A diaper bag is one of the most must-have things for mothers who travel with their babies. Whether you choose a stylish tote or a simple carry-all, the diaper bag’s functionality should never be compromised. Take cues from the tips below to get the best diaper bag for your baby:
First-time parents often make the mistake of getting bags that are either too small or too bulky. The fact is, if you are new parents, you’ll never know exactly how much stuff you actually need to bring for baby until baby has arrived. Therefore, the best time to buy a diaper bag is after you’ve given birth, so that you can take stock of all the things you need.
Apart from diapers, common essentials held in the diaper bag are baby wipes, anti-rash cream, and extra clothes. If you’re using cloth diapers, you’ll probably want space in the diaper bag to put used diapers in. If you’re not breastfeeding, you’ll need extra space for baby bottles and formula. If you are breastfeeding, you may want to carry a nursing cover.
The perfect bags offer ample space and several pockets, as well as stroller straps. Some parents buy two separate bags: one for quick trips and another for short weekenders.
Most diaper bags come with a changing pad. The best pads are well cushioned and waterproof. If any moisture is left on the pad, it could result in mold and mildew.
Some diaper bags also come with a shoulder strap, for hands-free carrying. While shoulder straps may not look so stylish now, they may come in handy when you’ve got a baby in your arms, especially if you wear your baby on a sling, as slings tend to make tote bags slip right off your shoulders.
Gone are the days when diaper bags all had kiddie designs in pastel colors. These days, you can get designer diaper bags that you can use at the office without sacrificing your corporate dignity. Some are so well cushioned, they work very well as a laptop bag.
You may also want to get a design that your husband would willingly carry around. After all, the very best diaper bags are the ones you don’t carry yourself.