We have a full sized diaper bag that we love. It’s a great backpack with lots of different pockets. It’s got plenty of room for toys for both our baby and our toddler, along with space for a change of clothes for both kids, too. It’s permanently stocked with a spare blanket for each of our kids, medicines just in case, and extra snacks. (This great travel diaper bag is one of our Top 10 Items to make Travel with Baby Easy and Fun). We love knowing that everything we could possibly need is there and ready to go – but there’s no way on Earth we want to lug that bad boy into a restaurant bathroom with us! Not to mention we couldn’t possibly fit into an airplane bathroom carrying that huge diaper bag. Even just heading out for a walk, it’s great to have a compact diaper bag that just holds the essentials.
So, for times like these, we use our Skip Hop Pronto Changer Diaper Bag This compact diaper bag is perfect for travel with baby or any time you’re on the go. It has a zippered pocket with enough space to hold five diapers for our baby and another 3 for our toddler. There is a mesh pocket that holds a travel pack of wipes plus some diaper lotion ; The Skip Hop also comes with a plastic container to use for the wipes but we find it easier to simply buy baby wipe travel packs travel sized packages and use them straight from there. To us, the plastic box just takes up more room. When the diaper bag is rolled up, there is a front zippered pocket that is easy to access. It’s perfect for hand sanitizer or travel pack of antibacterial wipes , an extra disposable bib and those all important Ziploc sandwich bags (aka the ultimately portable Diaper Genie ).
The diaper changing pad is removable (it zippers to the rest of the bag) and is large enough to still be useful with our now two-year-old who is very tall for her age. It’s coating makes it easy to wipe clean, although we do wish that the outside of the bag was covered with the same material.
Skip Hop advertises that its Skip Hop Pronto Changer Diaper Bag has a built in pillow. It does have a tiny bit of extra padding, but nothing we would consider helpful on a tile bathroom floor, for example. On the other hand, the placement of the diaper compartment is a perfect head rest!
We used to have another compact diaper bag made by the First Years. It was much less expensive, but wound up driving us crazy. It closed with Velcro, rather than a buckle. After a few months of use, the Velcro stopped working, which meant that the diaper bag was constantly falling open. The wrist strap also closed with Velcro, which made us nervous about trusting it hanging from our stroller or off Wendy’s purse. Another thing that we didn’t like was that the strap actually wasn’t a wrist strap. It was only designed to be big enough to go around a stroller handle! The Skip Hop’s buckles are a bit tricky to do up with one hand, but it is possible. Knowing that it’s not going to fall open or off more than makes up for any inconvenience. Also, the First Year’s diaper bag, like many of these compact diaper bags, really smelled badly when we first got it. We left it airing out for a good week and it still smelled strongly of vinyl. We really appreciated that, whatever the Skip Hop one is coated in, it didn’t smell, even right at the beginning.
Overall, we’ve been very happy with the Skip Hop Pronto Changer Diaper Bag and are glad we spent the extra money to get a quality product this time! This is a super useful item we use almost every day and we would definitely recommend one for travel with baby or toddler! (And no, no one has paid us or given us anything for free to say these things. We just really love this product!)