Diaper Bags: Carry All Your Baby Items in Style
It's been said that money can't buy peace of mind. This may be true, but when it comes to taking care of a newborn baby, you can buy the next best thing: a good diaper bag. With the right diaper bag, and plenty of useful supplies and accessories inside, you'll feel more confident about caring for your baby while you're out and about.
You might be tempted to simply toss some diapers and wipes into a shopping bag and call it a day, but a properly-equipped diaper bag will be much better at getting you through some messy situations. Read on for the benefits of diaper bags, and how to best make use of one as you take your little one (or ones) out on your daily adventures.
What to Look for When Buying a Diaper Bag
A diaper bag will be your constant companion throughout the first few years of your child's life, so it's important to find one that fits your needs. Here are some important factors to consider:
How large of a diaper bag you choose is mostly up to personal preference, but you'll want one that's big enough to comfortably carry everything you need. Be careful about going too big, though, because once it's fully loaded the weight can get pretty substantial.
Style and Design
Since you need to bring your diaper bag around almost everywhere you go, you might as well carry something that fits your style. Fortunately Best Buy carries a wide selection of designs that are as attractive as they are functional.
As you browse our variety of diaper bags you'll find different form factors, including messenger bags, backpacks, and tote bags. Each type of bag has its own advantages: for example, the dual-strap design of a backpack is handy for all-day wear, while a messenger bag provides quick and easy access. Take a few minutes to think about how you'll use your diaper bag and you'll be able to figure out which type works best for you.
Easy to Clean
Babies are messy, and since your diaper bag will be loaded with various baby-related items (like soiled clothing and dirty burp cloths) there's a good chance it'll get dirty too. Look for diaper bags with interior surfaces that are easy to wipe clean and you'll save yourself a lot of effort.
If you're going to carry a lot of small items in your diaper bag (which you probably will), having numerous pockets and compartments can be extremely useful. They not only help keep your items organized, they can also allow you to access certain urgent items more quickly. (Like a pacifier to help calm a shrieking baby.)
Some diaper bags come with their own changing pad, which saves you the trouble of purchasing a separate pad. Pacifier cases are handy for storing pacifiers, especially since you'll probably want to bring along more than one of these easily-lost items.
Essential Gear for Your Diaper Bag
After you've chosen the diaper bag you like, you'll need to decide what to put in it. Here are a few essential items that should be in every diaper bag:
- Diapers (at least one for every hour you'll be outside, and maybe a few more just in case)
- Diaper rash cream
- Changing pad
- Burp cloths
- Extra plastic or biodegradeable bags (for holding dirty diapers and other messy stuff)
- Food and drink (including formula or snacks, depending on the age of your child)
- First aid kit
- Hand sanitizer (to clean your hands, especially after diaper changes)
- Extra clothes
Those are just the essentials. You'll probably want to pack other supplies, depending on your child's needs and preferences.