Once you have a baby, your diaper bag will go everywhere you and your baby go. But first, you have to find that perfect diaper bag, be it a comfortable multitasker or a designer backpack diaper bag, that you want to take everywhere with you.
Some diaper bags offer all the bells and whistles. Some keep it simple and just come with the basic features. Here are different features you can typically find in diaper bags and you want to consider having.
Lots of Storage Space
With a newborn, you need all the space you can get to hold plenty of diapers, wipes, extra outfits, etc., along with your on-the-go essentials, i.e. keys, phone, lipstick, and a wallet.
Useable and Easily Accessible Pockets
All that baby (and parent) gear you’ll be carrying around, you’ll want to keep it organized. That’s why plenty of both interior and exterior pockets come in handy. Rather than throwing everything inside a bag, pockets let you quickly find just what you’re looking for right when you need it. Now, don’t get me wrong. More pockets don’t necessarily mean you’ll be more organized. You just want to make sure the diaper bag you’re eying has plenty of usable and easily accessible pockets.
Easy to Clean
Spit up, milk and juice spills, smashed snacks, poop, pee—no matter how hard you try, your diaper bag will get dirty. It will likely take a beating from both accidental and purposeful messes, so it’s in your best interest to not buy materials that easily stain and are difficult to clean. Choose a diaper bag that you can quickly wipe clean with a baby wipe or throw in your washing machine.
Will other people be using your diaper bag? Your partner? Grandparents? If so, it’s a good idea to choose a diaper bag style that everyone feels comfortable using; one that’s both parents approved and will work for multiple children.
The basics are nice and needed, but as an experienced parent, I’ve learned some of the diaper bags features deemed “extras” are even nicer and more needed than a first-time parent would think. Here are some of those additional features:
- Insulated bottle pocket(s)
- Baby wipes pocket
- Tablet or phone pocket
- Water-resistant changing pad
- Stroller clips or straps
- Feet at the bottom (so your bag doesn’t sit on the ground and get dirty)
- Keys hook
- Toy hook
Each parent’s preference is different. Like me, some of the “extra” features may be must-haves for you once you really think about it or start using a diaper bag. Just remember that you know you better than anyone, and you’ll know your baby better than anyone, so you’ll also know what features you really need and/or want.