Whether you're shopping for trendy diaper bags that make a fashion statement, or an inexpensive, basic diaper bag that just holds a few key baby items, you've got your work cut out for you. Diaper bags are available today in seemingly endless styles, colors, shapes and price ranges.
Diaper Bag Prices
If you have a set baby budget, diaper bags are a great area to save money. Basic diaper bags are available for $30-$40, though color and style options may be limited in this price range. If you have $50-$100 to spend, there are many roomy, stylish diaper bags on the market. Diaper bags are also available in the latest styles and with designer labels if you want to shell out $100 or more. Let your diaper bag budget, as well as the features you want in a diaper bag, guide you as you shop.
Diaper Bag Styles
Backpack diaper bags, "mothership" diaper bags and the classic tote style diaper bags are just a few of the options available today. Consider the amount of time you'll be carrying the diaper bag each day, and whether you will need both hands free for other tasks as you're carrying the diaper bag. Backpack diaper bags are good for long distances or hands-free carrying, husbands may also be partial to this style. Tote bags and other classic styles are easy for short trips and are attractive enough to carry to the office or to meetings.
Diaper Bag Materials
Before you fall in love with a baby diaper bag in a hard-to-care-for fabric, consider the abuse that diaper bags must take in a few short years. Look for a fabric that is easily spot-cleaned or can be wiped clean. Vinyl or faux leather diaper bags can be fashionable and easy to wipe down, or, if you prefer the look of a fabric diaper bags, look for a bag that has a clear plastic protective layer over the fabric to keep your diaper bag looking great through diaper changes and other baby messes. Also check to see if your diaper bag is washable.
Diaper Bag Size
Remember, the more you stuff into your diaper bag, the heavier it will be to tote around. While you may be tempted to buy the largest one you can find, so that you can fit an entire "portable nursery" inside, stop to think about your shoulders and the weight they will carry. The more non-essentials you carry, the more strain on your back and shoulders. If you tend to over-pack or let things accumulate in your bag, consider buying a diaper bag just big enough for diaper change basics, so you won't end up with a bulging diaper bag and a sore back.