When I was pregnant with my first, I spent months scouring the Internet to find the perfect bag. I knew that this was one item that I could put on my baby registry, but was actually more for me than for the baby. After all, I was going to be the one carrying it everywhere--even if it was full of diapers, wipes, and baby clothes. I didn’t want to carry around two bags, so I planned to put my wallet, sunglasses, keys, etc. in it as well.
Much to my chagrin, my searches came up with slim pickings. It came to a point where I didn’t care how much it cost, but it needed to resemble a woman’s handbag and look like something I would actually use--not something with way too many flowers, ducks, owls, or anything else that pegged me as MOM, a mile away (your stroller, carrier, or hi, BABY--will already do that for you). Even when I found a bag on Amazon for $25 that was a solid navy with tan trim, the reviews said that it fell apart really easily. I’m at a point in my life where I’d rather have fewer, high quality things that I invest in, and I realized after reading so many other people’s reviews that I needed to apply this mantra to my diaper bag as well.
In the very beginning of your newborn’s life, you may not go out all that much. After all, your body needs to recover, and nursing/feeding/everything is easier at home where you have all your stuff. However, it’s inevitable that your life will eventually get back to normal and you’ll be on the go, this time with baby in tow. And every time you step outside, you’ll need to bring things for your baby. I’ve realized that even if you think you’ll only be out for 10 minutes, that’s the exact window your baby is brewing up a ginormous poop or spit up. Or, he’ll decide to flip out and you’ll have no paci or distractions to soothe him. So bring the diaper bag just in case, because you'll probably end up using it!
The other thing to keep in mind is that you’ll be using your diaper bag almost every day for at least a year, if not 18 months to 2+ years. If you’re planning on having more kids, you’ll need it for even longer. This is why a lot of moms will chuck their old bag and get a new one for baby #2. I am still using a diaper bag at the end of year 2, and plan on using it for awhile. This is because the things you need to bring change as your baby grows. In the beginning, you need everything: diapers, wipes, nursing cover or bottles, change of clothes, toys, etc. After their first year, you can carry less, but you need more space for a sippy cup, snacks, toys for distraction, hand sanitizer or wipes (kids get so dirty!), and you’ll still need a changing pad and those diapers and wipes unless you potty train super early. So, trust me, it’s worth it to invest in a high quality, attractive diaper bag you’re not embarrassed by--and if you can get the space, functionality, and durability to go with it, you’ve reached the jackpot! Hm, I think I know a bag that fits the bill… :)
What do you think? Is it worth it to invest in a diaper bag?