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Did you spend a lot of money on your diaper bag - and was it worth it?

  1. Mrs. High Heels

    blogger / eggplant / 11551 posts

    @chopsuey: I love this bag! It's pretty much identical to the Denise except it has more outside pockets, which I like!

  2. autumnlove

    hostess / wonderful watermelon / 39513 posts

    I bought a few nicer diaper bags and I always went back to my Skip Hop Versa!

  3. septca

    GOLD / pomegranate / 3688 posts

    @cascademom: The Skip Hop Changing Station is seriously one of my faborite baby things. I get it for everyone now.

  4. mrs. 64

    nectarine / 2936 posts

    @chopsuey: What is the name of that bag? Do they still sell it?

  5. cascademom

    coconut / 8861 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.

  6. chopsuey

    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.

  7. Dandelion

    watermelon / 14206 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.

  8. Pepper

    pomelo / 5820 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.

  9. Pepper

    pomelo / 5820 posts

    @hilsy85: Agreed re: the Stevie. I really wish it had a crossbody strap!

  10. mrsmate

    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.

  11. Canoli

    persimmon / 1458 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.

  12. mrsjyw

    GOLD / wonderful apricot / 22646 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!

  13. Rockies11

    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.

  14. littleredhairedgrl

    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

  15. CupQuakeWalk

    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.

  16. spaniellove

    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!

  17. Rockies11

    persimmon / 1363 posts

    @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.

  18. Boogs

    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.

  19. LatteLove

    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

  20. mrs. wagon

    blogger / watermelon / 14218 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!!

  21. chopsuey

    hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32460 posts

    @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!

  22. LatteLove

    apricot / 441 posts

    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?

  23. Mrs. High Heels

    blogger / eggplant / 11551 posts

    @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!

  24. mrs. wagon

    blogger / watermelon / 14218 posts

    @chopsuey: ah!! Well if you change your mind, DIBS. ;D

  25. mrs. wagon

    blogger / watermelon / 14218 posts

    @Mrs. High Heels: black nylon ones?? I only saw the orange stripe one when I was looking!!

  26. spaniellove

    honeydew / 7916 posts

    @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!

  27. chopsuey

    hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32460 posts

    @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!!

  28. mrs. wagon

    blogger / watermelon / 14218 posts

    @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.

  29. mrs. wagon

    blogger / watermelon / 14218 posts

    @chopsuey: Hehe nice! Yeah, I didn't want to spend so much

  30. Dandelion

    watermelon / 14206 posts

    @LatteLove: It's an Ogio. A really nice brand. Lots of little pockets and places for everything. but, not a diaper bag, lol

  31. LatteLove

    apricot / 441 posts

    @Stacy: I"ll look forward to hearing your report!

  32. Mrs. Yoyo

    blogger / pomelo / 5400 posts

    Ditto on everything! I had a leather Storksak Elizabeth that started out beautiful but got gross FAST. Not worth it. Get something wipeable?

  33. Mrs. Jump Rope

    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.

  34. shopaholic

    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.

  35. LovelyPlum

    eggplant / 11408 posts

    @spaniellove: yes, that. It's super informative to those of us who get the running commentary

  36. Mrs.Panda

    nectarine / 2358 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!

  37. Mrs. High Heels

    blogger / eggplant / 11551 posts

    @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.

  38. Mrs.Panda

    nectarine / 2358 posts

    @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.

  39. Mrs. High Heels

    blogger / eggplant / 11551 posts

    @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!

  40. Mrs. Bee

    admin / watermelon / 14210 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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