So, you’re looking to buy a diaper bag, huh? Well then, there are some things you need to consider before you go and buy one. First, you need to ask the following questions:
- What type of diaper bag do I want?
- How big should the bag be?
- What is it made of?
- Who will use it?
- Is it comfortable?
- Is it practical?
- Will it last?
To answer those questions we will look into the type, size, material, design, comfort, practicality, and warranty.
There are three main types of diaper bags; messenger, backpack, and Tote. A Tote diaper bag is the most common type you’ll find. Moms love this type because it looks just like an oversized purse. Many Tote baby bag has fashionable designs that make them appealing to stylish moms.
A messenger baby bag is another popular type. You can carry it across the body and gives your hands more freedom than a Tote. The biggest disadvantage of a messenger bag is when you bend over to pick something from the ground the bag will slide down and possibly gets dirty.
A backpack diaper bag is arguably the one that gives you the most freedom. It completely frees up your hands and stays on your back no matter what. Backpacks are popular among baby-wearing parents as they can comfortably wear their babies on the front while carrying the backpacks.
If you have an infant, you will need to bring a lot of diapers and other kinds of baby necessities when you go out. In such a scenario a large diaper bag is the way to go. Using a large diaper bag also makes sense when you take your baby to daycare. You’ll be able to transfer everything your baby need from the nursery to the bag.
It’s a different story when you have a toddler who is potty trained or simply looking for a baby bag to take on quick trips. A small baby bag will be enough for the occasion.
The majority of baby bags you’ll find on the market are made of synthetic fibers. Polyester and Nylon are two of the most common ones. The reason is simple; they’re durable and easy to clean. Let’s face it, when you’re dealing with babies, you’ll love anything that easy to wipe clean. Babies are experts in making a mess. A diaper bag made of materials that get dirty easily will look like a lump of rag in no time.
The leather is a popular choice for high-end baby bags. There are many designer diaper bags made of genuine leather. If you love the look of leather diaper bags but can’t stand their hefty price tag, there are more affordable choices made of faux leather.
When talking about design, you need to consider who will be using this bag. Moms may go for cute, but dads may go for something masculine. A compromise is available in the form of gender-neutral or unisex bags. Gender-neutral bags are popular among dads because they can carry the bag in public without compromising their manliness. Such bags also make excellent baby shower gifts if you don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl.
Comfort is closely related to the quality of straps and how much padding they have. Thin straps will dig into your skin and cause discomfort. Some manufacturers are also clueless about what kind of material they should use on the straps. Some still use rough materials that scratch and irritate your skin.
A good diaper bag will have wide straps made of soft material, and padded generously. For a backpack, the back portion plays an important part too. A contoured back that allows free airflow can help cool off your back too and makes carrying a backpack more comfortable on warm or hot days.
A bag that’s easy to use is every parents’ dream. Practicality depends on a variety of things namely the pockets, accessories.
You need pockets to neatly organized every necessity you take in the bag. Lumping everything in the main compartment will make finding anything a pain in the rear. You need a good amount of pockets but not too many of them.
The size, location, and closure type of the pockets matter too. For instance, a medium sized zippered pocket located on the front of the bag is ideal for putting your personal items such as wallet, keys, and phone. Having it on the front part of the exterior allows for easy access, and the zipper closure ensures everything inside won’t fall all over the place when you bend over or accidentally topple the bag.
And then, there’s the accessory.
One must not belittle the contribution of the right diaper bag accessories to practicality. Something as simple as a key fob can help you tremendously when you’re in a hurry.
Other essential accessories include insulated bottle holder, diaper changing pad, stroller straps, wipes dispenser, and wet bag.
A great warranty is usually a sign of a great bag. Manufacturers who are confident about the quality of their product will not hesitate to give an excellent warranty against defect. Some will even send you a replacement if the defect in irreparable. JuJuBe, for example, allows you to return a defective bag within 90 days of purchase as long as you keep the receipt.
Check the manufacturer’s warranty information before buying a diaper bag. Don’t hesitate to call the manufacturer directly if you are unsure about the what the warranty covers.
Okay, those are some important things to consider before you buy a diaper bag. Make sure you check each and every one of them when you find a bag that you like. It will save you from disappointment later on.