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How To Pick The Perfect Diaper Bag

By Michelle O'Connor

Whether you're shopping for a trendy diaper bag that makes 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. From the big pastel bags of the past, diaper bags have evolved, giving you a wider range of styles than ever before. Choose a chic, black pouch, a rugged looking backpack that your husband won't mind wearing, or a sleek bag that's going to replace your favorite purse. Look for a variety of compartments and pockets to hold bottles, your keys, and diapers and wipes. You can find a diaper bag that organizes everything you need and reflects your personal style.

Use the following diaper bag buying tips to help you narrow down the list of diaper bags that might meet your needs.

Diaper Bag Features
Shoulder straps are an important feature to consider when evaluating diaper bags. Wide, non-slip shoulder straps will stay put as you walk. Also make sure that the size of the bag will be comfortable for you as you walk. If you are bottle-feeding, look for insulated bottle pockets. If you plan to haul your own items a well as baby's, look for a baby diaper bag that features key clips, cell phone pockets, a diaper section and a compartment to hold wipes. Removable changing pads are handy, but be sure they can be cleaned easily. If your hubby will also be toting the bag around, you might opt for a more "rugged" looking backpack diaper bag. It is helpful to keep in mind the items you will need when changing your baby on the go. With many of today's bags you won't have to worry about finding a changing station because they are included in the bag's design; many come with extra-large changing pads giving you the room you need to get the job done right.

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, the Fleurville 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. A Baby Bjorn Diaper Bag will offer you versatility and an easy-to-clean solution.

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. Note: Kate Spade Diaper Bags come in a wide variety of sizes.

Diaper Bag Closures
When you are on the run or in a busy locale, what will be the easiest way to get into and close up your baby's diaper bag? Zipper closures, fold-over tops and snap or tie closures and more are available today. Think about when and where you'll be using the diaper bag, and whether you will often need to reach inside the bag quickly. If so, a snap closure may be more convenient. If security issues or over-turned diaper bags are likely, a zipper top would be more appropriate. Be sure you can work the diaper bag closure easily, and remember that you may be opening or closing it while wrangling a messy baby.

How Do I Find The Right Diaper Bag For Me?
Have you been having trouble finding a baby bag that is 'just right'? You don't want the same old run of the mill design and look? You have come to the right place. You will see that these boutique quality baby bags are well thought out with the Mothers needs met. We incorporate quality fabrics, simple shapes and trendy looks to achieve the perfect bag. See our backpack diaper bags.

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