In those years B.C. (before children), parents could leave the house with just a few everyday carry essentials. Keys. Wallet. Phone. Sunglasses. Now, the list of stuff they need bring along on even the most casual days is much, much longer — and definitely can’t be contained in a pocket. That’s why the diaper bag is such an essential piece of parenting equipment. In the past few years, companies have released a variety of excellent options for every type of parent. The best are comfortable, able to fit all the on-the-go baby gear essentials, and keep everything well-organized and easy to access. Here are three new diaper bags that we at Fatherly love.
This handsome, duffle-style diaper bag is made for travel, with lots of compartments and storage. A built-in, sealable wet bag keeps messes quarantined, while an insulated cooler bag chills bottles and snacks. There’s also a one-touch wipes case, a pacifier pouch, a changing pad, and a padded storage space for laptops. The exterior is 100 percent cotton, and the interior is a germ-resistant nylon. The bag’s casual weekender style makes it ideal for anyone who’d rather not announce to the world that they’re hauling diapers and snacks.
While becoming new parents may come with the weight of responsibility, it doesn’t have to come with the weight of additional luggage. Humble-Bee’s Free Spirit diaper backpack, made from lightweight ripstop nylon, weighs less than a pound, and yet it comes with a cavernous 20-liter capacity, multiple exterior pockets for as-needed access, and infant must-haves like a changing pad, reflective stroller straps, and a hot/cold gel pack for bottles. It’s an excellent, affordable choice for any parent — but particularly those who spend a lot of time in the outdoors.
This sleek, well-designed diaper backpack — available in a very modern herringbone-esque pattern — is the ideal travel companion for fast moving families. It has a magnetic pull-release that immediately turns the pack into a changing station with a fold-out pad, designed for one-handed use. There’s also a pull-out caddy, which stores diapers and wipes, as well as a wet/dry compartment and an attachment to easily hang the bag from a stroller or an in-car headrest.\
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