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To err is human, hence the need for a diaper bag
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I think most people who read this blog know that I'm going to be the stay at home dad. And as a result, I will be the one using the diaper bag the most so Stef is letting me decide which one to get.

Now I know what you are thinking, this is such a crucial topic and what's more, it's a controversial one. But of course I'm not shy nor timid and will attack the vital issue of which bag to buy with all the piss n' vinegar that I'm known for.

Just a side note, thru my exhaustive research including talking with the top people in the field (mommies), I've actually found that it can often make sense for both parents to have their own diaper bag. But let's get to the analysis.

An endless sea of bags...

There are as many different types of diaper bags as there are iPod cases. No, wait that's probably not true, well...whatever, there's a bunch.

I eliminated the ones that look like purses because as shocking as it may seem I, as a man, do not wish to walk around with something that looks like a purse. I also nixed the backpack ones (even though a number of friends recommend them). I never liked wearing a backpack in school (in fact, in college I had this cool sort of duffle bag/artist bag).

Also keep in mind we are adopting a toddler. And I've now learned that often the best bag for a child as an infant is not the best bag when they're a toddler.

So what is really important...

*I learned that smaller is better, or at least that the really huge bags that can hold everything can become a major hassle.

*Multi compartments are good but you can actually get by with just ziploc bags.

*In fact most mommies I contacted said they use the ziploc bags even if the bag has what is known as "wet pockets" for holding used diapers.

*Get something durable, it's going to be stepped on, thrown into the car, etc. So the very nice designer ones are not the most practical.

So which one to get...

Well, I'm still trying to decide but I've narrowed it down to a few. There's actually a whole line of Men's diaper bags made by two different companies: DadGear and Diaper Dude. But I'm not limiting myself to just them but a few of their bags have made it to the short list.

So, right now I only have these five on the short list, but will probably add one or two more and then make a decision while we're waiting for accreditation to happen.

DadGear's Sport Bag

DadGear's Messenger Bag

Diaper Dude's Black Bag

Eddie Bauer Diaper Bag Maxi

Sherpani's Lena Diaper Bag

Also if you're wondering why some of these items aren't going on a baby gift registry, we're really sort of avoid that. Stef's work may do something but she's trying to keep a low profile about the adoption at work so I really don't think many of them even know about the adoption. And we're really shying away from a traditional baby shower at home. Plus we're having fun buying the things ourselves and this way we get to stretch out the "presents" for months.

posted by Steveg @ 3:19 PM  
  • At 7:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    From one dad to another: I think you've got it all wrong.

    1. Backpack is the way to go. A shoulder bag will slip off your shoulder when you contort your body in all sorts of ways when trying to avoid dropping your wiggly child.
    2. Bigger is always better. You'll need it for much more than just diapers. (Their food, your food, extra change of clothes, wet wipes, books, toys, stuffed animals... the list goes on and on.


  • At 9:09 AM, Blogger Lauri said…

    I like the eddie bauer one, and you will need it to be bigger than you think, especially for in Russia- changes of clothes, food & diapers. I like the messenger style best for a fella, but I dont like the flappy thing on the messenger bag as you will need to be able to grab inside quickly and not have time to put it down & open it up. Bottle/sippy holders on the outside are a plus

  • At 10:16 AM, Blogger yorkiemom said…

    ust so you all know, I did provide some input to the decision and my choice is in the link below which didn't even make the short list :(

    Stef's Vote

  • At 1:58 PM, Anonymous diaper bag dad said…

    I sell designer diaper bags but i think you're looking for something more practical. Whatever you choose, i think the most important thing is LOTS of pockets. As a dad myself I can tell you that being organized pays off in the frantic moment!

  • At 5:10 PM, Blogger Lauri said…


    I love the Kate Spade bag.. are you my long lost twin? since we both have the classic pooh nurserys?

  • At 6:49 PM, Blogger yorkiemom said…

    We were born pretty darn close together - Same month, same year, just a few days apart ;)

    I also got vetoed on the Burberry stroller.

  • At 10:19 PM, Blogger mother said…

    I wrote an answer(blog) whatever, remember I was born even before TV was invented, earlier today but it was wiped out by an error on my part. Remember I was born before TV.
    My thought was I didn't realize there were so many diaper bags and that they cost so much. I thought I saw one that Stefanie liked for about $200.
    Then today I saw you wrote a new blog talking about saving for the childs college.
    Just a a little comment, more people answered, posted, regarding diaper bags than they did re; college. Does that tell us they are more interested in immediate needs or what?
    I'm glad you are planning for both now and the future.
    Love, Mother

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