I've said it before, and I'll say it again: My name is Mrs. Wagon, and I'm a diaperbagaholic. I've had so very many diaper bags! I'm extremely picky about my bags and I like to carry one ultimate bag every day for months at a time before I switch, so the search for the perfect diaper bag is really a never ending quest. Plus, as your needs change, your perfect diaper bag's features change as well.
Right now I'm a working mom of a 3 year old toddler and a 6 month old infant. Since I've never been in this stage before, I found myself yearning for yet another new diaper bag, much to Wagon Sr.'s chagrin. We're still carrying around two separate bags when we're out and about with both kids, so my diaper bag is primarily for Lil Miss Wagon's stuff. I was getting sick of transferring my personal items from diaper bag to purse on Fridays and vice versa on Mondays, so I really wanted a beautiful bag that I could carry as both a diaper bag and a purse.
Enter the Danzo Hobo. I'd never heard of this company before, but while browsing diaper bags on Nordstrom's website I was struck by how chic they looked. I was also struck by how expensive they were...!!! So when I saw them deeply discounted on Gilt, I knew I had to have one. Three agonizing weeks later, I opened the box and unwrapped my perfect diaper bag.
I'm not going to say that this is my Holy Grail of diaper bags since there are still a few things I don't like about it. But it really is as perfect as it's going to get for the stage I'm in right now as a mom, and I'm so in love with it that I just had to write this in-depth review. There are so many little details I love about it, so here we go.
I'll say it up front: this is a huge bag. I knew when I ordered it that it would be one of the biggest bags I've carried, and possibly quite heavy. It's even bigger than my pump bag. But I'm an overpacker so it needs to be this big to accommodate everything that I want to carry day to day.
The nylon material is sturdy and the stitching is impeccable. It really looks and feels like a high quality bag. The top handles are absolutely amazing. They're just the right length to fit over your shoulder, but it's also extremely comfortable to wear it in the crook of your elbow. The very, very subtle yet adorable duck detail on the handles is so dear to me-- it reminds me that even though this is a very elegant bag, it's still a diaper bag!
There is a shoulder/messenger strap that attaches to the bag. The appearance of this strap is one of the very few things I don't like about this bag. It's shiny and looks like a seatbelt. That being said, the second I used it I understood why they used this type of strap. It's SO comfortable on your shoulder, no matter how heavy the bag is. I don't like using backpacks and I don't like wearing bags messenger-style, so I'm always looking for styles that can be worn as a shoulder bag. But the problem with that is that I have very small, sloping shoulders so things are constantly slipping off my shoulders. This strap is no problem and is very comfortable. I keep it at a short length and it hugs the bottom of the bag nicely when not in use.
The sides of the bag zip down so you can access everything in the bag, even the stuff that gets shoved to the very bottom, which I absolutely love (why don't all bags do this???). The zipper pulls also feature the duck detail and a leather loop.
The bag has an outside pocket on both sides of the bag. These pockets are incredibly roomy, yet when they are full, they don't add bulk to the outside or the inside of the bag. Another thing I don't like about this bag is that there's no specific place for diapers, wipes, and changing pad like most diaper bags, but I put them both in the outside pockets and they fit nicely and stay hidden.
The inside lining of the bag was one of my favorite things about the bag at first glance. It's red, navy, and white striped and it's really eye-catching. There is one large bottle pocket made of this lining, and it's elasticized at the top. During the work week I use this pocket for my cell phone and other things I want to be able to grab easily.
The inside pockets are made of clear plastic, and the bag comes with many velcro labels you can use to personalize and organize the inside pockets. I thought this feature of the bag was going to be very gimmicky and look quite geeky. But these pockets are a delightful surprise. They're made of a sturdy clear plastic and are very structured, so things like keys and lip gloss easily slip in. They've got velcro closures so things don't fall out. The labels are made of sturdy red canvas and add such a quirky touch. I love using these pockets for things that are essential to have in the bag, but not necessarily used every day-- such as extra baby clothes, medicine / band aids, emergency snacks for Wagon Jr., and makeup items for touch ups. It does bother me a little that none of these pockets are the size of a diaper or a wipes case, and yet they include labels for both. But I'm happy keeping the diapering items in the outside pockets because they stay nice and hidden for when I'm not with LMW, yet they're easily accessible for when I am.
One huge gripe I've had with all other diaper bags is that once you've placed items in the inside pockets, the main cavity of the bag has zero space for large items. Even if you stuff things down into the main cavity, it's impossible to get those things out without taking everything out of the bag. Not ideal when you're holding a baby!
The closure is one of my favorite things about this bag. Both sides of the magnetized snap are on a loop that you can slip your fingers into to snap it shut. One-handed snap shut, instead of having to line both sides of the bag up with both hands. Another "why don't all bags do this??" moment.
I am so thrilled with this bag that I am sure I will use this long after LMW is out of diapers!
Have you scored your "holy grail" of diaper bags?