For the last 10 months I’ve been switching between two different diaper bags (this one and this one). While they both fit quite a bit of stuff and are great for hanging on my stroller hook, they aren’t very suitable for babywearing. Carrying a baby on my chest and a heavy bag on one shoulder not only hurts like hell, it’s hard to keep the strap from falling off my shoulder. So I decided it was time to revisit my childhood and buy a backpack. Enter my new Kånken Mini Backpack by Fjällräven. It’s a Swedish bag that’s been around for decades and it’s known for being really durable. I discovered the brand on Instagram, which is how I find everything these days, so I decided to do a little more research. The bag comes in a variety of sizes, the most popular being the classic (which is comparable in size to a regular backpack) and the mini (which is technically a kid’s backpack). It also comes in a lot of really fun colors, though the official website is out of most of them (I really wanted frost green) so I had to shop around a bit to find the right color. I went with uncle blue (from Zappos) because I wanted Chris to feel comfortable carrying it, too, and I chose the mini because I didn’t want to lug around a regular-sized backpack. The bigger the bag, the more stuff I convince myself I “need.” So far I love my mini! I mean really love it. Here are some reasons why:
It’s small, but carries a ton of stuff (more on that below) and never feels heavy.
The double handle is great for strapping to the stroller handle and is very convenient when I’m digging through it.
It’s water resistant.
The straps look flimsy … they’re not.
The side pockets are perfect for my cell phone, keys, sunglasses, etc.
The outer front pocket is a little awkward, but holds a fair amount of stuff.
It’s utilitarian and stylish, too.
It can double as Isla’s future backpack! (Ahem, look below. She already looks so stinking cute wearing it. Though maybe I’ll get her a bright, fun color when the time comes, as long as she’s not begging for some Dora the Explorer bag or something.)
And this is what Chris says :
It’s compact, but it holds everything we need.
It’s sleek and not too bulky.
The colors are subtle (little does he know I almost bought ox red).
“I don’t know, it’s a bag.” — He’s a guy. What’d you expect?
What’s inside my Kånken Mini?
I can fit a crazy amount of stuff with room to spare! Plus, I keep a few personal things in the outer front pocket, too.
I use nylon zipper bags by Baggu to keep things organized. I bought a set of three before Isla was born and they were inexpensive and have proved incredibly convenient. And who can resist the cute prints? It looks like Baggu changed the design of these and no longer sells them in sets of three, but I’m sure the new ones work just as well. Here’s what’s inside:
Without all the snacks the bag also fits our DSLR camera or a blanket or extra clothes, etc. The possibilities are endless and this is just the mini!
What’s do you use as a diaper bag?