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Hello! I'm trying to make the final purchases and preparations for ze twinz, and was wondering what y'all did about diaper bags? I've found one made specially for double strollers <a href="http://www.letsgostrolling.com/skip-hop-duo-double-diaperbag.html" target="_blank">here</a>, but do I really need something that size? How have you managed?<br><br>
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When they were infants, I didn't go anywhere without <a href="http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=6452&parentCategoryId=85184&categoryId=85222&subCategoryId=86208" target="_blank"><b>this</b></a> one.<br><br>
I am obsessive about being prepared, and it allowed me to carry all of the necessities, plus two changes of clothes for each child, and more.
 

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I've seen that bag in person and it is HUGE. I wish it had been out when I had my twins, I have the regular Duo and it is pretty small. Back when I carried extra outfits and blankets, I had to pack a 2nd bag and leave it in the car.
 

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I had a nice fancy diaper bag and never used it. Instead, I prefered a standard Jansport backpack. It was big enough for diapers and an extra sleeper (I only took one extra change of clothes - I figured what are the odds of two major blowout diapers?) and water/food for me. And it always left me with two hands free.
 

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I got a <a href="http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/home" target="_blank">Timbuk2</a> XL messenger bag that I used when I used a bag. I ended up not using it a ton when they were little because I decided to use paper diapers while out and just left a box in the car. I rarely had diaper blowouts or spit up incidences so I traveled very light.<br><br>
Over time I ended up getting an <a href="http://www.overlandequipment.com/everyday_casual.php?name=donner" target="_blank">Overland Equipment Donner</a> bag. It's what I still use for everyday outings. The back compartment was big enough (when I got it) for one or two paper diapers, an extra pair or two of underwear and knit shorts, and a small knitting project. It has two waterbottle sleeves, which is lovely, and the front easily holds my wallet and phone.<br><br>
Now I'm also back to using the Timbuk2 bag for days that we're going to be out all day and I want to pack snowpants, bulky jackets, lunch, you name it. It allows me to cram a ton in it and get the stuff back and forth to the car in one trip vs. having a zillion smaller bags. The bag is fantastic, though certainly it does not have the internal organization that most diaper bags have. I do like that the bag is virtually indestructible, waterproof, and will stand the test of time usefulness-wise. It has made a great carryon bag for the three of us when I've flown alone with my children.<br><br>
In many respects I'd consider not spending gobs on a fancy diaper bag until you see what your reality is. Will you want to carry cloth diapers with you everywhere? I thought I would. What kind of messes will you need to be prepared for? Not many in my world. You just never know and a lot of big and good quality bags are very expensive!<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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My friend gave me a Ju-Ju-Be BePrepared for Christmas/my birthday. I love it! It's HUGE! They're pricey but you can find good deals on them used. Mine has the stroller clips and everything. I can fit cloth diapers for 3 kids, plus snacks and water bottles for 4 kids, and everything else. It's an awesome bag!<br><br><a href="http://www.ju-ju-be.com/beprepared.html" target="_blank">http://www.ju-ju-be.com/beprepared.html</a>
 

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OP - Yes, I have that bag and it's wonderful. It's almost always been big enough (we cloth diaper). I'd highly recommend it. The way it attaches to the stroller is what makes it so great - keeps everything in easy reach, out of the way, and doesn't take up any valuable under-the-stroller storage space.
 

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I keep drooling over the Skip Hop as well ....I think I'm going to splurge and buy it. Of course, I'll have 3 kids' stuff in there!!<br><br>
Be sure and check Ebay, too ....
 

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I just can't see spending a ton of money on a bag.<br><br>
I used a nice Jansport backpack I picked up at a garage sale for $2.00 7 years ago, that mostly stayed in the car. I could wear it, if we were going to the zoo or toss it under the stroller, and still use my sling. I ususally just toss a couple diapers and wipes in the bottom of the stroller and if we have a blowout (happened 1 time for each kid), we just go back to the car.
 

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I'm PG with twins as well.<br><br>
I can only tell you what I did for my DD and I found I really needed two bags. 1 large bag to fit a couple of diapers, bottles/food, change of clothes, etc. Generally used when we were out all day. Then I used an much smaller one for quicker trips (could be a diaper bag or a medium sized purse). I'm not a big fan of overpacking so even if we went out for a couple of hours, I'd generally take the smaller bag and if disaster struck, we'd head to the car. Naturally, this plan does not work as well if you're in the city or somewhere where the car isn't accessible<br><br>
I had a tote from PB Kids for my large bag which I liked (size wise) but it wasn't washable and ended up looking nasty over time. I'd definitely get something washable. I like that skip hop one or the vera bradly's for my big bag (provided I can convince someone to buy it for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )
 

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i don't have twins...but i do have the Vera Bradley baby bag worcma mentioned. its very nice...big wide zip opening and several pockets. its not waterproof but it is machine washable. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> worcma...i think we use diaper bags alike. i usually just stick 1 - 2 stuffed pocket diapers and a small wet bag in my (rather large) purse and call it good. i do use the diaper bag if dd is going out with my mom or if we are going for alonger amount of time. i do like the vera...and it was a gift. but i am partial to tote style bags and if i ever needed something bigger, i would love to try this. <a href="http://www.ju-ju-be.com/bespicy.html" target="_blank">http://www.ju-ju-be.com/bespicy.html</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i don't have twins...but i do have the Vera Bradley baby bag worcma mentioned. its very nice...big wide zip opening and several pockets. its not waterproof but it is machine washable. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> worcma...i think we use diaper bags alike. i usually just stick 1 - 2 stuffed pocket diapers and a small wet bag in my (rather large) purse and call it good. i do use the diaper bag if dd is going out with my mom or if we are going for alonger amount of time. i do like the vera...and it was a gift. but i am partial to tote style bags and if i ever needed something bigger, i would love to try this. <a href="http://www.ju-ju-be.com/bespicy.html" target="_blank">http://www.ju-ju-be.com/bespicy.html</a></div>
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I love that ju-ju-be. So cute. How much do they run, if you know?
 

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I wish I had known about the ju-ju-be bags when I had twinfants. I didn't want the Skip Hop Duo Double bag because it was just so big and I didn't like the colors - I wanted a cute print. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I also couldn't fathom carrying that over my shoulder - on the stroller it's great, but it's so big to carry I think I would've been uncomfortable. Plus with more space, I'd have packed it to the gills and broken my back with it!<br><br>
I used a Skip Hop Duo (in the pink camo print <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">) for most of the time from 6 months until now. Before that I had a Kecci Shanghai which was fine but got damaged. The only times I haven't had enough space in the Duo were times we were going to be out all day and I needed multiple snacks, change of outfit, drinks, etc. I never packed extra clothing, etc. as a matter of course and it usually did not turn out to be a problem.<br><br>
Now that the girls are older I am carrying much less, so I just bought the ju-ju-be between bag, and cannot wait to get it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My friend gave me a Ju-Ju-Be BePrepared for Christmas/my birthday. I love it! It's HUGE! They're pricey but you can find good deals on them used. Mine has the stroller clips and everything. I can fit cloth diapers for 3 kids, plus snacks and water bottles for 4 kids, and everything else. It's an awesome bag!<br><br><a href="http://www.ju-ju-be.com/beprepared.html" target="_blank">http://www.ju-ju-be.com/beprepared.html</a></div>
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WHY did you have to tell me that it works for 3 kids, AND FOR CDing!!!<br>
I was MAJORLY drooling over them ..... and now, I suppose I will have to get one!!
 

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Man, those ju-ju-be bags are fun. Perhaps I can justify buying a second diaper bag? Those are so much more fun looking than the skip hop duo.
 

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I don't have my twins yet but I have been through the baby thing once and here's my opinion. Really the only special things about a diaper bag is the cup/bottle holders on the sides, the fact that usually they stand up when set down, and usually a water-proof/wipeable liner of some sort. These things aren't all that important. If you are bottle feeding or in the sippy cup stage it can be nice to have the cupholders/upright stand but you can get around this.<br><br>
With my son I had a Graco diaper bag early on that someone gave us and it worked well but eventually that waterproof liner began to separate from the intertior and it was yucky. I ended up switching to a regular old messenger bag, green cordory (sp), which I now use as a knitting bag and may or may not use as a diaper bag again. Figured I would use my old LL Bean backpack from college with the twins since our stroller, while it has great seating, does not have great basket access (old Peg Perego Duette - it's kind of a weird set up with the basket). But we were at Toys R Us one day and I saw <a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2337841" target="_blank">this</a> diaper bag i HAD to have because it has ducks on it - I love ducks.<br><br>
It's big, lots of compartments, really cute - don't know how well it will hold up, don't know if I will find it a silly purchase, but it was only $15 at the time so it's not a huge investment. My husband was like if you feel like a $15 diaper bag is a big extravagant purchase, I'm not gonna say anything. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I will probably switch between it and my back pack. (The only thing I don't like about it is the shoulder strap is chintzy, so I may turn the bottle insulator into a shoulder pad for the strap)<br><br>
Long story short - really you can make a lot of different options work. If you want to use a $300 Petunia Picklebottom bag go ahead. If you want to use a $10 tote bag from Target, go ahead. As long as all the stuff you need fits, that's all that matters.
 

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Those jujube bags are cute! I personally prefer to use my regular backpack. Actually, for 4 years I used my dh's old North Face backpack and when the zipper finally bit it I splurged and got myself a Timbuk2 backpack. With it on my back, I can still carry/wear kids, carry groceries, push carts, etc. without worrying about my bag falling off my shoulder (maybe that's just me?) I can put the pack in the stroller/cart or keep it on my back if we're short on space. Plus, when we all go out together, dh wears the pack (gender neutral colors <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">) so I get a break. And he's much more comfortable wearing a backpack than a bag of some sort.
 
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