babytoes, thanks for the minimalist list!
Originally Posted by LightForest
Hey scruffy - i totally know what you mean about preferring messenger bags. I'm generally the same way. BUT, just keep in mind the sort of logistical issue of carrying a baby on your front (if you plan to babywear) and carrying the bag on your single shoulder or slung over your back. That's the big stumbling point with messenger bags and babywearing for me - you wear the bag on your shoulder and it slips off (slips even more easily because of the baby carrier, too), or you wear the bag slung onto your back and the strap has to ride up so high in the front (to keep out of the way of the baby) that you're being strangled.
This was one main reason I was thinking about the backpack style (aside from having a body that prefers things to be more balanced these days :)). I was recently visiting my cousin, and we went out to the baby consignment store, where she was wearing her son in a front carrier and also hauling around her diaper bag (which she uses as her bag, also). The consignment store woman was talking to me about diaper bags and what I'd been thinking about, and suggested that the backpack was really nice if I was going to be baby-wearing, because otherwise you run into the shoulder slippage problem, and which point she commented on my cousin's activities trying to deal with the baby and the bag that kept slipping off her shoulder while she also tried to shop. Though I would also imagine having a baby on the front and a backpack on the back could lead to some difficult maneuvering as well!
My husband also prefers backpacks, and he will be carrying the bag when we go out and about altogether.