I’m just going to throw this out there, and say it without mincing words:
I hate carrying a diaper bag.
As any parent knows, it is no simple task packing up your child/children for a day out. You get them dressed, and then, need to make sure that you have a diaper bag packed with all the necessities. The typical arsenal of baby supplies includes:
- Diapers (I need at least 6 on me at all times)
- A changing pad
- Hand sanitizer
- An extra change of clothes (2 sets for the boys, and sometimes, I throw a shirt in there for me)
- 2 bottles
- Toys (pacifers, rattles, stuffed animal of some sort, a car toy – the thing that your child can’t leave the house without)
- Burp cloth
And that is the small list. Plus, add your things (wallet, phone, keys, makeup), and before you know it, you might as well be carrying an extra 20 lb. on your other arm as you hold your child. It’s annoying, and the bag becomes bulky… But you need it. And it sucks…
The first diaper bag I had (which I will not name the brand), was completely a non-looking diaper bag on the outside. It had a contemporary print allover and wasn’t so diaper bag-ish looking. But the inside was a disaster. The interior was made of this vinyl-esque fabric to be waterproof. Good idea… but the fabric had so much give, the pockets that were sewn to the fabric (and the fabric that wasn’t sewn to the inside of the bag, but rather just served as a liner) gave way to the point that the pockets stretched, rendering the bag completely useless, and the bain of my existence.
I wasn’t about to lug this 20 lb. ball and chain with me every time we went out. I tried carrying things in a couple of bags I owned, but realized that while a pretty bag looks nice, it doesn’t serve a practical purpose in being a diaper bag… Especially when ointment can leak out and finding things in the never-ending abyss at the bottom sucks.
If you are on the verge of burning your diaper bag, I have found a solution that is not only mom friendly, but stylish:
A bucket bag.
I found a faux leather bucket bag at Forever 21 for $28 that did just the trick. Here’s why I love this shape as a diaper bag:
- Most bucket bags have a round base. This holds the structure of the bag together and eliminates sagging on the sides. Plus, the base makes it easy to roll up clothing against the walls of the bucket bag, and layer thing in the center like wipes, tubes of ointment, and even small stackable containers.
- The drawstring closure is easy to open on the fly. No zipper to worry about. One pull of the string, and it’s open.
- You can stand things up in it without falling over. To do so, place a bottle along one of the sides of the bucket bag, and support with diapers and wipes. This will help it to stay upright
- No one knows there’s baby stuff in there!
There are other options – you can opt for a backpack, but again, carrying a child and wearing something just as heavy doesn’t appeal to me. Plus, you have to swing it around to open it each time.
Or, just have your guy get a dude-looking diaper bag and make him carry it around. (Just saying…)
I have yet to find anything else that gives the style I want, and the practicality I need. So bucket bags it is!