How to Choose a Diaper Bag
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You may be happiest with a repurposed purse or backpack from your closet, or you may fall in love with a designer diaper bag complete with insulated bottle pockets and a matching changing pad.
No matter your style, you’ll need a bag for all your baby essentials—which probably means more than just diapers. Here are some general factors to look for when selecting a diaper bag:
Plenty of Space
You’ll need a lot of gear when you bring a newborn on the go. Plan on putting at least 5 diapers, 1-2 baby outfits to change into, bottles and a blanket in your bag, along with your own essentials like wallet and keys. If you can, it’s also useful to fit an extra shirt for yourself in case the baby spits up.
Easy to Clean
Your diaper bag is going to live most of its life in close proximity to poop and spit up, so you may want to steer clear of materials that stain easily or are hard to clean.
Easy to Share
If other people will be taking care of your baby regularly, such as your partner or a nanny, it’s good to get their input as well. That way, you can choose a style that everyone likes. (Some families opt to get a special diaper bag for dad that doesn’t scream baby.)
Many diaper bags have hooks that let you hang them on your stroller handles. That’s a plus if you plan on taking long walks with your stroller, but first make sure your stroller is sturdy and balanced enough to not tip over. Look for interior pockets—they’re a handy way to keep things organized in a space as big as your diaper bag. Insulated bottle pockets are also a big plus if you’re using bottles (and a great way to keep your own water cold). And a zippered opening is a nice way to ensure nothing will fall out when you bend over to pick up your baby.