(Closed) Moms: Diaper Bags…the truth!?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Is a "Diaper Bag" really necessary or does a tote work?
    Diaper Bag (Please write WHY you find it so worth the price!) : (12 votes)
    38 %
    Tote (Please note WHY--did you not use the pockets??) : (20 votes)
    63 %
  • Post # 3
    772 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    My friend said skip the diaper bag.  she used a bag from patagonia that I have seen people use as a laptop style side messenger bag.

    She could use it, and her husband could, too.  You can also buy those diaper pads on etsy, as well as most of the accessories that come in those kate spade ones!

    Post # 5
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’m not sure that the idea of “too many tote bags” fits in my vocabulary, so of course I got a diaper tote in addition to the million other tote bags that I already own.  I bought the Vera Bradley diaper bag in one of the on sale colors, so it wasn’t too expensive… but very cute!

    Post # 6
    678 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    As a brand new mom, I was like “Eh… I could take or leave it.”

    My daughter 15 months now. And she is a squirming-jumping-screaming-spilling-laughing-smiling-running-wiggling little mess. And when we are playing WWE on the changing station of some awful smelling public restroom, I thank the Lord for my handy dandy diaper bag. Because  when the only thing between her poop and my hand is timing, every second counts. The diaper bag has a slot for everything. You can memorize it so everything she needs is a blind grab away. And that means EVERYTHING.

    Post # 7
    1278 posts
    Bumble bee

    My brother and his wife use a backpack, they can fit a lot in it, and they don’t need hands to carry it!  Although, they do not have a lot of pockets, they find it the best.  

    Post # 8
    239 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @jayebaby:  You are scaring me with that description. I’m not even pregnant yet and I think I’ve just decided Diaper Bag for sure!

    Post # 9
    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @LittleSu:  When I was babysitting a gal that age, I didn’t use a diaper bag. (They had one, but I didn’t use it…..we had so much stuff to cart around (2 older children too), there wasn’t room for a whole diaper bag).  When it was change time in the public washroom (at the beach, with sandy bathrooms!), I just got really good at taking out what I needed, which I kept in a clear ziplock bag.  I would kindof hold her down with my elbow and manage opening all the stuff….got good with one hand too.  Also, giving her the car keys while I did it would help stop the squirmies….but not all the time!

    Post # 10
    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    @jayebaby:  “Because  when the only thing between her poop and my hand is timing, every second counts.”

    ^ Bahahahha!

    Post # 11
    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Not a mom yet, but I thought of diaper bags yesterday when looking at these camera bags online…these bags are really cute and pretty affordable. They also have removable divider inserts (meant for camera lenses) but you could definitely repurpose one for a diaper bag!

    I like these for actual diaper bags because they are cheaper http://jototes.com/handbags

    And this is the type of camera bag I use, but it could def be used for diapers too!

    Post # 12
    1737 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I liked my diaper bag because it had insulated pouches for bottles, snacks, water, formula — even a special sealed pouch for soiled clothes — and plenty of space for diapers, wipes, toys, extra clothes, etc. Now that she’s off the bottle and out of diapers, I got her a little Tinkerbell messenger that she carries around herself. So, even though I voted diaper bag, I have found them both useful at different stages in her life.

    Post # 13
    9824 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I don’t have time when I have a baby to contend with, to be neatly filing her stuff into 50,000 pockets.

    I carried a tote. Diapers, bottles, paci, wipes, blanket, outfit change. That’s it. Open it up, grab what you need, zip it back up. Easy.

    Post # 14
    2538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We use a Timbuk2 tote bag and we both love it. It doesn’t have a ton of pockets, but it does have a bottle holder and some pockets. My husband recommended it after seeing a blog post about it.

    Post # 15
    6010 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Honestly, we stopped using our diaper bag when Dirty Delete was like 6 or 7 months old.  It was just a hassle to lug it around, and much easier for me to just throw the necessities in my purse.  This time around, I bought a new travel diaper case (it has the thin changing pad and a pocket for a few wipes and a couple diapers), and I’m asking for new purse, instead.  I actually don’t think a ton of pockets are that useful anyway, so I think the tote arrangement will work out much better.

    Post # 16
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I bought this diaper bag from walmart for 25 dollars. I think its a good compromise between a regular handbag and a diaper bag. It is also great for the price and comes with a changing pad and nice inner compartments without being over the top

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