Papa's got a brand new diaper bag
Posted on October 05 2014
I don’t take my laptop to the office in a clutch or go hiking with an evening bag. So why would I, a proud dad of twins, carry a diaper bag that looks like a purse? And this isn’t about being a macho. If taking twin toddlers for a day trip doesn’t prove my toughness I doubt a bag would help.
As many moms will attest, a diaper bag is like a handbag - it’s part of your outfit, an extension of your personality, a statement. When I carry a diaper bag that suits my style I feel good. I feel sharp. I feel dad-ly.
Here’s a few diaper bags that rock mad, dad style:
Baggu Knapsack - $65
Backpacks make great diaper bags. They leave your hands free and there’s no straps to get in the way if you’re front-carrying your kid. Baggu’s knapsack is a sleek urban-styled alternative to sporty outdoor packs. It’s simple and sharp but still sturdy and spacious. The straps are padded and there’s no buckles to fiddle with. Best of all, this is a diaper bag that a Black Flag patch or Misfits pin won’t look out of place on.
Skip Hop Dash Refresher - $77
A simple and sturdy satchel for the active dad on the go (or lazy dad who doesn’t want to carry a huge-ass diaper bag around). The Dash is styled like a bike messenger bag and has parent-friendly features like magnetic closures, side pockets for bottles, a stroller strap and a fold-up changing pad. This is the perfect diaper bag for a trip to the park or carry-on bag for a trip abroad.
SoYoung Charlie Diaper Bag - $175
This is the diaper bag Steve McQueen would’ve used. Or Indiana Jones. The Charlie is made of tough canvas that cleans easily and looks better as it ages. Three (vegan leather) strap options let you use it as a hand held, back pack or a shoulder/stroller bag. There’s insulated bottle pockets on the sides, waterproof lining and an interior compartment for a 13” laptop. When my kids grow out of diapers this’ll become my gym bag.
The Crown Flora Colab Bag - $250
‘Elegent beauty.’ Those are the only words to describe this item and the last words I thought I’d use to describe a diaper bag. But look at this bad boy! Waxed canvas outer, tough leather detailing, gold-coloured hardware. So hot. There’s two outer pockets and three inner compartments which means it’s practical and not just gorgeous. The black canvas/black strap combo is the no-brainer bag to match any outfit, but the bold gentleman who doesn’t mind turning heads will go with the pylon orange and tan version. This is handmade in Toronto by Crown Flora Studio and available only at This Little Piggy.