Although we have four kids now, we’ve never invested in a very good diaper bag. When Luca was born we bought a light blue bag from Lands End that was too small and looked more a 2nd grader’s lunch box. All it needed was the Dora the Explorer decals.
When Anna came along we picked up a red bag that was still too small but was better quality than the blue one. We carried it everywhere until it fell apart last year.
So when Kai was born we started looking around for another bag. Kim wanted a bigger model that would hold her purse along with all the baby supplies. She also wanted a waterproof interior, a few pockets and zipper up top instead of snaps or magnets.
My one requirement was that the new bag wouldn’t make me look like a total doofus when I carried it around. I asked around on Twitter and received a number of excellent recommendations. Many people told me to just buy a backpack or gym bag. Those would probably work just fine but I doubt Kim would want to carry either around.
Kim has a couple nice Coach bags and I love my Tumi bag, but neither made a bag like we envisioned. Years ago when I drove a Xootr scooter around Seattle, I bought a messenger bag from Timbuk2 that I still have today. It’s held up very well and still looks stylish. I decided to check out their website to see if they had a decent sized tote bag that might work. Sure enough, they had several models that seemed to fit the bill. I couldn’t decided between the Cargo Tote and the Original Cargo Tote.
I checked out a number of reviews online and came across many examples of people using the Timbuk2 Cargo Totes as diaper bags, so I decided to order one of the “Original Cargo Totes” today. I went with it over the Cargo Tote because it has a “ballistic boot bottom” which means it should hold up well when it’s packed to the brim.
It should arrive next week. I’ll write up a review after I’ve used it for a few weeks.