We tried the Duos, and they were convenient but not the best fit for DS who as a baby had a skinny waist and fat thighs. I liked the Bummis covers better.
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We also liked Bummis. Ours were hand-me-downs from a friend and the velcro is still in great condition after going through my DS and a friend's LO whom we handed them down to!
As far as a registry goes, we told friends that we really didn't NEED anything (we had a few very generous friends who gave us more than we needed already) and weren't having a shower. If people still wanted to do something for us we would prefer gifts to be gently used or homemade. We also suggested people's favorite childhood stories and got a couple of those. But my favorite gift was one from DS's "Aunties" (our lady friends plus a couple of guys), a baby blanket. Everyone involved crocheted or knitted pieces for the quilt and then helped to piece it together. It's really beautiful, and totally priceless!
Oh, something that I wish I had done or asked for... have people sign up to make meals after the baby is born. My friend did this when she was pregnant and I thought it was the greatest idea! She had people delivering meals to her house almost every night for a month or more postpartum.
You 100% need a bag that will hold diapers. What that looks like varies depending on what you like and choose to carry.
I used a tote bag from Lands' End that I already had for the first four months, before deciding I wanted one that attached to the stroller handles (I walk all the time) and so I got my first Skip Hop bag (I love skip hop by the way)
I liked shopping for one at that point, because I had figured out what I carried and could try out bags by packing all my stuff inside. I know a lot of people who bought pre kid and it ended up being not the right bag for them.
In my bag I have spare diapers (cloth & disposable), wipes & wetbag. Wetbag with a change of clothes. Snacks for everyone and 1-3 waterbottles (I have two kids now). I have a zip bag of odds and ends, pacifiers, often a few small toys, my wallet, keys and cell phone. With a newborn I usually have a spit up cloth(s).
My husband has his own bag which he is in charge of keeping stocked after he kept stealing mine, with the wallet still in it.
I kept two plastic grocery bags inside of my purse. One was for wet dipes, the other had some clean ones and clean wipes (which I would just dampen in the sink or with my water bottle if we were hiking/walking). My DH would just stick a plastic bag and a couple of diapers in his back pocket. Also, when DS was a little bigger and fit comfortably in an Ergo, I would just use the pocket in that for a couple of diapers and didn't have to even carry my purse. But I just don't like having to have tons of stuff! I was a nanny when I was pregnant with DS and the little boys mom and I would trade cars for the day so that she didn't have to unhook the carseat and transfer diaper bags, I think there were three in her car. I only ever used the one with diapers in it, and only ever the diapers and the wipes, so I don't even know what else was in there!
I finally settled on carrying a large purse. I have this organizer from etsy that I love: http://www.etsy.com/listing/110507130/new-changing-set-includes-waterproof I do disposables because I honestly am terrible at keeping up on laundry, so it works for me... I see that she has these now and I wonder if they'd work for cloth (with an extra backup wet bag in case of a second change?): http://www.etsy.com/listing/110507130/new-changing-set-includes-waterproof
We just got a small backpack to use as our diaper bag, much cheaper and also daddy-friendly in appearance. It was helpful to have multiple compartments with zippers. We would put diapers, wipes, couple of wetbags, change of clothes and snacks as appropriate in there. Now that DS is pretty much potty trained it has a folding potty seat in place of the diaper.
The downside to the backpack is dealing with it if you wear kiddo on your back.
I just use a big purse I have, no diaper bags available locally were made to fit cloth diapers.. so I didn't see the point in having a bunch of pouches I couldn't fit anything in (diaper pouch, bottle pouch etc.)
All I ever do is bring a cloth diaper with me in my hand lol.. leave it in the car or stick it in the baby carrier with LO.
Yes, I love having the whole web as my wishlist! Hee hee! Amazon also has a universal registry feature to add things from anywhere on the web. I will have to check out wishpot!