How to Choose the Best Diaper Bag

When you finally welcome your baby into the world, a diaper bag becomes a constant companion whenever you need to step out with the baby.

On the go, baby might need an extra change of clothes, diapers, wipes, a pacifier, a baby bottle, or a toy to keep them busy. You may also want to carry some other necessities such as a breastfeeding cover, keys, wallet, and other personal care products.

There are many types of diaper bags in the market all with different features and styles and it can be difficult to decide which diaper bag is best suited for your needs.

Let’s discuss some of the features to look out for when buying a diaper bag.

Size and weight

This is an important feature because it determines how functional and practical the diaper bag is. You need a diaper bag that is large and spacious enough to accommodate all the items you need to carry. You may be tempted to choose a smaller diaper bag that is more mobile but it may not have enough space to fit all the baby’s essentials. An overly larger sized bag is also not a good option because it can get bulky and a nuisance to carry around. A great choice is a good-sized bag that is lightweight and comfortable to carry (considering that you will also be carrying your baby — this is where baby carriers help!).

Carry options

When it comes to the mode of carrying, the most common options are backpack diaper bags, tote diaper bags, and messenger diaper bags. Each of these options has its advantages and disadvantages that’s why it’s important to think about your needs and choose the one that will be the most comfortable to carry. If you cannot decide which option to pick, you can go for a convertible diaper bag that can be used either as a backpack or a tote bag. One major advantage of using a backpack diaper bag is that it frees your hands and distributes the weight of the bag evenly between your two shoulders.

Man and woman with baby and diaper bag
Our HumbleBee™ Diaper Bag provides plenty of room and is super lightweight!

Style

Diaper bags do not have to be boring or dull. Diaper bags come in a variety of styles and colors to fit your tastes and style. When choosing a diaper bag, think about the other people with who you are likely to share the bag. This could be your spouse or your babysitter. This will help you choose an appropriate style and color that not only compliments your style but also that of other people you share the bag with.

Man with daughter and diaper bag

Our HumbleBee™ Diaper Bag is stylish and practical!

Pockets

Pockets in a diaper bag are very helpful when it comes to organizing your baby’s stuff. Pockets hold the items in place and make it easier for you to reach for the items you need. Keep in mind that most of the time especially when your baby is still a few months old, you will be holding your baby in your arms. For this reason, you want your baby’s stuff to be organized and to be placed in specific compartments such that it easy to use one hand to grab the items. It is also likely that you will be carrying extra bottles or snacks for your baby. Some diaper bags have insulated pockets which can be useful when you want to maintain the temperature of your baby’s meals.

Washability

Baby messes and liquid spills are inevitable. Therefore, the last thing you need is a diaper bag with a fabric that easily stains and is difficult to clean. For this reason, you may want to go for a diaper bag that is made from a waterproof fabric that is also easy to clean. The diaper bag should also be machine washable.

Couple with diaper bag at the beach

Accessories

The above basic features of a diaper bag should be your priority when choosing a diaper bag. However, there are some additional features that can improve the functionality of the diaper bag. Some of these include changing pads, hot and cold gel packs, stroller straps, tablet or phone pockets. Depending on your lifestyle you can choose a diaper bag that has more accessories.

In the end, the choice of a diaper bag depends on your personal preferences and your needs. Whichever diaper bag you choose always make sure it is comfortable, functional, and convenient.

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