The first Christmas Rob and I were married, he gave me a large Queen Bee "Trucker" bag and I loved it—except that it wasn't lined and there weren't any pockets inside. (This was back in the day. New Queen Bee Truckers are lined with water-resistant nylon and have an interior pocket.) Still, I raved about it: perfect size, rain-resistant, basically indestructible...
I raved so much that when Rob needed a new work bag, he chose one of Queen Bee's Chickpea "Trucker" diaper bags in the now-retired Minima, a.k.a. decidedly not-flowery, design.
My child-free self got a kick out of Rob hauling a diaper bag to and from the office, even though the "diaper" part was really just code for "water-resistant lining and lots of pockets inside."
After Westley was born, I used my Trucker as a diaper bag, and it was great. It's still great. I highly recommend Queen Bee Creations to anyone searching for a mom/dad/kid bag that will last forever (mine is approaching seven years old and looks almost new) and hold all your shit. I wouldn't be searching for something new at all except my body demands it.
As much as I love the enormous-purse-in-lieu-of-diaper-bag concept, I can't do the cross-body or one-shoulder thing anymore. My back is just too picky. And with a baby, a child, and myself to haul around stuff for, possible injury via an overstuffed tote is a real concern.
Enter my new obsession: a diaper backpack. Good weight-distribution, plus I can wear it while also wearing the little one in the Ergo. Awesome idea! Unfortunately, almost everything that calls itself a "diaper backpack" is...not cute. The only official diaper backpack I kind of dig is this one, which is just a touch too utilitarian-looking.
"Tactical Tote" — Scout by PPB
This one might go too far in the opposite aesthetic direction.
"Floral World Backpack" — Oilily (also responsible for this adorable baby dress)
My beloved Queen Bee just started making a backpack. It's adorable and comes in lots of colors! Yay! But it's too small for my purposes. Non-yay.
"Billy Backpack" — Queen Bee Creations
My current front-runner is this one, though I'm just not sure about it. The price is great (under $70.00), but I can't decide if I think it looks cheap.
"Sand Gestures Bag" — ModCloth
I know I need a backpack to make gear-hauling easier and less painful. And it needs to be on the large side. And I'd vastly prefer something attractive enough that I'd happily carry it even if I didn't have a day's worth of cloth diapers and snacks on board.
Please tell me this is not beyond the realm of possibility.