Tips for choosing a diaper bag

By: Ashley Coombe

For a new mom (or new dad!), buying a diaper bag can often be as overwhelming as buying a new car! She has to make nearly as many decisions, as there are almost as many options in diaper bags as there are when purchasing a new vehicle. The new mom has to make decisions based on both functionality and fashion. Here are a few tips to help get you started:
1. Always remember that, although the Diaper Bag carries the baby's things, it is your Diaper Bag and not the baby's. The Bag should reflect and enhance your personality! Make sure to pick a color and style that makes you happy and works for you. There is nothing wrong with the mother of a baby boy establishing her femininity with a beautiful pink Diaper Bag. The right Diaper Bag should not only be practical and functional, but should be a statement of who you are.
2. Don't try to buy a diaper bag that your husband will also like to carry. When my first baby was born, I chose a very gender-neutral bag that I could see him carrying. It didn't happen. He would carry it to the car for me occasionally, but always in the manner that said he was carrying his wife's purse for her. Later, as my daughter got older and he spent more time with her, we purchased a smaller bag for him to take when he went out with her. He still regards my Diaper Bag as an extention of my purse, and it is not something he would use on his own.
3. Decide what your organization style is. Do you like lots of pockets so you have a place for everything, or would you prefer to have more open space in the bag so you can fit more items? Is it important to you that you have insulated bottle holders and a separate compartment for a pacifier? Each of these decisions are a matter of individual preference, so think about what you would prefer. Ask a couple of friends that you feel like have the same level of organization as you. They are one of your best resources!
4. Don't purchase a bag that you will see over and over when you leave the house! Get something that really reflects you. One great way to do this is to have the bag personalized with your monogram, or the baby's name. The personalization options are endless, so allow yourself to show off your style with a monogram!
5. Think long term. Your diaper bag can be an investment, as they are well made and fashionable enough to last you a long time! Once your child is out of diapers, you can use the bag as a laptop bag, or an overnight bag for your son or daughter to take on overnighters.
6. Think about the style of Diaper Bag you will be most comfortable with. Would you prefer to have a back-pack style and have your hands free? Would you prefer a tote style that is easy to access, or a zip-top that won't spill all your possessions all over the car when you throw it into the back seat? Look at purses and other bags you have chosen, and think through what is most comfortable for you. Think about how and when you will need to access your baby's things, and what will be the most functional.
7. It is important to think about the closure that you want. There are many options, such as zippers, ribbon closures, magnetic snaps, or button closures. Think about your style, what you think looks best, and the pros and cons of each. Zippers keep things from spilling, but it often takes away from the amount of room you have in your bag, and they wear out quickly. Which of these things are a priority to you?
8. Think about ordering a custom diaper bag, especially if you see elements of many different bags that you like. You may like the closure of one, but prefer the fabric of another, while you appreciate the number of pockets on a completely different one. On our site, we offer the option to have a seamstress make you a custom bag, that will fit your specifications exactly.
9. Decide what size of bag you need. Are you looking for something for quick trips out of the house, or would you prefer to keep everything you need with you for a whole day out (or are you like me, an over packer in general, so you need a huge bag even for quick outings!)? Check out our diaper bag packing list for ideas of what you might need to bring.
10. Most importantly, don't waste your money purchasing a cheaply made bag. Although it is tempting to spend thirty dollars on a diaper bag at Walmart, you will spend more money in the long run replacing something that is poorly constructed, and that you don't use often because it doesn't have the elements you need. Invest up front so you have the perfect bag that will outlast your child's years in diapers!
Have a great time shopping for your new diaper bag! Let us know if you have any questions or we can help you make any decisions!

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About the author: Ashley Coombe has two toddlers, and has owned several different diaper bags! Since you are armed with tips on how to choose diaper bags, visit us to find low prices on designer diaper bags, with free shipping!

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