blogger / eggplant / 11550 posts
@chopsuey: I love this bag! It's pretty much identical to the Denise except it has more outside pockets, which I like!
hostess / wonderful watermelon / 39511 posts
I bought a few nicer diaper bags and I always went back to my Skip Hop Versa!
GOLD / pomegranate / 3688 posts
@cascademom: The Skip Hop Changing Station is seriously one of my faborite baby things. I get it for everyone now.
nectarine / 2936 posts
@chopsuey: What is the name of that bag? Do they still sell it?
coconut / 8860 posts
@septca: Same here. It's one of the gifts that I've given twice now since having LO. I also have a small diaper clutch in my work bag for emergencies or appointments. It's not a changing station, but just as handy.
hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32460 posts
@mrs. 64: Kate spade Serena! Not sure if it's still sold on kate spade.com, but I'm sure you can still find it somewhere.
watermelon / 14205 posts
I had been looking for the "right" diaper bag for forever. finally, my FIL was gifted a really nice backpack at work and asked if DS would want it for school. I looked it over and realized it's what I want for a diaper bag. Now, I can still carry my own purse and wear the backpack for my kids' stuff. Or shove the purse in there.
pomelo / 5819 posts
My husband bought me a Kate Spade Stevie for my birthday when I was pregnant. I used it a ton in the first 5 or so months... and then I switched to stuffing stuff in my purse and/or my car.
@hilsy85: Agreed re: the Stevie. I really wish it had a crossbody strap!
persimmon / 1081 posts
I did not spend a lot of money on my diaper bag but agree with most of the PPs that it's not worth it! I got the Skip Hop Double Duo Deluxe with LO1 bc I wanted to have LO2 back to back. I ended up replacing it with the SH Versa bc the DDD is pretty heavy and overkill for one LO. I think the Versa is a pretty great bag, although not the longest lasting. Some of the seams for the inside pockets have come apart, but I'm still using it for LO2.
DH never cared what the diaper bag looked like. He would have carried the frilliest Vera Bradley or PPB bag with no complaints.
persimmon / 1452 posts
I have been searching for the perfect diaper bag for a long time. I just convinced my husband to order the Lily Jade Caroline bag for me before my second arrives in a few weeks. I'm very excited about it. I'm hoping that it isn't too heavy and I can use it long after as a purse. It should be coming in a few days, I'll let you know what I think.
GOLD / wonderful apricot / 22644 posts
another stevie user here. i don't LOVE it, but i wouldn't LOVE any diaper bag. outside of the first few months of nb-ness, i don't really find the need for a "diaper bag" all that necessary! i still use it on the wknd and such, since it's pre-packed, but honestly, i could throw everything i need in a reg purse and ds has a backpack he likes to carry around too.
DH has a diaper dude bag that has been used a handful of times.
I'm not a huge believer of diaper bags, but some of those you posted are gorgeous!
persimmon / 1363 posts
I have a Marc Jacobs diaper bag: http://m.nordstrom.com/s/3166879/ and it is amazing in that it looks great and wipes down and goes with everything and I love carrying it. It iis a horrible diaper bag though. There isn't even a single pocket in it that is big enough to fit a diaper, ha ha ha.
persimmon / 1135 posts
@mskeee: that is the one I have too for when lo comes, but was thinking it might be too large. May consider returning now that you said the pockets are too small
coconut / 8475 posts
@LatteLove: I think you'd really like Timi & Leslie diaper bags. I bought maybe..3 different diaper bags and I like the t&l one best. Here's a pic of mine, but it comes in many other colors (for example: brown)
It runs about $160 and they have different style too.
honeydew / 7916 posts
@mskeee: I have one that I got because I like the print, but I'm not a fan of alllllll the outside pockets!
@littleredhairedgrl: I have a skip hop change table/diaper bag insert in it, and that makes it totally functional to use as a diaper bag, but by itself, it's def just a pure vanity bag! It depends on how much you like the look of it.
hostess / papaya / 10540 posts
I was gifted a $100 diaper bag that I'm not a fan of and it honestly never left my car because it's so bulky when filled. I usually just have a couple of extra diapers on my stroller and some wipes. Then, I toss snacks in my purse and we are set. On the off chance I need something from the diaper bag it's in the car, but I honestly never have had to do that.
apricot / 441 posts
@spaniellove: So smart! I should just go into a few stores and/or order online to try them out and see what I like
blogger / watermelon / 14214 posts
@chopsuey: I thought you sold the Serena?? Confession: I bought the babymel amanda I just reviewed because I wanted the Serena and there were none to be found!!
@mrs. wagon: I put it up on classifieds, but no one was biting and I realized that it would be good to keep for when we travel!
You guys are SO amazing!
Basically, here is what I'm taking away
1. You will only need to carry a lot of stuff for the few months, so don't get anything enormous.
2. leather bags are heavy even if they're cute, and they're hard to clean, so completely impractical
3. Use a backpack! (which is great because it goes along with my non-diaper bag preferences)
@Dandelion: What kind of a backpack do you have?
@mrs. wagon: @chopsuey: I see a ton of serena's on ebay! But I had already bought my denise, or else I totally would've jumped at the chance at your serena, chopsuey!
@chopsuey: ah!! Well if you change your mind, DIBS. ;D
@Mrs. High Heels: black nylon ones?? I only saw the orange stripe one when I was looking!!
@LatteLove: If there's a Buy Buy Baby near you they should have a diverse enough selection that you should be able to try stuffing it with maybe a blanket, a toy, something around the size/weight of a diaper or two, and a wipe case. Even if you don't like the style of the bag you'll be able to figure out the configuration you want to look for!
@mrs. wagon: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-KATE-SPADE-Basic-Black-Nylon-Serena-Baby-Diaper-Bag-Tote-Messenger-Bag-NWT-/141223702550
but $$$ :T
you'll be the first to know if I decide to part with it!!
@LatteLove: I could say so very much about diaper bags!! I'm incredibly picky when it comes to bags, and I hate switching bags, so I am constantly looking for the perfect weekend to work to travel to daddy friendly diaper bag. But everyone else has hit the nail on the head.. Leather is not only expensive, but heavy. I have a bag with leather trim but the bag itself is made of canvas, and it's very cute. But in general, nylon bags are my favorite because they are wipe able inside and out, light, and versatile.
@chopsuey: Hehe nice! Yeah, I didn't want to spend so much
@LatteLove: It's an Ogio. A really nice brand. Lots of little pockets and places for everything. but, not a diaper bag, lol
@Stacy: I"ll look forward to hearing your report!
blogger / pomelo / 5367 posts
Ditto on everything! I had a leather Storksak Elizabeth that started out beautiful but got gross FAST. Not worth it. Get something wipeable?
blogger / coconut / 8306 posts
@LatteLove: I bought a coach diaper bag at the outlets. I THINK I spent $180 on it. Very well could have been much less. It still looks brand new three years later, and it's huge. That was my one requirement for a bag -- I wanted a tote, and this is perfect for us. It'll easily get me through another three years of use.
bananas / 9973 posts
Another Kate Spade Stevie user here! I love that I don't mind carrying it everywhere. I'm a SAHM though, and I never use another purse anymore. I carry a ton of stuff, so I can't imagine hauling the extra weight of leather. I figure it's something I'll be carrying 7 days a week, for a couple of years, I'd better like it, and it'd be worth an investment.
eggplant / 11408 posts
@spaniellove: yes, that. It's super informative to those of us who get the running commentary
nectarine / 2255 posts
You ladies are all so helpful. What do you think of this Vera Bradley bag? It turns into a backpack but it can be a cross body or shoulder bag/arm bag too.
I have a Coach baby bag I bought from the outlet, but I don't have any LO's yet to vouch for it's use. It does look sturdy, though. The only thing is the straps may be a little thin/cutting. I'm hoping the Vera will be good!
@Mrs.Panda: I wrote a post recently about the characteristics I'd want in a perfect diaper bag - http://www.hellobee.com/2014/03/06/my-perfect-diaper-bag/ - that vera bradley sounds like it has a lot of my checkboxes marked off! i like that it has easy accessible outside pockets, long straps, a zippered top, is made of easily wipeable material, and has a long strap so you can wear it crossbody or over your shoulder. The only thing is that it seems deep so you might have to do some digging to get to stuff, but that's not a dealbreaker.
@Mrs. High Heels: That's what I thought! I totally read your post :] is it weird I was basing a lot of the criteria on what you wrote? And I totally already had the Versa on my Amazon wishlist because of it. Thanks for your reply! And digging is not a dealbreaker for me, either. I dig already in my cavernous bags so I am very used to it.
@Mrs.Panda: I think the versa trumps most other diaper bags out there in terms of function and style. I love that bag! For me personally, it was a little too small to carry two kids worth of stuff though... so just a consideration if you are thinking ahead. It's perfect for one kid though!
admin / watermelon / 14094 posts
I live in the city and didn't really need a diaper bag since we always had our stroller and were near home. A backpack was actually best for me. But if I lived in a driving city, then I would most definitely have needed a diaper bag.
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