Diaper Bag

Find the right diaper bag and everything you need to stock it

A diaper bag gives you the freedom to take your new baby anywhere without worrying about what will happen if they need a diaper change at an inopportune time. These helpful accessories are available in a complete variety of styles and sizes, including diaper bag backpacks for times when you want to be well stocked and diaper bag purses for quick and easy portability.

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Simple diaper bags are very affordable, but the fashion-conscious new mom can also get designer diaper bags made by famous fashion luminaries. However, regardless of whether your budget is small or generous, there are a few essential functions every diaper bag must fulfill.

Features to Look For in a Diaper Bag

The first thing you'll want to check out is the diaper bag's construction. Is it made from durable, strong material? If it seems thin or flimsy, it probably won't stand up to heavy use. Thick, robust fabrics are best. Microfibers and vinyl are ideal, as they can be wiped down with a damp cloth to make quick work of messes and are also machine washable.

As with a baby carrier, you should make sure your diaper bag purse or backpack has thick, strong shoulder straps; the wider and sturdier the straps, the better. Thin straps will only dig into your skin when you're carrying a lot of weight in the bag.

Diaper bags that have built-in sections are very easy to organize. You can keep clean items in one pouch, soiled items in another and baby supplies in a separate pocket. Many diaper bags also feature an insulated pouch which will keep a baby bottle warm or cool for an extended period of time.

Stock Your Diaper Bag

The best diaper bags give you plenty of room to carry everything you need. You'll find space for clean diapers as well as baby wipes, diaper creams, baby powder and baby lotion, a change of clothes, and baby toys and accessories. Many diaper bags also have a small compartment where you can keep a baby pacifier within easy reach.

You might find it best to get two diaper bags: one larger, one smaller. This will free you from having to lug around an overly large bag when you just need to pop into the store, or from forcing you to cram a complete selection of supplies into a space too small to hold them.