For the last 2.5 years I have been daily using and abusing the same amazing black nylon messenger-style diaper bag, and it's finally beginning to tear and fray apart. I want to find something simple, stylish, and utilitarian to replace it. Difficulty: cheap-ish.
The original one was $50 at Babies'R'Us, but all the ones they have now are either cheaper fabric, cutesy/impractical, or - if the quality is decent - they are huge and elaborate and look like they'd be more appropriate for a camping trip then schlepping around a city. It doesn't have to be branded as a diaper bag, but it does have to fit diapers and other necessities for toting around a two-year-old and a six-month-old baby.
What I am looking for is:
- Chic, minimalist styling.
Will be carried by a 30-year-old SAHM who usually wears jeans, simple dresses, and a lot of neutral colors. This means no baby prints or flowers or animals or bright colors or paisley, but I also don't want something that looks like a camping bag, as stated above. A simple, classy nylon bag in black or dark gray with silver hardware would be ideal... I like this
but it only comes in hot pink.
- A thicker strap
that goes over the shoulder and won't break easily. Cross-body is nice, but not required... what I hate
is bags with teeny handles that you have to hold in your actual hand. I have a baby and a toddler... I have no free hands dammit.
(or wipe-able). Self-explanatory.
- The more pockets and organization
the better. A big pocket for diapers; little pockets for phones, kindle, snacks and whatnot.
- Not a backpack
?! Under $100, but the cheaper the better. I could conceivably go up for something absolutely amazing, but I don't intend to have more children ...so this isn't a really-really-long-term-investment piece. If it lasts me for a year or so of daily usage I will be thrilled, especially if it looks cool enough to carry as a normal bag when I don't have kids with me.
Really, I'm pretty flexible on everything except durability and looking decent. If you have a bag that you love, that hold up and looks cool and doesn't break the bank, please let me know what it is! Again it doesn't have to be a diaper bag, messenger bags or purses in a washable fabric are ok too.