Traveling with a baby can be a lot of fun but hard work as well. Even a quick trip to the store means packing up a large number of baby related supplies; diapers, diaper rash cream, wipes, bottles, perhaps even a change of clothes in case of an “accident.” That is why one of a mom’s (and increasingly a dad’s) best friends at this stage of a child’s life is a good baby changing bag.
What Makes a Good Baby Changing Bag?
Baby changing bags, or baby diaper bags, whatever you prefer to call them come in many different shapes, sizes and styles. Some look like baby changing bags, emblazoned with infant themed motifs such as cute baby animals or friendly cartoon characters. Increasingly though baby changing bags look very much like the purse that Mom used to carry before baby came along (except quite a lot bigger)
Size is important when choosing a diaper bag. The bag you choose has to be large enough to accommodate all you need to tote with you when traveling with baby as well as have enough pockets and compartments to keep everything organized so that you are not rummaging around in it for five minutes trying to find that pacifier you know you packed but has seemed to have disappeared.
Durability is another important feature. No matter how good looking a diaper bag is if it falls to pieces on its third use because it was simply not strong enough to handle all of Baby’s travel gear it is practically worthless.
Great Baby Changing Bags For Moms and Dads
Here are a few of the great baby changing bags that we would recommend for Mom and Dad:
Baby Phat Microfiber Black Designer Diaper Bag
Baby Phat has been producing stylish and ultra fashionable clothing for women and their daughters for quite a while now. This diaper bag was designed by Baby Phat founder Kimora Lee who recently became a new mom again herself. It features the trademark Cat motif and from the outside looks as stylish as any of the other handbags in the Baby Phat line.
On the inside however this baby changing bag has plenty of compartments for storage, a portable changing mat and is easy to wipe clean if necessary. It is not exactly cheap as most stores charge around $90 for it, but for the new Mom who wants to remain as stylish as she was before Baby arrived it might be perfect.
Kalencom Kelly Designer Messenger Diaper Bag
Messenger bags are big, roomy and yet still stylish and this one is no exception, even though this one is really a baby changing bag. Featuring all the pockets and compartments you could want the Kalencom Kelly messenger diaper bag comes in several bright, kid friendly colors but is subtle enough that it does not scream “diaper bag”. This bag also carries a fairly hefty price tag at $70 but it is very durable and should last well beyond the time when Baby has outgrown the need for a diaper bag at all.
Diaper bags for Dad
Most modern Dads are quite willing to do their fair share of the diaper changing and feeding duties even when traveling but few of them want to carry a diaper bag covered in rubber duckies or a purse like one of those mentioned above. The good news is that these days there are dozens of different diaper bags available just for Dads featuring everything from their favorite NFL, NBA or MLB teams to Harley Davidson baby changing bags.