Diaper bags for toddlers are different to those that you would have used when he or she was a baby. The most obvious question I guess is why should that be the case? In all honesty, I think you can make do with your original bag unless it has become so worn that you actually need a new one.
Many parents believe that when a baby becomes a toddler, that the time has come to get rid of the diaper bag. Please never make that mistake as you will still need it for some time to come. If you can use the one you got then that will save you money and suits my natural thrifty nature, but in the ideal world the bag for a toddler has different requirements. Before we look at any of the recommended bags, let’s understand why the needs are different.
Babies & Toddler Diaper Bag Differences
The easiest way that I think about this is that toddlers are walking around and are just a lot more active than babies, as I am sure you are well aware. As soon as baby finds their feet, your whole world changes. Anything within their reach becomes a potential hazard in my opinion. Toddlers are also going through the stages of potty training and that means yet another set of different circumstances. They also have by now collected a whole new range of “companions” which could be anything from a favorite toy to a book, a furry animal, blanket or whatever else they have grown attached to. And if all that were not enough, the chances are that a stroller has arrived on the scene.
In other words what goes into a baby diaper bag is not the same as what goes into a toddlers. The manufacturers also know this and have designed different types of bags for toddlers, than they have for babies. I have reviewed a few of those particular bags below.
What Goes Into A Toddler’s Diaper Bag?
You will need of course a few diapers. It just depends what age your toddler is, and as they get slightly older, then the number of diapers very quickly reduces, especially when the potty training begins. Nonetheless, it is always a good idea to pack at least 3 or 4 diapers.
I would also recommend a box of wipes, something that is travel size, as again these can be used for any number of uses. if your bag comes with a changing pad that’s great, however if it doesn’t have one, then make sure you pack one. I know from my own experience that there are just certain places where I would never set my toddler down to change them, and it is always useful to have a nice clean surface on which to do changes.
A change of clothes is always a good idea and of course their own particular favorite things to play with, as I have mentioned earlier. These are in my opinion the basics. What I have found in practise is that you don’t need so many different things when your baby becomes a toddler, but everything you do need seems to be bigger and takes up more room.
Ju-Ju Be Be All Diaper Bag
This bag is not cheap and is pretty close to $100. My natural thrifty nature is reluctant to spend that type of money on a bag, but even I have to admit, that this one is extremely good. The fabric that it is made from has been treated with Teflon to make it both strong and very durable. It also makes it very easy to clean which I think is very important as these bags take a lot of abuse.
It has adjustable straps and a wonderful memory foam padded shoulder pad. You can machine wash this bag and there is a lot of great organization in this quality bag. There are also 22 different colors and patterns to pick from, so you are pretty much guaranteed to find one that you like. It measures 15.8 x 11.3 x 3.4″ which are generous dimensions and weighs 2.8 pounds with full metal hardware.
It has numerous pockets and they all have anti-microbial linings. A nice little touch is the picture pocket. There are also a number of pockets just for Mom to hold keys, cosmetics and sun glasses. There is also a diaper changing station to help make this bag complete in almost every way. You can also buy Be Connected stroller clips if you need it to attach to a stroller.
The main reason I like this bag for toddlers though is that it really can hold a great amount of items. It is strong enough to be able to do that and still be able to let you easily find the items without having to dig through the bag all the time.
Lillian Rose Diaper Bag for Toddlers
Trying to find a diaper bag that is good for a toddler, and also one that is “Daddy friendly” was rather difficult. However after some digging around I thought this one matched both requirements really well. It is a cotton diaper bag made from a jeans material, and has good strong zippers.
It is a good size at 15 x 14.6 x 4.2″ and in a backpack style. This is a very strong bag with a pretty neat design which has been well thought out by the manufacturers.
It is also large enough to be able to hold all of the things that you will need for a toddler, and that’s really what it is all about when they get to this age. There is also a military version of this bag.
Oakland Raiders Large Tote Toddler Diaper Bag
This one is relatively new to the market and I have not seen or used this one myself. There are also no reviews on this as yet, but if there are, I will of course update this part. This is a large black tote bag with silver embroidery of the Oakland raiders on it. It looks the part and has metal feet on the bottom to keep it up and off the ground.
It is certainly big enough and measures 14.2 x 10.1 x 3.9″ so there will be plenty of room inside for a toddler’s bit and pieces. It zips closed and has two large double handles for carrying it around.
I am guessing this one would be for Raiders fans only though.
Skip Hop Pronto Diaper Changer Kit
I came across this one almost by accident when I was looking for a new changing pad. It is in many ways just like a purse and you can drop it into any bag, strap it to your wrist or even clip it on to your stroller. It is really good if you do a lot of short trips out and about and just need a few basics to change your baby.
It basically can make any bag a diaper bag, and that is extremely useful. I mentioned earlier that some of the surfaces that are about where you are supposed to be able to change a diaper, are often just not fit for purpose. This is where this nifty changer kit comes into its own. The pad is extra wide, so ideal for toddlers, especially those who like to roll around and will also keep their head cushioned. More at http://bestrateddiaperbags.com/best-fashionable-diaper-bags-world/.
The mesh pocket will hold 4 diapers and there is a front zipper pocket for your own personal items. It comes with a handy plastic wipes case and a carrier and strap.
So, in summary I would stick with the diaper bag that was used for your toddler as a baby. Although the manufacturers have created a few diaper bags for toddlers, there isn’t a huge difference. The only time I would ever consider getting a new one was if my old one was broken or badly worn.