Do we really need a designated diaper bag? #I've got a parenting question!#babies#pregnancy May 28 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Offbeat Home & Life runs these advice questions as an opportunity for our readers to share personal experiences and anecdotes. Readers are responsible for doing their own research before following any advice given here... or anywhere else on the web, for that matter. Sock monkey diaper bag: cute, but do you need it? Photo by Ja-nelle, used under Creative Commons license. We are 35 weeks along and keep seeing all kinds of diaper bags: big ones, small ones, lots of ugly ones… but none we want to buy! I have back problems and always use sturdy backpacks to carry things in to balance the weight ( I don't even use purses). I also hate that diaper bags are predominantly "for women" or marketed that way. My husband and I will be doing equal lugging around of said bag. We have seen specialty "backpack" style diaper bags that are very expensive, and were hoping for a cheaper alternative. We are planning to breastfeed and cloth diaper, so don't need bottle warmers and we have small cloth diaper carriers already (for stuffing in bags). So the question is: why can't we just use a normal backpack? What makes "specialty diaper bags" so different and special? — Vivi So if you're not using a diaper bag… what kind of bag ARE you using? Tell us in the comments and spread the knowledge! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS The Sweetest Vegan's Memorial Day vegan sweets: red, white, and blue fruit cups NEXT Paint the handles of wooden spoons Show/Hide comments [ 75 ] We use a JanSport backpack for our oldest, and we loved it! It was way easier to wash, carry, etc. 3 agree Reply Same here and it worked great – in fact it is still in use after 8 years! 1 agrees Reply Oh man. Love my jansport. I used it all through college and now use it for my sons diaper bag. 1 agrees Reply You just need a bag that will hold the essential baby stuff. Don't worry about how it's labeled. We used a little zippered tote that was about the width of a diaper and eventually I just switched to a larger purse so I could carry a couple of diapers and a spare onesie when it was just the two of us (an advantage of breastfeeding–carrying less crap). 12 agree Reply We started out using a generic diaper bag from Target, and quickly discovered that those things aren't really designed for anyone who rides the bus with a baby a lot. We switched over to a kid's sized backpack after seven or so months, and now I can just put a snack and a "just in case" diaper in my purse when my son and I go out. ALL THIS TO SAY: I think you could totally use the backpack you want to use! I think it's way more important that a diaper bag be something that's comfortable for you AND functional than for it look like it's a diaper bag. 4 agree Reply After experimenting with diaper bags, I realized that if my purse was big enough to hold my laptop, then it was also big enough to hold diapering supplies. 1 agrees Reply Personally, I love diaper bags, but that's because I LOVE bags and any excuse to get anew bag is golden. But really, you just need any bag that can fit your baby stuff. It should be a bag that you just use for baby outings so that it can stay packed and ready all the time. You don't want to have to run around packing a bag when you want to leave. Just getting baby and yourself ready is hard enough. The backpack you have sounds just fine. 1 agrees Reply We use a back pack and my husband fine carrying it around. We have also used timbuc2 bags and other bags we had around. All worked better than the diaper bag we were given for a baby shower gift which was just way too small for all day outings with the cloth diapers and bottle cooler and spit rags…just go with what is comfortable and cheap. Reply I didn't bother to buy a diaper bag for my second baby because I was never satisfied with the experience with the first. We used a backpack and just remembered to keep waterproof things in it for cloth diapering, ie, wet bags, extra plastic baggies, etc. 1 agrees Reply I found the big diaper bag I bought good if we were going away for a few days but too big for just quick trips. I got a free mini diaper backpack from a baby food company and it was perfect. Nice and small with good pockets. If you use something that isn't specifically a "diaper bag" I would invest in a small change pad to throw in it for comfort and cleanliness while changing diapers. You never know what you may have to carry with you though. It turned out I had to excessively pump for my son, so along with the mini diaper backpack I always had another bag with my pump and supplies to pump on the go. 1 agrees Reply I bought a great insert that I used for inside all my other bags, it has a change pad, room for 4 or five diapers, creams and a change of cloths. since I nurse I really don't need much room. It came in black and has a handle so is great for my husband as well to toss in his backpack or car. We bought it at target. 1 agrees Reply We never really bought a "diaper bag", we did buy a fantastic laptop case made out of seatbelts that works fantastically, plus either my husband or I could carry it. I also use my purse a lot, or a backpack. You don't need a "diaper bag" per say, you just need something that works for you. 1 agrees Reply When my son was small, I would just carry a disposable diaper, a travel container of wipes, and a nursing cover in my purse. My purse is not huge, but it easily carried these supplies. We use a backpack for toddler supplies when we're out and about all day, but I may switch over to a dedicated diaper bag for when our second little one is born. (Diapering supplies + toddler snacks + changes of clothes for both = a LOT of things to carry around.) Reply Your baby needs food, a place sleep, and change of diapers. Anything besides that just exists to make your life easier. I use a diaper bag from lands end that I LOVE… however, sounds like the backpack works for you. 2 agree Reply I just ordered a backpack from Eddie Bauer. Can't beat the sale price, and like you I wanted a bag that would be comfortable for myself and my partner. The great thing about their bags is that they have a lifetime warranty. I'm 36+5 weeks so We'll see how it works shortly. I plan on using it for my hospital bag. 1 agrees Reply I used a diaper bag with my first son, but always found it a little bulky and awkward. I even got one that was marketed to dads since I am the primary caregiver and carried it around more than my wife. The less that he needed though, the more I just stuck a few things in the satchel that I carry around for my tablet. It turned out with our second one, I did not really even need to use the diaper bag for most the day-to-day stuff. (New parents tend to over prepare a bit.) I still use it for long trips that are going to be a couple days or when we drop off the kids with our in-laws for babysitting, but that is about it. 1 agrees Reply Personally I felt like hell would freeze over before I bought some cutesy cartoon or patchwork diaper bag. I bought a Skip Hop studio which looks like a large purse BUT it has a bazillion pockets to organize stuff. If you're like me and obsessed with organizing.. it's great. Though honestly I rarely even carry a purse, I just put essential mom items in the diaper bag pockets too and carry it since it looks like a purse. 🙂 3 agree Reply After trying out many bags, I bought and loved the Skiphop Studio as well (http://www.skiphop.com/product/21500.html). The ONLY negative I have found is that it has pram clips instead of a long over body strap as I find it a bit slow and awkward to attach to the stroller (tho I am a bit un-co!). Other than that it's brilliant for my needs. I don't want to carry a bag for me and a bag for baby, I just want one bag for everything. There's a pocket for everything so I am never searching around and know where everything is. I keep my wallet and phone in the front pockets for easy access and so I can switch quick and easily to my small bag on non baby days. Although it is designed as a nappy bag I don't think anyone needs one. If a backpack works for you, that's great! I just personally wanted something that looked like a handbag that I could wear and still feel like "me". Sounds like feeling like "you" is already a back pack so why change?! I also carry a "petite traveller" (http://www.bubsngrubs.com.au/isoki-petite-traveller.html) which is kind of a fancy nappy wallet. It easily holds a couple nappies, a change mat, wipes, a few rusks, bibs, has extra pockets for keys/money and a nify handle that easily goes over your elbow or stroller handle. So when you're out and need to leave the room for a diaper change you don't need to take your whole bag, just the wallet. And if you're only going out for a couple hours you can just take the wallet which will fit in a small handbag instead of taking your big bag 🙂 Reply I never once used a diaper bag. They are way too big. I always used my purse. 1 agrees Reply If you use an ergo a diaper bag is out. I knew this and refused to buy a diaper bag. Plus they all looked so….diaper bag-ish! I use my husband's old skull jansport backpack and that works great. Once the baby stops spitting up all the time (I had to carry 3 burp cloths with me at all times) you can switch to a small pouch for just essentials. I find that babywearing only works when you are very savvy about your essentials. You can't lug around an extra 2 outfits, 5 diapers, wipes, toys, snacks, etc etc. 2 agree Reply hmm, I use a diaper bag (actually just a really big purse) and an ergo all the time. Personally, I'd rather be a little overpacked, and the straps don't conflict. That said, for short trips I just grab a diaper and stick it in the ergo pouch! Reply I love our diaper bag. The water-resistant changing pad slips nicely into its slot. There are good compartments for a change of clothes (you typically need one spare for accidents), everything is within reach and well-organized (not in a jumble at the bottom of a sack). We cloth diaper and those are much bulkier to carry, plus we have to use paper when using easy cream, so we need both kinds at times. A good back pack with compartments might serve you just as well, but you really need, I think, a water-resistant changing pad for all those messy changes on the go. 1 agrees Reply I use either my purse or for longer trips, one of my Lululemon gym bags. Reply I never found that Diaper bags were for women so much as they were covered in baby crap, and really, it isn't the baby that carries the bag! A bag is a bag, something plain with lotsa pockets works just as well. 2 agree Reply I never bought a diaper bag. I have used backpacks, large bags and laptop bags. Even used some bag my sister made when trying to sew. Pockets are nice but sometimes they can be too many. The bigger the bag the more stuff you find to fill it. I used to feel like a bad mom because I never carried tissues or clothing changes or allergy meds and band aids or changing pads and pacifiers. But its been a few years and more kids and I have never needed a lot of stuff and if I did I just found a store and bought it. Cloth diapers can get bulky but i then will take a seperate bag and keep that in the car. 1 agrees Reply My husband is a stay at home dad. No way was he going to use a pink quilted diaper bag. Instead we just used my old messanger bag. It worked great with our moby wrap and on the bus. We bought a small changing pad and wipe case that we kept in the back pocket. Now that they're over a year I just put a couple diapers and a small wipe case in my purse. 1 agrees Reply I agree–diaper bags are so ugly! For myself, I've been happily using the same Timbuk2 bag since 2004 so I decided to buy another one to be our diaper bag. I especially like how easy messenger bags are to carry and with Timbuk2 you can pick your own colors. Because it's not a baby-colored diaper bag, my daughter can use it as an overnight bag when she's old enough to go to Grandma's for the night. We went with a size medium because we knew we would eventually have two babies and we like the ability to throw our jackets and wallets and phones in there too. 1 agrees Reply Another thing, now that our daughter is 15 months old and on a set routine with awesome cloth diapers that rarely leak, we either don't take our diaper bag or leave it in the car when we go places for an hour or two. What we really use these days is a designated food-only wet bag for going out to eat or to friends' for dinner. We put in her baby-sized plate and cup, bib, washcloth, and some food in case she can't eat what's being served (she only has two teeth still). Reply I got a diaper bag, mostly for the changing mat that came with it (which we don't even use anymore). A backpack would have sufficed — things just get lost in our diaper bag. Now that he's a toddler, we really only use it for all-day trips. If I'm going grocery shopping, even though I cloth diaper, I have a wet bag with a disposable and some wipes in it — if he needs a change, I'm set, but it's small enough to go in my purse and he generally doesn't need it. My big recommendation is to keep your stuff (wallet, notepad, whatever you carry on a daily basis) separate from the baby stuff. I have a smaller bag that goes in the diaper bag if I only want to carry one. Before I figured this out, I had a number of incidences of "I need this thing, but it's in the diaper bag, which I left with the babysitter." 1 agrees Reply i use a dakine backpack http://www.amazon.com/Dakine-8130-040-29-Factor-Pack-Carbon/dp/B004X53PJQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1338231353&sr=8-2 .. it works great.has lots of pockets etc.. for short trips out i just use my handbag. you totally dont need a "proper" nappy backpack. Reply We got a very simple, small/medium sized, gender neutral bag and it served us well. The only downside of backpacks is that it's hard to get anything out of it while you're on the go, if you have other stuff in your arms, and/or don't have somewhere to put it down. But if you have back problems, it's surely worth the downsides. The main positive of diaper bags, is a feature that they share with many other kinds of bags: pockets and compartments. It can be really frustrating to be searching for whatever you urgently need in a big jumble of stuff. Lastly: watch out for best laid plans. You never really know how it will be until you get there (one more reason not to invest too much money into any one parenting strategy). We also planned to exclusively breastfeed and cloth diaper. But sometimes we brought bottles of pumped milk with us (mama wants to party, y'know?) and bringing along cloth diaper supplies took up a lot of space compared to the compostable diapers we eventually switched to. 1 agrees Reply I used a regular bag with my first son and a diaper bag that looks like a purse with my second son. I liked both and I definitely don't think you have to have a diaper bag. The only thing I would suggest is to use a bag that can be wiped clean (I.e. not fabric or canvas). It's a lot easier to clean up if you have a bottle or baby food spill inside. I speak from experience here. Also, I love a bag with a key clip so I don't have to search for them in the bottom of my bag. Reply With my first two children I used my backpack that I had from university. It's much easier to carry a baby or toddler around with both arms free and it's better for your back. The only difference I can tell is that diaper bags come with insulated pockets (if you need them) and wet bags, and sometimes a change mat. You can replace those easily (eg. I just used plastic bags and a stand-alone change mat or cloth nappy). With my most recent baby I just used a plastic bag inside my handbag with a few necessities inside! Diaper bags are completely non-essential, although some of my friends have really enjoyed shopping for their bags, so I guess it just depends on what you want to do! Reply For our 3 week old, we use a 5.11 tactical "bail out bag". It has MOLLE webbing and you can attach pouches to it. My husband is a veteran and has LOTS of pouches that he bought/ was issued when he was deployed and so we use those to organize things that don't fit in the bag. It's a little small, so we'll probably switch to another tactical bag when she gets older and her clothes and diapers take up more room. 2 agree Reply I spent$80 and got the Daddy Gear backback when we took a trip to Seattle b/c i thought it would be much easier for traveling and security. We have loved that thing! I'm sure a normal backpack would work too, but i like the already divided sections and the special spot for the diapers/wipes. Its so much more organized than a regular diaper bag… no more digging! AND it already has a waterproof section for dirty clothes or whatever. Reply We use a black and grey bookbag that we got at a sporting goods store for about $40. It's held up wonderfully for over 2 years, been washed and dried and still looks new, and is super comfy with its padded straps because it was in the hiking packs section (it's not as large as the other packs, though). This way my husband and I can use it at any time without obviously holding a "diaper" bag, and when it's slung on both shoulders, we can easily hold/chase/run with the kid. Loves it! Reply We have a little bag (not so little, we have two babies) with wipes, a wet bag, spare diapers, and changes of clothes (early on it also had an extra shirt for me). For many trips, that pops into a purse or other bag. For longer trips, we have a really good backpack, and that bag goes into the backpack along with blankets/toys/more clothes/food/bibs, and it can go as long as overnight. This combination of mini diaper bag (just big enough) and maxi backpack (not specifically a diaper bag, but a specific bag) works well for us. And in an airport or while traveling, we just need to grab the little bag. Reply You absolutely do NOT need a diaper bag. You need a bag that you like, that holds what you need it to hold, and—most importantly—that is comfortable for you to carry when it's full. That's it! 1 agrees Reply i made myself a variation of this (http://de.dawanda.com/product/24727697–Wickeltasche-Windeltasche-Pamperstasche-) and it works just fine- just pop it in whatever bag you are taking with you and go. what was really useful when my son was little is a waterproof mat for him to lie upon – i diapered him everywhere! Reply We said to hell with diaper bags, mostly because the ones we could afford were super fug, and because I have back problems, so single shoulder bags were out. We use a Mountain Equipment Co-op backpack, and it works just fine. The laptop compartment is perfect for a travel change pad, and it has the right amount of pockets for storing all my random baby junk. Reply Wait and see. We didn't think we needed a diaper bag and for a couple months we used a backpack and other bags we had lying around. When my daughter was 4 months old we bought a generic diaper bag and we love it but I don't regret the time we spent 'diaper bag-less'. I totally understand the temptation to buy everything before the baby comes but there really is no need. If a backpack ends up working for you that's great and you don't have to buy another piece of junk! 1 agrees Reply I never used a diaper bag. All I would ever need was a spare onesie, one or 2 diapers, and a travel thing of wipes. If I thought I would need a bottle, I would grab a smallish one and one of the travel packs of formula. (They are tiny & look like the crystal light packs.) I can't imagine that I would be going somewhere that didn't have water. So your backpack should be fine. Reply My favorite "diaper bag" was just an old messenger bag. It had easy access to everything I needed, lots of room, and it didn't scream BAAAABBBY! Not that that's a bad thing, but it's nice to be able to use a bag for more than one purpose. I put my wallet, phone, and everything else in there – so the bag came with me everywhere. Now that our girl is older I just toss some wipes, an extra diaper or two, and her cup in a tote bag and call that my purse 🙂 Reply I could have written this post! I couldn't agree more about the messenger style bag – it was so great to just sling it across my body, grab my baby and go…and I loved being able to carry ONE bag with ALL my stuff and not a baby bag AND a purse. Reply I use a banana republic tote bag (light, unlined, leather in a color I can live with) and I have a bag organizer inside that cost me $15 so that hubby can grab all easily and throw in his work bag if he wants to. All those nylon, horrible printed bags bug me and I refuse to carry one alongside my lovely handbag 🙂 1 agrees Reply We use an old laptop/messenger bag from my husband. I had originally thought I would find something else after the babe was born, but now I love it so much I would never consider a real diaper bag. 1 agrees Reply I was slack on getting a diaper bag before Potamus was born, and right after delivering I was NOT in the mood to find the 'perfect' diaper bag. So we used one of Boof's old laptop/messenger bags from NorthFace and I LOVE IT. Almost 6 months later, I still find myself browsing the diaper bags at consignment stores and always come away knowing that I have the best bag for our family. Functional, gender-neutral, big enough with enough organization, but not so oranized that I would go batty. You definitely don't need a diaper bag. Reply DadGear has some awesome diaper bags that aren't girly or cutesy at all. They are a bit on the expensive side, though – we have this one on our baby registry (http://amzn.to/KLzbZ0) but sadly, no one jumped to spend $88 on it. LOL! I'm not sure if it's something we'll decide to spend the money to get it ourselves or not… We're both bag lovers, so it's tempting. 😉 Reply I leave the "real" diaper bag in the car (with change of clothes, first aid kid, lots of diapers, diaper rash cream, etc.) and just carry a large purse that, when I have the kids, I stuff in a travel wipes case and one diaper for each (and a ziploc baggie!) in a waterproof vinyl zip bag I got at Target. I hardly ever need more than that except when we're traveling long-distance; around town and at playdates a couple diapers is plenty, and I can always go back out to the car! My diaper bag is a "real" diaper bag, but I think any sturdy bag with some waterproof stuff bags (or ziploc baggies) would do. Reply They are not different. They are just a pain in the ass. After a couple of months of lugging around 2 bags, I realized everything I needed could fit in my giant purse. Reply We bought a diaper bag and used it for maybe the first two outings our daughter had but after that, we realized we just didn't NEED to lug that huge clunky thing around. If we were going to be out for only a couple of hours, I'd just grab a couple diapers, wipes and an extra bottle and take it to the car with us. For longer trips, I would either put supplies in a reusable grocery bag, or just put the baby's things in my overnight bag/luggage for vacations. We ended up giving the diaper bag to GoodWill by the time she was four months old. 1 agrees Reply I've found that for myself, the bigger the bag….the more crap I will find to stuff into it, so I really had to limit myself to a small-ish "diaper" bag. I wanted to be able to ONLY carry around the necessities. I bought a "vintage" Vera Bradley patterned messenger bag on ebay and I was able to carry EXACTLY what I needed and nothing more. It also had two great pockets on the front under the flap that held my wallet keychain and my phone. That way I could just sling the whole bag across my chest and carry the bebe easily. Now that she is almost 15 months, I just carry a dipes and wipes bag in the car in case we need a quick change. The best part is that she'll be able to use her "diaper" bag as a school bag or overnight bag someday – it's in a pattern and design that she won't grow out of. 1 agrees Reply A trick I use to keep the "crap" to a minimum is to stash a spare outfit and onesie (don't forget socks!), diaper and travel wipes in a cosmetic case in the car. My MIL gets them for free when she buys Dept store makeup, and gives them to me. Since you're cloth diapering, I'd recommend using a wet bag, or even a plastic grocery store bag. 1 agrees Reply I always like using my Timbuktu messanger bag, and I will be getting a baby-specific one should we ever need it. No matter what I use, I always find it helpful to put baby's stuff in an individual pouch or bag if the main bag is mine, and vice versa. For me, the main criteria is: seperate spaces (pockets, slots, etc) and the ability for my trunk to haul it around. (Backpack, messenger bag, etc.) Reply I used mostly big purses that I could carry cross body wise with my first kid, but now I have a diaper bag from Sourpuss.com that's awesome. It's not too big, it has Cthulu on it, and it's vinyl so it's easy to clean. I love love love it. My husband has a Diaper Dude bag he loves. It's also cross body carry, so we are both happy. Reply No, you don't need a diaper bag. Personally, I hate them. Whatever you use to carry around your normal stuff will suffice, unless all you carry around in a wallet, then you might want to think of upgrading. This weekend I saw a purse I really wanted to buy and used the excuse that it will be my diaper bag. Lol. Anything can be a diaper bag, I've used old grocery sacks in a pinch! Reply I bought a big diaper bag thinking we were going to use cloth diapers and I figured I'd need lots of space. They never worked out, and neither did the bag. My boyfriend had bought a Skip-Hop foldable changing-mat that has pockets for diapers/wipes etc. and we both just use that. It is slim so fits into other bags, plus it has a clip so I can clip it onto whatever it won't fit into. Best purchase ever. Reply http://www.google.com/products/catalog?sugexp=chrome,mod%3D0&q=ameribag&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=684797901274318309&sa=X&ei=pMTET9PMAoSM6QGdr93SCg&ved=0CPsBEPMCMAY I've carried this bag, by Ameribag, for about 3 years. Before that I had a smaller version that I still occasionally use. They are fantastic for carrying a lot of stuff without putting strain on your back. The "baby bag" is actually the same bag as their backpack, it just comes with a really nice changing pad. I bought the baby version because I found it cheaper, even though I didn't have a baby at the time! I'm 36 weeks along now and just did a trial run of actually using it as a diaper bag – it's fantastic! Reply I bought a wet/dry bag from planetshoes.com and it works really well. It's a backpack (I have back issues too!) and my husband uses it without feeling emasculated 😛 We also cloth diaper and it holds enough diapes for a day trip. Plus the wet part of it is nice to put the wet ones, though it will smell if there are more than 5 or 6. Reply I used a diaper bag for the first month… then I used a fabric basket. and now I have reusable shoping bag. I need to be able throw things in and grab them out. Having a diaper bag that has to be packed and has a million pockets doesn't work for me. Reply I will NEVER give up my back pack! Reply You sometimes need to take stuff with you when you have a kid, so you're going to need some kind of stuff-carrying receptacle. Just use your backpack! What's the big deal? Sometimes you don't even need that. If we're just going out for an hour or two, I don't even bother with diapers. We change before we go and again when we get home. Reply I just have to say, while I love the idea of a backpack now that it's been said, I can't wait for the excuse to buy some super awesome diaper bag/purse. Sorry ladies! Reply For general running around, I clip a Skip Hop Pronto to my large purse (really a portrait-orientation slim messenger bag from Fossil), stuff two cloth diapers in the Skip Hop, with wipes, small waterproof bag for dirty diapers and a terry cloth and get moving. If I think I will be gone for a while, I stick one or two extra cloth diapers in my purse, or one to three biodegradable disposables in the Skip Hop as well. I now throw in a bib and a spoon or two, now that baby is eating. Every time I get insecure and carry around a huge diaper bag for shorter trips, I regret it. Reply My husband and I faced a similar dilemma and were going to opt for using any old bag till my mother in law insisted on getting us a diaper bag stocked with goodies as a shower gift. To avoid whatever crazy, ugly bag she could find, I found a pretty handy Columbia messenger style diaper bag at Babies R Us that as the look of a regular bag but all the fancy pockets of a diaper bag. My husband actually was the one that got all gooey eyed when we found it. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11912554&fromRegistryNumber=48142035&product_skn=742107 Reply We just use a record bag. It's slim and has plenty of pockets, more than we currently need, but I'm sure they'll come in handy as our little boogie monster gets older. And, my husband doesn't mind carrying it since it's covered in boom boxes and not frilly colors or prints. Reply We have a diaper dude diaper bag. It's got some good bells and whistles but it just looks like a camo messenger bag from the outside. It's so sturdy I'm planning on it being the kids out and about bag for years and years to come! Reply We got a traditional diaper bag at first and hated it! It was entirely too big and unneccessary. We use a backpack now, plenty of space and pockets! Reply One of my favorite topics!! It boggles my mind how women will completely sacrifice their own personal style when it comes to diaper bags(as if we don't have enough of that to deal with already trying to dress a strange body that just ballooned out and back in!). Seriously, the Eddie Bauer girl with the pastel Winnie-the-Pooh bag? The delicate lacy shabby chic sporting the Enfamil hospital-issue? I had a friend who carried a black, wipe-clean Nine West purse every day of her life since 16. When the kid came? Black, wipe-clean Nine West bucket purse appeared from the clearance rack at Ross. Reply the main reason i particularly like using ours is because it has a fold out changing pad. it's come in very handy when we've had to change arty in the middle of nowhere 🙂 that said, you can buy portable change pads that fold up small for your handbag or backpack, or just use a blankie. the other reason i like having a nappy bag is because i like to keep my stuff separate from baby stuff so i don't have to fish through nappies, wipes, toys, spare clothes, wet bags, etc. when i want to find my wallet or my phone. Reply We have opted to use a backpack for a diaper bag. We specifically purchased a smaller backpack (this one: http://www.gregorypacks.com/products/womens/technical/265/maya-18). I've used it to pack for a 3 day trip in, and had ample space, so I have no doubt it will be big enough for around the town with baby's stuff. Reply We have a couple bags. Mostly we use a MEC backpack (http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Packs/Daypacks/PRD~5005-954/mec-deluxe-bookbag-daypack.jsp), which is super-durable, has lots of pockets and is comfortable to wear. When I was pregnant with my first, I bought a Skip Hop Duo messenger bag, but a few months into using it, it already looked pretty trashed and beat up, which disappointed me. Now, if it is just me and my daughter (almost 2), I just throw a diaper, wetbag, wipes and snacks into my purse. A proper "diaper bag" is not really necessary. That said, I also bought a Brooke Van Gory bag because I will soon have two kids in cloth and need some extra room, and I love it. Reply best bag ever. Plus right now they have a backpack option. =) Reply I breastfeed and use cloth as well, my husband and I use the ergo back pack. It's lightweight yet fits everything we need for a day out, he loves it and doesn't feel out of place when wearing it for the day. The pack also attaches to our ergo (if you have one or plan or using one) so it's a hands free system. Reply Our daughter has epilepsy so we have to carry emergency meds (large syringes) on top of her cloth diapers and wash rags (wipes). We used a backpack we picked up from Taget and I LOVE it. Lots of pocket to help organize. And it's easy to throw on my back when she is in my Ergo. As a side note we needed a hard case for her emergency meds. One that would allow us to carry it without breaking it. We bought a hard case in the automotive section of Target and bought some fun colored duct tape to decorate it. (boring black was not my thing). My point is you can make anything a baby product with a little imagination. =) Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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