Diaper bags – backpack or crossbody style?

posted 2 months ago in Babies
  • poll: Which style of baby bag is most functional?
    Backpack : (31 votes)
    91 %
    Crossbody/Shoulder : (2 votes)
    6 %
    Other - I'll explain below : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 2
    249 posts
    Helper bee

    I bought a convertible diaper bag by storksak that can be worn as a backpack or over the shoulder.  I like the versatility. 

    Post # 3
    862 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    We use a backpack style and won’t go back! We initially used a crossbody style and it’s fine in the early days or when hanging from the stroller but it’s super annoying when trying to keep up with a toddler. The thing that really made me switch to a backpack though is that there’s nowhere good for the strap to go when babywearing, it falls off if it’s just worn over one shoulder (because it’s competing for space with the carrier straps), and it you wear it crossbody then you have to either try to tuck it under baby or it goes over their back. There are still cute options for backpacks though (or convertible styles like pp suggested)!

    Post # 4
    10216 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    Backpack, especially if you want to baby wear.

    Post # 5
    3175 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I had a cross body to start with and changed quickly to a backpack as it was more comfortable to carry when also carrying baby.

    i got a very neutral one though as I didn’t want to have to run 2 nappy bags. I didn’t think Daddy would be too keen to use one of the more feminine styles.

    Post # 6
    4029 posts
    Honey bee

    I had a Marc Jacobs crossbody with my first, and promptly changed to a backpack. Those bags are big and a PITA when you’re carrying a baby or chasing after them. Going through airports and wheeling a suitcase, baby, and a diaper bag is also the worst ever. You’re also going to go to places where bags get dirty with your kiddo like parks, and having something pretty is just asking for trouble. 

    Post # 7
    1142 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I have both, for me it depends what I’m planning on doing for the day with my girls Or how long we plan on being out, like a quick outing vs a being out half a day

    Post # 9
    8751 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    jcud4 :  I use a tote – I feel like I’m in and out of the bag too much and having it on my back is annoying. Baby 2 is coming soon though and I may need more hands free when wrangling more than one kid so I might try the backpack again. 

    Post # 10
    631 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I used a big tote to start with and then just sort of switched over to a backpack we already had around the house. I’m actually debating getting a new backpack for when #2 comes in a few months, something a little bigger that opens wider at the top perhaps… 

    Post # 11
    12813 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I can see where there would be times where they would be practical, but when out with the baby I almost always had the stroller and wanted quick access to the bag. In my area the moms seem to prefer totes or crossbody, but it’s the suburbs. I also kept my valuables in there and prefer to have a bag where I can see it. 

    Post # 12
    1243 posts
    Bumble bee

    I got a traditional backpack style diaper bag with all the bells and whistles (ie tons of compartments for bottles, diapers, etc) but almost never used it. We ended up nursing exclusively (no bottles pretty much ever) so I really didn’t need a big diaper bag, and I found all the little compartments annoying. All that goes in our bag are a few diapers, wipes, change of clothes for baby, sippy cup and a couple snacks at this point.

    I ended up using an old Banana Republic tote I had lying around for most of the first year. I recently switched to an old small backpack style bag I already had, and I have to say I do find the backpack style more convenient when I’m carrying my toddler… I got tired of the tote always slipping off my shoulder when I need to bend over to pick up my kid. 

    eta: I think a crossbody style diaper bag would be a PITA honestly. The bag is going to fall forward and dangle awkwardly in front of you anytime you bend over to pick up your child. I’ve occasionally had that type of bag on me while out with my kid and found it annoying AF, though I like crossbody bags otherwise. 

    Post # 13
    460 posts
    Helper bee

    I went to a baby movie and 5 of the 6 moms there (myself included) had the same style backpack. I would recommend it. I don’t know who the original manufacturer is because there are a million knockoffs. Here’s one of them on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0719H286C/ref=sspa_mw_detail_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    This isn’t the exact one I have, but they all should have thermal lined pockets for bottles, a pocket for wet clothes/diaper, a zipper to get you straight into the bottom back of the bag, a special pocket on the side for wipes, and inside pouch pockets perfect for socks/hat/creams. It’s been a very useful bag to have and my husband is equally comfortable carrying it around. Ours is in grey.

    Post # 14
    916 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    HapTim on Amazon is legitimately the best diaperbag backpack on the market.

    Post # 15
    1170 posts
    Bumble bee

    We use a backpack style which is really handy when babywearing. It also stroller straps which I love, especially when out shopping at the mall. The bag takes up so much space under the stroller it’s nice to be able to just click it to the front and have super easy access to it.

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