You can use a regular back pack or your big handbag as a diaper bag if you are super tight on the budget.
Finding the right diaper bag for your needs can significantly reduce the stress you may experience when on an outing with baby. Diaper changes away from home are not always a piece of cake and a great bag will make things simpler by assuring that you have everything you need and keeping it well organized for easy-access. A tote that is incredibly stylish but lacking in function will not help you at all.
When searching for the perfect diaper bag, your first consideration should be the storage. By “storage” we mean not just the capacity to carry all you need but also the organization of it as well. If you are a first-time mom, you may be surprised at the amount of stuff you’re going to be hauling around to support both baby and you’re needs.
When you start going out for a couple of hours with your baby, you will need to carry;
- (at list one or two) clotting,
- (at least) two diapers,
- to go changing pad (most of the diaper bag come with the to go changing pad and insulated pocket ),
- rash cream,
- sacks for dirty diapers,
- (clean – extra) pacifier,
- formula (if your baby taking formula),
- warm water,
- nursing cover (if you are breastfeeding).
There are a couple of important points to consider when you are choosing your diaper bag:
- can be easily attached to the stroller,
- at least one extra pocket for your needs (cell phone, keys, wallet etc.)
- and also think that sometimes your partner needs to carry the diaper bag. Some men may not feel comfortable carrying a pink bag 😉
A great bag will be able to fit all or at least most these things in a way that makes them easily accessible (and easy to see when you need to restock essentials like diapers and wipes). We found that bags with exterior storage like insulated pockets for bottles and snacks as well as additional compartments for cell phone, changing pad, diapers, and wipes to be particularly functional. The Skip Hop Baby Duo Signature Diaper Bag is a good example of such a bag.
Diaper Bag Quality and Cost:
Quality in a diaper bag is more important that you may think. After all, this bag needs to get you through the long haul in sometimes not so pretty of situations. This is an investment in a tool you’ll be using for -at least- couple of years.
A broken handle, strap, or zipper could cause a very bad day if you are far from home with baby.
In our testing, we find that the cheaper, low end bags (<$30-$40) are inferior in materials, construction, and function (and the cost of two cheap ones are more than one quality bag that will last for years). Even a small jump up in price can buy much better quality and durability.
Our advice? Shoot for at least mid range ($50-$100). This price will buy you a nice, quality product which could even be used after your little one is out of diapers.
Incidentally, of the 10 bags we tested, we do find one low end gem. Our best value winner Skip Hop Baby Duo Signature Diaper Bag impresses us with its quality below $50.
Here are couple example diaper bags that we can suggest you from Amazon: