A diaper bag or nappy bag is a storage bag with many pocket-like spaces that is big enough to carry everything needed by someone taking care of a baby while taking a typical short outing.
Diaper bags come in a wide variety of styles. By sewing a diaper bag, you can customize to be just the size and color you want. This tote bag style diaper bag is simple to sew and includes a row of gusseted pockets for easy access to bottles and other essentials. If you make the diaper bag from cotton or other cute, lightweight fabrics, you’ll need to add fusible interfacing to the fabric to give it strength and support. If you make the diaper bag from denim, corduroy or other sturdy fabric, you can skip the interfacing. When sewing the diaper bag, use 1/4 inch seam allowance.
These bags are not always designed expressly as a diaper bag, as any well-pocketed bag sized in between a child’s school backpack and adult pro-camping backpack can be used for the purpose. Some are now being made with rigid handles and wheels so that someone can cart one around, allowing that person to hold the baby more firmly, complete more tasks (like opening a door, paying a cashier, or using a phone), and reduce lower back pain. My Child magazine suggests a brightly colored diaper bag is harder to lose and can help combat the “baby blues”.
Many parents have a large diaper bag for long outings and a smaller diaper bag for quick runs to the grocery store. Each bag should have enough diapers for the time you will be away. “Parents Magazine” recommends one diaper for every hour you will be gone. Your bag needs to have all the materials you use when changing diapers, including a changing pad, diaper-rash ointment and baby wipes. A few plastic bags for dirty diapers will also come in handy.
One of the baby items new parents can expect to use the most is the diaper bag. Having the right diaper bag fully stocked with all the necessities in an easy-to-access way can make or break an outing with a new baby. With a plethora of sizes and styles from which to choose, selecting the right diaper bag can be challenging. Use the following tips to help you find a diaper bag that will have you cooing with happiness.
Once the essentials are packed, you want to include some additional items. If your baby responds well to pacifiers, pack one or two. Toys to keep your baby occupied can be a lifesaver. If your baby is sick, any medicine your doctor recommended should be brought along. Antibacterial hand-sanitizing lotion can benefit both you and your baby since germs are everywhere, and you don’t always have access to soap and water. Last, have your pediatrician’s number in the baby bag together with any emergency numbers you may need.