I know lots of mamas use backpacks, but I start wearing baby on my back pretty young. I need something large enough to fit a small potty, because we practice EC, but still have room for diapers because I use diapers for back-up out of the home with itty bitties. Any suggestions? I don't want to drop a bunch of money.
I plan on babywearing (back and front) and most of the time I imagine I'll have my husband with me when we go out so he has a diaperdude messenger bag -- but for when I'm by myself I think I'll just use this bag I already have- http://www.gaiam.com/metro-gym-bag-purple/95-1516,default,pd.html?start=11&cgid=3010300 I currently use it for the gym/as a beach bag- it has lots of pockets and is pretty waterproof-ish. There's also a bigger version. It seems kind of overwhelming to have to babywear AND carry a bag... I dont want to feel like a packhorse- maybe it would be easier to just put baby in a stroller for some outings so I can stash the bag underneath.
With DD I just used a big old messenger bag with a couple of extra inner pockets, a really heavy duty Timbuk2-type of bag I found at the thrift store. If you're breastfeeding there is a lot less stuff you have to cart around in little pockets. I just had to make sure I cleaned it out regularly because a lot of stuff could accumulate in there! Could you think of a more compact alternative to carrying around a whole potty? We had a little fold-up seat for the tops of public toilets.
I got a water resistant diaper bag as part of a lot of baby clothes and items I bought on the local used auction site yesterday and it's got pretty pastel stripes and generally cute but spacious, zipper top, handles plus long strap. I can hang the long strap across stroller handle bars but wear it messenger style when babywearing or just use the handles as backpack straps and put it on my back. I agree that sometimes if you have a lot of stuff with you, if baby is more than 15 pounds or so, it's daunting to carry baby plus all the stuff, plus any shopping errand items that you accumulate out and about. I usually opt for the carriage even if I'm babywearing most of the time so I can put the stuff under or hang on the bars, and have a place to lay baby down during a long sleep if I happen to want a break from babywearing during a long sleep and I know babe will sleep soundly in the carriage if I keep jostling or pushing it.