Written by Wesly Venables of babylife.co.za
Looking for a new diaper bag can be so overwhelming. There are so many choices out there, how on earth do you figure out which is the right fit for you?
Well, the good news is, you no longer have to settle for something with little teddy bears or bunny rabbits on it. But the big question is what's going to keep you organized, give you room for all you need to carry, and make you feel good while you wear it? Don't forget, it's going to be your primary fashion accessory for a while.
Here are 5 things to consider when buying a diaper bag
1) Does it match your style?
When you have a new baby, you're lucky if you wash your hair several times a week let alone put on anything fashionable. If you look for something that looks more like a chic handbag, not a diaper bag, then at least one thing on you won't look like you slept in it.
2) Is it functional?
A bag must be super functional or forget it! One of my favourite features of our bags is the matching wristlet with pockets inside for credit cards, money, make-up and any other small items you like to carry with you. It's like having a purse within a purse. And it's so cute you can actually carry it as a clutch.
3) Does it fit everything you need to carry?
The best bags come with several accessories that make your life easier. Look for bags that have accessories like stroller straps, a dirty clothes sac (don't want poopy clothes mixing with clean clothes and burp cloths), an insulated bottle tote, a detachable, adjustable shoulder strap so you can wear your bag hands free, and a matching changing pad.
Look for change pads that come with a little mesh pocket on the outside for wipes and diapers, an idea that came up while changing babies on an airplane. Those airplane bathrooms are so small that one wouldn't want to carry in the entire diaper bag, but still needed to carry wipes, diapers, cream, the changing pad and your baby all to the bathroom.
4) Does it have the right number of pockets?
Yes, there is such a thing as too many pockets. Bags should have enough pockets inside to keep you organized, but not too many that they take up all the room in the bag. I like the 6 pockets in bags because it allows you to keep everything where you can get to it quickly and I still have enough room in the centre of the bag for bigger items.
5) Can you use it after the baby is out of diapers?
The best bag is one you don't have to get rid of when the baby is on to the next stage. Look for one that will fit a laptop or iPad, and are stylish enough to be worn as a handbag, work bag and travel bag. It then becomes an investment bag, not just something you'll use for a year and a half.
I know it's tough to navigate all the choices you have out there as a parent to a newborn, so I hope this was helpful to you in choosing the perfect diaper bag.