Diaper bag – really necessary?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1472 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think as long as you have a dedicated purse for it, there’s no reason to get another bag as long as it’s washable. Things will spill, etc, and you need to be able to throw it in the wash.

I have a diaper bag my mom made that rocks, but I’m never good at putting things in the “right” pockets, I just throw everything in. 

Post # 3
1118 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it depends on how you ultimately travel with your LO.  I actually just take a few diapers, wipes, change of clothes and a burp cloth in my purse and don’t carry a diaper bag when we go out.  My LO is only 4 mos old right now though so my needs might change as she gets older.  I may need to pack more things such as snacks, drinks, toys etc and then i’ll need a bigger purse or may have to start taking a diaper bag.  I do pack her a small bag every monday for daycare for them to empty out to have things on hand for the week, but it only goes on mondays….. So to answer your question right now I don’t use a diaper bag however I can definitely forsee need to in the future as LO grows and has more needs.

Post # 4
6631 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can use any old large bag as long as you can fit whatever you need in it. And can clean up any spills/messes easily…

Post # 5
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

cali_cat:  I just use a large purse and bought a diaper bag organizer insert. It’s great for now since I don’t have bottkes to put in it but will definitly need a real diaper bag to srnd to daycare when she has bottles, etc. I’ll prob need a larger purse or real diaper bag when she is older and has more stuff to put in and def when I have more kids. All in all I think a purse is fine to start until you determine what your needs are.

Post # 6
5160 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

cali_cat:  Yes, any large bag will be fine.

Post # 7
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Any big bag will be fine. But may I suggest a book bag as an option? Sooo much better than juggling a LO in your arms while trying to keep a shoulder bag from sliding off your shoulder or otherwise getting in the way. I know they are not exceptionally stylish, but their practicality can’t be beat.

Post # 8
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I wasn’t going to add one either, but husband pointed out that I would be pissed if milk or used diapers or Cheerios or whatever messed up one of my nice bags. So I added one; if someone buys it for me, great, if someone doesn’t, I’ll just pick up a cheap bookbag I don’t mind beating up!

Post # 9
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m an organizational freak so I registered for one. I wanted insulated bottle pockets and all the inside pockets for all his stuff plus some of mine. Haven’t had my baby yet though. Personally I’ve never known anyone who just uses a purse for their babies, only once they get older will they go back to a purse and just throw in a diaper/wipes and a paci.

Post # 10
1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

If you have a male partner who may use it, that would be the only reason I’d add one if you already have bags you’d like to use. Hubby may not be down with carrying around a purse… 😀

Post # 12
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

You can definitely use just about any bag as a diaper bag so long as it’s big enough to carry what you need and you don’t mind it getting filthy (because it will.)  A lot of handbag designers are even designing handbags that double as diaper bags so you can still carry a nice bag rather than a bag covered with Winnie the Pooh (no offense to the WtP crowd.)  If your LO is going to daycare you won’t want to leave a Coach bag that might “disappear” or get damaged so you might want to register for a bag to use for those occasions.

Post # 13
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

cali_cat:  Any large washable bag should work, but will the baby’s father be taking little one places without you?  We used a traditional diaper bag because my DH was willing to carry it.  

Post # 14
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

cali_cat:  Yes and no.

You can get organizers online (check out Amazon.com) to basically transform any large purse into a diaper bag. I will definitely be investing in one as they are affordable at around $15.00 and handy to have. However, I say yes because if you think about it you will be carrying all sorts of things that you may not want leaking, smudging, smearing or dripping into your purse. I for one do not have any desire to have breast milk spill into my LV, maybe that is just me?

So if you don’t care about the overall wear and tear and staining of your larger purses then go ahead with using the organizer and make do. Otherwise if you do want to keep your purse around for a while you might want to at least invest in a cheap work horse diaper bag to do the dirty work.

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