Functionality meets cute meets justifying cost per wear is essential for me when it comes to diaper bags.
When I was pregnant with Lara, I ended up getting a diaper bag at the very last moment (because at the time I wasn’t even aware that there was such a thing) and it turned out to be the most inconvenient changing bag ever. It was too big, uncomfortable to carry on the shoulder, which was particularly annoying when I had my hands full, and the insulation pockets weren’t all that great, leaving water too warm or too cold in a matter of minutes. I decided to be a little more prepared the second time around and have basically been doing baby bag research ever since.
I’m probably going to go for something neutral and practical that I’ll be able to use once we’re out of the diaper zone as well, so I’ve narrowed it down to the selection below.
1. Marc By Marc Jacobs Eliza Baby Bag 2. Timi & Leslie Hannah Pewter (available here for EU) 3. Petunia Pickle Bottom City Carryall 4. Stokke Changing Bag 5. Baby Beau Coco Bag (ON SALE!) 6. Storksak Triangle Tote 7. Rebecca Minkoff Marissa Baby Bag 8. BabyMel Jumbo Dot Satchel
I love the Marc By Marc Jacobs Eliza bag but it’s very, very roomy and I’m worried it might be a bit too big if I’m holding a baby and running after Lara all at the same time (which is totally bound to happen by the way!). The Timi & Leslie Hannah bag is super stylish and doesn’t look like a diaper bag AT ALL, which is always a plus for the previously mentioned post diaper period. I’ve also been really into the BabyMel satchels; they’re not overly big but are super practical and perfect for storing all the essentials.
Another great option if you need lots of room is the Storksak tote, which is on the bigger side and has a great built in bottle holder that can keep fluids warm or cool for up to four hours. Our baby is due in the summer so thermal insulation is an important part of what I’m looking for in a baby bag. The Baby Beau Coco bag is another great find that doesn’t look like a diaper bag at all but it’s slightly on the smaller side compared to other diaper bags, which could be difficult for those first few months when you’re toting around pretty much an entire supply of diapers, bottles, baby wipes and toys.
Then there’s the Petunia Pickle Bottom. The reason I like this one so much is because it has a super functional changing mat that’s attached right onto the bag making changing diapers on-the-go incredibly practical. Plus it means extra space inside the bag itself.
Again, decisions decisions…