the first few weeks, I ended up abandoning it in my car, and started stuffing my pockets full of baby supplies. Yes, you read that correctly. My pockets. It was absurd.
I waited way too long to get a new bag, but by the time I did, I knew exactly what I wanted. Something light, something portable, something that would be easy to keep organized. I wish I could link out and share the wonder that is my specific bag, because I absolutely love it and I got it for only thirteen dollars.
But of course, sometime in the last few weeks between me ordering it and writing this post, it has disappeared from the website. (UPDATE: It’s back online! Here’s the Little Tripper Diaper Bag from Lands End.)
Now I keep my big, boxy bag in the back of my car – stocked with overflow outfits, extra diapers, and emergency snacks. But I carry this new bag everywhere I go! There are a lot of bulky, awkward diaper bags out there, but there are also some other great portable options. To save you the embarrassment of stuffing your pockets full of diapers, here are 8 things to look for in your next diaper bag.
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