Why Diaper Bag Backpacks Are a Must-Have for Moms
I am almost embarrassed to tell you what my first-ever diaper bag looked like.
OK, fine, I'll tell you, don't twist my arm now. Something like 11 years ago, I registered for what I thought would be the “perfect” diaper bag for my bouncing bundle of joy–a pleather Winnie-the-Pooh giant over-the-shoulder bag that — in all honesty — probably could have fit a play pen in it, it was so large. My brother actually bought it for me and I remember thanking him profusely because I had my first official piece of “mom” gear. You know, because “good” moms register for ugly Winnie-the-Pooh diaper bags that the baby will never, ever actually see or notice because 1) they are babies and 2) the diaper bag will fall apart long before they have that kind of awareness.
I guess you live and you learn, right? Since I reluctantly threw that Winnie-the-Pooh bag away (feeling so much guilt because my brother had spent his own money on it), I went through a series of evolutions over what I needed in a diaper bag over the years and through many more kids. I learned that I needed things like 1) a bag that could zipper shut and sustain being stuffed in strollers, in a back seat, or thrown across a restaurant to a partner willing to do a diaper change 2) a bag that my husband could easily take into the few men's restrooms that actually had changing tables and 3) could handle a lot of wear and tear.
I went through various forms, never finding what I would consider my diaper bag “the one” until one day, I saw my sister-in-law rocking what I can only describe as the most beautiful thing I had ever laid my maternal eyes upon:
The Diaper Bag Backpack.
I mean, what? Why was I never smart enough to think of such a thing? Why did I not ever have my own diaper bag backpack? Why doesn't everyone encourage moms to get those instead of cheap, cutesy, flimsy diaper bags that are just going to be a pain to carry around when your baby turns into a toddler who flails about in the middle of the story and resists all your attempt at changing their poopy diapers?
A diaper bag backpack just makes so much more sense and immediately, looking at the cool, leather backpack perched casually on her back like the Mom Pro 2.0 that she is, I vowed that should I ever have another baby, I too, would be the proud owner of a diaper backpack. And now, my friends, that time is coming. It may have only taken me 4 kids to wise up to the beauty of a diaper bag backpack instead of a traditional backpack, but now that I am here, I'm going to shout my wisdom from the rooftops to all the new first-time moms out there so they can learn from my mistakes.
I had the opportunity to review this handsome little number, aptly called the Boss Diaper Bag Backpack from Itsy Ritzy ($159.99) and let me just tell you, I am in love. It is a little pricey for a diaper bag, but considering that my 11-year-old already tried to steal it to use at school, I'm going to assume that I'm going to get a lot of use out of it, even after the diaper-changing stage is over. Personally, I love the cool look of this diaper bag, with the mix of white and brown leather and classic herringbone, but there are plenty of other options for diaper bag backpacks that you can choose, from pretty in pink to a more neutral black leather to blue or gray. And, if you're wondering, as my husband was, the tassel is completely removable. (Eye-roll to the hubs).
So just what exactly makes a diaper bag backpack so amazing for really any parent? Let us count the ways:
- Hands-free. I mean, truly, need I say more? I think back to my amateur mom self, trying to sling that shoulder bag over my arm while pushing a stroller while gathering the 40,477 baby supplies I carried with me and I feel so, so sorry for her. Hands-free is where it's at.
- Grows with the baby. After the diaper-changing stage is over, there is still a lot of supply-schlepping you will need to do. We're talking change of clothes, pull-ups, snacks, sunscreen, sanitizer. It really never ends. To this day, I am still carting around crap for all of my kids, so it really makes sense to invest in a bag that isn't just for the baby stage.
- Pockets. Let's be real: we're just as excited about pockets in a diaper bag as we are in to discover pockets in our dresses.
- Neutral. It doesn't matter who's watching the baby or changing the baby–a neutral bag is a lot more versatile when trying to convince your 20-something brother to hold the diaper bag for you real quick. (Just trust me on this.)
- Coolness. Sorry, but it's true. I guess you could say that diaper bag backpack moms are just not regular moms–they're the cool moms.
What do you prefer: traditional or backpack diaper bags?