The “Perfect” Diaper Bag?

If you’re having a baby sometime soon (or have just had one), your list of must-have items includes the diaper bag. If you are like me then you have done your research. You want a bag that is pretty much all-encompassing. It is going to take you from the newborn stage all the way through toddlerhood (and who knows, maybe beyond). You want something chic, that doesn’t scream (I’M FOR A BABY) yet is still super practical. Oh, and it can’t be too girly so your husband never wants to carry it should he be out and about with the little one. So what’s a momma to do? I’m going to break down the three (yep, you heard me, three) bags I’ve used since having Harper.

The "Perfect" Diaper Bag First off, I’ve come to the conclusion there is not one right, one-size-fits-all diaper bag. You might come close, but sooner or later something has to give. That’s why my advice is to not spend a ridiculous amount on one because a baby’s needs change and that humongous bag you need to carry in the beginning seems a bit ridiculous when your child is older. So here are my bags…

Petunia Picklebottom ‘Boxy Glazed’ Backpack Diaper Bag

I remember when I was doing my research I came across this bag and thought “Perfect!” Not only can it be worn as a backpack, but it can also be worn as a shoulder bag. There are TONS of compartments (great for wipes, bottles, pacifiers, and the like). The outside is coated with cotton canvas so it is easy to wipe clean and it comes with a super soft (and padded) change pad so you can change your baby anywhere and they will be comfortable. I also liked all of the patterns that they offered and that Petunia Picklebottom, in general, (at least in my eyes) was super trendy YET very practical. The one thing I wasn’t so keen on was the price: $190 at Nordstrom. Yikes! I waited and when I came across the color I had been wanting at Nordstrom Rack for half the price, I bought it.

Petunia Picklebottom I really loved this bag. I love how organized I could keep things (with all of those little compartments) but once Harper hit a certain age (I want to say 6 months old), it became too bulky. She was getting heavier so toting that bag plus her in her car seat carrier or strapped to me in her Ergo was just too much. This led me to Bag #2.

Longchamp Le Pliage Medium Shoulder Tote

This is actually not a diaper bag. It’s just a regular tote. Side note, this was the one thing I bought in Paris when we were traveling through Europe. So of course, there’s some sentimental value for me, too. But I switched to this bag because the footprint is so much smaller than the Petunia Picklebottom. There are no compartments, just one inside pocket that can hold some chapstick and a pack of gum. It’s nylon so, once again, it’s super easy to wipe clean. It’s not a bulky bag and can be folded flat (which I love) so it’s great for traveling. And, it doesn’t shout “Diaper Bag” because it’s not one.

Longchamp Tote I eventually had to switch though because now that it’s summer I’m carrying a lot more: water (for both Harper and I), sunscreen, hats, etc. This wouldn’t be a problem to carry in the Longchamp except I’m still carrying Harper, too (she’s close to walking but not there yet), so a tote bag on one shoulder and a 25-pounder on the other equals a lot of weight to juggle and a sore back at the end of every day. That’s why I’ve now moved on to Bag #3.

Vera Bradley Puffy Backpack

Once again, this isn’t an actual diaper bag but a regular Vera backpack. As soon as I saw my friend carrying this I thought, brilliant. Now, both of my hands (and sides) could be free so it would be easy to switch Harper from side to side when we were out or pick her up without worrying a tote would fall off of my shoulder when I went to pick her up. Great things about this bag? It’s made of puffy quilted polyester, so it’s super easy to clean. It has different compartments inside and out so I can safely nuzzle my water bottle and Harper’s sippy cup into the outside pockets. It has a flat bottom so it sits upright. The straps are padded making it super comfortable to wear and it has a drawstring with flap front and push-lock closure. This will guarantee that nothing will fall out.

Vera Bradley Backpack Overall, I think this is fantastic backpack and enjoy wearing it. I especially love the bright print of it, as it reminds me of Spain. If you want a backpack- this one is awesome!

Final Thoughts

As I stated earlier, I still don’t think there’s a one size fits all solution. However, if you do find one, please send a sister a message, you know how to reach me :)

Ps. If you want to know what’s actually in my bag, check back tomorrow!

Xoxo Lindsey

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May 28, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Caroline - I’ve seen several moms of little boys who carry the smallest size L.L. Bean bookbag (just their basic 2 compartment bag) once their kids are walking/older. I’m sure for the same reason you swapped! With the boy’s monogram on the book bag it seemed pretty clever since they could send them off to school with it later on. Not sure why I haven’t seen a little girl with one yet, though!

June 6, 2014 - 11:47 am

Sara Neisslie - Love this post!! I’m going to be a first time mom in November and have been debating different diaper bags. Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to see your post about essentials inside the bag :)