I’m all-in on being a dad. We’re a few weeks in, and while it’s been a whirlwind, it hasn’t been out of control. Maybe it’s because I have a great partner, and we have a good attitude about everything. Or it could be that #HJS is awesome. Whatever it is, I’ll take it. You all know this blog is a reflection of what’s going on in my world, so get ready for a few dad-themed posts.
There is one thing that is 100% yours- the dad bag. Don’t get me wrong, mom will have her own mom bag, but I can almost guarantee that it’s something you won’t want to carry on your shoulder. You will absolutely need some sort of vessel to carry everything required to manage and maintain a happy and healthy baby. And it’s a lot to carry around.
Now, I would never just shop for a ‘diaper bag’. No way. Too limiting. I’d rather get something and convert (like I did with my camera bag). To get started, you need to get an insert. This $16 option is what I went with, and it works like a champ:
This insert comes in a couple sizes so it will work with almost any bag. And remember – the more pockets, the better.
Now – for the bag, I prefer something that has a zipper. I like the bag to close in case it tips over. I don’t want everything to spill everywhere. I also want something that looks NOTHING like a diaper bag. Lastly, I want it to be something that is functional, and can be well used after it’s retired as a diaper bag. So here we go, here are my picks for RCS-approved dad bags:
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1. Filson Zip Tote: This is what I’m using right now. I got this one for a STEAL at an East Dane sale, and added HJS’s initials in red. We did navy blue for our boy, but there’s otter green or tan for the little girls. I love it, and I know he’ll love it when I give it to him.
2. LL Bean Insulated Waxed Canvas Tote: A really cool look, and a conducive shape for a diaper bag. Don’t worry that it’s insulated, although it will give it a little more padding. Very outdoorsy, and a great price point.
3. Shinola Nylon Travel Tote: For the dapper dad; it has a high-end travel bag look instead of a dad bag. Still, it will serve the purpose. Plenty of room, and a really slick look.
4. Andover Trask Harper Canvas Tool Tote: A GREAT option for the dad who owns the daycare drop-off and pick-up. This bag is like a toolbox for kid stuff. Lots of pockets and a low profile. There’s a blue option for the boys, and a green (pine) option for the girls. …and it’s made in Atlanta.
5. Orvis Convertible Tote / Backpack: A cool bag for the dad who loves down vests. A really cool backpack and tote hybrid that is waterproof and a great shape. There is no way that this bag gets confused as a diaper bag, and you can use it on fly fishing trips after Junior is out of diapers.
6. Hudson Sutler Hatteras Daypack: For the backpack guy…get over the Jansport you carried in high school and upgrade to the Daypack from Hudson Sutler. The adult version of the basic backpack. Hands-free, right?
7. Jack Spade Camo Commuter Tote Bag: While I’m a huge fan of a zipper, some guys aren’t. Jack Spade does GREAT work with their bags, and their Commuter Tote is top of the heap. The camo design is just right – not too
8. Ball and Buck ‘The Blind Bag’: This bag gets the award for ‘Best Dad Bag’ from RCS. Great style, great function, and it can be retired to a hunting tote once your offspring grown out of it. It’s all about multi-function.
Hope this helps, folks.