Only what you need for your baby. Really. (OK – and some fantastic things you don’t that are pretty cool.)
Let me just say right now that I’m an overpacker. I keep hoping I’ll skinny down what I feel like I need to take with me when I go out with the baby. I aspire to be a minimalist in this area, I really do, but I’ve come to accept the reality that that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
I started with the Skip Hop Duo Deluxe Diaper Bag and I loved it at first. It has two front pockets that close with magnets, which means I can open them with one hand and they close themselves. It has relatively easy-to-use stroller straps for clipping the bag onto the push bar of your stroller, and, for the first time in my life, I was able to find my cell phone quickly because the bag has two small end pockets for phone and keys. If you are a light packer, this is a great diaper bag.
However, the body of the bag just doesn’t hold what I need when I go out with Astrid for more than an errand. And once it’s overpacked, the open top’s magnetic closure can’t close, so when you lean over the car seat to put a hat on your honey, all your stuff tumbles out over your head. Skip Hop’s sibling product, the Dash Deluxe, addresses the tumbling-stuff problem with an overflap but doesn’t have additional capacity, so you’re still at square one.
After I fell partway down our stairway because I was carrying the baby in her car seat + the Skip Hop + the additional bag I needed to carry the overflow, I went on the hunt for a better solution. Stay tuned…