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How To Buy A Diaper Bag

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Which Diaper Bag Is Right For You?

When you think about it, choosing the right diaper bag is one of the most important purchasing decisions you’ll make as a young parent. After all, you’ll rely on this bag every single day for the next few years!

A smart diaper bag keeps you organized and well prepared. It allows you to find what you need in a hurry. It makes outings with baby less stressful and more enjoyable.

When selecting a diaper bag, first consider your life style. Do you like to travel light, or pack for every possible situation? Are you most comfortable with a strap over your shoulder, or a hands-free backpack? Do you plan to carry a purse as well? Needless to say, your diaper bag should be an extension of your own personal style!

Not all bags are created equal—but how can you spot a winner? We posed this question to our buyers, product development team and Parent’s Panel members—and here’s what they told us:

Features to Look for:

  • Quality construction. Look for sturdy fabrics, strong seams and padded shoulder straps/carry handles.
  • A smart design, with multiple compartments that keep items organized and easy to find.
  • Two-way zippers, for quick access to contents.
  • A self-standing base, so the bag won’t tip over.
  • Side pockets for holding bottles (preferably insulated).
  • Outside zippered pockets for keys and other small essentials.
  • A high-visibility lining that makes it easy to see what’s inside.
  • Snap hooks to hold baby’s pacifier or toy.
  • Made of easy to clean materials, inside and out.
  • A classic, stylish look. A great-looking bag should be able to live on as a travel tote, beach or gym bag long after your diaper days are over!

Over the last decade, we’ve tested hundreds of diaper bags.  Here are a few of our favorite styles:  Satchel, Carry All and the Messenger.

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