This is one of the affordable diaper backpacks that I have. I love bags in general. And I feel that you should use a bag depending on what you need to carry. Sometimes I would use a bigger one. Sometimes a smaller one if I will just be out for 2 to 3 hours. I also have a gender neutral (black) backpack for my husband to carry as well as a stylish mom bag for myself. 🙂 After using this bag for five months, I have decided to make this my babysitter’s official bag, LOL. She mostly uses it now.
Last Updated: November 9, 2016
Name of the Product: Mariego Stylish Diaper Bag Backpack
My Rating: 9/10
Lowest price to get it from: Amazon
Usual Price: $42.99 – $44.99 & Free Shipping (Click here to get the latest price)
Available in 7 Patterns: Green Flowers Pattern, Black Dots, Dark Blue Dots, Dark Red Dots, Khaki Dots, Red Dots, Rosepink Dots
Pros: Durable materials, good design, organized storage
Cons: Heavier than other backpack diaper bags I tried
Bottom line: An unbranded, not-so-famous but good quality, and worth the price product that can carry one-day essentials of a baby/toddler and a parent.
These unbranded backpacks have a total of 13 pockets.
When you open the dual-zip main compartment, you will see one large pocket with a velcro strap on one side. Directly opposite it is an almost same size large pocket without any enclosure. Outside that large open pocket is three more pockets with two pen holders (one mesh pocket with a zipper and two small pockets). A total of 5 pockets and the 6th division is the space between all the pockets.
HOW DO I USE THE MAIN COMPARTMENT STORAGES?
First Big Stretchable Pocket
The first big pocket will work well for extra changing clothes. I am currently using a cheap (less than $2 waterproof, transparent casing) that is originally meant for paper supplies but functions ok for baby clothes, a small blanket, and two soft cloths. Putting them in the waterproof casing makes them secure from any liquid spill. It is also very convenient trying to locate them since you can easily see them once you open the zippered main compartment.
The cushioned changing diaper pad carrying three disposable diapers can be slipped into the first inside pocket together with the changing clothes.
Second Big Pocket
The second big pocket holds the mommy stuff and other baby essentials. I always bring one small dress to change into (for accidental spills or spit-ups) as well as a pair of socks (for the unplanned trips to the indoor playgrounds). This pocket can also hold a small waterproof storage cube (also less than $2 from a stationary supply store). This storage cube holds a small bottle of liquid cleanser to clean diaper areas, an anti-flatulent oil, a baby powder container, a little hand cream, and a diaper rash ointment (you can also bring any cream if you use one). You can slip an empty waterproof bag inside the pocket that can be used for wet stuff. This second pocket is more shallow than the first big pocket.
The Mesh Zippered Pocket, two open small pockets, two pen pockets
I seldom use these divisions. If someone is using these backpacks as a school bag, the pen pockets will definitely serve their purpose.
The Central Space
The central compartment will be already cramped by the time you fill up the two big pockets.
However, there is still space left on both sides. One end can contain your toddler’s snacks and an extra water bottle on top of each other, and the other end can carry a folding umbrella (if you use one). You can slip an empty waterproof casing in the middle that can be used for dry and used clothes/burp cloths later on. You can also put formula milk container on top of everything.
WHY USE ADDITIONAL COLORED COMPARTMENTS WITHIN THE MAIN STORAGE?
The beauty of using this type of color-coded organization inside an already organized bag is that no matter how chaotic your day turns out, the stuff inside your purse are forced to remain tidy. 🙂 You can easily see what you need even in the middle of any form of distraction.
The Second Dual Zippered Compartment
The secondary compartment has two thermal bottle pockets and a velcro slip on holder for a sippy cup or a small water bottle for mommy. The insulated pockets can hold an 8-oz Avent milk bottles in each pocket. The pockets are stretchable so they can also hold a sippy cup. The velcro snap is adjustable, and you can quickly try to fit any cup size in there as well as a big water bottle.
The top part has a waterproof carrying case for baby wipes. You don’t have to remove the baby wipes in the original container so that it doesn’t dry up. There’s a hole in the middle to access the wipes easily.
Top Front Pocket
The pocket is small and can hold a wallet, your keys or your phone. It has a zipper enclosure for your valuable’s safety.
The Two Lower Front Pockets
This pocket can hold anything flat such as an iPad or a flat suction plate for eating out. However, I noticed that when you force the iPad or the plate inside, the sewing becomes visible, and it is very scary if you always do this as it might end up ripping the pockets.
The frontmost pocket can only hold small or almost flat items such as sachet creams, card holder, keys, small burp cloths, extra storage bag and the likes. It is narrow, so I seldom fill them up because it can be hard to access stuff in there.
There are two stretchable side pockets. The first one is insulated and the second one is not and has a zipper on the side. Use them for an extra milk bottle, water bottle, a comfort item/toy for your baby, or even your phone.
2. Easy of Use
The adjustable padded backpack holder is long enough to be carried comfortably by my husband who is 5’11”. There are two metallic loops that you can use to hang this bag on a stroller hook.
A reminder (for myself included, lol): A heavily-packed bag should never be hooked onto a stroller to avoid accidents.
Even if you don’t follow the other organization I have stated, the main compartment lining of the bag is a light, good contrast color so you can quickly find items even in the dark. The pockets are also very organized and you will probably memorize where you put stuff and find them quickly after several trips with this bag.
This backpack bag is 1.6 pounds when empty. However, it doesn’t feel heavy at all – unless you pack for a whole day and include an iPad which greatly impacts the weight. Baby clothes are so light and if you are nursing, you can even deduct the weight of the three milk bottles with water. Also, if you don’t bring too much baby wipes, a folding umbrella or your filled water bottle inside, all the more it will be very light to carry.
There is a padding behind the backpack for carrying comfort. However, it can get hot carrying this bag if you are doing long walks in a warm weather. I would usually hook it on the stroller (oooppps, I am still trying to overcome this habit) or put in on the floor (when commuting). I am extremely surprised how light it feels to carry this backpack. I am thinking it has something to do with the padded back, and good weight distribution of the contents inside.
For USD39.99, this bag belongs to the lower price range. I got this bag last October 2015, and the quality of the bag still remains excellent. All the zippers are still working, no rips, and surprisingly, no sign of wear and tear. Rest assured, I will update this post on how the quality goes as I carry on using it.
The bag is made of a waterproof PVC lining inside. The outside material looks like a canvas. You can clean the inside of the bag by just wiping it. You can spot clean the outside with a damp cloth when necessary.
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Carry Method: Adjustable padded backpack straps, stroller metallic loop, grab handle
Weight: 1.6 – 1.7 lb.
Dimensions: 16.1 x 11.8 x 7.5 inches
Materials: Fabric/Canvas, Waterproof PVC lining
Included Accessories: No accessories included
Main Closure: Zipper
Number of pockets: 13
Cleaning instructions: Wipe clean, spot clean with a damp cloth
Is this product for you?
If you are packing for a day out and you use the organization tips I have indicated, you will love this bag. However, if you are cloth diapering, this bag might be cramped for a day out. A half day out is advisable for those who uses cloth diapers.
Why I rated it 8/10?
If I am to rate the bag by itself alone, I would probably give it 9/10. It could have been perfect 10/10, but it can get hot if you carry it all the time. Comparing it to the other two gender-neutral backpacks I reviewed, I would rate this as Good. The other two would be the Better, and the BEST.
This multi-purpose backpack comes in seven different designs that both mommy and daddy will love. The bag is cheap compared to the quality and features it carries. The materials are durable and don’t get dirty easily. I haven’t cleaned mine since I got it (lol), and the photos above still looks clean after five months of use.
Aside from using this bag as a diaper bag, you can also transform it to a school bag, a laptop bag or an airport carry-on bag. The size is compact and it doesn’t look too bulky even when fully-packed.
A similar bag with less front pockets ships from a different seller but is Fulfilled by Amazon. Check it out.
If you have any question, please feel free to comment below and I would gladly help in any way I can.
Published on March 6, 2016