Expensive diaper bags – worth it?

posted 5 months ago in Parenting
Post # 16
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I’m so glad I just got a backpack style one. Two free hands is everything with a baby!

Post # 17
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I got a really nice backpack diaper bag. I already carry a leather backpack so I got a bigger one that will fit everything. I’ve already worn it and love it. 

It is expensive but worth it to me. It’s the Freshly Picked one. 

Post # 18
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I hardly ever use mine… save your money and buy a new purse for yourself (in about three years time when you’ll actually be able to go somewhere half-decent!)…

Post # 19
3721 posts
Sugar bee

Nope. I had a pretty Marc Jacobs one and it was always a black hole of baby crap. Switched to a regular old backpack with bottle holders on the side…much better and now my hands are free. I’ve even just thrown diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes in a zip lock bag and just tossed that in whatever bag I was using that day.

Post # 20
6448 posts
Bee Keeper

Nope!  Unless you get a nice diaper bag on cheap.  I personally never spent the amount of on a diaper bag and I don’t regret it.

Post # 21
2238 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

rheedic :  I’m currently 34 weeks pregnant and went with this one from Petunia Pickle Bottom (https://www.petunia.com/diaper-bags/boxy-backpack/boxy-backpack-in-birch-black) on the advice of several mom friends and family members. It’s not cheap, but not as expensive as Kate Spade, either. I got it as a shower gift, so I didn’t have to actually spend any money on it haha.

I like that it’s a backpack, but can convert to an over-the-shoulder or cross-body bag if you want it to! It was important to me that I like the way it looks generally, as I plan on using it as a replacement for my purse, essentially.

Post # 22
8063 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

rheedic :  I’m in the minority – I’m not a fan of backpacks. I have always used tote bags (like a longchamp) and so I continue to use them as diaper bags. I have a totesavvy deluxe insert that makes everything nice and organized plus makes it easy to transfer bags. The cooler compartment in this insert is amazing. I use it for toddler snacks, but if you bottle-feed I can see it being a life saver. 

Post # 23
9493 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I hardly ever used mine. I have a decent sized purse and I breastfed, so it was easy enough to just toss some diapers and a travel pack of wipes in there.

My Mother-In-Law did get me a huge one from Pottery Barn iirc and it’s useful for like, swimming lessons and stuff now that my kid is almost 4, lol.

I got a lot more use out of a good pumping bag.

Post # 24
9940 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Also wanted to come back and add that if you plan to babywear then a backpack really comes in useful. I tried a purse style in the beginning but quickly found that when I wore her in her carrier it just didn’t work with the straps. With my backpack I put baby on then put the backpack on over the carrier straps so everything is secure and nothing is swinging around and wacking her. 

Post # 25
8063 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

slomotion :  I tried that and it drove me nuts! I ended up babywearing on one hip and then carrying the tote on the opposite shoulder. I also have really narrow shoulders though so that might be why I had to go side-to-side with my carrying rather than back and front. Plus it’s easier for me to grab stuff out of an open tote under my arm rather than having to take the backpack off and unzip it everytime a kid sneezes. 

Post # 26
2527 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Nope. I’m not even buying a diaper bag this time around. I’m just going to use a backpack I already own. 

I use organizers to make it easy to change out and a diaper clutch for diapers/wipes and a portable changing pad. 

Post # 27
2467 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I live in a city and use public transportation or the stroller (make sure it hangs on to the stroller bar easily) so slightly different than if you’re more car bound, but I use a diaper bag all the time. I had a Kate Spade one initially and it was totally impractical. I prefer a cross-body/messenger style or a back pack. The best ones I’ve had (my oldest is 5 so we’ve used a few) are Le Sport Sac (easy to clean, lots of pockets, super light weight!) or Freshly Picked (looks way nicer, great pockets too, has held up fantastically–it still looks brand new after a year)

Post # 28
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I went for a hiking day pack (Osprey Talia). It’s 30L or something and has all the pockets, a lifetime warranty, and will get tons of use long after diaper days are over. Huge plus with this bag is a built in kick stand so it stays upright while you’re rummaging through it. I’m loving it and couldn’t recommend it more highly. Yeah, you’re wearing a backpack, but whatever. I got so much more bang for my buck getting the diaper bag specific things separately. The insulated zipped pack I got is huge and can hold drinks and snacks for multiple kids. I’ve gone with wet bags to organize backup clothes. 

Post # 29
4902 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

LilliV :  same. I’m not a fan of backpacks, either. Love my diaper bag from Walmart though. It’s the Verona Elle diaper bag, I’m always using the change pad, easy to wipe down everything, fits great under the stroller. It comes everywhere with us.

Post # 30
7030 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Not worth it at all. A backpack is the way to go.

I have this one for myself:



We have this one for Darling Husband:



And you know what we use allll the time? A standard Billabong backpack I’ve already had for years:



Seriously though, the “diaper backpack” was way overrated. I found my regular backpack to have far better compartments to easily and nicely organize things and has way more room in it. 

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