I'm at the point in my pregnancy where I literally thought to myself, "Oh SH*T, I have 10 weeks until baby is here and I don't have nearly half the things I need!" So of course instead of thinking about the "must haves" like a crib, changing pad, diapers - I fixate on the more fun items like diaper bags. They're a necessity aren't they?
For awhile I was really fixated on just having Matt get me a Goyard tote as a push present and calling that my diaper bag. But then I realized that not only would that be the most expensive bag in my collection, but that there's no reason why I would want to lug children's gear, snacks, trash etc in such a high priced item. I finally came to my senses and put a more realistic list together.
For awhile I was only thinking of what I would be proud to have slinging over my shoulders vs functionality. It wasn't until Lindsay founder of Bump Club and Beyond shared a great tip at a recent event that made me re-evaluate my diaper bag criteria. She said that with a diaper bag you want something that is easy to clean and something that you would be willing to leave with a caregiver (whether it be daycare or with a nanny). That truly meant that my desired Goyard was out of the question. So, my list of what I want in a diaper bag became clearer:
- Look for a neutral color bag, sans design. I'm not one of those people to carry a diaper bag with cute prints or florals. They're cute, but just not me. At some point this bag will also serve as my purse, so camouflaging the look of a diaper bag is best with a plain neutral color.
- Make sure it's easy to clean. I just spent $60 to clean my Linea Pelle tote last week and there's no way I would be willing to pay that on a bi-monthly basis (if not more) just to keep a diaper bag clean. So stick to materials that are easy to toss into the washer or something that is easy to wipedown.
- Must have a crossbody strap. My friend Abby said she loved her Petunia Pickle Bottom bag because the straps can be adjusted to wear as a backpack. I'm more of a crossbody girl, and toting a heavy bag on one shoulder can be bad for your back's alignment so a strap to aleviate some of that weight is key.
- Daddy must approve. At some point I expect my husband to carry this bag. As it stands right now with my purses, when I ask him to hold it for a second in public he holds it with pure disgust - holding it away from his body as if it was a bag full with a week's worth of garbage.
|So as I'm finalizing which diaper bag I want, which one of the 4 is your favorite?|