My husband and I walked into our local Babies-R-Us to add products to our growing baby registry. Today’s task: the diaper bag! We wanted the perfect bag, a bag that would hold everything we could possible think of! It had to be tough, neutral, easily accessible, and big. After looking through every bag in the hug diaper bag aisle, we finally found one that fit the bill: the Eddie Bauer Weekender Diaper Bag.
Our weekender bag is huge! You really can fit a lot of baby items in that bag. On one side is a nicely sized diaper changing pad. You just life the flap, unzip the sides, and unfold the pad and you have a great, clean, and cushy place to change your baby. This is really handy when you’re out shopping, at doctor appointments, or at a restaurant. It is pretty easy to clean, too. We had a little ‘accident’ with our changing pad, and it just wiped clean with a few baby wipes. Very nice! The pad stays attached to the bag, which is nice because you can’t lose it. It also creates a barrier so that the baby is less likely to touch things around him or her that aren’t so baby friendly. The only downside to the built in changing pad is that you can’t replace it with a bigger one as your baby grows.
Our bag is a hunter green color with tan accents and black trim and handles. It also comes in blue and brown. It is a neutral bag, suitable for either a man or a woman. It is more sophisticated than the baby-themed bags and it is very durable. It should last for all of baby’s childhood. As I searched through other diaper bags, I found that the Eddie Bauer bags were made with great quality fabric.
There is a small zippered pocket above the changing pad – I use it for extra baby socks, but you could fit your spare change, car keys, and a few pens in there if you prefer. On one end of the diaper bag is a small cell phone pocket and on the other is a water bottle pocket, which comes in very handy. On the other side of the bag is a large, open pocket. This is a great place to slide in paperwork from doctor appointments, a snack, or even a spare blankie and toy for the baby.
The inside of the bag is very roomy, and you can fit a number of diapers, change of clothes, bottle, and baby food and still have room to spare, making it great for long trips. It comes with a plastic ‘wet bag,’ which is a great place to stow away soiled clothes, bibs, and dirty diapers. The wet bag is removable in case you want to clean it or you just don’t need it. There is a small zippered pocket on the inside which is great for hiding your valuables.
Over all, we love this bag. The only downside to this bag – is its size! It is bulky and heavy, and if you fill it to bursting – a common temptation for us- it becomes nearly impossible to carry. As our baby grew and needed less gear, we realized that a smaller bag was much better for day to day use. We found that Eddie Bauer makes a very similar, but smaller, diaper bag, which is just great. We end up using the weekender bag as an overflow bag, stuffed with extra clothes, diapers, and food. It stays in the trunk and we use it to refill the small bag as needed because it is just too big.
If you need a large bag for trips or because your baby needs a lot of gear, then I highly recommend the Eddie Bauer Weekender Diaper Bag. But if you just need a small bag with a couple diapers and wipes for a quick afternoon excursion, then forego the great big bag and give your tired back the pleasure of carrying one of Eddie Bauer’s attractive smaller bags.