So, you’re expecting twins and need to start preparing for your future with the new additions to your family. One of the most important items you might not remember to think of is your diaper bag! Having twins means you will definitely want to consider a special diaper bag instead of trying to cram all of your items into one bag or attempting to manage two bags at once. Both of these options can be an enormous hassle and cause a lot of unnecessary stress. There are a lot of things to take into consideration when buying a diaper bag for your twins: size, price, material and closures, and style. Here are a few tips to try and help you find the best fit for your family!
The first, most obvious thing to look for is the size of the bag you will need. There are three types of bags: tote, messenger, and backpack. Think of everything you’re going to need in that bag. You might want extra clothes, diapers, diaper wipes, a changing pad (assuming there isn’t a reusable one attached to the bag itself), plastic bag (for dirty diapers), hand sanitizer, bottles, pacifiers, and a small towel just to start! Depending on the time of year, you may want to include things like sunscreen, sunglasses, and a bottle of water for yourself. Don’t forget that the bag has to be large enough for three! You need to remember to pack things for yourself like keys, wallet, cell phone, and maybe even a camera! Baby Center will help you get a good idea about things to add into your diaper bag.
Organization is extremely important as well! You need to have several different compartments on the inside of your bag and pockets are a lifesaver. Keep in mind the size still needs to be comfortable for you to carry and not too heavy for you.
The next thing you need to look at is the price of the bag itself. Twins are expensive to begin with, so you probably don’t want to spend incredibly large amounts of money here. Luckily, there are different ways to save money. One thing you could consider would be a used bag from somewhere like Ebay. There are bags like this one as low as eighteen dollars! When compared to the same bag brand new from Target would be about thirty dollars. Though it is totally understandable if you don’t want a used bag. There are still plenty of options that won’t kill your bank account. Try going to Google, searching for the type of diaper bag you’re after, and refining the search by Price Low-High. Google can help you narrow down by price, type, and even brand. This is overall a very easy to use and incredibly helpful tool when shopping on a budget.
Another thing everyone might not consider would be the material the bag is made of and the varying kinds of closures on the bag. Babies can be messy so you need to make sure that the material on the outside is something that can be easily wiped off or is machine washable; having a waterproof bag could also have huge advantages. As mentioned earlier, soiled diapers may end up in your bag so take that into consideration- breathability is a very important variable to remember as to not ruin the smell of everything else in the bag such as their clothes and towels.
How the bag closes
The way the bag closes needs to be looked at when judging the material. The options are generally velcro, zippers, clips, or magnets. Velcro can be loud, ruin soft items it comes in contact with, and wear down easily over time. Zippers are amazing with the only downside being that they do occasionally get stuck. Clips with straps can be adjustable but take a little more time to line up sometimes and may hurt your fingers depending on the clip. Magnets will look better but you won’t have the ability to overstuff the bag since it won’t shut. Parent Guide will help you get an in depth perspective on the different topics mentioned here.
Colour and Style
Now that you’ve covered the important parts, it’s time to start narrowing your options based on your personal preference. What colors do you want, what design fits your style, and make sure you can tell your bag apart from others- the last thing you need is to switch bags at a play date! Cheeky Tummy is sure to help you find something stylish, in your budget, and meets all your needs. Now, ladies, let’s not forget that you’ll probably be expecting the daddy to carry the bag as well so let’s not forget him when trying to choose a design. Also keep in mind that there will be a lot of moments when time is of the essence! Thinking of this, try to get a bag that has contrasting colors between the inside and out. The different colors- preferably with lighter colors on the inside- will make it easier for you to find things faster.
Another thing you might be looking for is a specific brand. Maybe your sister, mother, or neighbor has suggested a specific brand and you are totally convinced that this is the only name you will purchase. So, again, Google is a very helpful tool for that. The main brands offered there are Carters, DadGear, Fisher-Price, Ju-Ju-Be, and Skip-Hop. I hope you found this article to be helpful in your search for diaper bags!